Associate Political Affairs Officer

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Aug 09

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the High Representative, Strategic Planning Unit (SPU), in the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA). The incumbent reports to the SPU Team Leader in the Office of the High Representative. He/she will be responsible for monitoring developments, undertaking research and preparing substantive contributions to statements, talking points, memoranda and other products related to the mandate of SPU, in particular cross-cutting and emerging, arms control and non-proliferation issues. For more information, please visit


Under the supervision of the SPU Team Leader, the incumbent will:
• Assist in the development of policy memos, analytical papers and other written materials on emerging and cross-cutting issues assigned to the Unit in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control, which include but are not limited to: the security implications of new technology; advanced conventional weapons systems; the humanitarian and human rights dimensions of disarmament; and gender and disarmament.
• Serve as ODA’s Alternate Gender Focal Point, coordinate the implementation of ODA’s Gender Mainstreaming Action Plan, and fulfil reporting requirements related to gender and disarmament.
• Provide up-to-date information regarding developments in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control, including new government and civil society initiatives.
• Monitor news items and other literature (including academic and industry) related to the SPU's substantive areas of responsibilities.
• Contribute to talking points, background material and speeches on subjects related to SPU's substantive agenda. 
• Liaise, as necessary, with other offices in the Secretariat, civil society, governments and industry.
• Undertake any other duties as may be assigned.


Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyse objectively political and diplomatic developments. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring 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 degree) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in working with international disarmament, arms control, non-proliferation as well as women, peace and security is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for three months initially, with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.


United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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