Job Opening

Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA
Posting Period: 25 May 2023 - 08 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNMIK-209535-F-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), based in Pristina. The incumbent of the post will report to the Chief of Staff.


Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Planning, Coordination and Facilitation - Facilitate joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNKT members and other relevant partners in accordance with the Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP) guidelines and senior management guidance. Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action, in pursuit of shared objectives; monitor, evaluate and report on implementation. Prepare the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepare inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting. Coordinate the revision and assessment processes under the Comprehensive Performance Assessment System (CPAS) and ensure alignment between CPAS and RBB. Prepare SRSG Compact and Compact performance reports. Oversee the smooth processing of programmatic activities. Co-chair the Risk Management Committee and prepare in consultation with mission components the Risk Register and Risk Response and Treatment plan. Support the Chief of Staff in her oversight role over the Organizational Resilience Management System and review SoPs and policy documents. Act as the mission focal point on policy and best practices and facilitate After Action Reviews and assist the preparation of practice notes and end of assignment reports. Support the preparation of a Mission Concept, or similar initiative, which translates the mission mandated tasks into actionable objectives, timelines and expected outcomes. Provide advice to Mission components in development of component-level plans at the national and/or regional level, to ensure coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction and relevant plans and policies developed by/for Kosovo. Provides substantive and practical support to Steering Committees, working groups, as well as related planning activities, meetings and events; with all relevant stakeholders, facilitate the development and implementation of a UN Integrated Strategic Framework, for peace consolidation, including a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress and making suggestions on priorities. Support preparations of component-level plans, ensuring coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction. Management/Administration - Contribute to the formulation and implementation of unit's programme of work. Support planning and budgetary processes. Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist with the selection of new staff. Assist in the preparation of the budget, including staffing needs and workplace planning, and advise senior management to help ensure resources are used to support implementation of component plans and mission priorities. Reporting and Information Management - Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of General Assembly or other bodies. Conduct analysis, formulate recommendations and draft segments of documents in order to assist UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies to maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response in the area of deployment, concentrating on mandated tasks and activities required to consolidate peace and security Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility. Perform other relevant duties as required.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Shows ability to undertake strategic planning processes. 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: 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.
• PLANNING & 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


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

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in planning, evaluation, programme management, civil affairs, policy development at a strategic level, or a related field is required.

Experience in RBB processes are required.

Experience in CPAS is desirable.

Field experience including at least two years of experience working in a UN field operation, or similar multi-lateral organisation in a conflict or post-conflict setting, is required.

Experience implementing relevant organizational policies of UN Secretariat or multi-lateral organization and relevant procedures and operations, including legislative and budgetary processes, is required.

Experience working in a multi-lateral context is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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.

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