Job Opening

Posting Title: LIAISON OFFICER (3 positions - ZALINGUEI, NYALA & Damazin ), P4
Job Code Title: LIAISON OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
Duty Station: DAMAZINE; ZALINGUEI; NYALA;
Posting Period: 14 March 2022 - 12 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNITAMS-176890-R- (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These three positions are located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).

The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) and 2579 (2021) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

These positions are based in Regional Liaison Offices located in Zalinguei, Nyala and ad Damazin. These locations are classified as “D” (ad Damazin) and “E” (Zalingei and Nyala) hardship duty stations and as non-family duty stations.

One (1) position is located in the Zalingei Liaison Office within the El Fasher Regional Office. The incumbent will report to the Head of Office, Political Affairs, El Fasher Regional Office.
One (1) position is located in the Nyala Liaison Office within the El Fasher Regional Office. The incumbent will report to the Head of Office, Political Affairs, El Fasher Regional Office.
One (1) position is located in the ad Damazin Liaison Office within the Kadugli Regional Office. The incumbent will report to the Head of Office, Political Affairs, Kadugli Regional Office.

Responsibilities

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

Liaison, Outreach, Coordination and Communication
• Represents the mission at the local level as required with local authorities, armed movements, civil society, women's movements, armed movements, and other stakeholders and particularly in relation to matters relating to the political transition.
• Ensures that the political and socio-economic concerns and the perceptions of the local population are effectively communicated to the Mission, as well as other actors where appropriate, particularly as it relates to the political transition.
• Engage with a range of Sudanese stakeholders, including local authorities, civil society, women's groups, armed movements, native administration representatives, religious leaders and others on matters relating to the political transition.
• Provides support to the work of the substantive sections of the mission, particularly the Office of Support to the Political Transition and related work; Contributes to a shared understanding of the Mission environment, mandate and operations amongst Mission actors at the local level to support consistency and coherence of approach. Fosters effective working relations with the United Nations Country Teams (UNCT).

Monitoring, analysis and reporting
• Monitors, analyses and reports on emerging political developments and politically-related, socio-economic developments and advises appropriately; identifies initiatives which can help reduce and prevent conflict and promote peace-making.
• Contributes to overall mission monitoring and planning as required on political developments.
• Interacts closely in preparing summary and analytical documents, including political updates, background notes, talking points, options’ papers, code cables and inputs for the reports of the Secretary-General and other sensitive and confidential official communications to UNHQ.

Conflict Management
• Supports dialogue between communities in the area of responsibility by convening structured meetings and similar activities and supporting Sudanese led initiatives aimed at preventing or reducing conflict and promoting peace and stability
• Promotes and protects the interest of excluded and/or threatened groups through engagement with and advocacy in full respect of humanitarian and international law.
• Supports local authorities, civil society groups, tribal leaders, women's organizations, youth groups, political parties, and/or institutions at the local level that are working to promote a culture of peace and reconciliation and in support of an inclusive political transition

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to evaluate political situations and challenges and to build effective relations with local stakeholders in order to identify appropriate solutions; Proven analytical skills; Takes initiative to advance potential solutions to problems in coordination with colleagues; experience in helping resolve conflicts at a local level; familiarity with conflict resolution and dialogue processes; Proven ability to effectively represent the mission with authorities. 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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.

Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, public administration, law, economics, or related area. A first level university degree in combination with two (2) 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 seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in liaison-related work, political science, political affairs, international relations, law, mediation, conflict resolution, or related area is required.

A minimum of two years (2) of working with local officials, civil society, tribal leaders, political parties and other stakeholders in or on country(ies) in conflict or post-conflict situation is required;

A minimum of three years (3) experience in political outreach and analysis, advising and reporting is required.

A minimum of two (2) years of experience in supporting or facilitating structured dialogue events between different parties and reconciliation activities and processes, is desirable.

Experience working in Africa and/or the Middle East in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Experience drafting analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters relevant to the Mission’s mandate including briefing notes, background papers, talking points, speeches, and other correspondence for senior UN officials, reports of the Secretary-General, or similar reports is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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

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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