SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
United Nations
GENEVA
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Org. Setting and Reporting This post is located in the Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA). ODA provides substantive and organizational support for norm-

setting in the area of disarmament through the work of the General Assembly and its First Committee, the Disarmament Commission, the Conference on Disarmament and other bodies.

It also provides objective, impartial and up-to-date information on multilateral disarmament issues and activities to Member States, States parties to multilateral agreements, intergovernmental organizations and institutions, departments and agencies of the United Nations system, research and educational institutions, civil society, especially non-

governmental organizations, the media and the general public.

The incumbent reports to the Director, Conference on Disarmament Secretariat and Conference Support Branch (Geneva).

For additional information, please refer to https : / / www.un.org / disarmament. Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer / Conference Secretary will be responsible for the following duties :

  • Formulates policy positions and strategies; develops a direction for work; proposes policy directives and plan of action for immediate and longer-
  • term solutions relevant to the mandate and role of the Branch; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the Branch;
  • analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.

  • Plans and implements the operational activities related to the work of the Branch, i.e., disarmament, non-proliferation, frontier technologies and emerging issues, civil society support work, etc.
  • ensures an integrated approach that includes a gender perspective, technological awareness and innovation into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Branch.

  • Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring interdepartmental and / or interagency involvement and participation.
  • Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General, the Secretary General of the CD, the High Representative and the Director.
  • Coordinates and directs the provision of secretariat services - for Conference on Disarmament, Expert Groups and Treaty Bodies and their subsidiary bodies, and special conferences and summits.
  • Provides continuous support, guidance and advice to the Presidents and Chairs as well as other elected offices of intergovernmental bodies concerning the organization of work, status of negotiations, conduct of business including interpretation of the rules of procedure.
  • Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments with a focus on optimization of resources; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff;
  • participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in all staff development and skills training initiatives.

  • Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research, fundraising, knowledge management and research collaborations on a variety of disarmament, non-
  • proliferation and arms control issues relevant to the work of the Branch.

  • Represents the office at round tables, seminars and conferences.
  • Responds to / prepares responses to comments, statements, queries of delegations.
  • Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Branch and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Branch;
  • coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and Branch.

  • Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials, UN organizations and external partners and stakeholders and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
  • Serves as deputy to the Director and performs other related duties as required. Competencies
  • PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental disarmament bodies, the work of the United Nations and its disarmament machinery, the sustainable development goals (SDGs), the wider disarmament and non-
  • proliferation agenda, including recent technological developments in the field. Ability to communicate on international disarmament with a variety of audiences, including Member States, international organisations and civil society, also by using social media.

  • Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in conferences and meetings of States. 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.

  • ACCOUNTABILITY : Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.

  • LEADERSHIP : Serves as a role model that other people want to follow : builds teams and 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 improvements; 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;
  • demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

  • MANAGING PERFORMANCE : Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member;
  • accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines;
  • regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative;
  • actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

  • JUDGEMENT / DECISION-MAKING : 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. Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required.

    Experience in developing, managing and delivering projects and supporting multilateral processes is desirable. Experience in providing substantive support in servicing multilateral conferences is desirable.

  • Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English or French is required;
  • knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-

    based interview. Special Notice 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.

    Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil 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 letter.

    The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

    For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply : Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-

    Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-

    Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

    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.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-

    link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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