Job Opening

Posting Title: CLIMATE, PEACE AND SECURITY ADVISOR, P4 (Temporary Job Opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 04 November 2022 - 24 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNAMI-194379-J-Baghdad (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is an integrated Special Political Mission, established in 2003 through Security Council resolutions 1483 and 1500 (2003). UNAMI’s current mandate under Security Council resolution 2631 (2022) recognized that “the adverse effects of climate change, ecological changes, and natural disasters, among other factors, can contribute to desertification and drought, adversely impact the humanitarian situation, and aggravate any existing instability” in Iraq. In addition, as per its current mandate, the Mission advises, assists, and supports the people and Government of Iraq in the fields of political dialogue, national and community-level reconciliation, elections, constitutional review, human rights, security sector reform, and the political participation of women. Furthermore, the Mission encourages regional dialogue and cooperation, including on issues of border security, energy, environment, climate change, water, and refugees. The Mission also facilitates the coordination of critical reconstruction and assistance programmes.


This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq in Baghdad. This post is embedded in UNAMI’s Office of Political Affairs and Analysis (OPAA). The incumbent will report to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance (DSRSG-P). The Climate, Peace and Security Advisor will advance UNAMI’s work on the linkages between climate change, peace and security, including in the areas of environment, water management, resilience building, and the adverse effects of climate change, particularly those contributing to desertification and drought. Responsibilities also include advocacy and partnership building, enhancing cooperation and coordination with the UNCT and the Government of Iraq, conducting research, analysis, and knowledge management, and providing technical advice on climate-related security risks at the national and regional levels. The incumbent will work closely with the Climate Security Mechanism (CSM), including through regular information exchanges and support to CSM global activities.


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

• Provide up-to-date analysis to UNAMI leadership on the interlinkages between climate change, peace and security in Iraq and their implications on strategic objectives of the Mission. Proactively promote coherence and integration between the Mission and the UNCT, assisting the SRSG in the development of a common vision, objectives, and programming for integrated delivery on mandated priorities and operations.
• Lead, in close cooperation with relevant UN entities, on the mainstreaming of climate-related security risks into UNAMI policies, strategies and activities, including regional dialogue and cooperation on climate-related security risks.
• Enhance coordination and cooperation on climate security between UNAMI and the Government of Iraq and, at its request, support policy development and implementation by the UN system.
• Identify entry points for UNAMI’s cooperation with the Government of Iraq and, at its request, support capacity building activities that contribute to a fair transboundary water sharing agreement.
• Serve as UNAMI’s technical focal point on climate, peace and security, including by strengthening early warning of related risks, collecting and sharing good practices, and strengthening partnerships with the UN Country Team, DPPA, the UN Climate Security Mechanism (CSM) and other partners.
• Contribute to the preparation of reports and other research activities and studies related to climate security in Iraq and the Middle East region, as needed.
• Map and maximize synergy of environment-related programmes and projects in Iraq; to contribute to the work of the Mission and the UNCT on issues related to the impact of the climate change, environmental degradation and conflicts over natural resources.
• In collaboration with the Mission and UNCT, identify funding gaps related to climate, environment, peace and security issues in Iraq and develop proposals for resource mobilization.
• Collaborate with entities from across the UN system and other partners to identify opportunities for climate finance to support peacemaking and peacebuilding activities in Iraq and the region, as appropriate.
• Perform other related duties, as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of climate, peace and security issues and the impact of climate change on human security; understanding of peace and security challenges in Iraq and the Middle East region; familiarity with climate and environmental trends globally and in the Middle East region; ability to establish and strengthen partnerships at different levels; ability to coordinate complex multi stakeholder processes; ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks to inform political engagement; demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operations. 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.

Communication: Ability to produce high-quality analytical reports. 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in political sciences, international relations, conflict studies, political economy, climate, environment or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree of equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in the areas of climate, peace and security, climate change, environmental governance, political affairs, diplomacy, international relations, law, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, disarmament, peace and security, conflict resolution, development, or related areas is required.

Experience working on the Middle East and North Africa is required.

Demonstrable experience in political analysis, outreach, facilitation, advice and reporting is required.

Demonstrable experience in drafting and editing analytical reports is required.

Experience working in an international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior officials in the UN, government and external partners is desirable.

Experience in aid coordination, aid management and work with UN Country Teams is desirable.

Experience with multidimensional risk assessments using advanced data analytics is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for an initial period of 364 days, renewable.

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.

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.

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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