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Political Affairs Officer 01 October 2020 Int. Specialist MINUSCA Central African Republic

Political Affairs Officer

International Specialist
Central African Republic
Obo (CAF)
until 30 June 2021
01 October 2020

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

The UN Volunteer Political Affairs Officer will report directly to the Director of the Political Affairs Division or a designated officer and will be responsible for the following duties:

1) Political Analysis and Advice

  • Provide country-specific and regional analysis on the impact of developments in CAR and in the region and make policy recommendations for UN response.

  • Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the

  • implementation of the Mission’s mandate assesses implications and make recommendations on policies, strategies and other measures to address the issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.

  • Provide support to the follow-up and implementation of the Political Peace Agreement signed on 6 February 2019.

2) Reporting and Information Management

  • Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, daily and weekly situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies.

  • Prepare contextual information material, such as background notes, political profiles, and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio.

  • Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility.

3) Planning, Coordination and Facilitation

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information sharing, policy and coordination matters.

  • Support prefectural efforts to develop inclusive political dialogue through the follow-up and implementation mechanisms of the Political Peace Agreement to address root causes of conflict with all main stakeholders, including signatories.

  • Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives. Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation.

  • Assist in the organization of meetings and mission events, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities as appropriate and draft correspondence, political reports, analyses and talking points for Mission Leadership.

  • Draft programmatic funding project proposals in support to Mandate implementation.

  • Facilitate project implementation either directly or through implementing partners, throughout the project implementation cycle.

  • Prepare narrative and financial reports on project implementation, as required by PAD guidelines.

  • Participate in fact-finding and other missions.

  • Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.

  • Perform other relevant duties as required.

  • When working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, the incumbent is strongly encouraged to set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching, mentoring and formal and on-the-job training

Master degree or equivalent

A degree in law, political sciences or international relations is highly desirableponent..

36 Months

A minimum of three (03) years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, development, disarmament or related field. Experience in political analysis and outreach, solid report writing skills (on political issues) is required, and Relevant experience in international organization or nongovernmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is highly desirable.

  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Crisis and conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution and reconciliation, Other emergency management experience

Political science, international relations, international economics, law, public

administration or related fields. A first-level university degree (BA) in combination with qualifying

experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree


Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Working in Teams

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Application deadline: 01-10-2020