This position is located in the Political Analysis & Research Cluster, Assessment and Technical Assistance Office, CTED. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief.
- Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: •Gathers, compiles and analyses information related to new threats and challenges, as well as trends in counter-terrorism, relevant to the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2354 (2017), S/RES/2396 (2017)and other Security Council resolutions, in the regions the most affected by terrorism;
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and relating in particular to counter-terrorism issues and measures undertaken by countries visited by CTED with a view to assessing the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2354 (2017),S/RES/2396 (2017) and other Security Council resolutions
- Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of of counter-terrorism and international counter-terrorism cooperation and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the Office and elsewhere in relevant departments/offices of the UN Secretariat.
- Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of CTED’s mandate
- Drafts analytical reports and overview documents on the work of CTED for submission to the Counter–Terrorism Committee, as well as statements of CTED senior management to the Committee
- Undertakes outreach and networking with international, regional and sub regional organizations, civil society, academia and other entities in conducting research and information gathering and in identifying good practices
- Serves as focal point for engagement with relevant analytical and research units of UN bodies and agencies, and with global research network partners on counter-terrorism and counter-messaging matters
- Participates in CTED country visits and other missions aimed at assessing, facilitating and promoting the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) 2178 (2014) and 2354 (2017), S/RES/2396 (2017) as required
- Participates in provision of secretariat services to Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee; Supports the Committee in its efforts to work with relevant United Nations departments/offices and agencies, international, regional, and sub-regional organizations, and civil society organizations, including members of the global research network, to identify possible ways to measure the impact and effectiveness of counter messaging
- Prepares meetings of the ASG/Executive Director of CTED with officials from countries under CTED’s purview. •Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, social, economic and other problems conducive to terrorism and extremism in a country or geographic area. 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, journalism, international economics, law, public administration, humanities or other related field. 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 political science, international relations, journalism, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required
- Experience in counter-terrorism 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 another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff members are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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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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