Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Reviews and monitors activities in the ASEAN region; assesses trends which might affect the overall political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues on the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership; recommends solutions/possible action or engagement by United Nations.
Analyses political and related events within the ASEAN region with a view to provide early warning advice to senior UN officials.
Drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment, in coordination with DPPA-DPO headquarters and regional presences.
Conceptualises, coordinates, arranges and participates in ASEAN-UN collaborative activities and events. Carries out other assignments in the region as assigned.
Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, national and ASEAN member states officials as well as ASEAN Secretariat staff to coordinate work on joint reports and progress on the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action.
Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments, ASEAN Dialogue Partners, think tanks and civil society on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
Carries out, in consultation with the Team Leader, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget, including preparing project proposals, monitoring and reporting on Extra-budgetary (XB) funded project activities under the Multi-Year Appeal.
Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism – Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems, especially in Southeast Asia and the ASEAN region. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in ASEAN. 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, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience in political analysis related to peace and security in Southeast Asia and UN partnerships with regional organizations is required.
Experience related to ASEAN as well as field experience in the region are desirable.
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.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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.
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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