Senior Liaison Officer (Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration), P5

United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
  • Location
    Bogota, Colombia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 18

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), duty station Bogota. The Senior Liaison Officer (Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration) will report to the SRSG. This position is for a period of eleven months.


Working under the overall direction of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), the Senior Liaison Officer (Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration) will be responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Represent UNVMC, in whatever capacity as may be deemed necessary by the SRSG regarding the operation of the Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration (TATRs) and new settlements of former FARC-EP combatants, as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with national authorities, regional authorities, and other national and international counterparts, especially the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace and the Agency for Reintegration and Normalisation to develop strategies and plans of action to address political, logistic and other relevant challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives.
  • Identify, analyze, monitor and report on political, logistic and other relevantdevelopments and emerging issues with respect to Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration (TATRs) and new settlements of former FARC-EP combatants and their impact on the implementation of the Mission's mandate.
  • Prepare, as required by the SRSG, summary and analytical reports, including but not limited to, issue papers, background briefs, talking points, correspondence, speeches and other communications products, on specific aspects of this matter.
  • Travel, as required, in support of the Mission’s mandated tasks and partnerships within the region and to UN HQ in New York and perform other duties as assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM – Extensive demonstrated knowledge and understanding of regional and host country political dynamics and the operating environment. Knowledge of political trends, attitudes and developments that have implications for the UN; understanding of the UN system, including knowledge of core UN activities and mandates. 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 AND 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.

EMPOWERS OTHERS - 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.

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 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, social affairs, law, or other related field. A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and professional experience in the fields of diplomacy, political affairs, international relations or humanitarian affairs may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in the fields 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 is desirable.
  • Experience in Latin America is highly desirable.
  • Experience working in politically sensitive environments as well as working with civilian, police, and military counterparts is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required.

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