Senior Political Affairs Officer, P5

Senior Political Affairs Officer, P5

United Nations - Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Europe and Central Asia Division (ECAD) of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO). The Senior Political Affairs Officer serves as team leader for Eastern Europe and will report to the Deputy Director and Director of the Division.


  • Manages and provides daily substantive guidance to a team of professional staff members, particularly on preparing briefing material, analytical papers, strategies and policy proposals for consideration by the Director of the Division, the ASG for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, the USGs for Peacebuilding and Political Affairs and for Peace Operations, and the Secretary-General;
  • Monitors and assesses political developments in Eastern European countries, in order to provide the Secretary-General and senior UN officials with analysis and policy options on relevant issues;
  • Participates in fact-finding, preventive diplomacy or peace-making missions, as required;
  • Drafts reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council and General Assembly and covers the substantive aspects of the work of those bodies on issues assigned;
  • Prepares briefing papers, tailors points and draft communications for the Secretary-General and senior Secretariat officials;
  • Liaises with Permanent Missions to the UN of assigned countries, other UN departments, agencies and programmes;
  • Assists in strengthening the relations between the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations and relevant international/regional arrangements active in Eastern Europe;
  • Overseas the backstopping of relevant SPMs and other field presences under the purview of the Division, as well as the strategic and policy work undertaken in that context.


  • Professionalism: Strong knowledge in political analysis, conflict prevention and negotiations at the international level and knowledge of the practices and procedures of the United Nations Organization in peace and security is required; Proven experience with European countries and organizations; In-depth knowledge and understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to European countries and on European policy agendas, in particular in Eastern Europe; Proven capacity in providing political support and guidance to peace operations and/or good offices missions; Ability to contribute with vision and creativity to the development of the Division’s strategic direction and to transform that strategic direction into a results-oriented work programme; 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;
  • 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 m having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the 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;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and give support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands;
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibility 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required;
  • At least three years of experience supervising and managing staff in an international setting is required;
  • Experience in backstopping a field operation of an international organization is desirable;
  • Experience in dealing with sensitive issues in Europe and with European multilateral institutions is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

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