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UNITED NATIONS                         NATIONS UNIES
United Nations Integrated      Mission in Timor-Leste

National Political Affairs Officer (NPO)
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POST TITLE: National Political Affairs Officer (NPO)
SECTION: Political Affairs Section
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 14 December 2009

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Section, the incumbent will be responsible for:
Contribute to mission knowledge of events relating to political issues in general, and in particular as they affect the operational area for which the staff member is responsible (the eastern region). Serve as liaison in the Suai region.  Keep abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provide inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the Mission.  Monitoring and analysis of political developments in the Suai region (Covalima, Bobonaro, Manufahi and Ainaro Districts) including but not limited to subnational administrations, district civil service, PNTL, political parties, politically motivated interest groups and civil society organizations. Contribute to writing daily situation reports, weekly and monthly analytical reports and occasional thematic reports.  Contribute to daily media monitoring and summarizing of media items of interest to the section.  Advise the Section on political developments, through keeping a range of contacts amongst political actors, international actors, police and military personnel.  Conduct monitoring and analysis of the role of the media,civil society activities including church, NGOs and other groups in regional area of responsibility.  Provide technical and substantive back-up in the implementation of mandates of the Political Affairs Section. Maintain contacts with other sectors of the Mission, UN international partners and government authorities on coordination and policy matters. Monitor actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organizations, government and non-governmental organizations within assigned area of responsibility. Maintain database information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned in the Mission area. Participate in fact-finding and other missions within assigned area of responsibility. Define work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference. Other duties as specified by the Chief of Section.



Professionalism – Ability to identify political issues as they affect the mandate; analyze sensitive political problems; develop sources for data in-put for analysis. Communication - Ability to draft and orally communicate clearly and concisely in English. Planning and organizing – Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work. Team work Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with international and national authorities with sensitivity and respect for diversity; including gender. Technological Awareness – Good computer skills; including proficiency in word processing in word processing, data management and internet search engines.


Education: University degree from an accredited University in Political Science or international Relations, International Economics, Law, Public Administration, or other related fields. Experience: 2 years of relevant work experience in diplomacy or work with an international organization; Ability to respect principles of confidentiality, neutrality and objectivity; Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines; experience in working as part of a team, sometimes working under pressure.  Languages: Fluency in written and spoken Tetum; Excellent written and spoken English; Portuguese or Bahasa Indonesian desirable.


The applicants must present:
Application letter indicating the VA Number (VA N-TL-09-022); Curriculum Vitae; UN application Form (P.11) available in Main Gate of Obrigado Barracks, UNMIT HQ; Copies of school and University Certificates as well of any other training related to the requirements of   the position; Baptismal or Birth certificate. Please ensure all relevant work experience is reflected on the P11 form.

Please submit your application only if you meet the qualifications and requirements mentioned above.

The United Nations strongly encourages applications from qualified women candidates.

Application must be submitted to UNMIT Headquarters, Obrigado Barracks (Attention: Local Personnel Section), Or via E-mail to or
Deadline: Monday, 28 December 2009