Job Vacancies Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
Political Affairs Officer, P-4
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 24 May 2010
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 25 Mar 2010
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
DUTY STATION: New York
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 10-POL-DPKO-423519-R-NEW YORK
External candidates, if selected will be granted appointments limited to service on posts financed by the support account for peacekeeping operations.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Under the supervision of the Team Leader, the officer will participate in the work of the relevant Integrated Operational Team. He/she will inter alia: monitor closely the development and progress of operations, including relations between the parties, troop/police contributors, governments, regional organizations; identify and respond to changes, problems, incidents; assist in the daily management of one or more peacekeeping operations in the Great Lakes region, in particular the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC); interact with and prepare responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties, troop/police contributors, members of Security Council, the Peacebuilding Commission, Government officials, regional actors, including the African Union, the Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, as well as International NGOs; ensuring input of and consultations with a wide range of DPKO, DFS and United Nations system interlocutors; monitor discussions and developments in various forums with implications for peacekeeping operations; draft a high volume of a wide range of documents expeditiously and effectively, including reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, and draft talking points and briefing notes for meetings of senior officials; participate in the activities for implementing operations, helping to devise guidelines and terms of reference, ensure input from participants and integrate different aspects (e.g. security, administrative, legal) of current operations and pre-mission planning; advise on operational mechanisms and models to achieve departmental goals; participate in crisis management; backstop other operations in the team and perform other assignments of the Directors/Team Leaders as needed.
Professionalism – Good knowledge of regional, political and economic developments in the region; ability to create, maintain, and/or participate in inter-disciplinary/inter-departmental teams and task forces; generating prompt and thorough responses to requests from senior headquarters staff and relevant mission personnel; maintenance of sustainable and thorough files on assigned issues; Drafting skills and ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of inter-governmental bodies; proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful. Ability to actively participate in and if need be lead and gain assistance of others in team endeavors. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Planning and organizing – develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. 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.
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent), in international relations, international economics, international law, political science or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, development or conflict resolution work at national and international levels, preferably related to Africa. At least one year of experience in a UN peacekeeping Mission is required. Experience with peacekeeping operations in Africa is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.
Familiarity with the work of the United Nations and the functions, priorities and policies of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations is desirable.
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). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. 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, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
How to apply
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.
Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
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