Political Affairs Officer, P3

Political Affairs Officer, P3

United Nations

Nairobi, Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Office of the Special Envoy of The Secretary-General for the Great Lakes in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi is classified as a "B" hardship duty station and a family duty station.

The incumbent reports directly to the the Senior Political Affairs Officer.


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

  • Participates as a team member in a team which deals with a variety of political issues in a region and/or country or major conflict;
  • Gathers, selects and analyses the political, security, humanitarian and human rights situation in assigned countries, including relations between countries, relevant parties within those countries, regional organizations and other key stakeholders, with a view to providing timely and relevant analytical forward-looking assessments and strategic recommendations to senior management, in line with the office’s mandate. Identifies and monitors emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the Team; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures;
  • Prepares a wide range of documents, including briefing notes, talking points, reports and other correspondence, for the Head of the Mission and other senior staff;
  • Participates in fact-finding, planning and other missions to countries within the assigned area of responsibility and drafts reports thereon;
  • Represents the team in meetings, round tables, seminars and conferences;
  • Assists in planning, coordinating and managing programmes, projects and activities requiring interdepartmental and/or inter-agency involvement and participation;
  • Coordinates activities related to the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the team and participates in administrative matters concerning the team; assists in coordinating work of colleagues and unit;
  • Maintains and develops contact with government officials, regional and international partners, as appropriate;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated ability to conduct research and draft documents, including analytical reports; proven knowledge of the UN mechanisms for conflict prevention, mediation and peace-making; exposure to the conduct of good offices, mediation and facilitation of political dialogue; familiarity with the political dynamics in the SADC sub-region;and political judgement. 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 collaborative 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 AND 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;
  • 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.


  • 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 two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, security, conflict resolution or related area is required;
  • Experience in political analysis and advice to senior officials is required;
  • Experience in diplomacy as well as supporting good offices or political mediation processes required;
  • Experience working in or on a regional context, especially the Great Lakes region of Africa, is required.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in both English and French is required. (Oral and Written).

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