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Political Affairs Officer

Political Affairs Officer

United Nations Secretariat (UN)
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is in the Liaison Team of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO), in Nairobi, Kenya. The post may be moved to Arusha, Tanzania. The Political Affairs Officer works under the direct supervision of the Team Leader of the Eastern Africa and Indian ocean Team of DPPA-DPO, and the general supervision of the Director of the Eastern Africa Division of DPPA-DPO.


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

• Engages with the Secretariat of the East Africa Community (EAC) to ensure the implementation of the 5 March 2020 MoU between DPPA and the EAC.
• Reviews and monitors activities in the East Africa and Indian Ocean regions; assess developments and trends which might affect the political situation in the region or in the countries in the region and recommends solutions and possible action by the United Nations.
• Develops, plans, and implement projects in support of peace and security in the region, in coordination with other UN entities and national stakeholders.
• Engages with the Secretariat of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) to ensure the implementation of the Framework for Cooperation between DPPA and the IOC.
• Analyzes political and related events within the assigned area with a view to providing early warning advice to senior officials.
• Prepares analytical reports and papers on the situation in the region and matters of concern for senior UN officials.
• Coordinates and liaises with the other UN presences in the region as needed, and provide substantive support for senior UN officials visiting the countries of the East Africa region, as requested and appropriate; liaise with stakeholders in countries in the region, including with representatives of Governments, national institutions, regional and sub-regional organizations, civil society organizations, partners, and other actors, with a view to strengthening regional and national peacebuilding and conflict prevention capacities.
• Prepares inputs for the Secretary-General's reports to the Security Council and the General Assembly, notes, background papers, talking points and speeches.
•Arranges and participates in mediation, peacebuilding, and fact-finding missions.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related fields. 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 (7) years of progressively responsible experience in political science,
international relations, development, conflict resolution or international crisis management is

Experience working on issues related to East Africa and Indian Ocean regions is desirable.

Experience on project management and budgetary processes is desirable.

Experience working with regional organizations is desirable.


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required.


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

Special Notice

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.

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. This position will be moved from Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha, Tanzania and will be available effective 1 July 2022 subject to budgetary approval.