Senior External Relations Officer (P-4)

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  • Added Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2022
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VA ID: 1522 Grade Level: P-4 Division: Legal and External Relations Division Section: External Relations, Protocol and International Cooperation Section Unit: Type of Appointment: Fixed Term Appointment Date of Issuance: 27 September 2022 Deadline for Applications: 26/10/2022 Vacancy Reference: VA143-1522-2022 Reporting Date: As soon as possible

Please note that all candidates should adhere to CTBTO Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for similar positions at the same level as a result of this selection process for a period of two (2) years.

Organizational Background

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the treaty banning any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including a network of 337 stations worldwide, a communications system, an international data centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance.

Organizational Setting

This position is located in the Legal and External Relations Division (LEG).

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of the Chief, External Relations, Protocol and International Cooperation Section, to:

Duties and Responsibilties

Liaise with States Signatories, and non-signatories, as well as relevant regional and international intergovernmental organizations with the aim of promoting the goals of the Treaty and its universalization; Provide advice on States in the assigned geographical area and propose solutions to pending problems; Prepare background notes and talking points for the meetings of the Chief and/or Director of Legal and External Relations and the Executive Secretary, as required; Prepare statements, speeches for the Chief and/or Directors and the Executive Secretary, as required; Organize and plan international cooperation workshops, capacity building and training activities and programmes, represent the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) at relevant meetings and conferences, organize briefings on the work of the Commission and deliver presentations on the work of the Commission, as required; Prepare reports on relevant meetings and ensure follow-up; Contribute to and participate in international conferences and meetings of the Preparatory Commission and others including contacts with delegates/participants to such meetings; Prepare analytical and background papers and reports in relation to the work of the Section and the PTS and any related correspondence; Perform other duties assigned.


Advanced university degree in international relations, political science, public or business administration or a related field;

Work Experience and Qualifications

At least seven years of relevant working experience in a bilateral, multi-lateral or preferably international setting, including experience in activities related to external relations and particularly pertaining to Africa; Capacity to work simultaneously on a variety of issues and tasks independently, adjusting to priorities and achieving results with agreed objectives and deadlines; Strong ability to communicate effectively in multicultural environment is essential; Demonstrated ability to show political sensitivity, tact and judgement is essential; Strong analytical skills are essential; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with staff at all levels as well as with external counterparts and stakeholders or international organizations;


Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential. A good working knowledge of Arabic, or French is highly desirable. Knowledge of other official CTBTO languages is desirable.


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; Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from other 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 and organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; 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; Team work - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings; Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable; Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks โ€œoutside the boxโ€; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches; Client orientation - Considers all those to whom services are provided to be โ€œclientsโ€ and seeks to see things from clientsโ€™ point of view; establishes and maintains productive relationships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clientsโ€™ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clientsโ€™ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients; Commitment to continuous learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve; Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks, shows willingness to learn new technology.


CTBTO offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, see link: The salary offered may be subject to deductions to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and/or Health Insurance Scheme.

Additional Information:

All applications must be submitted through the CTBTO e-Recruitment system before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Incomplete applications and submission of employment history in formats other than the CTBTO Employment Information Form will not be considered. The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment at a lower grade in particular if the candidate has less than the qualifications required; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the vacancy announcement. Please note that the CTBTO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list. The CTBTO reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with shortlisted candidates. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process or be requested to provide performance assessments.

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