Liaison Officer, P3

United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
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    Non Profit
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    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 16

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC). The Liaison Officer will be based in a Regional or Sub-Regional Office and will report directly to the Head of the Regional Office. Although working in close coordination with the respective Head of Regional Office, the P3 Liaison Officer will often be in remote locations without immediate day-to-day supervision.

The P3 Liaison Officer will work alongside civilian colleagues and international observers, interacting with Government, Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común (FARC) and local communities leading and supporting the local team in the implementation of verification, reporting, and liaison activities.


Within delegated authority, the Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 

- Engages with municipal and departmental authorities, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, community groups, ethnic communities and religious organizations, in the context of the Mission´s verification mandate.
- Collects and analyses information regarding the Mission´s mandate; produces analysis and reports.
- Participates in fact-finding and other missions to areas where the former FARC-EP members are concentrated as well as surrounding municipalities.
- Identifies problems and develops solution. 
- Gathers, selects and analyzes information contained in communications, publications and other sources on the perception of the UN Verification Mission and the peace process in general. 
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to local political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the mandate of the Mission. 
- Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the Mission.
- Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and government entities on coordination and policy matters, with an emphasis on working closely with local coordination teams. 
- Supervises the work of UNV Liaison Officers and international observes within the local team site.
- Performs other related duties as required.


- Demonstrates professional competency and in-depth knowledge of political affairs in Colombia. 
- 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. 

- 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.

- 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, economics, public administration, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

In the absence of an assigned driver and given the fact that teams in local sites are small, a driving license is required for the position advertised.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, protection, human rights, civil affairs, peace building, conflict resolution, or closely related area is required. Experience in a special political or peacekeeping mission, or any other related international organization is required. A minimum of one year’s experience providing reporting and analysis to a variety of audiences is required. Experience in a conflict/post-conflict context is desirable. Experience working in Latin America is desirable. Experience managing small work-related teams is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish with a good working knowledge of English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
- These posts are financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. 

- - These positions are located at the regional and sub regional local offices in post- conflict locations in Colombia. The locations are in both family and non- family or hardship duty stations duty stations. Liaison Officer may be housed in camp environments and in austere living conditions.

-Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

-The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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