Political Affairs Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-09-2014

Posting Title:  Political Affairs Officer, P3 
Department/ Office:  Department of Political Affairs 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  10 March 2014-9 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-POL-DPA-33653-R-NEW YORK(G) 

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


Org. Setting and Reporting


This post is located in the Middle East and West Asia Division (MEWAD) of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). The incumbent reports to the Middle East Team Leader/Senior Political Affairs Officer, MEWAD.




Under the direct supervision of the Middle East Team Leader and the overall supervision of the Deputy-Director of the Middle East and West Asia Division (MEWAD), the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Monitors national and regional political developments in the Middle East.
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues in general, and in particular as they affect Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan, and thematic mandates falling under the purview of the Middle East Team.
• Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs and updates for UN Senior Officials and counterparts in the Secretariat and field missions.
• Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations.
• Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to field mission/UN agencies active on the ground.
• Prepares up-to-date information regarding political, security, humanitarian and development issues on country-specific or regional issues in the Middle East.
• Drafts notes or provides inputs for background papers, talking points, speeches and other briefing materials related to the assigned country/countries.
• Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG and other UN Senior Official with officials from the countries under the purview of the Middle East Team, takes notes and prepares readout as required.
• Contributes as required to reports of the Secretary-General and UN official reports, analytical papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence.
• Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
• Provides political, substantive and operational support to UNSCO and UNSCOL.
• Participates in the preparation of the budget proposals for UNSCO and UNSCOL, including preparation, development and management of extra-budgetary projects for these missions.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.
• Performs other related duties as required.




• Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in countries of the Middle East;  Demonstrates substantive knowledge of key political issues of the situation in the countries falling under the purview of the Middle East Team and of related United Nations Security Council and General Assembly mandates and decisions, shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;  proven drafting skills; 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.

• 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.

• 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 degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. 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 science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area. Experience working on political  issues in the Middle East and West Asia countries is required. Experience providing backstopping to special political missions or peacekeeping operations is desirable. Experience in the field, particularly a peacekeeping operation or special political mission, or in an international organization setting is desirable. Experience in developing and managing extra-budgetary project in support of preventive diplomacy, political, peacebuilding or peace-making activities 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.


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written 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.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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