Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P4 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 23 August 2022 - 06 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-DPO-189168-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations (OUSG) in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO). The incumbent reports directly to the Principal Political Affairs Officer (Chief of Office).

DPO provides political and executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. DPO also provides guidance and support of military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peacebuilding missions.

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

• Analyses and monitors activities in designated peacekeeping missions, countries or regions assigned; assesses trends which might affect the political, security and operational situation and the impact of intra-regional issues; recommends solutions/possible action by the United Nations.
• Analyses political, security and related events within the assigned areas with a view to providing early warning advice to the USG and Chief of Office.
• Prepares and reviews analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile matters of concern to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies, and assists with the identification of departmental priorities and needs.
• Reviews operational updates on peacekeeping operations and participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services for the Security Council and other committees and bodies.
• Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on assigned peacekeeping issues.
• Arranges and participates in missions to peacekeeping operations and troop- or police-contributing countries undertaken by the USG.
• Meets regularly with integrated operational teams, including UN staff, as well as Military and Civilian Police officers to plan projects and review project activities.
• Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive peacekeeping matters, including thematic and cross-cutting topics, as well as country or regional issues, and makes recommendations on actions to take.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations, Permanent Missions and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
• Supports implementation of initiatives relating to the safety and security of peacekeeping personnel, including providing guidance to lead offices and review of materials for the SG and the USG;
• Supports efforts to strengthen outreach to the development pillar, including by coordinating with regional divisions and other DPO offices in order to devise strategy, processes and tools to strengthen the relationship with DCO and the Resident Coordinators;
• Serves as OUSG focal point for a number of operational, policy and thematic areas, including human rights screening.
• Performs other related duties as required.


Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic, and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.

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, history, international relations, public/policy administration, law or other related. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience in a related filed may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, security, peacekeeping or related area is required.

A minimum of three years of experience working in a front office environment providing substantive support to senior level UN officials or equivalent in a national service is required.

Experience working in peace and security in a governmental or inter-governmental setting is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and French (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

The appointment or assignment against this position and renewal thereof is limited to a finite period of one (1) year, due to the assignment of the regular incumbent to another position. Further extension/s will be dependent upon the availability of the post or funds and the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post.

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.

This job opening is advertised to fill a temporarily vacant position during the absence of the regular incumbent for a period of one year or longer. The regular incumbent is entitled to return to this position at the expiry of the temporary vacancy period. If the regular incumbent exercises the right to return, the appointment or temporary assignment or promotion of the candidate selected for this job opening will not be renewed or extended.

The selection process for this job opening will be conducted pursuant to ST/AI/2010/3 on the “Staff Selection System” and include the compliance review process by a review body described in staff rule 4.15. In case of selection, a staff member of the United Nations Secretariat who meets the definition of “internal candidate” in staff rule 4.10 will be placed on a temporary assignment if he or she holds the same grade as the job opening; and a temporary promotion if he or she holds a lower grade than the job opening. If the regular incumbent vacates the position during such temporary assignment or promotion, the selected staff member will be laterally assigned, promoted or transferred to the position without further selection process under ST/AI/2010/3.

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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