Political Affairs Officer

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International Specialist
Host entity UNMIK
Country Kosovo (UNSC 1244)
Location, Country Pristina (KOS)
Language skills English
Expected Starting Date Immediate
Duration until 30 June 2022 with possibility of extension
Application deadline 16 July 2021

Eligibility criteria

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

Description of task

The incumbent works under the direct supervision of Director of the Office of Political Affairs (OPA). The UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues in general and in particular as they affect the operational area for which the staff member is responsible.
  • Compile, and draft daily, monthly and quarterly situation reports to NYHQ as required.
    Undertake field trips and meet with local political leaders and report to OPA when required;
  • Attend round table discussions, seminars and workshops on behalf of OPA on subjects pertaining to the work of OPA.
  • Serve as a focal point for OPA on RBB and other budget-related issues.
  • Gather, select and analyze information contained in communications, publications and various types of files received from different components of UNMIK as well as external sources relevant to the work of OPA.
  • Keep abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provide inputs on issues through the Head of OPA to Mission management.
  • Produce notes to the files and other reports as necessary;
  • Provide technical and substantive back-up in the implementation of mandates of the Office of Political Affairs and Office of the Chief of Staff as required.
  • Maintain contacts with other components of the Mission and the UN Kosovo team, international partners and government authorities on political, coordination and policy matters;
  • Monitor actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organizations, government and non-governmental organizations within assigned area of responsibility;
  • Define work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference;


Required degree level

Master degree or equivalent

Educational additional comments

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Political Science, Political Economy, International Relations, International Law, Public Administration, or related fields.
  • A Bachelor's degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Required experience

36 Months

Experience remark

At least three years of progressively responsible professional experience in International Affairs, Development, Security Diplomacy, Administration or Foreign Relations. Experience in field or peacekeeping operations is highly desirable.

Language skills

English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Area of expertise

Political affairs and political reporting

Area of expertise details

Analytical and Negotiating Skills - Proven analytical, research and negotiating skills.

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Competencies values

Communication, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

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