Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Data Specialist / Information Analyst), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 April 2021 - 25 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-DPPA-DPO-SS-154560-J-New York (O)
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 in the Research and Liaison Unit (RLU) of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC). The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director of UNOCC and manages the RLU.

The RLU delivers cross-pillar analysis, research, and data-driven services that help integrate peace and security, humanitarian, sustainable development, human rights and operational perspectives.

The UNOCC is a cross-pillar information hub that provides global situational awareness and crisis management support to UN leadership, and facilitates senior-level decision-making. It is a multi-party entity reporting to the ASG for Strategic Coordination of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) and operationally positioned under the Office of the Director for Coordination and Shared Services (ODCSS) between the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and the Department of Peace Operations (DPO).


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Prepares and coordinates the production of evidence-based integrated analysis and analytical reports, papers and products that effectively integrate peace and security, humanitarian, sustainable development, human rights and operational perspectives in support of senior-level decision-making (including members of the Secretary-General’s Executive Committee and Deputies Committee).
• Translate organizational needs into analytics and reporting requirements to support decisions, strategies and action with data and information.
• Ensures the accurate and timely dissemination of UNOCC’s analytical products.
• Identifies, analyzes, and interprets trends or patterns in information from internal and open sources that relate to UN field operations and emerging global crises, including using machine learning techniques and statistical methods, and delivers assessments.
• Oversees and allocates resources to integrated analysis, including the building of data-driven analysis, reporting and quality control capabilities.
• Collaborates with colleagues across the UN System to identify integrated analysis and data analytics needs and support data-driven projects.
• Ensures technically sound execution of research and data analytics projects.
• Conducts backstopping functions for peacekeeping missions’ Joint Mission Analysis Centres (JMACs) and equivalent analysis centres in Special Political Missions, including coordination of JMAC trainings and Chiefs of Analysis Units global meetings.
• Meets regularly with operational teams, including UN staff, national officials as well as Military and Civilian Police officers to share information and ensure integrated analysis and recommendations.
• Carries out, in consultation with the Deputy Director, administrative functions relating to the staff planning, budgeting and support to process improvement mechanisms.
• Performs other related duties as required.


• Excellent analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, manage, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.
• Ability to analyze, model and interpret data in support of decision-making across peace and security, humanitarian, sustainable development, human rights and operational perspectives.
• Adept at queries, report writing and presenting findings.
• Ability to oversee and quality-check work completed by other team members.
• Takes pride in the work for the organization and understands the impact that can be brought into the organization by allowing data-driven and evidence-based decisions.
• Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.
• Shows pride in work and in achievements.
• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
• Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
• 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.

• 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.

• 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, economics, information management, law, public administration or other related area. 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 applied integrated analysis, data-driven research, analytics or information management in international affairs is required.
Experience in using data to advance decisions, strategies and their execution is required.
At least two years of experience in a UN peacekeeping, humanitarian, development field operation or similar setting is desirable.
Experience in cross-pillar coordination or senior leadership support in a UN operation or similar setting is desirable.
Experience with self-service analytics and data visualization applications is desirable.
Experience with database or programming languages is desirable.
Experience in team management 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. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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 for six months, with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• 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.
• 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.

• 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.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

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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