Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Elections), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 31 December 2020 - 13 January 2021
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-DPPA-147279-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

This post is located in the Electoral Assistance Division (EAD) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), at Headquarters. EAD supports the United Nations system-wide Focal Point for electoral assistance, the Under Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, in this role. To this end EAD exercises key functions to ensure coordination, coherence and consistency with a broad array of UN entities working to provide United Nations electoral assistance in the field. The Division reviews Member States requests for assistance, develops and disseminates UN electoral policy and maintains UN electoral institutional memory; develops and maintains a roster of international electoral experts, provides support to UN electoral components and projects in the field and maintains contact with regional and other intergovernmental organizations. The Division is composed of three teams whose work focus on Country Support, Policy and Institutional Memory and Strategic Partnership. The teams work under the authority of the Director and Deputy Director. This post is located in the Country Support Team of EAD and the incumbent will be under the direct supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Team Leader of Country Support Team.


Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Team Leader, the Political Affairs Officer (Elections) will be responsible for the following duties:
•Reviews and monitors electoral related matters and activities in Syria and the wider MENA region; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the organisation of electoral processes; recommends solutions/possible actions by the United Nations as relates to electoral and political processes. Analyses political and electoral events in assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice to the EAD Director, ASG/USG, and other senior UN officials including the Special Envoy for Syria and his Office.
•Prepares analytical reports on electoral matters of concern for relevant UN entities; drafts notes, background papers, talking points and other correspondence for senior UN officials as required.
•Liaises regularly with counterparts in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, especially the Middle East Division of DDPA, the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, UNDP, and other departments, agencies and programmes of the UN System. Ensures up-to-date information regarding substantive electoral/political matters in Syria and the wider MENA region and makes recommendations on actions to take (such as advice on electoral issues).
•Provides backstopping support to relevant field offices including the Office of the Special Envoy-Syria.
•Participates in policy discussions regarding electoral matters and democratisation.
•Makes contact with other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters with regards to electoral issues in Syria and the MENA region; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
•Carries out, in consultation with supervisors, administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budgeting for any possible future electoral mission; facilitates staff recruitment for the electoral component of any mission.
•If requested, be willing to travel to Syria and the Middle East.
•Performs other related duties, including other countries outside the region, as required.

Leads or deputizes various electoral missions. Oversees electoral activities being carried out in the field by the UN System.


Professionalism: Ability to complete in-depth studies and propose solutions on electoral and political issues in conducting electoral activities in Syria. 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 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) degree in electoral assistance, political science, international relations, law, public administration, or related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in electoral assistance, political science, international relations, law or related area.
Experience of working with a national electoral management body providing technical advice is required
Headquarters experience working with the UN or similar organisation in supporting the administration and delivery of post-conflict elections is desirable
Experience in working in the Middle East or North Africa is desirable.
Experience in mission start-ups desirable.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


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 2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• Applicants for this position should be advised that recruitment is subject to classification, which is approved by DMSPC. Internal applicants should note that the granting of SPA is contingent upon classification of the 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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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