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Associate Liaison Officer / Translator, Multiple positions

Baghdad (Iraq)

Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Centre

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations. It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Background Information - Job-specific

Background - UNMAS

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (RES/68/72) to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problem posed by a wide range of explosive hazards. Legislative mandates also recognize UNMAS technical expertise in responding to threats posed by unsecured and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates. 

Background – UNMAS Iraq

The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focusses on three main components: 1. Explosive Hazard Management; 2. Capacity Enhancement, and 3. Risk Education. 

In 2017, UNMAS resource mobilized over $70,000,000 in funding and is now seeking additional staff for a short period of time to support implementation.. 

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Liaison Officer, the Associate Liaison Officer/Translator will be responsible for the following assigned tasks:


  • Provide high quality consecutive simultaneous interpretation into Arabic from English and/or from English into Arabic, during high-level meetings with Iraqi counterparts, press conferences, UNMAS Iraq events and workshops.


  • Provide timely translations from Arabic to English and vice versa, in line with United Nations standards and of various types of documents covering a broad range of topics.
  • Provide editing support to the Liaison Officer/Translator/Interpreter for quality control over documents translated by other staff in the UNMAS Iraq office; provide support to the Liaison Officer/Translator/Interpreter to translate significant works.


  • Assist with liaison with GoI entities, mainly the Directorate of Mine Action, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, the National Operations Centre, Join Coordination and Monitoring Centre and other Government counterparts in order to support delivery of UNMAS Iraq objectives.
  • Support with liaison in matters related to operations, access, movement, and coordination with UNMAS’ governmental and non-governmental partners in Iraq.
  • Works closely with the IKMAA Liaison Officer in Erbil, UNMAS Translators and Interpreters, and the Associate Program Support Officer to achieve set objectives that are consistent with UNMAS’s strategy in country and globally.
  • Assist in the maintainance of documentation of decisions and correspondence and actions taken on liaison issues and keep electronic filing up to date.
  • Coordinate in the provision of logistical and substantive support for visits of Government to UNMAS field sites and joint visits with Government to various locations around Iraq.
  • Assist in the preparation of agendas and supporting documentation for  the Senior Manager’s meeting with Local Governemnt Officials and other stakeholders.


  • Assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders needed to disseminate information.
  • Produce correspondence for Iraqi counterparts as instructed by supervisor..
  • Arrange meetings, workshops, and other events in partnership with UNMAS’ Government counterparts.
  • Draft talking points, briefing notes, summary notes and minutes.
  • Establishment/maintenance of all hard copy and electronic files, reference materials and confidential records as required, and evaluation of information for retention or disposal.
  • Support in monitoring of internal administrative procedures and Internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) for the Iraq programme to ensure a smooth flow of information and communication and service delivery to Government counterparts;
  • Provision of all other related administrative, logistical, protocol and substantive support  for visitors, partners and other delegations, both in-country and internationally, when required;
Perform any other task assigned by the supervisor.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education and Relevant Years of Experience

  • Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in Literature, Language Translation, Business Administration, Project Management, Social Science or other related field with a minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience OR

  • First Level University Degree (Bachelors Degree or equivalent) in Literature, Language Translation, Business Administration, Project Management, Social Science or other related field with four (4) years of relevant experience 

Work Experience
  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in Liaison, Communication, Translation or Interpretation from Arabic to English or vice versa

  • Experience in copywriting and editing is required 

  • Experience in humanitarian affairs and emergency response is highly desired

  • Experience in Mine Action is highly desired

  • Experience working in multicultural environments is desired

  • Computer literacy is required

  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing) is required

  • Fluency in Arabic (speaking, reading and writing) is required

  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA)
Contract level: LICA-9 (ICS-9)
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types. 

Additional Considerations

  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • This is a local position, therefore only nationals of duty station (Iraq) or applicants with a valid residence permit will be considered.
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

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: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Baghdad (Iraq)
  • Grade: LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-30

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