Job Vacancies Office of the Special Representative of S-G for Children and Armed Conflicts, December 2011
Job Vacancies Office of the Special Representative of S-G for Children and Armed Conflicts
Position Political Affairs Officer
Department/ Office Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Sunday, 26 February 2012
Job Opening number 11-POL-OSRSG-CAAC-21968-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict. The mandate and work of the Office derives from General Assembly Resolution 51/77 and subsequent General Assembly resolutions, as well as successive Security Council resolutions on children and armed conflict. The incumbent will report to the Special Assistant/Chief of Office and the SRSG depending on the assignment.
Within delegated authority the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Reviews and monitors information on violations against children in the countries or region assigned; assesses trends; follows the implementation of recommendations related to CAAC from inter-governmental bodies.
Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered on the situation of children and armed conflict from diverse sources.
Drafts and edits reports for inter-governmental bodies, including the G.A., Human Rights Council and Security Council.
Liaises with Member States, other UN offices, NGOs and other partners in order to raise the profile of CAAC concerns.
Participates in assigned Secretariat services required by the Security Council and to other committees and bodies related to its work.
Drafts briefing notes, correspondence, memos and other documents as required by the SRSG or other senior officials.
Acts as focal point on thematic issues of relevance to the Mandate of the Office and participates on behalf of the Office in inter-agency working groups on these. (e.g. POC, SV, C34 etc).
Liaises on a regular basis with the UN country task forces for monitoring and reporting in countries assigned, reviews and vets reports emanating from these and offers technical support as and when required.
Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters, briefs representatives and provides as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
Takes the lead in preparing the SRSG’s field missions, including developing concept notes, programmes, background materials, as well as reporting on outcomes and following up on commitments made.
Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Chief of Office, work coordination and administrative functions relating to the staff, planning and budget.
Trains and supervises new/junior staff.
Performs other related duties as required.
Knowledge of human rights monitoring, analysis and reporting and familiarity with child protection issues in conflict settings. Knowledge of peacekeeping and post-conflict contexts and familiarity with conflict or post-conflict settings. Ability to rapidly analyze, draft and edit written material. Highly developed communication skills in particular, very strong written and oral presentation skills. Ability to engage constructively and proactively while using tact and discretion, with a diverse range of UN, NGO, governmental and non-state actors and to present and defend sensitive issues/positions. Willingness to work in cooperation and in collaboration with other UN System counterparts in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Capacity to work calmly and under pressure; Demonstrated ability to analyse and identify opportunities to address child protection concerns by tracking country situations and thematic files. Ability to prioritize and manage time and resources efficiently and effectively. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- 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 social sciences, international law, international relations 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, international humanitarian law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area. Experience in conflict and post-conflict settings and experience handling child protection concerns is required. UN field experience in a conflict/post conflict setting, including in a UN peacekeeping mission is desirable. Experience supporting intergovernmental processes related to child protection matters at the Headquarters level is desirable.
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 French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Competency-based interview and/or written test.
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.
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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