POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER - Climate, Peace and Security Advisor

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 134,636 USD and 173,585 USD.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Climate, Peace, and Security Advisor will support the mission leadership, but specifically the DSRSG-D/RC/HC, in line with emerging priorities and vulnerabilities related to climate change, environmental shocks, and natural resource management and impacts on peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.


• Provide up-to-date analysis to UNAMA leadership on the interlinkages between climate change, peace, and security in Afghanistan and the region and their implications for the strategic objectives of the Mission. • Proactively promote coherence and integration between the Mission and the UNCT on climate, peace and security issues, assisting Mission leadership in developing a common vision, objectives, and programming for integrated delivery. • In close cooperation with relevant UN entities, lead on the mainstreaming of climate-related security risks into UNAMA policies, strategies, planning, and activities, including regional dialogue, cooperation and confidence-building measures. • Enhance engagement and confidence-building measures on climate, peace, and security between the de facto authorities (DFA) and UNAMA . • Engage relevant environmental non-governmental organizations, civil society, as well as Afghan and international stakeholders, to promote the representation of Afghanistan in related global conventions and fora. • Serve as UNAMA’s focal point on climate, peace, and security, including by enhancing early warning of related risks, collecting and sharing good practices, and strengthening collaboration in this area with the UNCT, UNRCCA, the UN Climate Security Mechanism, and others. • Contribute to preparing strategies, reports and other research activities related to climate, peace and security in Afghanistan and Central Asia. • Map and maximise the synergy of environment-related programmes in Afghanistan to contribute to the work of the Mission and the UNCT on issues related to the impact of climate change, environmental shocks and degradation, natural resource governance, and resource-related conflicts. • In collaboration with the UNCT, identify funding gaps related to climate, environment, peace, and security issues in Afghanistan and support the development of proposals for programming. • Collaborate with entities from across the UN system and other partners to identify opportunities for climate finance to support peacemaking and peacebuilding activities in Afghanistan and the region, as appropriate. • Perform other related duties as required.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. 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. • 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. • 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree, or equivalent) in climate, environment, peace and conflict studies, security, political science, international relations, political economy, or related fields is required. A first-level degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in the areas of climate, peace and security, climate change, environmental governance, political affairs, diplomacy, international relations, law, conflict prevention and peacebuilding,, peace and security, conflict resolution, development, or related areas is required. Extensive analytical and reporting experience on the interplay between political, security, economic, and environmental issues is required. Experience working in the areas of climate, peace and security is required. At least three years of experience working in an international organization or non-governmental organization on political and climate issues in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience drafting analytical reports for senior leadership under time constraints and in crisis settings is required. Experience in or on Afghanistan or the region is desired. Experience conducting research in a field setting is desired. Proven policy, advisory, and advocacy, and inter-governmental experience and track record of engagement with senior officials in the UN, government, and external partners is desirable.


English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations. For this advertised position, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of a language spoken in Afghanistan would be an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available and extendable subject to funding availablity.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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