Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is in the African Union Partnership Team (AUPT) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary General for Africa, in the shared Single Regional Political Operational Structure of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and of Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO). The incumbent will be reporting to the head of the AUPT.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Reviews and monitors activities related to the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union in peace and security matters (UN-AU partnership); assesses trends which might affect the UN-AU partnership and the political impact of intra-regional issues and global issues; recommends solutions/possible joint action by United Nations and the African Union.
- Analyses political and related events related to the UN-AU partnership with a view to provide early warning advice to the ASG for Africa.
- Prepares analytical reports and papers related to the UN-AU partnership on sensitive and high-profile matters of concern to the two Organisations and their respective bodies (Security Council / AU Peace and Security Council, etc); drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
- Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political and partnership issues of assignment.
- Arranges and participates in consultations, negotiations and fact-finding and assessment missions.
- Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters related to the UN-AU partnership and makes recommendations on actions to take.
- Maintains contacts with other departments/offices of the Secretariat and sectors of the UN, and particularly with the UNOAU, on matters related to the UN-AU partnership on peace and security within assigned area of expertise in the AUPT; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
- Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
- Carries out, in consultation with head of the AUPT, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism – Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to 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 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) 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.
- At least 3 (three) years of substantive experience in African affairs or field experience in Africa is required.
- Experience in programme/project management is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
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