Political Affairs Officer- United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-06-2014

Posting Title:  Political Affairs Officer, P4 
Department/ Office:  Department of Peacekeeping Operations 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  7 March 2014-6 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-POL-DPKO-33475-R-NEW YORK (R) 

This position is funded for a finite period of one year and may be subject to extension. This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by the Secretary-General. 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


Under the general supervision of the Director of Africa II Division and under the direct supervision of the Team Leader of the Mali Integrated Operational Team, the officer will serve as a Political Affairs Officer in the Africa II Division, Office of Operations, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).




Under the general supervision of the Director of the Africa II Division, and the direct supervision of the Team Leader for the Mali Integrated Operational Team, the Political Affairs Officer will function as a desk officer in the Africa II Division of the Office of Operations of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

The Officer will be responsible for providing guidance and support to the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Mali and will be expected to perform the following main duties:

• Participate in the daily management of one or more peacekeeping operations.
• Monitor closely the peace process and maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues of peace and security in the assigned country / region, including as they affect the peacekeeping operation(s); provide early warning of potential trouble spots;
• Monitor and analyse developments in the peacekeeping operation(s) and related countries and region of concern, including relations between the parties, contributors, governments, and regional organisations, including by maintaining close and regular contacts with the peacekeeping mission(s), reviewing situation reports, cables, correspondence, media, etc., with a view to providing timely and relevant analytical and strategic forward looking assessment and recommendations to senior management; identify and respond to changes, problems and incidents; ensure consultation and input from the parties involved; and prepare timely responses to issues and questions raised in the field, as well as monitor and follow-up on outstanding issues.
• Formulate recommendations for integrated strategic guidance to the peacekeeping operation(s) for the implementation of its/their mandate.
• Draft a wide range of documents, in particular reports of the Secretary-General, briefing notes to the Security Council and other correspondence with the Security Council, its Sanctions Committees, and other relevant bodies; prepare analytical notes, talking points, speeches and briefing notes for meetings of senior UN officialsand policy papers, in particular for the Policy Committee; and draft responses to comments, statements, and queries of concerned stakeholders as well as interested Member States, in particular members of the Security Council, troop and police contributing countries, and regional organisations, etc., ensuring input of and consultations with relevant stakeholders in DPKO, the wider Secretariat and United Nations agencies.
• Build and maintain liaison through informal and formal contacts with a wide-range of actors within the Department, wider Secretariat offices and UN agencies as well as the parties to the conflict, members of the Security Council, other relevant Member States, troop and police contributing countries, regional organizations and others.
• Maintain effective working relationships and consultation with appropriate counterparts in other divisions of DPKO, other Departments of the UN Secretariat and UN Agencies, regional organisation, NGOs, academia, and media, as appropriate, with a view to coordinating support to the peacekeeping operation (s), including by integrating different aspects related to the mission(s).
• Coordinate the substantive results-based budgeting process for the preparation of annual budget documents and performance reports of the peacekeeping operation(s) and provide relevant briefing to legislative bodies, as required.
• Contribute to the development of doctrine, lessons learned and knowledge management for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and advise on operational mechanisms and models to achieve departmental goals. 
• Participate in activities to implement operations, devise guidelines, terms of reference and concepts of operations, ensure input from participants and integrate different aspects (e.g., security, administrative and legal), and coordinate implementation. Advise on operational mechanisms and models to achieve Departmental goals.
• Participate in fact finding, planning and other missions to countries or operations within assigned area of responsibility and draft reports thereon.
• Perform other related duties as required, including backstopping of other operations managed by the Division.




• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of the United Nations, and of the functions, priorities and policies of peacekeeping and its activities at both Headquarters and in the field; proven integrity and reliability in performance; excellent analytical skills, with ability to identify relevant issues affecting a country or region; efficient and conscientious in meeting commitments and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, observing deadlines and achieving results; remains calm in stressful situations; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; knowledge of political, security, economic and social issues related to Africa in general and, in particular, Mali and the Sahel; and ability to conduct in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to such issues.  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.

• 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.




Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related field. A first-level university degree in combination with 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 science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area at national and international levels is required. Experience in a UN peacekeeping operation or other relevant field operation in a civilian capacity is required. Experience in field operations in Africa is desirable.




English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post fluency in English and French is required.


Assessment Method


The evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a 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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