Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in the team supporting the implementation of Security Council resolution 2231 (2015), within the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch (SCSOB) of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at Headquarters. Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Security Council Affairs Division, the incumbent reports directly to a Senior Political Officer. SCSOB provides support to subsidiary bodies and other entities and mechanisms established by the Security Council, particularly sanctions committees and groups/panels of experts who assist them in overseeing sanctions regimes.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Reviews and monitors activities on the agenda of the Security Council and related to the maintenance of international peace and security and assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues;
- Analyses political and related events on the agenda of the Security Council with a view to providing early warning advice to ASG/USG or other senior officials;
- Prepares analytical reports and summaries on sensitive matters of concern to the Security Council and other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials;
- Conducts research in support of DPA’s work, in particular preparations regarding the Secretary-General’s reports to the Security Council as mandated in Security Council resolution 2231 (2015) on the Iranian nuclear issue;
- Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on technical issues of assignment;
- Arranges and participates in missions away from Headquarters;
- Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, Members of the Security Council, and Member States to brief them on the procedures, practices and working methods of the Council;
- Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters related to the maintenance of international peace and security and makes recommendations on actions to take;
- Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international and regional organizations, and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations;
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the Security Council. Ability to research, select, organize and summarize information required for the preparation of relevant documentation for the Security Council. 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international law, disarmament, arms and arms control, security/military/strategic studies, or related is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience working on issues related to arms and related materiel (small arms and light weapons, other conventional weapons or military material), including identification and tracing, is required.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is desirable.
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