Job Vacancies Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
Job Title SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P5
Department/ Office DEPARTMENT OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Job Opening number 10-POL-DEPT PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS-16138-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Asia and Middle East Division (AMED), Office of Operations, Department of Peacekeeping Operation (DPKO). The incumbent will be under the general direction of the Director and the supervision of the relevant Integrated Operational Team (IOT) Leader.
The Senior Political Affairs Officer will support the Middle East/Western Sahara IOT and assist the Team Leader in providing integrated operational and political guidance to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO). He or she will serve as senior political desk officer for UNIFIL and assist the IOT Leader and, where relevant, the AMED Director, in the management of the desks for the three Middle East peacekeeping operations. He or she will also ensure appropriate coordination with other departments, agencies and programmes in the United Nations system on Middle East issues.
The general responsibilities of the Senior Political Affairs Officer include:
In conjunction with the IOT Leader, monitor pro-actively and identify political and operational developments and issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate; based thereon, assist in developing strategic positions on the current and evolving conditions in the Middle East, draft or oversee the drafting of situational analyses, other relevant analytical papers as tasked or required by the events on the ground;
In conjunction with the IOT Leader, oversee the work of the desks of the Middle East peacekeeping operations;
Participate in and supervise the drafting of documents, including the Secretary-General’s reports to the Security Council, the General Assembly, ACABQ and the Fifth Committee;
Ensure the timely drafting of internal reports and briefing papers (background notes, talking points, etc.) for the Secretary-General, the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General and other senior officials;
Review draft press releases and draft reports prepared by others, to ensure accuracy, and assist with the drafting of articles, speeches or statements as needed;
Maintain liaison at relevant levels with members of UNIFIL, UNDOF and UNTSO and other parties, as well as representatives of Members of the Security Council and other Member States, especially troop contributing countries;
Assist in preparation of and lead internal working group meetings and video/audio conferences with the Mission or external stakeholders.
Backstop the IOT Leader, perform other duties as necessary or as tasked by the IOT Leader or the Director/AMED.
knowledge of the work of the United Nations in particular its peacekeeping activities; knowledge of the evolving peacekeeping doctrine and of the priorities and policies of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and its activities both at Headquarters and in the field; familiarity with the political and operational conditions in Lebanon, Syria and Israel and broader knowledge of the region; ability to provide high calibre strategic and tactical advice on all aspects of peacekeeping operations; proven competence, integrity and reliability in performance.
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.
Planning & 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; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
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.
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political or social sciences, international relations, law, history, economics, public administration or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Familiarity with the Middle East and substantial knowledge of the activities of the United Nations in the region is required. Experience in a UN peacekeeping mission or other relevant field experience is required.
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. Knowledge of French is desirable.
United Nations Considerations
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