Job Opportunity at the UN in Egypt: Political Affairs Officer 2020

Date limite : 13 mai 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: United Nations

Niveau d'études: Etudiant

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Job Opportunity at the UN in Egypt:  Political Affairs Officer 2020

The United Nations (UN) is seeking a qualified Senior Political Affairs Officer to start working within the Middle East Division of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations in Cairo, Egypt for 2020. 


  1. Formulates political affairs strategies; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and identifies issues, particularly with implications for regional peace and security.
  2. Plans and implements the operational activities related to the work of the UN Liaison Office; incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Office.
  3. Plans, and coordinates with other UN departments, agencies, funds and programs.
  4. Prepares briefing notes and talking points for senior UN officials as required.
  5. Leads and directs the UN Liaison Office; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff, as required.
  6. Supports high-level interaction between the LAS and UN, including providing necessary administrative, logistical and substantive support.
  7. Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of political issues related to the UN Liaison Office to the LAS.
  8. Represents DPPA-DPO and other UN entities, as required, at LAS meetings, at round tables, seminars and conferences; maintains close relations with the LAS general secretariat and its Member States.
  9. Formulates the program of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Liaison Office and participates in the overall approval of the program of work, and administrative matters concerning the Liaison Office; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues.
  10. Develops and maintains relations with government officials of the host country on matters related to UN-LAS cooperation.
  11. Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies and qualifications:


  1. Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries.
  2. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programs in affected countries and areas. Shows pride in work and in achievements.
  3. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
  4. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  5. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
  6. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges
  7. Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


  1. 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.
  2. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & Organizing: 

  1. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.
  2. Identifies priority activities and assignments.
  3. Adjusts priorities as required.
  4. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.
  5. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Building Trust: 

  1. Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion.
  2. Manages in a deliberate and predictable way.
  3. Operates with transparency.
  4. Has no hidden agenda.
  5. places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


  1. Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly.
  2. Gathers relevant information before making a decision.
  3. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them.
  4. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization.
  5. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information.
  6. Checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international law, history, public administration, or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be acceptable in lieu of the advance university degree.

Work Experience:

  1. A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
  2. Experience working on the Middle East or Arab region is required.
  3. Experience in drafting analytical notes and reports is required.
  4. Experience in serving as a liaison function for the United Nations or another international organization is desirable.


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

About the UN:

The United Nations (UN), was established in 1945, is an intergovernmental organization responsible for maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international cooperation, and being a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. It is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world.

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