Job Opening

Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer, P3
Department/Office: Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus
Duty Station: NICOSIA
Posting Period: 05 July 2018 - 03 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-SASG-CYPRU-99476-F-Nicosia (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting


Full-fledged negotiations between the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities have been ongoing since 2008, under the good offices of the United Nations Secretary-General and facilitated by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus (OSASG). The aim of the negotiations is to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem, which will safeguard the fundamental and legitimate rights and interest of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The agreed solution will be put to separate simultaneous referenda.

The role of OSASG (also known as the Good Offices Mission) is to support the Secretary-General's Special Adviser (SASG) on Cyprus, whose mandate is to assist the parties in the conduct of negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.

After the resumption of the talks in May 2015, following a months-long suspension of full-fledged negotiations, meetings have increased in frequency and intensity, with the two sides engaged in an interdependent discussion of all topics.

The negotiations have entered into an intensified phase during which a number of critical preparatory work streams will begin or have already commenced. These work streams include the important areas of economic aspects of the talks and financing of a settlement, preparation for the roll-out of the European Union acquis island-wide, implementation planning as well as a number of legal work streams on treaties, the judiciary, federal laws and constitution drafting. The European Commission and international financial institutions (such as the ECB, IMF and World Bank) have also commenced work in support of the negotiations.

Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, duty station Nicosia.


Within delegated authority, under the general supervision of the SASG, the Head of Office, the Political Affairs Officers will be responsible for the following duties:


Political Analysis and Advice

-Identify, analyse and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Office’s mandate, with particular focus on the work streams described above.
-Assess implications and make recommendations to the Special Adviser on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.
-Prepare analysis, assessments and reports on political affairs, including economic and financing matters in the context of the overall negotiations. Research key points of interest between the sides and options for specific approaches.
-Critically assess, from both political and technical perspectives, the expert analysis and advice offered to the sides from International organizations, including the European Commission, international financial institutions, and other relevant actors.

Reporting and Information Management

-Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables, and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council.
-Prepare and review contextual information materials, such as background notes, analytical materials and assessments on relevant issues and related policy options in support of the negotiations and the critical preparatory work streams.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation

-Provide advice, maintain meeting records, and act as custodian of convergence documents.
-Facilitate the work of experts and consultants working on the economic aspects of the settlement and the financing of the settlement, and to facilitate the work of the expert working group on economic matters.
-Serve as the note-taker in the meetings of expert working groups and other meetings.
-Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities.
-Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the authorities, political leaders and civil society actors, the broader UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
-Facilitate the technical assistance of the European Commission and the international financial institutions working under the auspices of the United Nations.
-Plan and implement the operational activities related to the work of the OSASG in line with the Special Adviser’s strategic vision and guidance as per the mandate to facilitate negotiations

Results Expected

Ensures that records of meetings are concise and comprehensive and prepared in a timely manner. Provides the Special Adviser, Head of Office and other senior staff of OSASG with well-analysed, concise information and recommendations as to appropriate action to be taken; proposes solutions to emerging issues. Provides political-economic analysis on matters related to the settlement talks. Provides high-quality coordination of the European Commission and the international financial institutions, as they assist the settlement talks under the auspices of the United Nations.


Professionalism: in-depth understanding of the work of the United Nations in the area of peace and security, including its special political missions; sound analytical skills, with ability to assess complex political environments, identify problems, and propose policy options; proven drafting, reviewing and editing skills and experience; diplomacy, tact and judgment in dealing with others; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and achieving results; tact in negotiation skills; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations.

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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively, listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibit 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Economics, Law, Public Administration or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, international law, economics, conflict resolution or related area is required. United Nations experience, in particular field experience with a United Nations peacekeeping operation or a special political mission is desirable. Knowledge of and experience in the economics of conflict and/or post-conflict settings is desirable. Experience facilitating the work of international partner institutions in the context of peace negotiations is desirable.


Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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