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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the regional structure of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Department of Peace Operations, North Africa Division. Under the general supervision of the Director and Deputy Director the incumbent reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Team Leader for North Africa.


The incumbent:

- Monitors and assesses political developments in North Africa, conducts research and carries out analysis and studies on complex political situations affecting the regions to provide the Secretary-General and other senior UN officials with early warning and policy options for conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace building.
- Prepares, in coordination with the Team Leader, briefings, talking points, reports, weekly updates and inputs to OASGI, OUSG and EOSG.
- Drafts correspondence, notes, memoranda, and responses to queries for the review of the Team Leader.
- Develops and maintain professional relationships, which support and facilitate the work of the Team Leader, including representatives of national governments and international organizations, and other concerned partners, including consultants, business executives, and academics.
- Arranges and participates in fact-finding missions
- Attends meetings and consultations of the Security Council and the General Assembly on issues relevant to North Africa;
Contributes to the backstopping of missions supported by DPPA/DPO in North Africa ; assists in the development and implementation of budget proposals and projects and other administrative tasks, as necessary.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Proven analytical skills, with ability to identify problems (political, social, economic) affecting a country or a geographic area; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and, knowledge of issues related to the countries under the Division's area of responsibility, in particular North Africa.

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.

Teamwork: 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, 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. A first-level university degree will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

At least two years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, political analysis and political research is required. Experience drafting briefing materials and talking points as well as reports and official correspondence is required. Previous experience providing support to a peace operation in Africa is desirable. Experience developing and managing projects and budget proposals is desirable. No experience is required for candidates who have passed the YPP, NCRE or G to P examinations.


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


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 27 September 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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