Political Affairs Officer, P4

Political Affairs Officer, P4

United Nations - Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Division for Palestinian Rights in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs at Headquarters in New York. As mandated by the United Nations General Assembly, the Division for Palestinian Rights provides substantive support to the General Assembly's Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, established in 1975. The incumbent reports to the Director of the Division.


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

  • Plans and supervises the work of the International Meetings/Liaison with NGOs Team to ensure effective implementation of the programme of work of the Committee as it relates to the organization and servicing of international meetings and conferences and its programme of cooperation with civil society organisations, including the organisation of events.
  • Supervises/coordinates substantive servicing of international meetings and conferences, including budget preparations and “Host Country” agreements. Drafts provisional concept papers, programmes of international meetings and prepares lists of prospective expert speakers for submission to the Committee's Bureau.
  • Undertakes preparations and participates, as required, in Committee delegation visits away from headquarters.
  • Reviews and monitors activities relating to the question of Palestine.
  • Participates in the drafting of statements and notes for the Committee Chairman and messages by the Secretary-General for the various international meetings held.
  • Prepares Chairman's summaries, the output document after each international meeting, and the Chairman's report to the Committee, if required. Supervises, edits and/or drafts the comprehensive report of each international meeting.
  • Periodically briefs the Bureau of the Committee on meetings’ preparations, lessons learnt, civil society initiatives, accreditation requests, and suggests strategic direction, as appropriate.
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provide, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations relative to the implementation of the programme of the Division.
  • Represents the Division Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to the question of Palestine.
  • Carries out, in consultation with the Director administrative functions relating to strategic planning and budgets.
  • Appraises performance of team members; carries out recruitment-related assignments.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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. Proven ability to organize own work and that of others. Ability to manage international meetings, including high level, with participants from Governments and civil society. Troubleshooting ability.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) 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 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 servicing international meetings is required.
  • Experience in procedures and protocol of UN intergovernmental organs, including the work of relevant political bodies is desirable.
  • Experience working on issues related to the Middle East is desirable.
  • Experience working on issues related to the question of Palestine is desirable.
  • Experience working with civil society organizations is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable; knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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