Political Affairs Officer, P3

UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure

Position description


Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will report to the Deputy Director and be responsible for the following duties:

  • Monitors political, operational (military/police), security and other relevant developments in assigned peacekeeping operations and acts as communications focal point for UN Headquarters, peacekeeping missions and Permanent Missions in New York.
  • Collects, reviews and assesses information on assigned peacekeeping operations from a variety of sources;
  • Drafts and edits routine and special situation reports/briefing notes; prepares briefings and updates using visual tools, including for departmental Directors’ Briefings or other meetings; and prepares and updates maps.
  • In addition, researches and drafts special reports on selected themes as required.
  • Monitors and reports on the overall security situation in peacekeeping operations in cooperation with the Department of Safety and Security Operations Centre.
  • Performs other related duties for the Office of the Director as required.



  • Is able to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options, and present conclusions and recommendations;
  • Demonstrates understanding of field mission mandates and associated regional dynamics;
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, history, international relations, journalism and media, or a 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 five years of progressively responsible professional experience in political affairs, humanitarian, human rights, public information, military, police or security operations is required.
  • At least two years of experience at the international level, are required.
  • Two years of experience in a field environment, are also required.
  • Experience in operations, information gathering and analysis, reporting, or crisis management is highly desirable.


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

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