LIAISON OFFICER (MULTIPLE DUTY STATIONS)
United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Closed on 18 Nov 2020
Location: Multiple locations
Grade: P-3, Mid-level Professional
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in either regional offices, sub-regional offices, hubs or local offices within the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC) respectively located in Quibdó (Chocó department), el Bordo (Cauca Department), San Vicente del Caguán (Caquetá department), Dabeiba ( Antioquia department) and Santander de Quilichao (Cauca). The Liaison Officers will report to the Head of the Regional Office. The P3 Liaison Officer will often be in remote locations without immediate day-to-day supervision. The locations are in non-family or hardship duty stations. The Liaison Officer may be housed in camp environments and in austere living conditions.

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), and representatives of the local communities leading and supporting the local team in the implementation of verification, reporting, and liaison activities.

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 i.e., engaging with municipal and departmental authorities, 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 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 and collaborates with counterparts to develop strategies to address peace challenges as per Mission's mandate objectives. Develops and maintains relations with UN Country Team colleagues, Government Representatives, Regional Intergovernmental Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions for discussions to reach consensus and make decisions; prepares trend analysis monthly and SitRep as requested; supports main stakeholders programming and institutional liaison.

- Participates as a team member on a team which could deal with a variety of political issues in the assigned area of responsibility. Attends meetings to identify the scope of the project, considers methodologies, and participates in developing guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for the team. Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or interagency involvement and participation. As required, represents the team at round tables, seminars, and conferences.

- Supports his/her supervisor in the coordination of inputs for reports and other sensitive and confidential communications to the Mission's headquarters. Provides assistance and support to other substantive sections of the mission to have a consensual approach to the Mission environment, mandate and operations among Mission actors, and relevant national and international stakeholders.

- Supervises the work of UNV Liaison Officers and international observes within the local team site.

- 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.

In the absence of an assigned driver and given the fact that teams in local sites are small, a driving license is required for the positions advertised.

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 in Latin America issues is 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.
A minimum of one year's working experience providing reporting and analysis to a variety of audiences is desirable.
Experience managing small work-related teams is required.

Languages

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

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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

About UNTSO

The United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) is an organization founded on 29 May 1948  by the Security Council in resolution 50 (1948) for peacekeeping in the Middle East.

Its primary task was providing the military command structure to the peace keeping forces in the Middle East to enable the peace keepers to observe and maintain the cease-fire, and as may be necessary in assisting the parties to the Armistice Agreements in the supervision of the application and observance of the terms of those Agreements.

Following the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973, the functions of the observers changed in the light of changing circumstances, but they remained in the area, acting as go-betweens for the hostile parties and as the means by which isolated incidents could be contained and prevented from escalating into major conflicts. 

UNTSO personnel have also been available at short notice to form the nucleus of other peacekeeping operations on a temporary basis. The ability of UNTSO military observers to deploy after the Security Council acted to establish a new operation has been an important factor contributing to the initial effectiveness of such missions. 

In the Middle East, groups of UNTSO military observers are today attached to the peacekeeping forces in the area: the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). In addition, UNTSO maintains liaison offices in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Jerusalem for liaison with Israel and Jordan.