Political Affairs Officer, P4

UN Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen
  • Location
    Sana'a, Yemen
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 11

Position description


The Political Affairs Officer supports in the implementation of the Special Envoy's key mandate, including the provision of facilitation and technical advice to consultations on a peace agreement, outreach to political parties and civil society and the restoration of state institutions, political dialogue, and subsequent support to implementation. More specifically, the Political Affairs Officer will focus on supporting the work of the Sana’a office to assist the Yemen's peace process.

Within the limits of delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Support and organize operational activities related to the work of the office i.e. political and governance-related issues, civil society support work, etc.;
  • Pursue an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the office;
  • Prepare and review analytical reports, briefing notes and talking points, as well as advice on assigned issues to senior leadership. Prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components of a limited nature.
  • Develop and maintain relations with government officials, non-state armed groups and other national stakeholders at the working levels and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern;
  • Assist in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or interagency involvement and participation. Represents the team at round tables, seminars and conferences;
  • Provide substantive support to the Head of Office in the formulation of the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the unit by actively participating in or leading meetings, drafting major components and compiling or researching issues related to the mission;
  • Assists in the management of the office as required and support team members on various files as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



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.


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.


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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Law, Political Science, Management or Development, or a related field is required. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) 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 outreach, facilitation, analysis and reporting is desirable, with at least one year experience working in a conflict or post conflict setting.
  • Experience working in the Middle East is desirable.
  • Experience managing teams is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Fluency in Arabic is desirable.

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