Job Opening

Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer (Special Assistant), P3
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 05 February 2018 - 21 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-DPKO-90623-R-New York (X)
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 Office of the Director of the Mine Action Service, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. The incumbent will report directly to the Director, Mine Action Service.

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

Supports the Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service in his/her functions, including by the provision of sound policy advice on issues as appropriate;

Serves as a liaison with UNMAS office in Geneva and other departments and agencies in New York and in the field, as well as the diplomatic community.

Provides specialised technical support to the Director in his/ her interactions with other UN entities by working closely with liaison staff of senior officials of those entities.

Identifies, researches, analyses, prepares and/or organises information and briefing materials for the Director to facilitate decision-making and leadership in management strategic planning/review processes and/or to prepare the Director’s participation in meetings and missions/key events.

Drafts speeches and/or designs presentation materials (including multi-media) for delivery by the Director in key events, meetings and other external fora ensuring that UNMAS thinking, goals, objectives, strategies and/or policies on UNMAS programs are appropriately reflected in these materials.

Provides assistance to the Director in the strategic management of the Service, liaising closely with in-house Divisions, sections and field offices as well as key partners and stakeholders.

Assists the Director in developing policies related to UNMAS’ service delivery, programme planning and operations and ensures information about decisions taken is disseminated to staff and acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner.

Manages the Office of the Director including the effective maintenance of his/her calendar, dealing with and tracking correspondence, calls and responses, preparing meeting notes, arranging duty travel and completing miscellaneous administrative tasks.

Oversees the preparation of various regular and ad-hoc reports as required.

Performs other assignments as required.


Professionalism: Ability to provide specialized advice on a broad range of policy issues; Shows the ability to coordinate a multi-stakeholder process with respect to divergent approaches and norms; 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 the 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; and uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political or social science, international studies, law or other relevant field 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required. Experience working in or in support of a peace operation or in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Experience in mine action is desirable. Experience in providing substantive and policy advice to senior management is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

This post is financed for a one year period. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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