This post is located in East Africa Division of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA -DPO). The incumbent reports to the Team Leader of the Horn of Africa Team and will primarily serve as a desk officer for Sudan and focal point for the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD).
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
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.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, disarmament, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in mediation or negotiations is desirable. Experience working on peace and security and political issues related to Africa is desirable. Experience working with the policies, procedures and practices of the United Nations Security Council is desirable. Experience working with or on regional or sub-regional organizations in the Horn of Africa is desirable. Experience managing extra budgetary resources of regional projects or programmes is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.