Director, Political Affairs, D2

UN Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    May 04

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Security Council Affairs Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. The Director reports directly to the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.


Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Manages and directs the work of the Security Council Affairs Division.
  • Contributes to the formulation of the Department’s overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues related to the work of the Security Council; its sanctions committees and other subsidiary organs, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the USG; contribute to the overall management of the Department’s activities and operations.
  • Provides leadership to the development of innovative approaches and strategies to enhance the Division’s capacity to respond to the needs of Member States.
  • Supervises the preparation of the programme and calendar of work of the Security Council and its subsidiary organs.
  • Provides expert advice to the President and members of the Security Council on matters relating to the practices, procedures and working methods of the Council; Develops strategies and establishes guidelines to enhance the substantive support system to meet the needs of the Security Council, its sanctions committees and other subsidiary organs.
  • Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Division under his/her supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
  • Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
  • Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports (including the Security Council Annual Report) for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
  • Plans and directs the preparation of analytical studies, briefing notes and background papers for the Security Council, its sanctions committees and other subsidiary organs.
  • Reviews and approves analytical studies for the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council.
  • Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the division under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (ePerformance), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
  • Oversees the recruitment of staff for Division taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries.
  • Acts as Secretary of the Security Council; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
  • Performs other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of Security Council practices, procedures and working methods; Understanding of the role of the Security Council vis-à-vis other principal organs of the United Nations; Ability to integrate the Division’s strategic direction into the Department’s work programme; Shows an in-depth understanding of, and ability to, evaluate international political situations; Proven ability to make timely decisions and provide strategic guidance and authoritative advice under stressful conditions; Shows ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others; Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; 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.
  • 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.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, public administration, law, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • Work Experience
  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, international economics, law, disarmament, security development management, conflict resolution or related field is required.
  • Experience in a supervisory capacity requiring policy formulation, budgeting or programme management is required.
  • Experience in the provision of substantive support to Member States of the Security Council or its subsidiary organs, or a comparable organ of the United Nations or another international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in another official UN language is an advantage.

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