Political Affairs Officer

UN Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 18

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Electoral Assistance Division in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Under the overall supervision of the Deputy-Director, the incumbent report to the Team Lead of Cluster 1 (country Support).


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

  • Provide backstopping on the implementation of the UN electoral mandate in Somalia.
  • Reviews and assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the electoral processes; recommends solutions/possible actions by United Nations.
  • Analyses political and electoral events in assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice to Director of Electoral Assistance Division.
  • Prepares analytical reports on the status of the electoral process and UNSOM’s electoral support,, drafts notes, background papers, talking points and other correspondence for senior UN officials as required.
  • Leads or deputizes needs assessment missions to evaluate the implementation of the UN’s electoral support in Somalia, and undertake expert advisory missions as needed.
  • Meets regularly with counterparts in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, UNDP, and other departments, agencies and programmes of the UN System to plan electoral projects and review project activities.
  • Maintains contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters with regards to electoral operations; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate recommendations.
  • Briefs donors and other interested parties on electoral operations and assist in resource mobilization activities.
  • Reviews operational plans for starting electoral operations, including feasibility analysis, budget and personnel required and support the implementation of the said operations.
  • Participates in the discussion and formulation of political and technical strategies in the electoral field.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on electoral and political issues and propose solutions to political problems in specific areas or countries. Field expertise and technical understanding of electoral operations. Ability to relate 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.
  • 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 the 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) degree in electoral assistance, political science, international relations, law, public administration, or 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, or related area is required.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in supervising, implementing and advising electoral processes is required
  • Prior experience working on Somalia is desirable


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Application instructions

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