Associate Political Affairs Officer

United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 29

Position description

This temporary position is available through 31 December 2021 (with the possibility of an extension) and is located in the Political Analysis & Research Cluster within the Specialized Technical Expertise Branch of the Assessment and Technical Assistance Office, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the Cluster.


Under the supervision of the Chief, the incumbent will provide substantive support as follows:

  • Gather, select and analyze data contained in communications and publications received from Member States, international and regional organizations, as well as other sources, including the media regarding emerging trends, threats and challenges in implementation of Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2354 (2017), 2395 (2017), 2396 (2017) and other relevant Security Council resolutions on counter-terrorism. Maintain up to date knowledge of events relating to political issues in general and in particular counter-terrorism-related issues.
  • Conduct analysis and research using both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Monitor and report on actions taken by government and non-governmental organizations.
  • Support the Office in preparation of other analytical reports for the CTC and its Subcommittees' review and ensure their timely circulation.
  • Participate in provision of secretariat services to the CTC, sub-committees, conferences, meetings etc., including the following:
    • Ensure the expeditious processing, submission and circulation of reports, draft letters and final letters and all other relevant documents to Committee members, other UN Member States and the CTED legal officers, as appropriate;
    • Assist in the preparation and organization of Special Meetings of the CTC with International, Regional and Sub-Regional organizations including those related to terrorists' use of the Internet.
  • In consultation with senior Officers, respond to requests for briefings and information on the work of the CTC, and assist in responding to relevant inquiries submitted to the CTED e-mail address.
  • Prepare CTC and CTED meetings notes.
  • Perform ad hoc duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political, legal, social, economic problems that cause violent extremism that leads to terrorism in a country or geographic area. Ability to develop sources for data collection. 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.


  • A first-level university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related area.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution, public administration or related area
  • Experience with counterterrorism issues is desirable. Experience with organizing conferences and public events and/or supporting the work of governing bodies is desirable.

(No experience is required for candidates who have passed a United Nations Competitive Recruitment Examination).


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN languages is an advantage.

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