Liaison Officer (EU)

Brussels

Liaison Officer (EU)

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
Supervision is normally exercised by the Senior Policy Officer who provides regular guidance and defines operational objectives. The incumbent may supervise some support staff.  S/he is expected to give, obtain and exchange information requiring discussions at senior level and his/her feedback will also be sought on non-routine matters. Contacts predominantly with persons on subject matters of importance to Organization's programmes (e.g. counterparts in other organizations or at working level in European Institutions, NGOs etc.).

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
Accountability
- Effective networks and relations are maintained with a view to advancing UNHCR¿s protection agenda.
- UNHCR¿s advocacy is effectively delivered and impacts are achieved.

Responsibility
- Maintain relations and coordinating activities with the European Parliament, NGOs, other UN agencies, in order to promote /implement UNHCR¿s objectives and activities.
- Develop effective and dynamic networks with key contacts in the European Parliament, NGO sector, EU agency liaison offices and other key actors at EU-Level.
- Manage and develop relationships and programmes with NGO Partners based in Brussels.
- Assist in the development of policy and initiatives on identified priority issues such as family reunification, integration etc. Monitor the development of these policies and practices.
- Report quickly to keep colleagues abreast of key developments at EU level and assist communications colleagues in the development of lines on key issues.
- Organise and implement seminars or training programmes for target groups (key officials, parliamentarians etc.)
- Assist in the preparation of high level missions to Brussels including through drafting speeches, talking points and background materials.
- Draft speeches, talking points and other materials for senior colleagues participating in events in Brussels or elsewhere on EU-related matters.
- Respond to queries from the European Parliament, NGOs, individuals, etc. and provide the information required or appropriately refer the queries elsewhere.
- Advance protection for persons of concern to UNHCR through advocacy on law, policy and practice.  Assist in the promotion of accessions to key Conventions and laws by Member States and institutions in the field of asylum and statelessness.
- Assist the Head of PLUS in preparation of statements that represent UNHCR¿s overall policies and which highlight specific area of concern, ensuring that the Head of PLUS is prepared for meetings/missions by providing relevant information and establishing contacts.
- Perform other duties as required. 

Authority
- Propose which key contacts/counterparts to approach and which activities to prioritize for policy/advocacy initiatives
- Implement all aspects of an outreach and advocacy strategy involving the European Parliament, NGOs and other key actors.
- Develop relations with the European Parliament, NGOs and key agencies based in Brussels. 
- Represent UNHCR on behalf of senior management at events at the European Parliament, with NGOs, key agencies and at inter-agency initiatives and fora.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Advanced university degree in Political Science, Economics, Law, Business Administration or related field.
- Minimum 6 years or previous job experience relevant to the function.
- Excellent knowledge of English and French.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.
- Knowledge of another relevant UN or local languages. C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M005L3 - Leadership Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X002L3 - Innovation and Creativity Level 3
X003L3 - Technological Awareness Level 3
X004L3 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
X009L3 - Change Capability and Adaptability Level 3
X006L3 - Policy Development & Research Level 3
X007L3 - Political Awareness Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3
X005L3 - Planning and Organizing Level 3 Exposure to EU parliamentary, political and legislative institutions and framework;
Demonstrated drafting skills in English; and
Ability to come up with innovative and creative solutions to operational challenges. A large scale reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is currently underway in response to the events in 2015 when over one million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe. Despite indicators that the numbers of people arriving were increasing, the extent to which they escalated caught many countries in Europe unprepared, and chaos prevailed.  The capacity of Member States and the CEAS were severely tested. Fragmented responses emerged amongst EU Member States.  Some took measures to restrict access of refugees and migrants to their territories and to shift the responsibility on neighbouring countries.  Although several made efforts to welcome refugees, the lack of a common EU response led to seemingly intractable policy dilemmas. 
There is currently a lack of consensus among EU Member States with respect to solidarity in responding to refugee and migration movements and a focus at the political level on reducing the numbers of arrivals to the EU. UNHCR has expressed concern at the lack of access to territory and protection procedures in Europe. Much remains to be done to develop asylum procedures and reception capacity within the EU and in neighbouring countries including in the Western Balkans. Commitments by European States to resettlement and other pathways for safe travel remain low and many European States are making little to no investments to support the integration of refugees. In December 2016, UNHCR set out a series of proposals for Europe to better respond to the current situation. Excellent working and Living conditions None arising In light of the current gender balance within the PLUS Unit in Brussels at the P grade level, applications from female candidates are welcome.

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in the Add. 1 to March 2017 Compendium is Wednesday, 3 May 2017 (midnight Geneva time).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Brussels
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
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  • Closing Date: 2017-05-03

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