Political Affairs Officer, P4

UN Department of Political Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 03

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Security Council Practices and Charter Research Branch (SCPCRB) of the Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD) of the Department of Affairs (DPA). The incumbent will report to the Chief of Branch.


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

  • Conducts extensive research and analysis for the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council;
  • Drafts, edits and revises and contributes to the drafting of parts of the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council and its case studies; in addition, coordinates research, drafting, and fact checking to ensure the timely and accurate preparation of the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council; ensures quality control, promotes uniform high standards across all parts of the publication and supports the captures lessons learned and best practices.
  • Prepares analytical research on matters of concern to the work of the Security Council, the General Assembly and other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, and contributes to speeches for senior UN officials to provide comprehensive coverage of the Security Council’s interpretation and application of the Charter and of the Security Council’s Provisional Rules of Procedure.
  • Prepares responses to queries on procedural and constitutional issues related to the Security Council from Member States, Secretariat officials, research and learning institutions, etc.;
  • Monitors the proceedings of the Security Council and prepares analytical notes on noteworthy procedural and constitutional developments;
  • Monitors questions on the agendas of the Security Council and the General Assembly relating to the maintenance of international peace and security;
  • Provides substantive guidance and advice on the working methods as well as the current and past practices of the Security Council to Council Members, Secretariat Senior Officers and counterparts, requesting Member States, academic and learning institutions and the public at large, as required;
  • Supports the formulation of the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Branch and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Branch; coordinates and overseeing the work of colleagues and Branch, as appropriate.
  • Supervises staff as assigned; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs; carries out, in consultation with the Chief of Branch, administrative functions relating to the staff planning.
  • Support the Chief of Branch in provide substantive servicing to the Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions of the Security Council (IWG), maintain liaison with and provide advice and substantive support to the Chair and members of the IWG; support the preparation and of meetings by Branch colleagues, in particular, distribution to Council members of relevant documentation and information as well as procedural and substantive communications from the Chair; review the drafting of notes of the meetings for the record as required; liaise with other Departments in the Secretariat when the IWG’s decisions impact on their daily work; ensure the updating of the IWG’s website as needed.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.


  • Professionalism: An understanding of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related legislative bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters; ability to provide guidance on procedural or constitutional issues related to the UN Security Council or General Assembly. 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.
  • 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 degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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 is required. Experience in conducting research and post conflict analysis or reporting is desirable. Experience in providing political advice or support in conflict or post-conflict settings is desirable. Experience in providing guidance on procedural or constitutional issues related to the UN Security Council or General Assembly or similar international organ is desirable.


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

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