Job Details

Political Affairs Officer

Company name

United Nations

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Valid Through

Sep 05, 2020

Posted on

May 23, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type

Contract, Full-time


Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Political Affairs Officer
The candidate will report to the Chief of Office through the Team Leader for Africa region. Will gather, select and analyze information from a range of sources on developments in assigned region from the perspective of the prevention of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes), including their incitement. Will alert the Special Advisers to situations of concern and recommends courses of action by the United Nations to protect populations from genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes), including their incitement. Will maintain up-to-date knowledge of events relating to the prevention of atrocity crimes, in particular related to the prevention of incitement to violence and countering and addressing hate speech. Will plan and coordinate training seminars, capacity building workshops and technical assistance program relevant to atrocity crimes prevention, preventing incitement to violence and countering and addressing hate speech. Will maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters. Will monitor actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organizations, government and non-governmental organizations. Will participate in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Should have 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience conducting research and analysis related to the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing or crimes against humanity is required. Experience working in an international or in another multi-lateral environment is desirable. Field experience is desirable. Should have knowledge of English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another organization’s official language is an advantage. Should have the ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. 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. Should be able to rake responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Should be able to speak and write 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Should work 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.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
United Nations
1st Avenue at 46th Street
New York City, NY 10017

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