Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 24 January 2019 - 07 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-UNVMC-110558-F-Bogota (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Headquarters of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC), and based in Bogotá. The Senior Liaison Officer reports to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG). The focus of this job is to support the SRSG with detailed analysis and liaison on the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the former FARC-EP


Within delegated authority, the Senior Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

- Plans and implements the operational activities related to the work in the areas of the verification, analysis and liaison. Incorporates an integrated approach that includes, where appropriate a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit.

- Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Head of the Mission and other senior staff. Provides continuous guidance and advice to the Head of Mission, as well as other elected offices of intergovernmental bodies concerning verification initiatives; advises on and participates in the negotiation to establish operations and develops guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for mission activities. Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties. Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.

- Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs. Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research in the areas associated with the Mission mandate. Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring Mission and/or interagency involvement and participation. Represents the Mission at round tables, seminars and conferences.

- Supports the SRSG in the daily management and coordination of their Front Office. Provides inputs into formal reports and products of the Mission including reports to the Security Council, Situation Reports and media products

- Supports the formulation of a programme of work, budget and plan of the unit and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Mission; coordinates and supports the work of colleagues and unit.

- Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern in the areas of the verification of the security guarantees.

- Performs other related duties as required.


- Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
- Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.
- Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals.
- Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.
- Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.
- 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.
- Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

- 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 the audience.
- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

- 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.

- Serves as a role model that other people want to follow.
- Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support.
- Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions.
- Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo.
- Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
- Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

- Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion.
- Manages in a deliberate and predictable way.
- Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda. Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients.
- Gives proper credit to others.
- Follows through on agreed upon actions.
- Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, anthropology, economics, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, diplomacy, conflict resolution, mediation or related field. Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience in multilateral diplomacy and peace processes is required. Experience in Latin American issues is desirable. Experience working in a verification, or monitoring and evaluation role is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include an informal interview.

Special Notice

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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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