Liaison Officer, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)

UN Verification Mission in Colombia
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    Non Profit
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    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 03

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in either regional offices, sub-regional offices, hubs or local offices within the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC) respectively located in various duty stations across Colombia. The Liaison Officers will report to the Head of the Regional Office. The P3 Liaison Officer will often be in remote locations without immediate day-to-day supervision. The locations are in non-family or hardship duty stations. The Liaison Officer may be housed in camp environments and in austere living conditions.  

The P3 Liaison Officer will work alongside civilian colleagues and international observers, interacting with Government officials, former members of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - Ejército del Pueblo (FARC), and representatives of the local communities leading and supporting the local team in the implementation of verification, reporting, and liaison activities.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff, as per the Secretary General´s Gender Parity Strategy. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. #United_for_Gender_Parity

Candidates interested to work for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia may wish to check out our Realistic Job Preview videos to get an idea of the living and working conditions in different duty stations in Colombia.:


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

- Participates fully in assigned operational activities related to the work of the office i.e., engaging 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.  

- Prepares briefing notes and talking points for Head of the Regional Office related to Mission’s mandate. As requested, provides information on assigned issues regarding the Colombia Peace process and Final Peace Agreement, cooperates and collaborates with counterparts to develop strategies to address peace challenges as per Mission's mandate objectives. Develops and maintains relations with UN Country Team colleagues, Government Representatives, Regional Intergovernmental Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions for discussions to reach consensus and make decisions; prepares trend analysis monthly and SitRep as requested; supports main stakeholders programming and institutional liaison.  

- Participates as a team member on a team which could deal with a variety of political issues in the assigned area of responsibility. Attends meetings to identify the scope of the project, considers methodologies, and participates in developing guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for the team. Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or interagency involvement and participation. As required, represents the team at round tables, seminars, and conferences.  

- Supports his/her supervisor in the coordination of inputs for reports and other sensitive and confidential communications to the Mission's headquarters. Provides assistance and support to other substantive sections of the mission to have a consensual approach to the Mission environment, mandate and operations among Mission actors, and relevant national and international stakeholders.  

- Supervises the work of UNV Liaison Officers and international observes within the local team site.  

- Performs other related duties as required.


- 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.  

- 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.  

- 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation, or coordination is desirable.  

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 positions advertised.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, political affairs, international relations, law, mediation, conflict resolution, or related area is required.
Experience in Latin America issues is required.
Specific knowledge of the Colombia peace process is desirable.
A minimum of one year’s working experience in a special political or peacekeeping mission, or any other related international organization, in a conflict/post-conflict context is desirable.
A minimum of one year’s working experience providing reporting and analysis to a variety of audiences 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 (both oral and written) and English (both oral and written) is required.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31.12.2019 with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.


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.

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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