Senior Political Affairs Officer
Application deadline 2 years ago: Thursday 27 Aug 2020 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is based in Nay Pyi Taw and will support the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (OSESG) on Myanmar. Under the overall direction of the Special Envoy, the incumbent will report to the Head of Office at OSESG Nay Pyi Taw and, on a day-to-day basis, liaise closely with the Asia and the Pacific Division in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. The Office of the Special Envoy supports the implementation of the Secretary-General’s good offices General Assembly mandate on Myanmar.
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, especially on accountability, democratic transition, rule of law and support to the peace process in Myanmar, as well as on humanitarian and human rights issues; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the office; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.
Ensures regular interaction with the Asia and the Pacific Division in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, members of the United Nations Country Team in Myanmar as well as with members of the diplomatic community and civil society organizations.
Plans and implements the operational activities related to the work of the office on accountability, democratic transition and rule of law and support to the peace process; 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 office.
Prepares analyses, reports, briefing notes and talking points for the Special Envoy and other UN Senior Officials.
•Undertakes, organizes research on a variety of political issues in Myanmar and the region.
•Represents the office at round tables, seminars and conferences.
•Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, queries of parties.
•Contributes to the formulation of the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the office and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the office.
Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
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 the political situation in Myanmar and the regional and international implications. Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and across the UN 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.
•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.
•Judgment/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.
•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.
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 two (2) 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, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Proven experience in preparing political reports and making recommendations to high-level officials or senior management from the field level is required. A minimum of three years of experience in a conflict/post-conflict environment in Asia is highly desirable. At least two years of field experience working on peace and security issues in Myanmar is desirable. Experience in coordinating inter-agency processes in a front office of the United Nations is highly desirable. Experience with good offices or mediation services as part of the political process is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Assessment Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
Special Notice This post is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
The UN is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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