Associate Political Affair Officer

UN Department of Operational Support, Beirut, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st October, 2020

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located primarily in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Department of Peace Operations (DPO), both at Headquarters and in the field, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) or any Office in need of Political Affairs and Human Rights expertise. Associate Officers typically report to a senior officer, i.e., a unit chief or section chief.


The Young Professionals Programme examination in Political Affairs and Human Rights covers a range of topics in the areas of peacemaking and preventive diplomacy, political analysis, electoral assistance, human rights issues and related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions, humanitarian, disaster, emergency relief issues and activities, and other related areas covered by the Political Affairs and Human Rights arms of the United Nations. If you are successful in the examination, you could be assigned to a job that covers any or a combination of these areas.

key responsibilities, of an Associate Officer in Political Affairs and Human Rights would be (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Political Affairs and Human Rights Associate Officers):

  • Conducts research and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press; maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political affairs/human rights/humanitarian affairs issues in a specified area or subject matter.
  • Prepares briefing notes, background papers, letters, policy guidelines and talking points for senior officials.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with relevant interlocutors at the required level as directed (responds to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally, provides technical support and advice in his/her area of expertise)
  • Prepares summaries of articles from a wide variety of sources and draft a variety of correspondence, and sections of reports.
  • Monitors political affairs, human rights affairs, humanitarian affairs, and other relevant developments in an assigned area, and prepares reports. Identifies problems and proposes corrective actions.
  • Provides input into political affairs, human rights, humanitarian affairs efforts and programmes.
  • Create databases that track project progress and provides other information relevant to assigned area.
  • Assists in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. with other agencies or partners to facilitate exchanges of professional expertise and views on specific subjects/issues; serves as reporter to such events
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • At least a first-level university degree (i.e., bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree of at least three years) in any of the following Fields of Study:
  • Fields of Study (listed under “Business and Administration”): Institutional Administration, Management, Management Systems, Personnel Administration, Public Administration, Administration, Business Administration
  • Fields of Study (listed under “Law”): Comparative law, General law, Law of the sea, International commercial law, Environmental law, International law, History of law, Human rights law, Humanitarian affairs law, Labour law
  • Fields of Study (listed under “Security Services”): Civil Security, Police work and law enforcement, Criminology
  • Fields of Study (listed under “Social and Behavioural Science”): Economic History, Economics, Ethics, Gender studies, Geography (except physical), Human resources, Human rights, International economics, International relations, International studies, Development studies, Demography, Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology (except physical), Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Fields of Study (all fields listed under “Humanities”): History, Foreign languages and cultures, Foreign languages, Native languages, Modern history, Area studies, Literature, Other humanities, Religion, Cultural studies, Philosophy
  • Important: when preparing your application in Inspira, please choose the field of study that is closest to your degree, from the "Field of Study" dropdown menu, and write the exact title of the degree (both in its original language and its translation in English or French). Do not select "other" for main course of study or field of study.

Work Experience

  • No work experience is required. Relevant work experience may be taken into consideration as an additional screening criteria when more than 60 candidates from the same country apply to the same exam area.


  • Fluency (speaking, reading, writing, understanding fluently) in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, is required; knowledge of the other is desirable.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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