Job Opening

Posting Title: LIAISON OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: LIAISON OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Duty Station: San Jose del Guaviare; Popayan;
Posting Period: 17 June 2022 - 16 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNVMC-184148-F- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC) to serve in multiple duty stations: San José del Guaviare and Popayan. The Liaison Officer will report directly to the Head of the Regional Office. This position will play a key role within their Office regarding the verification of the security guarantees, the political, social, and economic reintegration of former FARC-EP combatants, and the verification of restorative sentences imposed by the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. The P4 liaison officer will act as second in command of the regional office. As such he will directly support the Head of Office (HoO) in all his tasks. Under the authority of the HoO, he will also coordinate the activities of the regional team and the local teams under their area of responsibility, ensuring they articulate their action in order to implement the Mission’s mandate. The P4 liaison officer will review and ensure timely production of the reports and inputs required by Mission HQ.

Responsibilities

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

•Provides information and analysis for the Mission, on issues associated with the Colombia peace process and a Final Peace Agreement.
•Assesses implications and makes recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.
•Consults and cooperates with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address peace related challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives;
•Supports preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior UN officials;
•Participates in fact-finding –and other- missions;
•Provides support to the work of the substantive component of the mission and contributes to a shared understanding of the Mission environment, mandate and operations amongst Mission actors, and relevant national and international stakeholders.
•Fosters effective working relations with the UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination matters.
•Responsible for integrating a gender sensitive approach, as well as ethnicity and child protection in all functions.
•Supervises, monitors and encourages the work of officers under his/her responsibility in undertaking the full range of their duties. Contributes to overall mission monitoring and planning as required;
•Deputizes for the Head of Office and supports the Head of Office in his/her management function;
•Interacts closely with Mission personnel at national and regional Headquarters in preparing summary and analytical documents, including situation reports, background notes, talking points, options papers, code cables and input for reports of the Secretary-General, and other sensitive and confidential official communications to UNHQ.
•Carries out other duties as assigned.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, public administration, anthropology, law, economics or related area is required. 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

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, mediation or related field is required.

A minimum of two years' experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice or reporting is required.

Experience in multilateral diplomacy and peace processes is required.

A proven track record of leadership in multi-cultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, is required.

Experience working in Latin America is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Spanish (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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