This post is located in the Asia and the Pacific Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO). The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of the division and the team leader for the South and Southeast Asia Team.
The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) serves as a center of excellence for peace operations, responsible for preventing, responding to and managing conflict and sustaining peace in countries where peace operations under its purview are deployed, and provides support to other entities on peace and security issues.
The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) focuses primarily on five action areas in international peace and security, ensuring sound analysis and early warning, preventing conflict and engaging in peacemaking, managing political crises and violent conflicts, sustaining peace, and enhancing partnerships. The Department's mandate is to prevent and resolve conflict through inclusive political solutions.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Asia and the Pacific Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and general guidance of the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Political Affairs Officer (Regional Partnership Officer) will be responsible for the following duties:
Strengthens DPA’s capacity at the regional level and takes an effective lead in the implementation of the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between ASEAN and the UN on peace and security issues. In consultation with the Executive Secretary of ESCAP and relevant regional coordination mechanisms (particularly the Regional Coordination Mechanism and UN Development Group-Asia Pacific), liaise with all relevant UN entities at the regional level on the implementation of the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership. Reviews and monitors activities in the Southeast Asian region; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues such as refugees, drug control and natural resources; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations. Analyses political and related events within Southeast Asia, with a view to provide early warning advice to the Asia and the Pacific Division. Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials. Participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the Security Council and to other committees and bodies related to its work. Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment, especially with regard to the UN’s relationship with ASEAN. Arranges and participates in negotiations, peacekeeping operations and fact-finding missions. Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, national officials as well as Military and Civilian Police officers to plan projects and review project activities. Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take. Maintains contacts 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 his/her assigned area of expertise. Provides input for assessment of staff to be deployed to important posts in the field (e.g. Resident Coordinators). Carries out, in consultation with the Asia and the Pacific Division, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget. Drafts plans for start-up of operations and participates in the activities of implementation. Performs other related duties as required.