Associate Political Affairs Officer – UNITAMS


Job Description

Vacancy No.UNITAMS-JO-Khartoum-2021-55
Post TitleAssociate Political Affairs Officer (open for Sudanese Nationals only)
LevelNO-B (Fixed-Term)
Organizational UnitOffice of Support to the Political Transition, Constitutional Support Section
Number of posts01
Issuing Date30/11/2021
Closing Date14/12/2021

Important note: UNITAMS will only accept properly completed and signed Personal  History Form (P.11) received before closing date. Please submit your application on  the attached P.11 ONLY. Other UN P.11 formats, incomplete P.11, CV and  Resume will not be accepted, nor will late submissions after closing date. 

The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work as soon as possible. 

Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected,  subject to clearance of employment reference checks, security and medical. The  United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.  Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context,  all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in  accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity  and professional ethical standards is essential. 

This position is locally recruited open for Sudanese nationals only. 

UNITAMS will not provide accommodation to locally recruited staff.  UNITAMS is equal employer for men and women. Female candidates are strongly  encouraged to apply.

The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission  in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524  (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition,  including in the areas of constitution making and elections, progress towards  democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and  sustainable peace; to support peace processes and implementation of future peace  agreements; to assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in  Darfur and the Two Areas; and to support the mobilisation of economic and  development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance. 

The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Office of Support to the  Political Transition, Constitutional Support Section.

The incumbent will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer 


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Associate Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for  performing the following duties: 

  • Analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press; maintains up-to-date knowledge of events related to political issues,  particularly with respect to the constitution-making process, and identifies areas of concern to support the decision-making, early warning, policy development and planning for an integrated  UN within the Mission. 
  • Establish a broad base of contacts and facilitate meetings. 
  • Keeps abreast of the latest trends and developments in the constitution-making process and wider political affairs and provides inputs and analysis on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the field mission. 
  • Prepares summaries of articles from a wide variety of sources and draft a variety of correspondence and sections of reports. 
  • Monitors political, socio-economic, and politically relevant developments in the constitution-making process and drafts talking points, summaries, analysis and other documents.
  • Provides input into engagement with Mission, Ministry of Justice, Constitutional Commission leadership and Secretariat, Academics, and Sudanese stakeholders on constitutional matters.  Assists with facilitation of the provision of constitutional experts based on identified needs of  Sudanese stakeholders. 
  • Identify areas of cooperation and coordination with other UN Agencies for the implementation of constitution-making initiatives. 
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science,  international relations, international economics, public administration or other related, is required. 

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

Work Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.  

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


Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and  economic problems. Extensive knowledge of the political dynamics in Sudan, including  local dynamics, as well as those related to the peace process. Shows pride in work and  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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the  equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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. 

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies  priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time  and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors  and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a  competency-based interview.


  • Applicants must accurately complete, sign and date the attached United Nations  Personal History form (P.11) ONLY and forward the duly completed signed P.11  by e-mail to: [email protected]  
  • Applicants should COPY UNITAMS-JO-Khartoum-2021-55 Associate Political Affairs Officer in the SUBJECT line of the email when submitting  their signed P.11 form. UNITAMS will not consider any applications which are  not received directly in the VA mailbox. Other UN P.11 formats and  incomplete P.11 will not be accepted.  
  • (Download the P11 form here and the supplementary sheets here)
  • Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered  binding. 
  • The selected candidates will be subject to a reference checks to verify the  accuracy of the information provided in the P.11 form. 
  • Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two  weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA. 

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

United Nations Considerations:  

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to  participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and  subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United  Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.  

No Fee:  


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