Political Affairs Officer [Temporary]

UN Department of Political Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Aug-31-2017
  • Posted
    Aug 28

Position description

Notes: This post is a maternity leave replacement and is available for a period of five months starting 1 September.

•A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also
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service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is with the Country Support Cluster of the Electoral Assistance Division in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at Headquarters. It reports to a Senior Political/Electoral Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Political/Electoral Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Participates in the discussion and formulation of political and technical strategies in the electoral field.
•Reviews and monitors activities in the countries or region assigned; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the organisation of electoral processes; recommends solutions/possible actions by the United Nations.
•Analyses political and electoral events in assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice through Team Leaders to EAD Director.
•Prepares analytical reports on electoral matters of concern to the General Assembly, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points and other correspondence for senior UN officials as required.
•Meets regularly with counterparts in the Department of Political Affairs, DPKO, UNDP, and other departments, agencies and programmes of the UN System to plan electoral projects and review project activities.•Ensures up-to-date information regarding substantive electoral/political matters and makes recommendations on actions to take.
•Participates in policy discussions regarding electoral matters and democratisation.
•Makes contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters with regards to electoral operations; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.•Manages or supervises electoral projects being implemented in the field.•Briefs donors and other interested parties on electoral
operations and assists in resource mobilization activities.
•Prepares briefing notes/talking points for the SG and other Senior UN officials as needed.•Carries out, in consultation with supervisors, administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budget of an electoral operation; including the selection of staff assigned to electoral missions.
•Drafts operational plans for starting electoral operations, including strategy, feasibility analysis, budget and personnel required and participates in the activities of implementation of these
operations.
•Develops and delivers training courses on electoral issues or practices as part of the ongoing internal capacity-building efforts of the organization.
•Leads or deputizes needs assessment missions to evaluate Government requests for electoral assistance, project formulation missions and/or expert advisory missions to UN operations and field offices.
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on electoral and
political issues and propose solutions to political problems in specific areas or countries. Field
expertise and technical understanding of electoral operations. Ability to relate various issues
and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected
countries and areas. 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.

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

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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in electoral assistance, or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, electoral administration, law, or related area. Experience in the provision of electoral assistance, including in UN peacekeeping and special political missions is desirable. Headquarters experience working with the UN or similar organisation in supporting the administration and delivery of post-conflict elections is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, for the post advertised fluency in English is required; knowledge of the other is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

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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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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