Senior Political Affairs Officer, P5

Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria
  • Location
    Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Oct-23-2018
  • Posted
    Oct 10

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria (OSE-Syria) in Damascus. Under the overall supervision of the Special Envoy, the incumbent will report to the Head of Office, Damascus.

Responsibilities

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

  • Formulates political affairs strategies; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and plan of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems in general and in specific geographical areas; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the unit; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures;
  • Plans and implements the operational activities related to the work of the division/department, i.e., peacekeeping, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict rehabilitation, election administration, political and governance institution-building, civil society support work, etc.; incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit;
  • 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, Senior Advisers, Under-Secretary General/Assistant Secretary-General;
  • Designs peacekeeping initiatives; advises on and participates in the negotiation to establish operations and develops guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for new operations;
  • Coordinates and directs the provision of secretariat services secretariat services -for the General Assembly, ECOSOC and the Security Council and their subsidiary bodies, and special conferences and summits;
  • Provides continuous 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; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs;
  • Acts as coordinator for complex coordination and support missions;
  • Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of political issues in a region and or country or major conflict;
  • Represents division/office/mission at round tables, seminars and conferences;
  • Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components, including civilian, military and humanitarian operations;
  • Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Section/Division or mission; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and unit;
  • Develops and maintains relations with government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern;
  • Liaises with member states on issues affecting Syria;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism:

Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters. Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment. Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations in both the field and UN common system. 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 others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

  • 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.

  • informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Managerial Competencies

  • 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 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, development management, conflict resolution or related area. Prior work on the design or support to mediation and negotiation processes is desirable. Prior experience of working on conflicts in countries in the Middle East or North Africa is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in English and Arabic is required.

Application instructions

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