United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
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DPO provides political and executive direction to UN Peace operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations. DPO also provides guidance and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peacebuilding missions.
The Policy and Planning Officer works in the Office of the Assistant Secretary- General (OASG) for Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) and reports to the Special Assistant to the ASG. OROLSI brings together the Police Division, the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service, the Mine Action Service, the DDR Section and the SSR Unit. OROLSI’s structure and partnerships help ensure that complex UN peace operations take a holistic approach to their work in these areas. OROLSI’s core function at Headquarters is to provide expertise, integrated guidance and support to UN peacekeeping and other operations led by DPO in the areas of rule of law and security institutions.
– Support the development of policies and planning tools that promote integrated ROLSI plans and activities at Headquarters and – in particular – in field operations;
– Coordinate OROLSI’s contribution to the overall results-based budget, programme management and performance reporting processes for the Department;
– Coordinate and contribute to the development and implementation of Departmental policies, guidelines, SOPs, manuals and other issuances related to the OROLSI specialist functional areas;
– Manage the implementation projects that will strengthen the Department’s capacity to plan and deliver critical early peacebuilding tasks in peacekeeping contexts; Develop strategic and – operational partnerships within and outside the UN system in support of ROLSI components in field operations;
– Manage the flow of information/documents into and from the Office including screening/drafting routine and strategic documents (e.g. budget narratives, Secretary-General’s reports, speeches) and prepare outgoing correspondence (notes, cables, letters, minutes and other documents);
– Accompany the ASG and other senior OROLSI staff on missions and provide the requisite support in planning and preparing all aspects of travel;
– Represent OROLSI in working groups, meetings, conferences, and other forums convened by UN and non-UN actors;
– Support and back-up the Special Assistant to the ASG as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of the functioning of the UN system in the area of peace and security, including in the areas of rule of law and security institutions. Familiarity with the structure of DPKO/DFS and integrated peacekeeping operations as well as special political missions. Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows perseverance when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives 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; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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, law or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in peacekeeping or peacebuilding, including experience in policy development in the areas covered by the Office and/or planning and implementation of field operations in the areas covered by the Office, is required.
Experience drafting high-quality, budget, programme and planning documents as well as speeches and talking points in English is required
At least one year of experience in UN peacekeeping or other post-conflict field operation is desirable.
Experience coordinating and managing project development and implementation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in both oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available until 31 July 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• 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.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• 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.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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