Job Opening

Posting Title: LIAISON ASSISTANT, G4
Job Code Title: LIAISON ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: TORIT
Posting Period: 27 September 2021 - 26 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNMISS-164637-R-Torit (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Torit . The incumbent will report to the Head of Field Office, Torit or to the designated official.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Liaison Assistant at G4 level is responsible for the following duties:

•Coordinate the gathering of information on local perceptions of communities on needs, concerns and aspirations with regards to the creation of conditions for sustainable peace;
•Coordinate information sharing on local conflict dynamics between the military component, local authorities and communities;
•Coordinate the setting up of communication networks and forums to increase the mission communication and interactions with local people, including through the support to outreach activities at state, county, payam and boma levels;
•Follow up on the implementation of early warning mechanisms and ensuring the smooth functioning of these with a view to facilitating the mission response to protection alerts;
•Provide advice and early warning on protection threats and trends; including, with regard to sexual violence,child recruitment and other humanitarian concerns;
•Liaise with military, humanitarian local authorities and communities in order to update and implement contingency protection plans;
•Contribute towards the promotion of social cohesion in communities through sensitization sessions, and the empowerment of local community initiatives that result in cohesion and peace within communities;
•Report emerging humanitarian human rights needs to the coordinators as appropriate;
•Document accurately local political, socio-economic conflict-related developments as well as more specifically protection threats, trends and activities to update the protection database of the mission;
•Facilitate communication between mission staff and the local communities and translate official documents from one language to another with clarity and precision;
•Assist Civilian and Military Personnel in their field activities, including patrols, capacity-building efforts and interaction settings with local authorities and communities.
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures related to protection of civilians, disarmament, conflict resolution or peace building and/or humanitarian related fields. 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 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

At least three (3) years of related work experience in providing support work for protection of civilians, disarmament, conflict resolution or peace building and/or humanitarian related work with NGOs, civil society organizations is required.
Experience in conflict management and support to state institutions is required.
Knowledge of fundamental human rights, local legal principles and institutional framework, good understanding of mission mandate and ability to gather, verify and evaluate information from a variety of sources is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable, and knowledge of other languages spoken in Eastern Equatoria State South Sudan is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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