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UN DPA recruiting Senior Political Affairs Officer

New York, United States of America, 02 April 2014


This position is located in the Africa II Division of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). The Senior Political Affairs Officer will lead the Mali and Sahel Team and report to the Director and Deputy Director of the Africa II Division.


  • Under the overall supervision of the Director and the Deputy Director, the incumbent provides daily substantive guidance for professional and administrative staff members within the Mali and Sahel team.

  • S/he monitors and assesses political developments in Mali and the Sahel; formulates political strategies; initiates and carries out in-depth analyses and studies on complex political developments, cross-cutting issues and current trends and problems with a view to providing early warning advice to the Secretary-General, the Under- Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General, as well as policy options for conflict prevention and resolution, and post-conflict peace building.

  • To that end, the incumbent liaises with Permanent Missions to the UN of countries in the Sahel region, UN Departments, agencies and programmes, international organizations and academic institutions.

  • The incumbent leads and/or participates in fact-finding, preventive diplomacy or peace-making missions as requested or approved by the Secretary-General or the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. S/he prepares briefing papers for missions of the Secretary-General; prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General, the Under Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General and other senior advisers, and assists in negotiation and conflict resolution efforts.

  • The incumbent oversees the substantive backstopping to the Office of the SESG for the Sahel, including supervising the preparation of Resource Based Budgets and overseeing the preparation and timely submission and defense of budgetary requirements to management as well as the governing organs of the UN.

  • The incumbent performs other related duties as required.

Contract duration: one year and may be extended subject to budgetary approval.

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