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Associate Political Affairs Officer (Peacebuilding Partnerships) (JPO, P2), UN, New York

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The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) serves the UN Secretary-General in coordinating the United Nations in its peacebuilding efforts by 

  • supporting the Peacebuilding Commission by providing strategic advice and policy guidance; 
  • administering the Peacebuilding Fund and helping raise funds for it; 
  • fostering a coherent, coordinated approach to peacebuilding throughout the UN family; and 
  • disseminating lessons learned and good practices on peacebuilding in the UN and  beyond. 

The Peacebuilding Strategy and Partnerships Branch is one of the three Branches of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), together with the Peacebuidling Commission Branch and the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch. 

Your role as Associate Political Affairs Officer (Peacebuilding Partnerships):  

  • Support DPPA/PBSO’s work regarding the partnership between the United Nations and International Financial Institutions (IFIs), including regular exchanges, operational and strategic cooperation, and strategic partnership on prevention, sustaining peace and priority peacebuilding areas in crisis-affected situations. 
  • Coordinate with UN counterparts and attend meetings on UN-IFI partnerships, focusing on specific countries, regions, and thematic areas. 
  • Establish and maintain relationships with multilateral and regional development banks addressing fragility, conflict, and violence. 
  • Identify opportunities for enhanced partnership between the UN and Regional Development Banks to improve peacebuilding outcomes. 
  • Conduct research, prepare briefings, and provide substantive inputs on peacebuilding and partnerships, with a focus on cross-pillar collaboration and multilateral institutions. 

Part of the Swiss JPO Programme, this position is sponsored bythe Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC of the FDFA.  

Please find the full job description here: 

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Vacancies: 1

Working hours (%): 80-100%

Type of contract: Staff (Permanent and Fixed Term)

Duration: 2 to 3-year assignment (1 year renewable fixed-term contracts)

Education level: Master’s degree

Macro-area: Multiple

Level of experience: Professional, 3 to 5 years

Area of work: External Relations, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

Area of work: Political Affairs, Conflict and Peacekeeping

Type of organisation: Multilateral Organisations

Skills required

For the Swiss JPO programme (mandatoy): 

Swiss nationality 

Not older than 32 years at the date of the first round of interviews  

Fluency in English and a second UN language  

Master’s degree   

Strong interest in a longer-term career with the United Nations  

For this position (mandatory):  

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree), preferably in conflict and peace studies, political science, international relations, economics, or related fields.  

A minimum of 2 years, preferably 3 years of relevant work experience, ideally in the areas of peace and security, diplomacy, development, human rights and/or humanitarian action. PBSO counts professional experience at 100% if gained after completion of the first university degree. Internship experience is counted at 50%, regardless of whether paid or not.   

Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.  

Quantitative skills would be an asset. 

Please find more details in the full job description. 

Important details regarding your application 

Make sure your profile on cinfoPoste is complete and up to date: 

  • Motivation letter in English (not more than 3500 characters, to be inserted in the pop-up window when you click on “apply”). 
  • P11 form duly completed and uploaded under the section “documents”. Note that we will base our evaluation and calculation of your relevant experience on the P11. Should you prefer to use a P11 different from the one we provide, please make sure to state your employment rate in percentages for each employment liste 
  • Optional: CV in English (only if you wish. We base our evaluation on the P11 form) 
  • Work certificates, diplomas and university credentials (as PDF) uploaded under the section “documents”. 

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Application deadline: 10. August 2023 

First round of interviews:  4. /5. September 2023 online 

Start date: Please be aware that the recruitment process may take 3 to 6 months. You are expected to start your assignment within 3 months following notification of selection. 

Any questions? Contact Caroline Johnigk, cinfo’s Recruitment Specialist, recruitment@cinfo.ch