Political Affairs Officer (Gender), P4

UN Department of Political Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Aug 09

Position description

The position is located in the Gender, Peace and Security Unit in the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA). New York is classified as a "H" family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of unit.


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

  • Reviews and monitors information and trends relating to gender, women, peace and security (WPS) at the country, regional and global level; recommends solutions/possible action by the United Nations and provides advice to field missions active on the ground.
  • Gathers, selects and analyses information relating to WPS, including conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) contained in communications and publications.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of developments and events relating to the wider WPS agenda, in general, and CRSV in particular, as they affect the countries and thematic mandates for which the Department is responsible
  • Assists the Department in conducting gender-sensitive conflict analysis and trainings in support of its mediation/conflict resolution, prevention and peacebuilding efforts.
  • Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
  • Participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the Security Council and to other committees and bodies related to its work.
  • Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment.
  • Arranges and participates in negotiations, peacekeeping operations and fact-finding missions.
  • Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, national officials as well as Military and Civilian Police officers to plan projects and review project activities.
  • Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
  • Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
  • Provides input for assessment of staff to be deployed to important posts in the field (e.g. Resident Coordinators).
  • Carries out, in consultation with the Chief of the Section, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
  • Drafts plans for start-up of operations and participates in the activities of implementation.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviour; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviour to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

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.


Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in Political Science, Management or Development, Law, or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience


  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, diplomacy, international relations, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.
  • Experience at the international level dealing with the women, peace and security agenda including conflict-related sexual violence.
  • Experience integrating gender perspectives into policies and programmes.


  • Experience working in support of a mediation process.
  • Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting.
  • Experience in training and facilitation of seminars and other learning activities.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Application instructions

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