Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). The Political Affairs Officer will report directly to the Chief Regional Affairs Unit (CRAU) in Jerusalem.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice - Identify, analyze and monitor key trends and developments and political issues in Palestine in line with UNSCO’s mandate, particularly as they relate to internal Palestinian political dynamics and to prospects for advancing a resolution of the conflict; Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.
Reporting and Information Management - Prepare and contribute to summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes and notes to file; prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes and political profiles; contribute to the elaboration of monthly briefings to the Security Council; contribute to the development of databases and other tools designed to ensure accessibility and utility of information; brief the Chief RAU and other unit staff on Palestine-focused developments. Deliver political briefings to a variety of interlocutors, potentially including Area Security Management Team ( ASMT), United Nations Country Team (UNCT), and Humanitarian Country Team (HCT).
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation - Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with mission components, the authorities, political leaders, civil society actors, the broader UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters; consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives; maintain communication with UNSCO offices in Gaza and Jerusalem; prepare meetings for senior leadership as requested.
Perform other relevant duties as required
Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of 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 (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, development, or related field is required.
Experience in political outreach, analysis and reporting is required.
Previous experience working in a UN Special Political Mission, Peacekeeping Operation, or other UN field operation in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Experience working in the Middle East and/or the region is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required; working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
• Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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