Senior Political Affairs Officer, P5

Senior Political Affairs Officer, P5

UNOCT - United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.

The position is located in the Policy, Knowledge Management and Coordination Branch of the United Nations(UN) Office of Counter-Terrorism at Headquarters in New York. The Senior Political Affairs Officer will report to the Chief of the Branch. This position will serve as Section Chief of the Knowledge Management and Strategic Support Section.


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

  • Proposes direction of work, policy directives and plan of action for immediate and long range solutions to policy and strategic issue in the context of UN counter-terrorism efforts; identifies emerging policy issues pertaining to the mandates of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures;
  • Coordinates strategic policy support, including the drafting of statements of the Office, comprehensive reports on the work of the Office and counter-terrorism challenges, briefing notes, talking points and notes for strategic engagements of the Secretary-General and Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, as well as the preparation of reports mandated by the General Assembly and the Security Council;
  • Plans, coordinates and manages initiatives and activities requiring interdepartmental and/or interagency involvement and participation;
  • Coordinates and organizes policy knowledge management within the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism;
  • Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs;
  • Represents the section/division/Office at round tables, seminars and conferences;
  • Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Branch and Office and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Branch; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and section;
  • Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern;
  • Performs other related duties as advised by the Chief of the Branch.


  • Professionalism –Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters. Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment. Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations in both the field and UN common system. 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;
  • 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;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managerial Competencies

  • Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them;
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field is required. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required;
  • Experience working on issues related to preventing and countering terrorism is required;
  • Experience working in an international or intergovernmental organisation on issues related to preventing and countering terrorism is desirable;
  • Experience with inter-agency coordination and supporting intergovernmental processes in an international or in another intergovernmental organisation is desirable;
  • Experience managing teams is desirable.


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

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