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Political Affairs Vacancy at United Nations, New York

Job Vacancy at United Nations, New York

Country: USA
City: New York
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Political Affairs Vacancy at United Nations, New York

Position: Principal Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure


Political Affairs Officer will perform the following duties

  • Formulates and implements the substantive work program of the Division by acting as the principal adviser to the Director.
  • Assists the Director in the overall management of the Division, overseeing the management of activities undertaken in the areas of preventive diplomacy, good offices, conflict resolution and peacebuilding in the areas covered by the Division, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and coordinated both within the Division and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
  • Contributes to the formulation of comprehensive inter-departmental and inter-agency strategies and policy recommendations for preventing emerging disputes and conflicts in the vulnerable countries under the area of the purview of the Northern Africa Division.
  • Assists the Director in planning and implementing good offices and other political missions related to the mandate of the Secretary-General, including fact-finding or assessment missions.
  • Supervises the Division’s support to the activities of peacebuilding, special political missions, peacekeeping operations, and regional offices in the geographical area of its responsibility.
  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/program performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.


  • Participates in the selection/recruitment of staff, taking due account of geographical and gender balance.
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries.
  • Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues.
  • Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and other relevant actors. Cooperates and coordinates, as necessary, with other departments of the Secretariat as well as the Agencies, Funds, and Programs of the United Nations system.
  • Represents the Division at international, regional or national meetings.
  • Acts as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Director as well as perform other duties as required.


Candidates must have the following qualifications in order to be eligible for this Political Affairs Vacancy at United Nations, New York

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics public administration, law, social sciences or related area. However, bachelor degree holders with qualifying experience can also apply.
  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.
  • In addition to that, experience managing teams at the senior level.
    At least two years of field experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is highly desirable.
  • Similarly, experience working on political issues relating to Africa, in particular, North Africa, is highly desirable.
  • Also, experience in mediation of conflicts is desirable.

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Type of Opportunity General Job
Deadline30 January,2020
Company NameUnited Nations
CityNew York



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