Political Affairs Officer, P3

UN Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen
  • Location
    Amman, Jordan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 08

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Political Affairs Section of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen (OSESG-Yemen) in Amman and will support in the implementation of the Special Envoy's key mandate, including the provision of technical advice in the peace talks and bilateral consultations and facilitation for political arrangements aimed at the resumption of the political transition and restoration of state institutions. The Political Affairs Officer will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Gathers, selects and analyses information received from different sources, including the press and social media, and produces spot reports, analytical notes and background papers in a timely manner.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of the latest political trends and developments in general and in the areas of his/her assignment in particular and provides inputs on issues to senior colleagues in the Office.
  • Coordinates with other sections of the Office to request inputs, reviews them, and compiles Office’s regular situational reports accordingly.
  • Builds up and maintains networks with interlocutors at the national and subnational levels, other sectors of the UN and other international organizations, and the diplomatic community.
  • Update computerised databases for the Section.
  • Participates in field missions to countries within assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Contributes to the Office’s reporting requirements, such as briefing notes, talking points and notes to file for meetings and briefings held by senior colleagues in the Office, including the Special Envoy
  • Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related field is required. A first-level university degree 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience with UN operations working in or on Middle East and North Africa is desirable. Experience in political analysis and reporting is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge in Arabic is highly desirable.

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