Job Vacancies Department for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management
Position Senior Political Affairs Officer
Department/ Office Department For General Assembly And Conference Management
Duty Station NEW YORK
Posting Period 3 January 2012-3 March 2012
Job Opening number 12-POL-DEPT FOR GA & CONFERENCE MGMT-22339-R-NEW YORK(G)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located at the Disarmament and Peace Affairs Branch (DPAB), General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division, Department of General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), New York. The incumbent will report to the Chief of DPAB.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Branch and within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Act as Secretary of the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC), Secretary of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’S), Deputy Secretary of the Disarmament and International Security Committee (the First Committee) of the General Assembly as well as Secretary of subsidiary bodies of international conferences on disarmament agreements or issues. The incumbent ensures the implementation, coordination and supervision of all activities required in the secretariat servicing of the above disarmament bodies or conferences. This includes, but is not limited to, the participation in Bureau consultations, consultations on a broad array of complex international issues discussed in these organs, the preparation and submission of reports and various documentation as well as post session follow up work as required. Apart from the specific tasks of providing services to inter-governmental organs, the incumbent is required to anticipate potential political, legal, and administrative problems, provide early warning on emerging trends in the disarmament and international field and propose solutions to the Chairperson, Bureau and inter-governmental body itself. The incumbent deals with multilateral negotiations on highly sensitive issues of national and international security and, consequently is expected to have proven ability to identify areas of potential agreements and to assist in concensus building for negotiating principles, guidelines or agreements in the field of disarmament.
Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the substantive agenda of the intergovernmental bodies serviced by her/him, in particular in the area of disarmament; possesses in-depth knowledge of General Assembly and its subsidiary organ’s practices and procedures, good knowledge of political and operational aspects of disarmament and good understanding of and ability to evaluate international political situation; has proven ability to make timely decisions and provide authoritative advice under stressful conditions; possesses excellent drafting skills; assists Chairpersons and the Bureau in ensuring the smooth functioning of elected offices as well as the committees; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations;
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 perspective s 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;
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;
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 law or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of disarmament and international security, including 5 years in multilateral fora for deliberations and negotiations, preferably within the United Nations system, are required. Experience in conference servicing 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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