Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the International Meetings & NGO Liaison Team of the Division for Palestinian Rights, Department of Political Affairs. The incumbent reports to the Team Leader under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division.
The Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the substantive and organizational planning and organization of international meetings and conferences organized under the auspices of the Committee. S/he will also be responsible for the maintaining contacts with civil society, including the network of civil society organizations (CSO) accredited to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and for developing contacts with new organizations and individual experts.
The incumbent carries out the elements of the annual programme of work of the Committee pertaining to the cooperation with civil society and organization of international meetings and conferences. Among the tasks are:
• Maintenance of up-to-date knowledge of developments relating to the question of Palestine, in particular as they relate to the specific tasks for which the staff member is responsible;
• provision of information and responses to queries;
• participation in the planning, organization and substantive servicing of international meetings and conferences, in particular those with a civil society component;
• liaison with experts invited to international events organized by the Committee on substantive and logistical arrangements of their participation in the meetings;
• liaison with representatives of Member States and Observers, UN system entities, intergovernmental and civil society organizations, parliamentarians, academia and the media on all matters relating to the holding of meetings and conferences;
• assistance in coordinating all administrative arrangements for the holding of the meetings in cooperation with the Executive Office and respective Departments;
• briefing and advice to the Team Leader and the Director on all aspects of the cooperation with civil society;
• preparation of working papers, notes and conference room papers for the Chair and Bureau of the Committee;
• drafting of statements for the Chairman, Rapporteur and other Committee officials in connection with international meetings and conferences of the Committee, and consultations with civil society organizations;
• preparation of final reports of international meetings and conferences;
• liaison with CSOs worldwide, including those which are accredited to the Committee with a special emphasis on national, regional and international coordinating mechanisms on the question of Palestine;
• drafting of information materials geared towards CSOs, such as the weekly bulletin “NGO Action News”;
• contribution to the drafting of the annual report of the Committee to the General Assembly.
The incumbent also acts as back-up to the other Political Affairs Officers in the team, and performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Possesses knowledge of political issues related to the situation in the Middle East. Is able to analyze developments in the political area. Has proven ability to draft statements, talking points, briefing notes and other documentation on international political issues. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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. Is able to work under pressure, at and away from Headquarters. 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 and 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) in political science, international relations, international law or related area. 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 in international peace and security is desirable. Experience planning and coordinating international meetings and conferences is desirable. Experience working on the question of Palestine or the Arab-Israeli conflict is desirable. Experience working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) is desirable.Experience working with UN intergovernmental bodies is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This post is available from 16 March 2019 through 30 June 2019, with possibility of extension• 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 apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.
• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from 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 position with the Secretariat.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.
• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.
• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.
• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.
• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
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.
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