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Political Affaires Officer

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United Nations Jobs: Political Affaires Officer

  • Job Code Title: Political Affaires Officer
  • Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
  • Duty Station: New York, United States
  • Posting Period: 31 October 2019 – 14 December 2019
  • Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-DPPA-124411-R-New York (X)

This position will be located in the Office on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect at Headquarters in New York. The incumbent will support implementation of the mandates of the two Special Advisers and will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer. In support of the mandates of the two Special Advisers, the Office collects information, conducts assessments of situations worldwide and alerts the Secretary-General, and other relevant actors, to the risk of atrocity crimes, as well as their incitement.


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

•Gathers, selects and analyses information from a range of sources on developments in the Asia Pacific and other regions, as required, from the perspective of the prevention of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes);
•Alerts the Special Advisers to situations of concern and recommends courses of action by the United Nations to protect populations from genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes);
•Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to the prevention of atrocity crimes in general and in particular as they affect the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
•Ensures issues relevant to the prevention of atrocity crimes, including their gender dimensions, are integrated within United Nations policy and programmes.
•Plans and coordinates training seminars, capacity building workshops and technical assistance programmes relevant to the prevention of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
•Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and Member States on coordination and policy matters.
•Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental bodies, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations.
•Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility, as required.
•Prepares meetings of the Special Advisers with officials from countries under the Officer’s purview.
•Drafts speeches, public statements and reports to policy-making bodies.
•May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
•Performs other related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Knowledge of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, crimes and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes). Ability to identify and analyse human rights, political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that increase the risk of atrocity crimes in a country or geographic area. Ability to identify strategies to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. 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.
•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.
•Teamwork: Works collaboratively 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in human rights, political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years 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, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience working on issues related to human rights or humanitarian law is required.
Experience working on issues related to genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, or crimes and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes) is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates will include an assessment exercise to be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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