Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the East Africa Division (EAD) of the Department of Political Affairs and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) at Headquarters in New York. The incumbent reports to the Team Leader of the East Africa and Indian Ocean Team.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the East Africa and Indian Ocean region.
- Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the East Africa and Indian Ocean region and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
- Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to UN agencies active on the ground.
- Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of DPPA-DPO.
- Maintains contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.
- Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organizations, government and non-governmental organizations.
- Selects, classifies and stores in computerized databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries in the East Africa and Indian Ocean region.
- Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
- Participates in provision of secretariat services to Security Council, General Assembly, subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.
- Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the Organization's purview.
- 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.
- 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) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of 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 in political analysis, peace and security and preventive diplomacy in Africa is required.
- Experience in project management and budget processes is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
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