This post is located in the Nairobi Liaison Team of the Eastern Africa Division of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO), based in the office of the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), in Nairobi, Kenya. The Political Affairs Officer works under the direct supervision of the Team Leader of the Eastern Africa and Indian ocean Team of DPPA-DPO, under the general supervision of the Director of the Eastern Africa Division of DPPA-DPO, and the overall guidance of the Director-General of UNON.
Reviews and monitors activities in the East Africa and Indian Ocean regions;assess developments and trends which might affect the political situation in the region or in the countries in the region, and recommend solutions and possible action by the United Nations.
• Develops, plans and implement projects in support of peace and security in the region, in coordination with other UN entities and national stakeholders;
• Maintains close contact and strong relations with the East African Community and the Indian Ocean Commission, and work to deepen these relationships through joint initiatives and activities;
• Analyzes political and related events within the assigned area with a view to providing early warning advice to senior officials;
• Prepares analytical reports and papers on the situation in the region and matters of concern for senior UN officials;
• Coordinates and liaises with the other UN presences in the region as needed, and provide substantive support for senior UN officials visiting the countries of the East Africa region, as requested and appropriate; liaise with stakeholders in countries in the region, including with representatives of Governments, national institutions, regional and sub-regional organizations, civil society organizations, partners and other actors, with a view to strengthening regional and national peacebuilding and conflict prevention capacities;
• Prepares inputs for the Secretary-General's reports to the Security Council and the General Assembly, notes, background papers, talking points and speeches;
•Arranges and participates in mediation, peacebuilding and fact-finding missions.