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Head of Liaison Office

Warsaw (Poland)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Warsaw (Poland)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-07

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Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Head of Liaison Office

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Head of Liaison Office normally reports to the Deputy Director in the Bureau. S/he will plan activities and strategies with and receive day-to-day supervision from the supervisor. S/he will also work in collaboration with offices and Multi Country Offices under the Bureau¿s coverage, to ensure they are informed and advised regarding the policies and activities as they affect UNHCR¿s work at national and regional level. The Head of Liaison Office undertakes extensive liaison with other organizations. The incumbent works with the different UNHCR Bureaux and Divisions.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

- Maintain regular and day-to-day liaison and coordination with UN Agencies, working to build and maintain good working relationships with its management and personnel at all levels, in order to promote UNHCR¿s goals and its comprehensive security approach.
- Follow closely the developments of the UN Agencies, their structure and personnel, including decisions of the Chairmanship and other senior management, staff/unit heads and any sub-groups established, to work in connection with their activities.
- Provide information and analysis regarding the UN Agencies and their activities to interested UNHCR offices and units.
- Provide recommendations and advice to the Bureaux and concerned UNHCR country and regional offices concerning developments related to UN Agencies.
- Seek to influence and provide focused input on UNHCR¿s goals and positions on how to address displacement, statelessness and trafficking in human beings, and to actively support the counterparts with UNHCR expertise.
- Provide support in revitalizing, updating and strengthening politically binding commitments relating to migration, statelessness, refugees, and internal displacement.
- Build trust for UNHCR¿s interaction with UN Agencies, and build support for a strong protection orientation on their part towards implementation of UNHCR's strategies.
- Work closely with NGOs, individual Member States, other EU institutions and others to promote UNHCR¿s goals and positions.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P4/NOD - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
International Relations;
Politics; or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Not specified.

Relevant Job Experience
Minimum 9 years of professional experience in a relevant field. Knowledge and/or experience of European and international refugee and/or human rights policies and law. Experience in dealing with multiple actors in the international diplomatic circuit.
Experience in liaison functions at a high political level. Experience in UNHCR advocacy, particularly in conflict settings.

Functional Skills
PR-International Humanitarian Law;
MG-Country/Regional Office Representation;
MG-Conflict Resolution;
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
M005L3 - Leadership Level 3
M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
X007L3 - Political Awareness Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for vacancies in this addendum is Monday 7 December 2020 (midnight Geneva time).

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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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