Senior Political Affairs Officer/Partnerships, P5

Senior Political Affairs Officer/Partnerships, P5

Peacebuilding Support Office

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Peacebuilding Strategy and Partnerships Branch (as of 1 January 2019) of the Peacebuilding Support Office in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Peacebuilding Strategy and Partnerships Branch of the Peacebuilding Support Office.


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

  • Leads the effort to operationalize relevant policy recommendations pertaining to the United Nations-World Bank partnership, including those emanating from the joint UN-World Bank study on prevention; maintains regular and close contact with all relevant internal stakeholders, in particular the shared regional-operational structure, the Policy and Mediation Division, other relevant parts of the Secretariat’s peace and security pillar, and agencies, funds and programmes, to deepen the operational and policy partnership between the UN and the World Bank; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy options for immediate and long-range solutions to political and peacebuilding challenges in general and in specific countries/regions, with a focus on leveraging joint analysis and action by the United Nations, the World Bank, and/or other international financial institutions; enhances coordination and coherence among various actors within the UN system, and with the World Bank, including in support of actors at the country level; identifies emerging issues pertaining to joint engagement of the United Nations and the World Bank on prevention, sustaining peace and peacebuilding; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies, measures, and courses of action by the two institutions;
  • Enables and promotes regular exchanges, operational and strategic cooperation, and strategic partnership between the United Nations and the World Bank and other international financial institutions on prevention, sustaining peace and priority peacebuilding areas in crisis-affected situations; ensures further alignment of analysis, assessment and planning on relevant country and regional strategies; supports the relevant work of the Peacebuilding Commission; and helps the peace and security pillar in developing innovative policy responses, in close collaboration with other parts of the UN system, to emerging threats to international peace and security, incorporating an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities pertaining to the partnership;
  • Plans, coordinates and manages, in conjunction with the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch of DPPA/PBSO and other relevant parts of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the dedicated facility for supporting the Humanitarian-Development-Peacebuilding and Partnership Facility succeeding the joint UN-World Bank Trust Fund, managing the involvement and participation of all interdepartmental and/or inter-agency stakeholders and partners;
  • Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General, Senior Advisers, Under-Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General, and provides and coordinates Secretariat support to senior-level partnership mechanisms between the United Nations and the World Bank on crisis-affected situations, supporting higher-level United Nations-World Bank contact, interaction, collaboration, dialogue and thematic exchanges, including through the Peacebuilding Commission;
  • Develops or contributes to, in conjunction with relevant parts of the peace and security pillar and the wider United Nations system, knowledge products on the United Nations’ partnership with the World Bank and other international financial institutions and multilateral donors on prevention, sustaining peace and peacebuilding, including joint analytical work as well as evaluations, guidance notes and lessons learned papers; develops training material and conducts training sessions; serves as the resource person and supporting training for staff on how to work with the World Bank and other international financial institutions; develops and disseminates promotional material about the partnership and facilitate UN system outreach towards other multilateral and regional organizations as well as Member States on the UN-World Bank partnership at the strategic, policy and operational levels;
  • Provides continuous guidance and advice to the Presidents and Chairs as well as other elected offices of intergovernmental bodies concerning the organization of work, status of negotiations, conduct of business including interpretation of the rules of procedure;
  • 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 a variety of crosscutting peace and security and political issues related to the United Nations’ partnership with international financial institutions; creates systematic links to academia, research centres, think tanks, foreign policy forums and NGOs; and represents the UN, PBSO or the relevant section at round tables, seminars and conferences.
  • Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Branch and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Branch; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues of the Branch as needed;
  • Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the World Bank and other international financial institutions, their structures, policies, programmes and procedures; proven policy planning, programme management and coordination and senior-level support skills; knowledge of peacebuilding policy and strategy and related issues, with broad geographical remit ; ability to produce reports and other guidance materiel on policy issues and ability to review and edit the work of others; ability to communicate complex concepts orally and in writing; ability to tailor language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrated openness in sharing information; knowledge of gender mainstreaming and the youth, peace and security agenda; imagination and creativity. 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; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; 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;
  • 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;
  • Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches;
  • 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.
  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


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. A minimum of two years of experience working on crisis or post-crisis issues with the United Nations organisation, the World Bank, or another international financial institution is required. Experience working in a crisis or post crisis setting is required. Experience in policy and inter-agency coordination is required. Experience in promoting/supporting partnership between the United Nations, the World Bank or other international financial institutions is 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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