Job Opening

Department/Office: Executive Office of the Secretary-General
Duty Station: NEW YORK; NEW YORK;
Posting Period: 20 January 2021 - 11 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-EOSG-148399-D-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Director of the Political Unit reports to the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG)


Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following:

•Directs and manages the Political Unit as part of the Strategic Coordination Team (SCT) in the EOSG; and acts as the focal point on political issues in the context of the integrated, multifaceted mission of the Team;
•Monitors, identifies and analyzes world-wide political and related developments with a view to provide early warning advice to the ASG;
•Initiates and supervises the preparation of political analytical reports, background papers, talking points and correspondences of concern to the EOSG, the General Assembly, the Security Council and other bodies as appropriate;
•Develops and maintain collaborative relationships with UN staff, government representatives, civil society actors, academic and research institutions and other partners on information sharing, policy and coordination matters;
•Actively contributes to the formulation of the SCT’s overall strategies, policies, programme of work, planning and budgetary processes;
•Supervises the preparation for official meetings, events, talks, visits of political nature involving the leadership of the EOSG;
•Oversees the recruitment of staff for the Political Unit in adherence to the principles of gender parity and geographical balance;
•Perform other related duties as requested by the EOSG.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive political role of the UN in general and of UN interventions on specific areas/themes. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on substantive issues and to coordinate, review and edit the work of others. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

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 as appropriate;

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 Unit’s shortcomings.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in public administration, international relations, law, social or political sciences or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in the above specializations, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in political analysis, international relations, peace and security, conflict prevention, diplomacy or mediation is required.
Experience with the preparation of political analytical reports, background papers, and talking points for senior management is required.
Experience with analysis and planning for UN conflict response efforts and knowledge of substantive political role of the UN in general and of UN interventions on specific areas and themes is required.
Experience with supporting senior management on strategic priorities, budget formulation and allocation of resources is required.
A minimum of eight years of field experience obtained outside of your country of nationality in a transitional, developmental, conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
Experience working with Member States and delegations in the context of international organizations is desirable.


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

In keeping with the Secretary-General's emphasis on mobility, candidates who have served with Offices Away from Headquarters, Regional Economic Commissions, Field Operations or Agencies, Funds and Programmes are encouraged to apply.

This position is initially available to 31 March 2022..

Secretariat staff members selected for a position in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) will retain their current contractual status. Those with current appointments limited to a specific Department, Office or Mission will be given similar appointments limited to service in the EOSG. Staff members are reminded of the provisions contained in ST/SGB/2016/8 ("Placement of staff members serving in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General"), and if covered within the scope of that bulletin, may be placed laterally to any vacant position in any organizational unit or duty station

Likewise, external candidates who are selected will be given appointments limited to service in the EOSG.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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.

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