Senior Political Affairs Officer (Chief of Section), P5

UN Office of Counter-Terrorism
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 26

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), within the Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT).


Under the overall supervision of the Director of OCT and the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of OCT, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

  • Provides policy guidance to the Director and Deputy Director of OCT, on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures related to counter-terrorism, ensuring coherence and effective coordination;
  • Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Unit; ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, coordinating diverse projects with OCT entities, and Member States, in liaison with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate;
  • Directs programme monitoring and evaluation; presents information gathered from diverse sources;
  • Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Unit under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Unit; manage and coordinate capacity building workshops; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of reports prepared by others;
  • Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to the Secretary-General and intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate;
  • Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in reports;
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Unit maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Unit under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates;
  • Drafts a compendium of existing practices and lessons learned as well as proposals on ways to enhance inter-organizational coordination and cooperation related to the response of terrorist attacks;
  • Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Branch/Service/Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
  • Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates;
  • Recruits staff for Unit/Section taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;
  • Manages guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision;
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit/Section and across organizational boundaries;
  • Represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues;
  • Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on counter-terrorism, or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary;
  • 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.


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. A minimum of three (3) years of management experience is required. Experience in administration, budget, or human resources management is desirable. Experience in counter-terrorism is desirable. Experience in managing large-scale programmes/projects is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and Arabic is desirable.

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