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Political Affairs Officer

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United Nations Jobs: Political Affairs Officer in New York City.

Posting Period: 04 March 2020 – 17 April 2020

This post is located in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) in the Middle East Division. The incumbent reports to the Middle East Team Leader/Senior Political Affairs Officer under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director and Deputy Director of the Division.

Job description

Within delegated authority and supervision of the Team Leader and Deputy Director of the Middle East Division (MED), the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 

  • Reviews and monitors activities in the Middle East with specific focus on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues, particularly as they relate to the Middle East peace process and the work of the Middle East Quartet.
  • Analyses political and related events within assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice to the Director of the Division, ASG Middle East and Asia Pacific and/or USGs DPPA and DPO; provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Prepares reports and papers on matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
  • Participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the Security Council and to other committees and bodies related to its work.
  • Provide political substantive and operational support to the Offices of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process (UNSCO); acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment; remains abreast, and as required, provides back up on issues related to Lebanon, Jordan and Syria; maintains contacts and liaises with other United Nations departments, agencies and programs at Headquarters, in particular in the framework of the DPPA-led Integrated Task Force on the OPT.
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
  • Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
  • Carries out, in consultation with the Chief of the Section, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Job requirements


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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 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.
  • 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.


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

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, conflict resolution or related area.
  • A minimum of two years of experience working on Middle East issues is required.
  • Experience in backstopping a political or peacekeeping mission from headquarters is desirable.
  • Experience working on the issues related to Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Israel is desirable.


  • English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may 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.
  • Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and the availability of the funds.

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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