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ProfilePolitical Affairs Officer (Special Assistant), P3 Duties: Supports the Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service in his/her functions, including by the provision of sound policy advice on issues; Serves as a liaison with office in Geneva and other departments and agencies in New York and in the field, as well as the diplomatic community. Provides specialised technical support to the Director in his/ her interactions with other entities by working closely with liaison staff of senior officials of those entities. Identifies, researches, analyses, prepares and/or organises information and briefing materials for the Director to facilitate decision-making and leadership in management strategic planning/review processes and/or to prepare the Director’s participation in meetings and missions/key events. Drafts speeches and/or designs presentation materials (including multi-media) for delivery by the Director in key events, meetings and other external fora ensuring that thinking, goals, objectives, strategies and/or policies on programs are appropriately reflected in these materials. Provides assistance to the Director in the strategic management of the Service, liaising closely with in-house Divisions, sections and field offices as well as key partners and stakeholders. Assists the Director in developing policies related to service delivery, programme planning and operations and ensures information about decisions taken is disseminated to staff and acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Manages the Office of the Director including the effective maintenance of his/her calendar, dealing with and tracking correspondence, calls and responses, preparing meeting notes, arranging duty travel and completing miscellaneous administrative tasks. Oversees the preparation of various regular and ad-hoc reports as required.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political or social science, international studies, law or other relevant field is required. 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 affairs, international relations, law or related area is required. Experience working in or in support of a peace operation or in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Experience in mine action is desirable. Experience in providing substantive and policy advice to senior management is desirable. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Deadline: 21 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-DPKO-90623-R-New York (X)
United Nations Department of Peacekeeping
One UN Plaza
New York City, NY 10017