Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Middle East Division of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO). Under the direct supervision of the Director/Deputy Director for the Middle East Division and reporting to the Team Leader of the Gulf Team of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and Peace Operations (DPO), the Liaison Officer will support cooperation with the League of Arab States (LAS). The post is located in the Cairo-based UN Liaison Office, which will draw on the overall support and cooperation from the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator Office.
•Formulates political affairs strategies; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and identifies issues, particularly with implications for regional peace and security, emerging in the LAS and related fora; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.
•Plans and implements the operational activities related to the work of the UN Liaison Office; incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Office.
•Plans, and coordinates with other UN departments, agencies, funds and programmes, as required, on matters relevant to enhancing UN-LAS cooperation and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring interdepartmental and/or interagency involvement and participation.
•Prepares briefing notes and talking pointsfor senior UN officials as required.
•Leads and directs the UN Liaison Office; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff, as required.
•Supports high-level interaction between the LAS and UN, including providing necessary administrative, logistical and substantive support.
•Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of political issues related to the UN Liaison Office to the LAS
•Represents DPPA-DPO and other UN entities, as required, at LAS meetings, at round tables, seminars and conferences; maintains close relations with the LAS general secretariat and its Member States; enhances the UN-LAS partnership through facilitating institutional dialogue mechanisms with the LAS and supports other exchanges and workshops on issues related to peace and security and proposes policy options to that end..
•Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Liaison Office and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Liaison Office; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues.
•Develops and maintains relations with government officials of the host country on matters related to UN-LAS cooperation.
•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 in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international law, history, public administration, or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be acceptable in lieu of the advance university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience working on the Middle East or Arab region is required.
Experience in drafting analytical notes and reports is required.
Experience in serving as a liaison function for the United Nations or another international organization 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 Arabic is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This post is available from 1 August 2020.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
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.
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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 October 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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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