Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Gathers, selects and analyses information related to Africa contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press; coordinates the preparation of background papers, briefing materials and talking points for the ASG for Africa, the USGs for DPPA and DPO as well as for EOSG.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries in Africa, with a particular focus on issues related to conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuildin.
- Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment, particularly with regards to peace and security issues, and provides inputs to the ASG.
- Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the Office for Africa, DPPA-DPO.
- Follows up on evaluation, oversight and audit related issues, including OIOS reports related to DPPA, DPO and peace operations in Africa.
- Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.
- Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations.
- Prepares and participates in ASG visits and other missions to Africa and beyond.
- Prepares meetings of the ASG with officials from countries under the Organization's preview.
- 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.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
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) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- 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 on peace and security issues related to Africa is desirable.
- Experience in supporting senior officials is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required.
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