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Political Affairs Officer (Temporary), P3 Duties: Review and monitor activities in Syria and the region; assess trends and events that may affect engagement in Syria; recommends solutions/possible action with a view to providing early warning advice and advancing mandated objectives. Support the work of the Syria Inter-Agency Task Force on matters pertaining to interagency coordination, including the Working Group for the implementation of the “parameters and principles of assistance in Syria”. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible. Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat. Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to field mission agencies active on the ground. Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts briefing notes, background and options papers, talking points, speeches, code cables, inputs for the reports of the Secretary-General and other correspondence for senior officials. Prepares contextual information materials such as daily updates, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio, manages information to ensure its accessibility and utility. Maintains contacts with other sectors, other international organisations and governments, civil society actors, academic and research institutions, and other partners on coordination and policy matters. Participates in fact-finding and other missions; Supports preparations for official meetings, events and visits; Prepares written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate. Contributes to the formulation and implementation of the unit’s programme of work. Carries out administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Advanced University Degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, research, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area. Experience in drafting politically-sensitive documents and reports is required. Experience working on issues related to the Syrian conflict, including developing policy recommendation, is required. Experience in a field setting in Syria or neighboring countries is desirable. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in English and Arabic is required.
Term: through 31 December 2018.
Deadline: 16 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-DPA-95383-J-New York (X)
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