Political Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
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Political Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

岗位领域:政治外事 工作性质:长期工作

学历要求:本科及以上 岗位职级:P4

工作地点:Nicosia(尼科西亚) 截止日期:09 October , 2017



Special Notice                

Notes:This position is available for a period of one year subject to the continued availability of the position which is vacant following the assignment of the incumbent who retains a lien on the position.

•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.

•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

Org. Setting and Reporting                

This temporary job opening is with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and works under the general direction of the Chief of Mission and the supervision of the Senior Advisor.                


Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Maintain up-to-date knowledge of events and trends relating to political and other relevant issues in the area of responsibility and the wider region and provide inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in Mission and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
•Prepare draft reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, draft briefings to the Security Council and other such documents; prepare various written materials, such as analytical reports and papers, statements, draft notes, background papers, talking points, speeches, daily and weekly reports and other correspondence for senior UN officials. 
•Together with the other components of the mission, assess trends that might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues, recommend solutions/possible action that can be taken by the Mission. 
•Gather, select and analyze information on EU developments related to Cyprus, and developments relating to Turkey.  
•Develop and maintain contacts with Cypriot authorities, political parties, organizations, civil society and NGOs; raise the awareness of all concerned on the activities of UNFICYP; promote cooperation, interaction and trust among all concerned. Interact frequently with mission components, UN agencies, funds and programs, other international organizations and governments including the EU on coordination and policy matters. 
•On behalf of the OSRSG, support the SA in coordinating the work of the other mission components to ensure a coherent approach to the work of the mission.  
•Support the office of the SRSG in the preparation of documents on behalf of the mission including planning frameworks and documents and results based budgeting inputs. Support the office of the SRSG in the implementation of any plans. 
•Attend and speak at seminars and other meetings related to assigned area.
•Define work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
•Perform other related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and formulate solutions to political problems in the mission area; Ability to relate various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programs in the country, sub-region and region; strong analytical skills combined with good judgment; ability to convey recommendations in a concise manner. Effective negotiation skills and ability to promote mutually satisfying and sustainable solution; 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.

•Judgment and 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

•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 and 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 economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.                

Work Experience                

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area. A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in professional work involving negotiation, analysis, research and writing and proven drafting abilities. At least three years' experience in the international field. Experience on Cyprus, the region and in a conflict or post-conflict area would be an advantage. Experience working in a peacekeeping operation and/or a special political mission, including working with high level officials, is highly desirable.                


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an asset.                


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.