Political Affairs Officer, P3

UN Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 28

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs/Policy and Mediation Division/Guidance and Learning Unit, which is responsible for the development and maintenance of a Departmental strategy and system for guidance material, lessons learning and training. The team is also responsible for policy issues related to Special Political Missions, including integration. This position reports to the Chief of Policy and Guidance and the Director of the Policy and Mediation Division, through the Team Leader of the Guidance and Learning Unit.


Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Gathers, selects, reviews and analyses information on key policy and strategic developments and emerging peace and security trends, in particular related to conflict prevention, contained in communications, publications and other different sources.
  • Contributes to the training strategy for the Department and peace and security pillar, the design of the training offer and the conduct of courses and other forms of learning and capacity building activities.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of policy issues relating to Special Political Missions, in particular integration issues.
  • Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the areas of guidance development, training and learning, and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
  • Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the unit.
  • 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.
  • Participates in assessment, planning missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
  •  Manage the training extra budgetary project.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of analytical tools for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Knowledge of the UN peace and security pillar and field missions. Ability to coordinate stakeholders and facilitate discussions and training modules. Ability to draft in clear and concise manner; excellent oral presentation and communication skills. 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.

Work Experience

  • 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 working with analytical tools for conflict prevention and peacebuilding is required.
  • Experience in developing and facilitating training programmes is required.
  • Experience in developing guidance and in policy planning in the area of peace and security is desirable.
  • Experience working with or in Special Political Missions and Peacekeeping Operations is desirable.


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


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