Special Assistant, Political Affairs Officer, P4

Special Assistant, Political Affairs Officer, P4

UNAMA - United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Kabul. Kabul is classified as an “E” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan Development Pillar/UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Supports the DSRSG/Development in the implementation of the Mission's mandate as given by the Security Council and pertaining to the policy and strategy development in the areas of: Rule of Law; Governance; Police Advisory; Donor Coordination; and areas related to the DSRSGs RC/HC functions;
  • Brings to the attention of the DSRSG all matters requiring the DSRSG's personal attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed;
  • As requested, handles incoming and outgoing correspondence of the DSRSG;
  • Drafts correspondence for the DSRSG's signature, as well as other documentation including code cables and reports to the Security Council, ensuring reference and linkages between political, humanitarian and development areas;
  • Prepares talking points, take notes in meetings; prepare briefing papers and give inputs to speeches;
  • Liaises and maintains close working relationships with officials of state institutions, political parties, civil society organizations, religious actors and the UNCT;
  • Organizes and manages conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops, and field visits to UNAMA field offices as directed by the DSRSG;
  • Acts as Focal point for all administrative/budget issues pertaining to the DSRSG Front Office with Mission Support; provides inputs to the missions' strategic plans and coordinate the Pillar Units inputs;
  • Oversee all recruitment and staff selection issues for the Pillar, including restructuring of the Units if relevant;
  • Coordinates, as required, actions related to the transition towards the United Nations agency-led commitment, depending on the mission's mandate and the situation in the country concerned. This includes liaising with bilateral donors and other international organizations, with a view to realizing greater synergy and coordination, specifically regarding post-mission activities in the country;
  • Performs other duties, as may be assigned.


Professionalism: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political, humanitarian and development problems in specific areas and Afghanistan. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives of political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in Afghanistan. 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: 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

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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; Has no hidden agenda; Places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in Political Science, International Relations, Development, Public Administration, Peace and Security, Social Science or related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience providing substantive and operational support for complex multi-stakeholder processes is required. A minimum of two years’ experience working in an international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to senior public official is required. Experience working in or on Afghanistan and the region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Dari or Pashto is desirable.

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