SENIOR LIAISON OFFICER
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in Juba, in the Integrated Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Senior Liaison Officer will report to the Head of the Integrated Office under the direction of the DSRSG/RC/HC.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Senior Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Provides strategic advice to the DSRSG/RC/HC to ensure the integration of the following UNMISS sections – Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP), Gender, Child Protection, Mine Action and HIV/AIDS – with the humanitarian activities and the development initiatives of the UN.
•Supports the planning and implementation of the operational activities related to the work of the office to ensure that all commitments under the overall responsibility of the DSRSG/HC/RC are delivered in a timely fashion and to a high quality.
•Working closely with the Head of the Integrated Office, supports the DSRSG/HC/RC’s leadership role in co-ordinating work between UNMISS and the rest of the UN family, in particular with regards to peace-building activities and in advancing the common objectives of the Reconciliation, Stabilisation and Resilience Trust Fund (RSRTF). Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the DSRSG/RC/HC and other senior staff. Provides continuous guidance and advice to the DSRSG, and other senior pillar managers concerning the organization of work, status of negotiations, and conduct of business including interpretation of the rules of procedure. Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components, including civilian and military operations. Develops, maintains and strengthens collaborative partnerships with government entities, all UNMISS sections, the UN family and other partners.
•Ensures the day-to-day management of the front office team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programmes. Designs initiatives: advises on and participates in the negotiation to establish operations and develops guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for new operations. Represents the office at round tables, seminars, and conferences.
•Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the office/pillar and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the pillar coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and office.
•Performs other related duties as required.
•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters; Have the ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment and to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations, in both the field and UN common system. 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.
• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• PLANNING & 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.
• LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and 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.
• 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 political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, development activities, political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required.
Extensive experience in humanitarian affairs, development activities, political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) -or similar international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
A minimum of two years of experience working in a UN Peacekeeping Operation or Special Political Mission is desirable.
Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official is desirable.
Experience working in Africa is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised a high degree of fluency in written and spoken English 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.
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.
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