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Job Title Senior Peacebuilding Officer – Commission Support, P5
Department/ Office PEACEBUILDING SUPPORT OFFICE
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Sunday, 22 May 2011
Job Opening number 11-POL-pso-18851-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). The incumbent will report to and will be under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of the Branch.
Within the delegated authority, the Senior Peacebuilding Officer shall manage a team of officers of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Support Unit and will be responsible for the following duties:
1) Provide substantive and technical support to the Chairperson of the Peacebuilding Commission, Vice Chairs and Member States, including to coordinate the engagement of the UN system partners and external experts in Working Group on Lessons Learned (WGLL) activities; assist the WGLL Chair in developing and reviewing concept notes, background papers and related material for WGLL as required;
2) Serve as the focal point within the PBSO for PBC relations and interactions with UN principal organs, regional groups and individual member states;
3) Follow-up discussions and decisions made by the three UN principal organs with implications to the work programme of the PBC; as well as support and strengthen the process of dialogue and partnership with regional intergovernmental bodies;
4) Develop and coordinate the drafting of and assist the Chairperson in the consultations on the annual PBC report as well as preparation for consideration of the report by the General Assembly and Security Council;
5) Provide advice on the institutional development of the Commission including its working methods and rules of procedure;
6) Develop and coordinate PBSO’s inputs to PBC-related Secretary-General’s reports to the General Assembly and Security Council and to the Secretary-General’s meetings with PBC interlocutors and related statements at relevant events;
7) Plans and overseas the management of activities undertaken by the Peacebuilding Commission Support Unit. Others – serve as the PBSO focal point for briefings to UN system mechanisms on the work and processes involving the PBC; coordinates the work carried out by the PBC Support Unit and provides programmatic and substantive review of drafts prepared by others.
Proven expertise in UN intergovernmental processes, rules of procedure, Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and relevant UN organs’ founding institutional structure, mandates and working methods. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity.
-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 the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
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
-Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
-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
Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, political or social sciences, public or business administration, or related field. 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 professional experience in the intergovernmental, political and diplomatic field or related area. Experience at the international level is required. Experience in dealing with member states and delegations in the context of the UN system organizations is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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.
Competency-based interviews and written examination.
Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
- 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.
- This vacancy is subject to availability of post. 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.
- These posts are financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. The appointment of staff will also be limited to service on posts financed by the Support Account.
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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