Political Affairs Officer, P4

UN - Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Conflict Prevention
  • Location
    Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 05

Position description


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

  • Reviews and monitors activities in Bujumbura, Burundi; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations;
  • Analyses political and related events within assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice to the USG and other senior officers;
  • Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, code cables, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials;
  • Acts as a focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment, in particular, working with political parties, political actors and civil society actors;
  • Under the responsibility and direct supervision of the USG and the Principal Political Affairs Officer/supervision/guidance of the Head of the Office, works closely with the EAC Facilitation team on the dialogue process, including on organizational matters, and ensures communication between the Facilitation team and the UN and other partners;
  • Undertakes activities related to the dialogue process as designated by the Head of Office or Head of Section, including the organization of meetings and other organizational support;
  • As required by the First Reporting Officer meets with operational teams including UN staff, and national officials to plan projects and review project activities;
  • Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take;
  • 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 Mission budget (Result-Based Budget);
  • Drafts plans for start-up of operations and participates in the activities of implementation;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of the United Nations, and of the functions, priorities and policies of peacekeeping and its activities at both Headquarters and in the field; proven integrity and reliability in performance; excellent analytical skills, with ability to identify relevant issues affecting a country or region; efficient and conscientious in meeting commitments and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, observing deadlines and achieving results; remains calm in stressful situations; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; knowledge of political, security, economic and social issues related to Africa in general and, in particular, Burundi and the Great Lakes; and ability to conduct in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to such issues; 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • Team work: 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 political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other 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 seven years of progressive experience in political affairs, diplomacy, mediation and facilitation, conflict prevention and conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience working in the United Nations common system (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes or similar international organization) is required. Experience working in Africa, with the African Union and/or the East African Community (EAC) is required. Working experience in the Great Lakes regions, in particular in Burundi, is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post fluency in English and French is required.

Application instructions

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