Associate Political Affairs Officer

Vacancy Number:10/04/2019
Title: Associate Political Affairs Officer
Duration:NO-B (Fixed-term)
Exp.: 2019-04-22-(3 Months Ago)
Jobs no:1
Salary:As per organization salary policy


Organization: UNAMA | About UNAMA
City: Badakhshan
Country: AF


Education:University degree
Work Experience:1 year Years

Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) OR first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science Management or Development or a related field.

Professional training in the areas of planning monitoring and evaluation facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience: A minimum of one (1) year of progressively responsible experience in political science international relations law disarmament security development management conflict resolution or related area is required with a relevant Master’s degree Or a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in political science international relations law disarmament security development management

conflict resolution or related area is required with a relevant Bachelor’s degree.

Languages: Fluency in English and Dari or Pashtoo languages are required.

Special Measure: The minimum work experience for NO-B with a relevant Bachelor’s

degree is reduced to 2 years instead of the standard minimum requirement work

experience of 4 years and to 1 year instead of the standard minimum requirement work

experience of 2 years with a relevant Master’s degree. The special measure approved by

the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)-UNHQ is further extended until 31

May 2019 reduces the minimum required years of relevant work experience for filling

positions for UNAMA General Service and National Professional Officer positions. The

special measure is applicable to all applicants.


Professionalism: Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.

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.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and

behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure

in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in

the Organizations interest even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of

unprofessional or unethical behavior.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all

people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and

understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily

work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical

responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others correctly

interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify

and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language tone style and

format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and

keeping people informed.

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.

Duties & Responsibilities

Within delegated authority the Associate Political Affairs Officer will be 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 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 the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the field mission and elsewhere in the Secretariat when required.

• Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to field mission/UN agencies active on the ground.

• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.

• Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups UN organizations 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 fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.

• Prepares meetings of the SRSG/DSRSG with officials from the host country.

• Performs other related duties as required.

Submission Guideline

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to
translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish
objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to
understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing
mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the
status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility accountability and
decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles responsibilities and reporting lines are
clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed
to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones
and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to
staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the
development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly

Applicants are reminded that the United Nations cannot appoint a person
who is the father mother son daughter brother or sister of a staff member.
For this reason applicants are required to disclose at the time of their
application whether they bear any of the above relationships to a staff
member of UNAMA or any other UN entity which is part of the Secretariat. In
addition selected candidates would be required to complete a family
declaration form prior to assuming their duties with the Mission. Failure to
disclose any of the above relationships constitutes a material omission that
could lead to termination or dismissal from the United Nations.
• Applicants must accurately complete sign and date the United Nations Personal
History form (P.11) and forward the duly completed signed P.11 copy by e-mail to:
[email protected]
• Required documents: Serving UN staff members: The two most recent e-
Performance Evaluation Reports must be submitted with the application.
• For External applicants: Two most recent performance evaluation reports or
if not available two reference letters. If the applications received do not
contain the latest two performance evaluation reports candidates must
provide a short explanation as to why they are not available.
• Applicants should indicate VA Number as VA#10/04/2019 in the email
subject line when submitting duly completed and signed P.11 Form. UNAMA
will not consider any applications received without VA Number in the email
subject line and after the closing date of the VA. Incomplete P.11 will not be
• Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered
• The selected candidates will be subject to a reference checks process to
verify the information provided in the P.11 form.
• Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two
weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA.
Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply
The necessity for ensuring the highest standards of efficiency competence and integrity
remain the paramount considerations in the employment of personnel. To ensure
fairness and transparency selection will be made on a competitive basis through a
selection panel.

Email: [email protected]