Political Affairs Officer – UNITAMS


Job Description

Post TitlePolitical Affairs Officer
Organizational UnitOffice of Support to the Political Transition
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 position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Office of Support to the Political  Transition. The incumbent will report to the Director, Office of Support to the Political Transition or a  designee.  


Within the delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer, NOC will be responsible for the following  duties, under the direct supervision of the Director, Office of Support to the Political Transition, or a designee:  

  • Participates fully in assigned operational activities related to implementation of UNITAMS  mandate in support of the political transition, peace-making, peace-building; , i.e., peacekeeping,  disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict  rehabilitation, election administration, political and governance institution-building, civil society  support work, etc.; supports good offices and negotiation initiatives and an integrated approach that  includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and gender perspective into the  policy, planning and operational activities of the unit.
  • Keeps abreast of latest political, security and other trends and developments in the area of  assignment and provides inputs and analysis  
  • Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Director and Mission Leadership; as requested,  provides guidance and advice on assigned issues to the mission leadership. Prepares responses to  comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several  components of a limited nature, such as civilian, military or humanitarian operations.  
  • Develops and maintains relations with government officials, military and security officials, tribal  leaders, civil society, women’s groups, armed movements, and other stakeholders at the working  levels and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.  
  • Participates as a member of a team dealing with a variety of political issues in a region related to  UNITAMS mandate. Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and  activities requiring mission and/or interagency involvement and participation. Represents the team  at round tables, seminars and conferences.  
  • Supports his/her supervisor in the formulation of the work programme, budget and medium-term  plans of the unit by participating in meetings,and compiling or researching issues related to the  mission.  
  • Performs other related duties as required  


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science,  Management or Development, or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of two  additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.  

Work Experience:  

A minimum of five 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.  Knowledge of local languages is desirable.


Professionalism: Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.  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;  remains calm in stressful situations.  

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;  Solicits input by genuinely valuing other’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own positions; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.  

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients”  and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies.

clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing  developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and  anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets  timeline for delivery of products or services to client.  

Communication: 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; Tailors language, tone, style  and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and  keeping people informed.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment 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-2021-57 – 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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