Notes: This position is available for a period of three months. • A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the Division for Palestinian Rights, Department of Political Affairs. The incumbent reports to the Team Leader under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division.
The Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the substantive and organisational planning and organization of international meetings and conferences organized under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. S/he will be responsible for the following duties:- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of developments relating to the question of Palestine, in particular as they relate to the specific tasks for which the staff member is responsible.- Draft working papers, notes, conference room papers and statements for the Chairman and Bureau of the Committee and other officials in connection with the meetings; draft final reports of meetings and conferences and other relevant documentation.- Maintain contacts with experts, Governments, UN system entities, other intergovernmental organizations, the network of civil society organizations accredited to the Committee, media and special invitees participating in international meetings and conferences, on substantive and logistical matters in relation to the holding of meetings and conferences.- Conduct research on prospective speakers and develop contacts with new organizations and individual experts.- Conduct planning missions to prospective conference venues worldwide to assess conference facilities and make various preparatory arrangements for the holding of meetings.- In consultation with the Office of Legal Affairs and prospective host countries, draft legal agreements for the holding of international meetings and conferences away from HQ at non-UN venues.- Assist in coordinating all administrative arrangements for the holding of the meetings in cooperation with the Executive Office and respective Departments, incl. the budget, documents submission, servicing requirements, press coverage and the like.- Brief the Director of Division and the Bureau of the Committee on all aspects of the preparation and conduct of the international events.- Oversee the maintenance of the database on experts. Act as back-up to the Civil Society Liaison Officer, including outreach to civil society organizations, drafting of periodic publications, such as the bimonthly non-governmental organizations Action News, the Information Note and the web site; and maintaining the database on civil society organisations.- Perform other related duties as required.
Core Competencies:Professionalism:- Knowledge of political issues related to the situation in the Middle East- Ability to analyse developments in the political area- Proven ability to draft statements, talking points, briefing notes and other documentation on international political issues- Ability to work under pressure, at and away from Headquarters- Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of workTeamwork:- 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 shortcomingsPlanning & 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 law or related area. 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 dealing with issues of peace and security, preferably at an international organization, is required. Experience in the political area with special reference to the question of Palestine or Arab-Israeli conflict is desirable. Experience in servicing meetings under the auspices of an intergovernmental body, at and away from established HQ, is desirable. Experience in work with non-governmental and civil society organisations is desirable. Experience in the work, procedure and protocol of UN intergovernmental organs, including the work of relevant political bodies, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Working proficiency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 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.Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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