Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Juba
Posting Period: 17 March 2023 - 31 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNMISS-204760-F- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Chief of Staff, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. Juba is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Staff.


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

• Liaise closely with the Mission Chief of Staff on policy matters as the Senior Advisor on Policy on the overall Mission operations, activities, and mandate implementation to achieve the Mission's goals, priorities and objectives in an integrated manner as aligned to the strategic vision of the Special Representative of the Secretary General.
• Assist the Mission Chief of Staff in providing oversight on Mission's policies and directives, SOPs and guidance; coordination of Mission's operational priorities across all the mission pillars, including analysis, tracking and contingency planning on substantive and operational management and cross cutting policy issues.
• Provide support and liaise on issues related to Mission Support to ensure a clear understanding and balance between the operational priorities of substantive side and the capacities within the Mission to ensure the use of best existing capacities for achieving Mission's objectives and priorities, including through liaising with the Headquarters and the field level.
• Coordinate closely with the relevant Heads in the Office of the SRSG, Deputy SRSGs and

other Mission components, develop, maintain, and foster collaborative relationships and partnerships with mission substantive and support components,
Act as the Deputy to the Mission Chief of staff and act in his/her absence.
• Attend and coordinate relevant substantive and operational meetings and briefings and facilitate High-Level visits to the mission and coordinate the activities of the Protocol Unit and the Front Office of the Chief of Staff.
• Liaise and coordinate strategic level engagements with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Host Country as required in line with the mission mandated priorities, host Government relations' priorities, SOFA and other legal frame \work and international conventions, liaise and maintain close working relationship with officials of State institutions, Political parties, UN system, civil society organizations and other actors.
• Coordinate and facilitate high level engagements between the Mission and the Government and its relevant entities, in particular the High-Level Coordination Forum and its resultant Technical Level bodies aimed at improving relations, coordination and collaboration, strategic and operational problem solving, and performance of the Mission.
• In the absence of Senior Advisor on Operations, provide oversight and coordinate issues related to the Field Offices, including reporting, facilitating Senior Management and other peacekeeping stakeholder visits to the States and Field Offices.
• Review and process code cables, correspondence, and related documents from the relevant sections before submission to the Chief of Staff for clearance.
• Act as the Mission Gender Parity Focal point and ensure the implementation of the SG's overall Gender Parity Directive and the Missions' strategies through close coordination with the Gender Parity Task Force and other relevant Mission components and the AFPs.
• Support the Mission Chief of Staff in the discharge of duties related to the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) including acting as co-chair of the task force as needed.
• Support the Mission Chief of Staff in the oversight functions of the work of the Strategic Planning Unit and Best Practices Unit
• Perform additional functions in line with his/her responsibilities, as assigned by the Chief of Staff including travel to States in support of UNMISS mandated tasks and partnerships.


Professionalism: Knowledge of UN Peacekeeping operations or related area at the national and or international levels. 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. Gender: Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients.; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

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


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, anthropology, economics, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience, in the field of diplomacy, political affairs, international relations, humanitarian affairs or related area at the national and/or international levels is required.

Field experience and knowledge of UN peacekeeping operations are required including interagency coordination at the leadership.

Knowledge of strategic and /or operational partnership issues with regional organizations/ arrangements, and experience in building such partnerships is desirable.


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


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.

Qualified women that meet the requirements of this job opening are particularly encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration in accordance with the United Nations efforts to increase women participation in its workforce.

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.

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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