POLICY OFFICER - Tenders Global


Department of Peace Operations


Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Strategic Policy and Development Section (SPDS) of the Police Division, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peace Operations (DPO). The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of SPDS. The overall objectives of the Police Division are to effectively direct police components in peacekeeping operations and special political missions; to strengthen the strategic direction, planning, and management of police components in peacekeeping operations; and, to work towards a shared understanding among all stakeholders on the future direction of police peacekeeping. Additional information available in https://police.un.org/en. The Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) was established in 2007 to strengthen the links and coordinate the Department’s activities in the areas of police, justice and corrections, mine action and weapons/ammunition management, the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants and security sector reform.
Within delegated authority, the Policy Officer will be responsible for the following duties: • Develops, implements, monitors, analyzes and evaluates the full range of assigned policies, guidelines, directives, programmes/projects and procedures related to the deployment of police to peace operations, including those policies designed to facilitate the rapid deployment of police during the start-up phase of peace operations • Reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions. • Performs drafting of principles and guidelines for the development and capacity enhancement of host-state police institutions and the coordination of UN Police’s activities with the clients, including but not limited to host-state police, UN military, • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources. • With regard to the police components of peace operations, coordinates and personally carries out new policies, procedures and mandates, including the review and analysis of existing ones so they respond to the actual needs of the police components; prepares evaluations or other research activities and studies, • Generates survey initiatives; reviews, analyzes and interprets Police Division’s lessons learned activities and is responsible for preparing detailed reports containing problems/issues analysis, and prepares conclusions so that developed policies incorporate best practices. • Advises police components on the implementation of policies, procedures and mandates. This will entail coordinating closely with the Police Division’s Mission Management and Support Section (MMSS) and Selection and Recruitment Section (SRS) to continuously assess and revise the administrative, personnel and management policies and procedures of police components. • Maintains regular contact with mission-based police components and working closely with the other elements of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, as well as with the Regional Offices, Office of Military Affairs and Policy, Evaluation and Training Division of DPO, Department of Operational Support (DOS) and Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). • Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. • Initiates and coordinates outreach activities by forging and strengthening working partnerships with Member State experts on policing matters, think tanks, academic institutions, professional associations, and other international and regional organizations. May be involved in conducting training workshops, seminars, etc.; as well as making presentations on assigned topics/activities. • Coordinates and is responsible for the activities related to the implementation of the old and preparation and submissions of the new long- and short-term programmes/projects, including liaison with the Standing Police Capacity and support of the development of the Strategic Guidance Framework for International Police Peacekeeping, as well as other projects related to police reform and restructuring. • Performs other duties as required.
Competencies: • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, approaches and contemporary challenges facing police serving in multidimensional peace operations Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Ability to produce high-quality work with limited supervision, often in unfamiliar environments. 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. Able to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. • 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. • 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. Must possess excellent communication (verbal and written) skills, in English including the ability to draft high-quality reports and other forms of correspondence, as well as to conduct presentations, articulate options, make and defend recommendations.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of police science, criminal justice, law, international security studies, business administration, management, economics or another related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
Graduation from a national police academy or similar law enforcement institution is required. Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desired.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience, including in police service, in policy development, project or programme management, administration or related area for police or other law enforcement agencies is required. At least 2 years of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable. Experience in peace operations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; working knowledge of French language is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2025. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. 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. 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. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
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