Job Vacancies Department for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management (DGACM), December 2011
Job Vacancies Department for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management (DGACM)
Position Senior Political Affairs Officer/Committee Secretary
Department/ Office ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL AFFAIRS BRANCH
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Saturday, 28 January 2012
Job Opening number 11-POL-DGACM GAEAD ESCAB-21717-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located at the Economic and Social Council Affairs Branch (ECOSOC), General Assembly Affairs Division, Department of General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), New York. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the ECOSOC Affairs Branch.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the ECOSOC Affairs Branch and within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Committee Secretary will be responsible for the following duties: Coordinate and direct the provision of conference management secretariat services for intergovernmental bodies , including continuous guidance and advice to the Presidents and Chairs as well as other elected officers of intergovernmental bodies concerning the organization of work, status of negotiations, conduct of business, including interpretation of the relevant rules of procedure; Anticipate potential political, legal and administrative problems; Lead and direct a work team; Plan and allocate work assignments; Coach, mentor and evaluate staff; Participate in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs; Represent division/office at meetings, round tables, seminars and conferences; Respond to/prepare responses to comments, statements, queries of Member States, and civil society organizations; Develop and maintain relations with senior government officials and advise them on issues and policies of mutual concern; Organize meetings/conferences, undertaking missions as required; Perform other related duties as required.
Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the substantive agenda of the inter-governmental bodies serviced by her/him; possesses in-depth knowledge of General Assembly and ECOSOC practices and procedures and those of their subsidiary organs and a good understanding of and ability to evaluate international political situations; has proven ability to make timely decisions and provide authoritative advice under stressful conditions; possesses excellent drafting skills; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; LEADERSHIP: 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; empowers others to translate vision into results. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others and correctly interprets messages and responds to them appropriately; PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Identifies priority activities and assignments; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; 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, or equivalent), in political science , international relations , international economics, social sciences or related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications, professional training and experience in multilateral negotiations may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of international relations , including 5 years in multilateral fora for deliberations and negotiations, preferably within the United Nations system, are required. Experience in conference management of United Nations bodies is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset.
Competency-based interview which may be preceded by a substantive test.
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.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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