Job Opening ID: 226426
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Political Affairs
Category and Level : National Professional Officers, NO-B
Duty Station : BOGOTA
Department/Office : United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Date Posted : Jan 23, 2024
Deadline : Jan 29, 2024
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (ODSRSG) of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC), in Bogotá. The Associate Liaison Officer contributes to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate by producing analysis and reports, building partnerships, developing materials and organizing meetings with partners. The Associate Liaison Officer reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG).
Within delegated authority, the Associate Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Gathers, selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and, in particular as they affect the area of assignment and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible, ensuring the gender mainstreaming throughout the process.
• Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments and provides inputs on issues to the DSRSG and other relevant colleagues, and elsewhere in the Secretariat when required.
• Monitors national and regional level political developments, ensuring a gender-sensitive analysis, and provides advice to the relevant UNVMC components or UN agencies active on the ground.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations, and governments on coordination and policy matters.
• Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organizations, government and non-governmental organizations.
• Prepares meetings of the DSRSG with local counterparts and stakeholders.
• Ensures that all UNVMC policies are applied and followed thoroughly across all processes, including adherence to UNVMC code of conduct and ethics, and integrates a gender-sensitive approach in all functions.
• Performs other related duties as required.
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.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in social sciences, political sciences, management or Development, or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
Professional training in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation, political communications, facilitation and/or coordination is desirable.
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience in Latin America issues is required.
Experience working in support of the Colombia peace agreement is desirable.
Experience in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in both English and Spanish is required.