United Nations Political Affairs Officer Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Political Affairs Officer Jobs in Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

  • Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: This post is located in the Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism (PCVE) Unit within the Pillar I & IV Branch of the Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), in Nairobi. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Unit. The focus of this position is to support the work of the Unit in UNOCT’s new office to be established in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.

  • The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)/the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) Global Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) Programme provides integrated capacity building packages, institutional development and technical assistance to requesting Member States, civil society and the UN system to strengthen individual, community and national resilience to violent extremism and reduced threat of terrorism. The Programme engages in nine substantive and mutually reinforcing portfolios: policy assistance, strategic communications, youth engagement, education, mental health, new frontiers, gender, human rights and coordination.

    Responsibilities

    • Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

    • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to Counter-Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries and thematic mandates of the branch.

    • Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the office and elsewhere in the Secretariat.

    • Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to the Chief of Branch and other colleagues.

    • Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the office and the branch, and supports the Chief of Branch in administrative and human resources matters.

    • Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

    • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.

    • Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organizations, government and non-governmental organizations.

    • Selects, classifies and stores in computerized databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries or region.

    • Participates
    in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.

    • Participates in provision of secretariat services to Security Council, General Assembly, subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.

    • Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the office`s purview.

    • Performs other related duties as required.

    Competencies

    • Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest 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.

    • 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.

    Education

  • 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 two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.

  • Experience providing technical assistance in preventing and countering violent extremism is required.

  • Experience working with youth engagement and policy assistance is desirable.

  • Experience designing and implementing capacity building programmes is desirable.

  • Experience in strategic communication and policy assistance is desirable.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Political Affairs Officer Jobs in Kenya


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