Political Affairs Officer, P3

Political Affairs Officer, P3

United Nations - Peacebuilding Support Office

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch (PCSB) of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Support Branch and through him/her to the Director and Deputy Head of PBSO.


Within delegated authority of the Chief of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Support Branch, the Political Officer is responsible for the following duties:

  • Gathers, selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues and formulation of peacebuilding strategies, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
  • Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in national, regional and international strategies and frameworks related to peacebuilding and provides inputs and analysis in the form of talking points, speeches and other correspondence on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
  • Monitors national and regional level political developments; and provides advice to field mission/UN agencies active on the ground.
  • Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the branch; including note-taking, drafting of analytical and background papers; developing multipurpose content for internal and external media platforms
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; including maintaining the Peacebuilding Commission and PBSO websites
  • Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations.
  • Selects, classifies and stores in computerized databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries or region.
  • Participates in country visit and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
  • Participates in provision of secretariat services to the Peacebuilding Commission, Security Council, General Assembly, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, including using social media to share PBC meetings and related events.
  • Prepares meetings of the Assistant Secretary-General and Branch Chief with officials from countries under the Organization's purview.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of UN intergovernmental processes, rules of procedure, structure, mandates and working methods of PBC and UN principal organs; Knowledge of procedural requirements for drafting and processing of official UN documents; Ability to identify and analyse political, ethnic, social and economic problems that may cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. Good knowledge of relevant regional and international institutions. Knowledge of range of communications approaches, tools and methodologies essential to media operations and message targeting, in particular with respect to website and social media management. 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from other 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 and 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international law, or related area is required. 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 experience in international relations, political science, or conflict resolution is required. Three years of experience in the area of peacebuilding is desirable. Experience in regional or international organizations in the areas of conflict resolution and mediation missions is desirable. Experience pertaining to communication, public information, social media or website management is desirable.


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

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