Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 29 November 2018 - 06 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-DPA-107865-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Political Affairs in the Department of Political Affairs. The Political Affairs Officer reports to the ASG through the Political Affairs Officer and the Special Assistant/Senior Political Affairs Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Assists the ASG in the discharge of his/her responsibilities by providing advice and support on all matters relating to the cooperation between the Department of Political Affairs and the African Union Commission and sub-regional organizations in Africa in the areas of prevention, management and resolution of conflict on the continent.
•Works as part of a team that provides substantive and administrative backstopping to the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) in Addis Ababa.
•Monitors actions taken by the African Union Commission and its sub-regional organizations and provides up-to-date information to senior
officials regarding substantive political matters and makes recommendations on appropriate action.
•Helps organize the UN-AU Consultative Meetings on Prevention and Management of Conflicts.
•Liaises with other UN offices, departments and agencies on issues related to UN-AU cooperation.
•Proposes, develops and coordinates programmes and projects to ensure
the timely implementation of the UN-AU Joint Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security. .
•Maintains close working relations with the two Africa Regional Divisions in DPA, relevant DPA units and Special Political Missions.
•Drafts project documents to help mobilize support for the implementation of the UN-AU Joint Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security and other African Union projects including the African Union Silencing the Guns Initiative.
•Maintains contacts with other parts of the UN system, the African Union Commission, sub-regional organizations, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.
•Participates in fact finding and other missions within assigned area of responsibility.
•Organizes and follows up on meetings of the Security Council and other intergovernmental committees and bodies related to the cooperation between the UN and the AU in the areas of peace and security.
•Drafts a variety of documents including talking points, briefing notes, letters, speeches and other written correspondence for senior UN officials, and coordinates the drafting of reports and policy papers related to the cooperation between DPA and the AU and sub-regional organizations, as appropriate.
•Contributes to the formulation of work plans, budgets and other planning processes, including monitoring and reporting of the extra-budgetary resources to DPA Donors Relations Unit.
•Performs other duties as required by the ASG.


PROFESSIONALISM - Demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in Africa; ability to relate various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrated knowledge of prevention, control and resolution of conflicts in Africa; good knowledge of the African Union Commission and the UN practices and procedures.

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.

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.


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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs or international affairs, out of which at least three years of substantive experience in African affairs or field experience in Africa is required. Experience in working with regional organizations is required. Experience in programme/project management is desirable. Experience working with Senior Officials is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in both French and English is required.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for 11 months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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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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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