Inspira Job Vacancy: Political Affairs Officer, Jakarta - Indonesia



Job Opening
Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Duty Station: JAKARTA
Posting Period: 15 April 2020 - 29 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-DPPA-DPO-SS-134593-R-Jakarta (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A

This post is located in the Asia-Pacific Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. This position will focus on advancing the Comprehensive Partnership between the UN and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) through strengthened institutional dialogue and coordination between the two organizations and with ASEAN member states, including through engaging with the ASEAN Committee of the Permanent Representatives. The Political Affairs Officer reports to the Team Leader for South and Southeast Asia.

Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Reviews and monitors activities in the ASEAN region; assess trends that might affect the overall political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues on the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership; recommends solutions/possible action or engagement by United Nations.
  • Analyses political and related events within the ASEAN region with a view to providing early warning advice to senior UN officials.
  • Drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches, and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
  • Acts as a focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment, in coordination with DPPA-DPO headquarters and regional presences.
  • Conceptualises, coordinates, arranges and participates in ASEAN-UN collaborative activities and events. Carries out other assignments in the region as assigned.
  • Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, national and ASEAN member state officials as well as ASEAN Secretariat staff to coordinate work on joint reports and progress on the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action.
  • Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments, ASEAN Dialogue Partners, think tanks and civil society on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
  • Participates in conferences, seminars, and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
  • Carries out, in consultation with the Team Leader, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget, including preparing project proposals, monitoring, and reporting on Extra-budgetary (XB) funded project activities under the Multi-Year Appeal.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Professionalism – shows the ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems, especially in Southeast Asia and the ASEAN region. Shows the ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic, and humanitarian programs in ASEAN. 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.
  • 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; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • 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.