Job Opening

Posting Title: LIAISON OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: LIAISON OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Duty Station: SINCELEJO
Posting Period: 19 November 2021 - 03 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNVMC-168953-F-Sincelejo (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Sincelejo (Sucre department). The location is a family duty station classified as hardship B.

The P3 Liaison Officer will work alongside civilian colleagues and international observers, interacting with Government officials, former members of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), and representatives of the local communities supporting the Regional Office in the implementation of verification, reporting, and liaison activities.

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.

Candidates interested to work for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia may wish to check out our Realistic Job Preview videos to get an idea of the living and working conditions in different duty stations in Colombia.: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-8SCkVjg-e3073SwTDG1VQf1oLTWfUQ4

Responsibilities

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

 Participates fully in assigned operational activities related to the work of the office in the area covered i.e., engaging with former members of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), municipal and departmental authorities, armed forces and security forces officials, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, community groups, ethnic communities and religious organizations, in the context of the Mission's verification mandate.

 Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Head of the Regional Office related to Mission's mandate. As requested, provides information on assigned issues regarding the Colombia Peace process and Final Peace Agreement; cooperates with counterparts to develop strategies to address peace challenges as per the Mission's mandate objectives.

 Develops and maintains relations with the UN Country Team, Regional Intergovernmental Organizations, and local and international research institutions; prepares trend analysis and SitRep as requested; supports primary stakeholders programming and institutional liaison.

 Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities related to UNVMC's mandate. Attends meetings to identify the project's scope, considers methodologies, and participates in the execution, monitoring and closing of the project, working alongside national and international counterparts.

 Supports his/her supervisor in coordinating inputs for reports and other politically sensitive and confidential communications to the Mission's headquarters.

 Deals with various political and security issues in the assigned area of responsibility, preparing reports analyzing trends, and discussing future forecasts.

 Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:
 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.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING:
 Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
 Identifies priority activities and assignments;
 Adjusts priorities as required;
 Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
 Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
 Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
 Uses time efficiently.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation, or coordination is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, political affairs, international relations, law, mediation, conflict resolution, or related area is required.

Experience managing small work-related teams is required.

A minimum of one year's working experience providing reporting and analysis to a variety of audiences is required.

Experience in Latin American issues is highly desirable.

Specific knowledge of the Colombia peace process is desirable.

A minimum of one year's working experience in a special political or peacekeeping mission, or any other related international organization, in a conflict/post-conflict context is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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.

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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