Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Duty Station: GABORONE
Posting Period: 22 June 2020 - 05 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-DPPA-DPO-SS-135593-R-Gaborone (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Central and Southern Africa Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Department of Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO), and is based in Gaborone, Botswana. The Political Affairs Officer reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Head of the Department of DPPA-DPO Laison Team to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, and the overall supervision of the Director of Central and Southern Africa Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Department of Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO).


Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Gathers, selects and analyses political affairs strategies, policy directives and plan of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems in general and in geographical areas covered by SADC; identifies and monitors emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the Team; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.

Provides technical and substantive backup in the implementation of the mandates of the office, branch and unit, i.e., conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, political and governance institution-building, civil society support work, etc
Assists in planning, coordinating and managing programmes, projects and activities requiring interdepartmental and/or interagency involvement and participation.

Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General, Senior Advisers, Under-Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General and other senior officials.

Maintains up to date knowledge of events related to political issues as they effect the SADC areas of responsibility.

Represents Division/Team at round tables, seminars and conferences.

Coordinates activities related to the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the team and participates in administrative matters concerning the Division; assists in coordinating and overseeing work of colleagues and unit.

Maintains and develops contact with senior SADC and member States, as appropriate.

Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated ability to conduct research and draft documents, including analytical reports; proven knowledge of the UN mechanisms for conflict prevention, mediation and peace-making; exposure to the conduct of good offices, mediation and facilitation of political dialogue; familiarity with the political dynamics in the SADC sub-region;and political judgement. 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 collaborative 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 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.


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, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience in providing political advice to senior officials is required.
Experience in coordination and liaising with partner regional organizations is required.
Experience working in a field operation of the United Nations Common System (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN regional commissions, agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization is desirable.
Experience working on or with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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.

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.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

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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