Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Chief of Staff, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. Juba is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Staff.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Coordinate the provision of day-to-day support to, and liaison with, the Heads of Field Offices, including supporting overall coordination of mandate implementation in accordance with Mission priorities, and providing policy and substantive guidance to Heads of Field Offices, as required;
- Liaise with and maintain close working relationships with heads of other mission components, Sections, Units at mission headquarters, as required, to facilitate the smooth functioning of the respective field offices;
- Represent UNMISS in engagement with other entities including NGOs and think tanks on peacekeeping/crisis management matters. Lead and support the development and implementation of strategic partnerships with the relevant actors;
- Liaise and conduct outreach with officials and senior staff of key institutions and of other relevant actors on all aspects relevant to support for UN operations, including the planning and deployment of operations, and to develop and strengthen strategic policy and operational relationships. In support of such partnerships coordinate and liaise with other departments and offices in the UNCT;
- Maintain close working relations with representatives of UN agencies, funds, and programmes. Elaborate on and pursue options for deepening strategic and operational cooperation with field offices/missions;
- Undertake initiatives to develop and implement joint activities and projects to improve knowledge, understanding and support of UN peacekeeping/crisis management, and the UN role in global peace and security, more generally, inter alia, through joint training initiatives, joint planning and cooperative work plans, lessons learned and support, knowledge sharing, etc.;
- Provide timely information, advice and analysis on developments in the field with regard to operations, including crisis management, and respond to requests by Headquarters and field missions on the development and implementation of operational cooperation with host government officials in the regions;
- Organize, prepare and contribute to written outputs, including reports, background briefs, talking points, correspondence, and other communications products as required on developments and partnerships with stakeholders and other actors;
- Provide substantive backstopping, logistics and representational support for visits by mission leadership to the field as required Manage the functioning of the office including budgetary, logistics, and administrative aspects including individual performance (e-PAS); provide substantive and other guidance to office staff to ensure effective and efficient discharge of duties;
- Perform additional functions, in line with his/her responsibilities, as assigned by the Chief of Staff, including travel to the regions in support of UNMISS mandated tasks and partnership.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of UN Peacekeeping operations or related area at the national and or international levels . 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.Gender , 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;
- 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;
- Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required; allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allow contingencies when planning; monitor and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
- 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 improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands;
- 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 social sciences, political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, anthropology, economics, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience, in the field of diplomacy, political affairs, international relations, humanitarian affairs or related area at the national and/or international levels is required. Field experience and knowledge of UN peacekeeping operations are required. Knowledge of strategic and/or operational partnership issues with regional organizations/arrangements and experience in building such partnerships is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
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