Job Vacancies Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)
Job Title Head of Assessment and Technical Assistance Office (ATAO)
Department/ Office COUNTER-TERRORISM COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORATE
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Monday, 13 December 2010
Job Opening number 10-ADM-cted-16794-R-NEW YORK (O)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Assessment & Technical Assistance Office, CTED and the incumbent reports to the Executive Director.
Under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the Head of the Assessment and Technical Assistance Office (ATAO) of the CTED will:
ïƒ˜ Oversee preparation of extensive and complex Preliminary Implementation Assessments (PIAs), the annual Global Survey on Implementation of resolution 1373 (2001), the semi-annual and monthly reports to the Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) of the Security Council, other legal analyses, policy documents and guidelines prepared for CTC consideration and approval within the scope of the Executive Directorate’s mandates in the field of counter-terrorism;
ïƒ˜ Provide leadership and direction to the ATAO and ensure coordination of, and support to, all legal and political officers of CTED engaged in activities related to the work noted above as well as the facilitation of technical assistance to Member States from donors/providers;
ïƒ˜ Consult with UN Permanent Missions, senior government officials in capitals, UN officials at high levels as well as with international, regional and subregional organizations engaged in the global response to terrorism;
ïƒ˜ Provide policy advice and recommendations to the Executive Director on substantive matters and serve as the Deputy Executive Director and;
ïƒ˜ Serve as Officer-in-Charge of CTED when the Executive Director is absent.
The Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) monitors implementation of the Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2001) concerning terrorism and conducts periodic reviews or stocktaking of the 192 PIAs for each Member State. CTED assists the CTC in these tasks and thereby facilitates an ongoing interactive dialogue between the Committee and member states that enables the compilation of up-dated information on what the country has done or is planning to do, to implement the relevant resolutions.
CTED also conducts an active schedule of visits to Member States – comprehensive, focused, regional and follow-up – to determine from on-site discussions the status of implementation of 1373 and 1624 as well as vulnerabilities that may exist. These visits are coordinated by the ATAO with other UN and international, regional or subregional organizations that are partners in CTED’s efforts to build Member States capacities against terrorism.
The ATAO is arranged as three clusters with each cluster containing four to five legal officers and one Cluster Chief. The Chiefs of Clusters report to the Head of ATAO. Each cluster is responsible for monitoring implementation of 1373 in one or more geographic regions. Members of ATAO are also horizontally distributed among 5 Technical Working Groups that address cross-cutting functional areas such as technical assistance, legal measures, terrorist financing, law enforcement border control and arms trafficking, and human rights. The Head of ATAO is responsible for directing the work programme of both the clusters and the working groups.
The Head of ATAO will be expected to represent the Executive Director at high level meetings or lead teams on visits to Member States, as needed. He/she will also coordinate CTED links with other UN and international organizations, especially CTED partner entities that include the Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force and its Secretariat. The Head of ATAO, working with the Clusters and the Technical Working Groups, will make recommendations to the CTC on best practices, standards and codes that have been identified for CTC approval and for Member States to consider in implementing relevant portions of 1373.
The Head of ATAO will work closely with donor/providers of technical assistance to be sure that vulnerabilities identified in Member State implementation of 1373 may be addressed with their concurrence.
In all these areas the Head of ATAO will work closely with the Executive Director, and will be expected to make presentations to the CTC and other appropriate bodies, and conduct outreach activities with civil society and the media. The Head of ATAO will also work closely with the Head of the Information and Administrative Office who is responsible for expending financial resources to help implement CTED’s mandate, preparing CTED’s annual budget, filling vacancies that may occur among substantive and support staff, supporting logistical needs for CTED visits or workshops that CTED may sponsor or co-sponsor, ensuring that the CTC website contains the latest information for posting, and addressing a wide range of management and administrative issues that arise.
Expertise in complex legal analysis or law enforcement counter-terrorism programs and in negotiation. Extensive knowledge of international norms and standards related to counter-terrorism and international humanitarian law. Has a proven ability to produce reports and papers on highly political or technical issues and is able to review and edit the work of others. Excellent analytical skills combined with the ability to draft and edit materials of publishable quality are required. Understands the UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations and understands the nuances of applying them. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of international law and best practices on counter-terrorism matters; remains conscientious, efficient and effective in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving meaningful results; regularly demonstrates a motivation and initiative for professional rather than personal reasons; consistently persistent when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and remains calm in stressful situations.
-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
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client
-Serves as a role model that other people want to follow
-Empowers others to translate vision into results
-Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives
-Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
-Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
-Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo
-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands
-Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority
-Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member
-Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills
-Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines
-Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff
-Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative
-Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff
-Appraises performance fairly
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 15 years or more of progressively responsible international experience, including 5 or more years at the management level, is required. At least 10 years experience working in the field of international law is required, combined with at least 4 or more years in the field of counter-terrorism. Experience making public presentations is essential. Experience with the United Nations, and/or in a United Nations common system organization or other international government organization, is highly desired.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
A competency based interview will be conducted.
This post is subject to General Assembly funding.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.
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