United Nations Senior Political Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Senior Political Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • This position is located in the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU).
    The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) was established by UN General Assembly Resolution 64/288 in 2010 generally mandated to enhance the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union in the area of peace and security; Provide coordinated and consistent advice to the African Union on long-term capacity-building and short-term operational support matters; Streamline the United Nations presence in Addis Ababa to make it cost-effective and efficient in delivering UN assistance to the AU. Cooperation between the two organizations has significantly intensified following the signing of the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security on 19 April 2017, resulting in more strategic and forward-looking collaborative efforts in conflict prevention, mediation, peacekeeping and peace building.
    The Senior Political Affairs Officer will be based in Addis Ababa and She/he will report to Head of Political Affairs and SRSG
    This vacancy runs through 30 June 2022.


    Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Director and the SRSG, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Develops a vision and direction for the team’s work and creates the conditions to allow its implementation.

  • Provides substantive guidance to the members of the team on a daily basis, particularly on matters relating to the UN partnership with the AUC and where appropriate, Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) in the areas of conflict prevention, management, resolution and peacebuilding in Africa.

  • Drafts policy proposals for consideration by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General.

  • Prepares and reviews draft background papers, briefing notes and talking points.

  • Monitors and assesses political developments on the African continent in close collaboration with UNHQ, SPMs and PKOs and analyses the policies of the AU and other international and sub-regional organizations to provide the UNHQ and senior UN
    officials with early warning and policy options for conflict prevention, peace-making and post-conflict peace-building.

  • Provides substantive political support for good offices, mediation and other political initiatives and activities that may be undertaken by the Secretary-General, his Envoys and Representatives and/or other senior UN officials in the areas of responsibility.

  • Works closely with the African Union, in particular senior officials of the AUC, PSC members, Permanent Representatives, as well as other partners in Addis Ababa to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives.

  • Participates in good offices, fact-finding or peace-making missions, leads on the implementation of agreements and decisions made and designs and develops policy, programme and project outlines, as required, and assists in the management and implementation.

  • Tracks the substantive aspects of the work of the different bodies of the Organization, as appropriate, and provides guidance on political issues to heads of UN offices and country teams in the assigned countries.

  • Contributes to the UNHQ inter-agency task force(s)/working groups as relevant.

  • Liaises with, other UN departments, offices, agencies, funds and programmes, international and regional organizations, academic institutions and civil society organizations in Africa and represents the Office at meetings, inter-agency teams or task forces, round tables, seminars and conferences and reports back on outcomes and agreements to the Office leadership.

  • Performs other substantive and administrative duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to conduct in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries; Demonstrated analytical, research and
    negotiating skills; Ability to prepare high-quality draft documents in a timely manner, including under extreme time pressure; Ability to work calmly and
    collaboratively under pressure; Ability to develop effective working relationships with UN departments, agencies and programmes as well as relevant outside actors. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

  • 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.

  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; determines that actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field.

  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.


  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required.

  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Senior Political Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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