United Nations Economic Commission

United Nations Economic Commission


Position: Political Affairs and Human Rights Affairs, P2
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Posted date: 1 month ago
Application Deadline: Oct, 31/2020 (3 days left)

Organization 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.

Some of the 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 (response 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 the 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 a reporter to such events
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  • 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 audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; 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.


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
  • 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 the 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 criterion 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.

How to apply


The assessment process is divided into 3 stages:  
1. Screening of applications, 
2. Written examination is taken online, 
3. Oral examination.  

 Knowledge of UN languages may be tested at any of these stages. 


Follow the link to apply and to see the full assessment process: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=138708&Lang=en-US

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