Political Affairs Officer, P4

UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jun 26

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Political Affairs Officer will be based in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) reporting to the Senior Officer of the Policy and Operational Support Team in OROLSI, under the additional supervision of the Chief of the Policy and Coordination Unit of the Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT).


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

  • Supporting the implementation of the “Framework for DPKO/OROLSI-UNOCT Strategic Partnership Regarding Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism,” by serving as a liaison between DPKO/OROLSI and UNOCT;
  • Serve as focal point on CT-PVE capacity-building projects involving both offices, ensuring the coherence of DPKO/OROLSI components with UNOCT activities involving CT and PVE;
  • Liaise with DPKO/OROLSI and other DPKO entities in order to monitor activities in relevant countries and regions, identifying trends and assessing emerging political and operational issues which may affect OROLSI activities, providing timely reporting and action-oriented solutions to DPKO/OROLSI and UNOCT;
  • Monitor and report on developments in inter-governmental fora pertaining to CT-PVE issues in countries hosting peacekeeping operations and prepare analytical reports on related sensitive and high-profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other relevant UN bodies;
  • Draft notes, background papers, talking points and speeches for senior UN officials on CT-PVE issues as they pertain to OROLSI mandated activities and joint UNOCT projects;
  • Maintain contacts with other UN entities, Member States and international organizations on emerging policy and operational developments;
  • Participate in fact-finding missions, joint assessments, and strategic reviews, as required;
  • Establish and maintain points of contact between UN peace operations and UN Country Teams;
  • Represent OROLSI in CTITF Inter-Agency Working Group meetings;
  • Represent UNOCT and DPKO/OROLSI at conferences, seminars and academic fora in the above-mentioned areas;
  • Perform other related duties, as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Counterparts in CTED, CTITF, DDA, DPA, DPKO, DPI, OHCHR, UNDP, UNODC, OCHA (headquarters and field levels);
  • Staff in the field;
  • Peacekeeping Force Commanders and Civilian Police Commissions;
  • Special Envoys and representatives of Governments;
  • Staff of specialized agencies, representatives of non-governmental organisations, regional intergovernmental organisations, delegations, etc.;
  • Military and Civilian police commissions;
  • Academic community, institutes and foundations;
  • Civil society representatives, including religious and indigenous communities.


  • Professionalism – Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to counter-terrorism and preventing violent extremism. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries and counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism challenges. 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 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, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required;
  • Experience working in the field of international law, human rights, counter-terrorism, preventing violent extremism or another related area is desirable;
  • Experience researching complex issues, developing in-depth policy analysis, and drafting reports is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in another official language of the United Nations is strongly desirable.

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