Job Opening

Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office in Central Africa
Duty Station: LIBREVILLE
Posting Period: 09 May 2018 - 22 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-UNOCA-97217-F-Libreville (R)
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 United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) in Libreville, Gabon. The Political Affairs Officer is placed under the direct supervision of the
Chief Political Affairs Officer of UNOCA. UNOCA covers the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States, namely: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.


Under the guidance of the Chief of Political Affairs Section and the direct supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for reviewing and monitoring activities linked to UNOCA's mandate, in particular the UN response to the crises and developments in the Central Africa region, including cross-border challenges, and for coordinating, monitoring and reporting on the implementation of UNOCA’s institutional cooperation and capacity development support to Central Africa’s subregional organizations, notably the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), including in early warning, conflict prevention, mediation support, civil society collaboration and regional integration.

S/he will review political, policy and cross-cutting issues on existing challenges in the Central Africa region with a view to providing analytical advice to her/his senior managers and reinforce UNOCA's early warning capacities, in close collaboration and consultation with the Africa II Division of the Department of Political Affairs as well as with relevant key partners.

The incumbent organizes and participates in all relevant meetings, including preparation of all related substantive and administrative materials.

S/he prepares briefing materials and writes readouts and code cables of meetings.

S/he prepares and/or provides inputs to analytical reports and papers on matters of political or policy concern to the Security Council or other bodies, including the Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Central Africa and the activities of UNOCA, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence as requested by the Head of Section or the Mission's leadership.

S/he liaises closely with the Secretariat and the UN system, as well as with external partners; and monitors news media for developments which impact effective implementation of UNOCA's mandate.

S/he will be responsible for other duties and functions as required, including: Political and operational advice - Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues in the Central Africa region; Assess implications and make recommendations on possible strategies and measures to advance political and peace processes; Monitor and assess the implementation of political strategies in support of mandate implementation. Reporting - Prepare and review a range of internal reports and briefing papers including but not limited to situation reports, notes to file, options papers, code cables, talking points; Support as required the maintenance of an information database relating to potential disputes and conflicts in relation to the mandate of the Mission; Assist with and review the drafting of articles, speeches or statements, as needed; Planning - Assess trends which might affect the political situation in the Mission area; Provide political input to mission concepts. Coordination - Provide support in enhancing coherence and coordination in the work of the United Nations in Central Africa on peace and security; Develop and maintain liaison at the appropriate level with national and regional interlocutors; Management/Administration - Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the section's programme of work.- Support planning and budgetary processes -

Perform other relevant duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of regional, political and economic developments in Central Africa; ability to establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of people across the UN system, NGOs, civil society as well as with regional organizations and Member States; ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries; ability to relate various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas; knowledge of UN mediation and peace processes; ability to identify strategic issues, opportunities and risks; generate prompt and thorough responses to requests from senior managers; ensure the maintenance of sustainable and thorough files on assigned issues; take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and for ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; knowledge of the work of the United Nations and of the functions, priorities and policies of the Department of Political Affairs is desirable

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or a related area. 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 political affairs, civil affairs, human rights, rule of law, diplomacy, or a related field. At least two years of experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting at the international level is required. At least one year of experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in both English and French is required.

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 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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