Political Affairs Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Political Affairs Officer
Job Code Title:POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office:DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:57276
Staffing ExerciseSE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)

Assessment Period
Eligible applicants will be invited to sit a general abilities test, which they will be informed of by email and/or on the "My upcoming test schedule" page in Inspira. The general abilities test will be given during the period of 30 June-1 July. Candidates will be given a 48-hour testing window during which they need to complete the test in the prescribed time in order to remain under consideration. 

Following the evaluation of an applicants' performance on the general abilities test, all passing candidates will be screened for suitability for the position they applied for. Those applicants who are deemed eligible through the Inspira eligibility screening and the general test, as well as suitable through the suitability screening, will be invited to complete a substantive test, which will be given during the weeks of 11 July – 3 August. Applicants will need to check the "My upcoming test schedule"page prior and during this period to find the 48-hour testing windows for all substantive tests they are invited to take. They will further be receiving email notifications shortly before the testing windows open. If an applicant did not pass the general test and suitability screening, no subsequent tests will be announced on the “My upcoming test schedule page”. 

All applicants are encouraged to check the exact testing windows for the general and the substantive tests in Inspira on the “My upcoming test schedule page” as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal (hr.un.org/page/mobility) after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.

Previously rostered candidates who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.
Self-Assessment Questionnaire
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Special Notice
Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR) of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in New York. New York is classified as an H duty station and family duty station. Under the general supervision of the DPR Director, the incumbent reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer. For more information, please refer to http://www.un.org/undpa/palestinianrights.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 
•Gathers, selects and analyses information related to the Question of Palestine contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
•Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the Question of Palestine.
•Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
•Drafts mandated publications issued under the guidance of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and other relevant documentation and materials.
•Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to the team leader.
•Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of the mandate of the division.
•Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters. 
•Monitors actions taken by inter-governmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations.
•Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to the Question of Palestine.
•Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
•Participates in provision of secretariat services to the Committee and its Bureau, including meetings at and away from Headquarters.
•Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the Organization's purview. 
•Performs other related duties as required.
Competencies
Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial and economic problems related to the Question of Palestine. Ability to produce reports and papers on substantive issues. Ability to review and edit the work of others. Ability to communicate to and coordinate with Member State missions or delegations on substantive and programmatic issues relevant to the mandate of the Division. Ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating a gender perspective into the substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Ability to contribute to the realization of the Department of Political Affairs' commitments regarding Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) in the Division. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviors; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable..
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.
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