Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Political Analysis & Research Cluster, Assessment and Technical Assistance Office, CTED. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Gathers, compiles and analyses information related to new threats and challenges, as well as trends in counter-terrorism, relevant to the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2354 (2017), S/RES/2396 (2017)and other Security Council resolutions, in the regions the most affected by terrorism;
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and relating in particular to counter-terrorism issues and measures undertaken by countries visited by CTED with a view to assessing the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2354 (2017), S/RES/2396 (2017) and other Security Council resolutions;
- Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of of counter-terrorism and international counter-terrorism cooperation and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the Office and elsewhere in relevant departments/offices of the UN Secretariat.
- Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of CTED's mandate;
- Drafts analytical reports and overview documents on the work of CTED for submission to the Counter–Terrorism Committee, as well as statements of CTED senior management to the Committee;
- Undertakes outreach and networking with international, regional and sub regional organizations, civil society, academia and other entities in conducting research and information gathering and in identifying good practices;Serves as focal point for engagement with relevant analytical and research units of UN bodies and agencies, and with global research network partners on counter-terrorism and counter-messaging matters;
- Participates in CTED country visits and other missions aimed at assessing, facilitating and promoting the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) 2178 (2014) and 2354 (2017), S/RES/2396 (2017);
- Participates in provision of secretariat services to Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee;.Support the Committee in its efforts to work with relevant United Nations departments/offices and agencies, international, regional, and sub-regional organizations, and civil society organizations, including members of the global research network, to identify possible ways to measure the impact and effectiveness of counter-messaging;
- Prepares meetings of the ASG/Executive Director of CTED with officials from countries under CTED's purview.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, social, economic and other problems conducive to terrorism and extremism in a country or geographic area. 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) in political science, international relations, journalism, international economics, law, public administration, humanities or other 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.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, journalism, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in counter-terrorism matters is desirable.
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