Job Opening

Posting Title: Policy and Best Practices Officer, P4
Job Code Title: Policy and Best Practices Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 22 July 2020 - 20 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-UNVMC-138200-R-Bogota (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Front Office of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, reporting to the Chief of Staff.


Within delegated authority, the Policy and Best Practices Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

1.In consultation with the Chief of Staff and assisted by the Policy and Best Practices Section at UN Headquarters, develop a knowledge management action plan that will address the Mission's operational learning needs.

2.Promote the active use of the DPPA-DOS knowledge sharing tools and systems, such as the Policy and Practice Database, End of Assignment Reports, Surveys of Practice and After Action Reviews including through the establishment and support of a network of best practice focal points within the Mission.

3.Support the Chief of Staff and other senior mission managers upon request, in identifying gaps in existing official guidance, as identified through needs assessments, evaluations, lessons learned studies, etc. and developing guidance where needed based on identified gaps resulting in improved Mission performance.

4.Provides inputs to draft guidance as needed, when consulted by UNHQ offices.

5.Initiate and coordinate outreach activities, conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on policy, best practices and lessons learning issues.

6.Facilitate and/or generate good practices and lessons learned on various mission work processes, operational responses, organizational systems, mandate implementation, etc.

7.Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources.

8.Collect, store and share best practice materials originating in the Mission with UNHQ and other missions through the Policy and Practice Database, Communities of Practice and other channels and information sharing fora.

9.Prepare and share with mission leadership syntheses of lessons learned and recommendations documented in the mission's knowledge sharing reports, as required.

10.Organize follow-up action as required on studies undertaken, seminars or workshops on mission specific best practices and lessons learned activities.

11.Liaise and coordinate with UN partner organizations, national and international organizations and academic institutions on all issues related to lessons learning and knowledge sharing.

12.Provide other learning and research services to the Mission as required.

13.Support the establishment of a mission-wide system of policy and guidance development based on lesson learned and good practice:

•Promote the integration of lessons learned, good practices and other operational knowledge into work processes, guidance and planning scenarios.

•Develop, on behalf of the Mission management, an appropriate mechanism for considering and, following up on local-level recommendations generated by knowledge sharing mechanisms.

•Take an active part in the network of Policy and Practices Officers and in developing and maintaining the network of mission focal points.

•In consultation with the Chief of Staff and the senior mission leadership, and supported by the Policy and Best Practices Section (UNHQ), assist the mission with designing and implementing a mission- specific guidance development process.

•Support the Chief of Staff and other senior mission managers upon request, with the development, review, approval and dissemination of mission specific guidance.

•Support alignment of DPPA-DOS policy development priorities with Mission guidance development priorities.

•In consultation with the Chief of Staff and the senior mission leadership, and assisted by the Policy and Best Practices Section, support coordination of and/or implement policy reviews and studies.

•Coordinate policy development on cross-cutting issues, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.

•Liaise with UN partner organizations, national and international organizations and academic institutions on all issues related to policy/guidance development.

Supervise the work and staff of the Policy and Best Practice Unit.
• Prepare team work plan ensuring balance between maintenance and ad hoc tasks and projects.
• Monitor the implementation of activities against a timeline for deliverables and adopt contingency plans when faced with competing priorities.
• Ensure timely resource mobilization for team projects requiring extra budgetary resources.
• Provide advice and support to Military and Policy Best Practices Officers in the mission where they exist.


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.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.

EMPOWERING OTHERS: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations; and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; Encourages others to set challenging goals; Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; Genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; Involves others when making decisions that affect them.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in International relations, peacekeeping, International Organizations, Business Administration and Management, public administration, social studies or humanities related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs, preferably related to process and policy development, knowledge management in administrative or substantive areas, or evaluation, is required.
A minimum of 2 years of field experience in a conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable.
Experience working in the front office of a senior public official in an advisory function is desirable.
Experience conducting advanced academic or professional research is desirable.
Experience with leading, coordinating and communicating change management initiatives with diverse stakeholders is desirable.
Experience in programme management/evaluation is desirable.
Experience working in Latin America is desirable.


Fluency in English and Spanish, (both oral and written), is required.


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

Special Notice

This job opening is to identify the most qualified candidate for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia. Candidates endorsed by the FCRB but not selected will be placed on the P-4 Policy and Best Practices roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff, as per the Secretary General´s Gender Parity Strategy. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. #United_for_Gender_Parity

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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.

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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