Associate Intergovernmental Affairs Officer


Org. Setting and Reporting This temporary job opening (TJO) is located in the General Assembly Affairs Branch, General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division (GAEAD), Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, New York. GAEAD facilitates the deliberation and decision-making process of intergovernmental and relevant expert bodies and United Nations conferences by providing substantive and conference management support. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Branch and the Senior Intergovernmental Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Branch and within delegated authority, the incumbent:
– Provides intergovernmental services during sessions of the General Assembly and its subsidiary organs as well as United Nations conferences, including by providing in-person support during the conduct of intergovernmental meetings, scheduling Vice-Presidents presiding over General Assembly meetings at the request of the Office of the President, and preparing Journal summaries;
– Assists with the project management of the e-deleGATE project, in particular by participating in the implementation of specific work streams and coordinating the response to requests from technical secretariats in and outside of GAEAD, the Protocol and Liaison Service and other stakeholders;
– Serves as focal point to respond to queries from delegations on elections held in the General Assembly plenary, and assists with the conduct of elections;
– Provides support to requests for ad hoc research on intergovernmental proceedings and procedures, as necessary, and supports the development and implementation of data standards, data collection systems and data analytics in support of such research;
– Supports the processing of documentation, including letters, draft resolutions and decisions, as assigned; and
Performs other related duties, as required.

Competencies Professionalism:
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.

Technological awareness:
Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

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.

Education A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in international relations, law, diplomacy or related field, is required. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Young Professional Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, law, diplomacy or related field is required.

Previous experience working with intergovernmental bodies is desirable.

Previous experience organizing meetings and/or elections is desirable.

Previous experience in project management, knowledge management and/or the implementation of data-driven projects is desirable.

No experience is required for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the G to P Examination (G to P).

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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

Special Notice The temporary job opening is available for the period through 31 March 2022, with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

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.

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.

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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