Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 19 June 2022 - 18 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNAMI-184214-R-Baghdad (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in Baghdad. The Information Analyst/Political Affairs Officer acts as the head of the Analysis Team in the Office of Political Affairs and Analysis and reports directly to the Director of the Office of Political Affairs and Analysis (OPAA).

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is a political mission established by the 2003 UN Security Council Resolution 1500 at the request of the Government of Iraq. UNAMI is mandated to advise and assist the Government and people of Iraq on a number of fronts. This includes advancing inclusive, political dialogue and national reconciliation, assisting in the electoral process and in the planning for a national census, facilitating regional dialogue between Iraq and its neighbours, and promoting the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reform.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of the office of Political Affairs and Analysis, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Review and monitor activities in the country and the region; Stay abreast of developments and assess trends which might affect the situation and the impact of intra-regional issues; Recommend solutions/possible action by UNAMI; Identify gaps and priorities for analysis; Task and analyze political, security, conflict, economic, energy and humanitarian related events with a view to provide early warning advise Mission leadership; Identify and provide analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to UNAMI; Coordinate thematic task forces; Draft notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials;
Act as focal point for collection and analyses of information on thematic issues of assignment; Arrange and participate in negotiations, field visits and fact-finding missions as necessary; Meet and coordinate regularly with operational teams including UN Mission and UNCT staff, national officials as well as Military and Civilian Police officers to plan and review activities; Provide up-to-date information to senior officials regarding Analysis Unit substantive and thematic matters and country or regional issues and make recommendations on actions to take;
Maintain contacts with other sectors of the UN, UN Agencies, government counterparts, international governmental and non-governmental organizations and local civil society organizations to broaden Analysis Unit’s information base; Coordinate and brief representatives with UN entities on policy matters; Brief representatives and provide suggestions and recommendations; Participate in conferences, seminars roundtables and academic events related to assigned area of expertise; Manage and supervise a team of international and national economic analysis officers;
Support JAU recruitment and consolidation of the Unit; Carry out administrative functions relating to staff management, planning and budget; Draft JAU work-plans and support its implementation; Perform other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Excellent analytical, drafting and briefing skills. Strong ability to analyse complex political, military, paramilitary, terrorist activities, or activities of related groups, in relation to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, including sexual and gender-based violence crimes. Strong knowledge of the activities of ISIL (Da’esh) in Iraq; Ability to employ sound professional analytical experience to facilitate the production of high quality work from the team. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to criminal investigations and prosecutions; Familiarity with and experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including digital sources; Ability to work in a high-tech environment. Shows pride in work and in achievements, is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is meticulous and pays attention to detail; 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.

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Foreign Affairs, Management, Law, Economics or related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination academic/professional qualifications and two additional years of experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in information analysis, political affairs, political economy, international affairs, conflict resolution, development, disarmament or related area is required.

Experience in political outreach, facilitation, advice, coordination, project management, analysis, and reporting on issues relating to Iraq and the Middle East is required.

Experience working on/in Iraq and/or the Middle East region is required.

Experience in managing performance within the United Nations system is highly desirable.

Previous experience working in a UN Special Political Missions, Peacekeeping Operations, or other UN field operation in a conflict or post-conflict setting 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 the Arabic Language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

Fully vaccinated status for COVID-19 or willingness to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is required 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.

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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