Job Vacancies Department for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management
Job Title Chief, Disarmament and Peace Affairs Branch, D1
Department/ Office DEPARTMENT FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Saturday, 21 May 2011
Job Opening number 11-POL-DEPT FOR GA & CONFERENCE MGMT-18561-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Disarmament and Peace Affairs Branch, General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management and the incumbent reports to the Director of the General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division.
Under the guidance of the Director, General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, the Chief of the Disarmament and Peace Affairs Branch is responsible for the overall planning, development, management, coordination and delivery of a full range of secretariat and technical support services by the Branch to the First and Fourth Committees of the General Assembly, to the Peacebuilding Commission, as well as to a number of subsidiary organs of the General Assembly and ECOSOC (including but not limited to the Disarmament Commission, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping, the Special Committee on Decolonization, the Open-ended Working Group Towards an Arms Trade Treaty and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues). She/he directs all the related activities, reviews policies and practices and ensures effective and efficient delivery of secretariat and technical services to these intergovernmental bodies in all aspects of their mandate; provides strategic guidance and authoritative advice to the Chairpersons and Bureaux of these bodies on their work and on the application of their rules of procedure and practices as well as directs the day-to-day assistance provided by the Branch to the Chairpersons and Bureaux; directs the preparation and scheduling of meetings and agendas, and related documentation and follow-up activities; consults and negotiates with Heads of Delegations and Secretariat officials on the work of the aforementioned intergovernmental organs; undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary to the function of the Branch.
Demonstrated professional competence and mastery of the substantive agenda of the intergovernmental bodies serviced by the Branch, in particular the area of disarmament and peacebuilding; good knowledge of the United Nations, in particular in the area of General Assembly practices and procedures; conscientiousness and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
Excellent drafting and communication skills, proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally and to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful; proven ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; ability to tailor language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrated openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with a diverse group of clients; ability to identify clients’ needs and to match them to appropriate solutions; demonstrated ability to keep clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; demonstrated ability to meet timelines for delivery of products or services to clients.
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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 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.
Demonstrated ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; ability to make sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; demonstrated willingness to regularly discuss performance and provide feedback and coaching to staff; proven ability to actively support the development and career aspirations of staff.
Advanced university degree in political science or related area. First-level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in political and/or disarmament issues at the international level; proven track record of successful performance management.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Proficiency in a second official UN language is desirable.
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.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment followed by a competency-based interview.
- 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.
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