Political Affairs Officer

United Nations

Political Affairs Officer

Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 16 May 2023 – 29 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-DPPA-207265-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A

Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the Policy Planning Unit (PPU) within the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). The Policy Planning Unit within PMD is responsible for a wide range of functions related to analysis and the development and implementation of policy on cross-cutting peace and security issues and emerging questions relevant to the work of the Department, and represents the DPPA in a number of inter-agency policy fora and discussions. Under the overall direction of the Director, the incumbent will report to the Team Leader of PPU/PMD.

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

  •  Acts as lead representative for DPPA in the DPPA-DPO-UNDP-UNEP Climate Security Mechanism and joint project on “Strengthening the UN’s capacity to address climate related security risks” and serves as focal point for DPPA on issues related to the interlinkages between climate change, peace and security.
  • Oversee the work of the DPPA-climate team.
  •  Provides technical advice to special political missions, Peace and Development Advisors and other partners regarding the analysis of climate-related security risks and the integration of climate considerations in prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding strategies.
  •  Reviews and monitors activities in the country or region assigned; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues.
  •  Analyses political and related events within assigned area.
  •  Provides inter-agency coordination as well as internal DPPA coordination for the compilation of inputs for specific research and prepares analytical reports and papers to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; 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 issues of assignment.
  •  Meets regularly with operational teams including those from other agencies to plan projects and review project activities.
  •  Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues with a focus on climate-related security risks.
  •  Develops and maintains partnerships with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate, suggestions and recommendations.
  •  Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to climate change and its implications for peace and security.
  •  Carries out administrative and coordinating functions relating to the implementation of inter-agency cooperation and the Climate Security Mechanism.
  •  Drafts plans for start-up of operations and participates in the activities of implementation.
  •  Performs other related duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Possesses extensive knowledge of cross-cutting peace and security issues and in particular linkages between climate change, peace and security. Shows ability to conduct independent research, including into key thematic issues and emerging trends. Demonstrates knowledge of the UN System and in particular its work in conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding. Shows ability to represent Departmental positions and work collaboratively in interagency processes. 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: Demonstrates ability to communicate with a large range of interlocutors including senior UN officials and Member State representatives. 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.
  •  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 a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of product or services to client.

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.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.

Experience in policy development in the area of peace and security is required.

Experience in drafting policy documents, analytical notes, speeches and reports is required.

Experience working on climate related security risk assessments is desirable.

Experience networking with academic institutions, research organizations and think tanks in the area of international peace and security is required.

Experience coordinating inter-agency mechanisms is required

Experience leading working groups in a multi-disciplinary environment is desirable.

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

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice
The appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Extension beyond this period is subject to availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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