Senior Political Affairs Officer (Special Assistant to the SRSG-CAAC), P5

UN Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 26

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG OSRSG-CAAC). The mandate and work of the office derives from General Assembly Resolution 51/77 and subsequent General Assembly resolutions, as well as successive Security Council resolutions on children and armed conflict. The incumbent will report to the SRSG OSRSG-CAAC.


Under the direct supervision of the SRSG, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:  

• Formulates political affairs strategies for the SRSG on mandate related issues; develops plans of action to political problems related to children and armed conflict; oversees the implementation of those strategies with Member States, regional or sub-regional organisations and parties to the conflicts aiming at securing additional political commitments and consensus.
• Identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandate of the office including developing activities to address those new challenges and identify political spaces to ensure efficient implementation of political strategies on children and armed conflict issues.
• Plans, coordinates and manages activities requiring engagement with Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), interdepartmental and/or interagency involvement and participation on political issues related to the children and armed conflict mandate.
• Coordinates and directs the provision of the work required by the General Assembly, the Security Council and their subsidiary bodies, and special conferences and summits related to the work of the Office.
• Provides continuous guidance and advice to the SRSG concerning CAAC political issues. 
• Acts as political coordinator for complex coordination and support missions of the SRSG.
• Prepares and oversees briefing notes and talking points for and provides substantive inputs to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Senior Advisers, and Secretary-General. 
• Plans and implements the managerial activities related to the work of the Front Office of the OSRSG-CAAC and the OSRSG-CAAC Liaison Office for Europe with reference to CAAC and incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Office.
• Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
• Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on the issues of children and armed conflict.
• Represents the Office at round tables, seminars and conferences and coordinates meetings with Member States in reference to the political strategies and activities of the SRSG.
• Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Office and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Office; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and Office.
• Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on CAAC related issues.
• Performs other related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with human rights monitoring, analysis and reporting and familiarity with child protection issues in conflict settings. Knowledge of peacekeeping, conflict and post-conflict contexts. Ability to evaluate international political situations in the area of CAAC. 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. 

• 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.

• 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.

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in the coordination of regional operations and activities related to peace and security, humanitarian, or protection mandates in conflict or post-conflict settings is desirable. Experience in the oversight of information collection and specialized monitoring and reporting on various aspects of peace and security, humanitarian, or protection agendas within the United Nations system, or comparable international organizations, is desirable. Experience in the handling of child protection concerns in different geographic regions affected by conflict is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official Language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal there of are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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.


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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