United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

National Geo Liaison Associate

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. The National GEO Liaison Officer will work under the supervision of the Regional Operations Advisor.

The position is located at the Office of Electoral Affairs in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in one of the above listed Governates. The National GEO Liaison Officer works closely with Iraqi counterparts of the IHEC, and other Iraqi stakeholders, as well as UNDP, UNAMI and other electoral advisors.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Support the Regional Operations Advisers (both national and international) in their work with the Governorate Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) in planning and coordinating the field electoral offices, including support to the identification and selection of polling centres, the deployment and management of the establishment and functioning of the OEA advisers teams as well as overall field operation plans and activities;
  • Support the implementation of strategies and programmes to build the capacity of national counterparts and strengthen national institutions;
  •  Support monitoring of the impact of domestic and international norms and processes on female participation and provide advice and support to the IHEC on best practices to support equal rights and access;
  • Assist with the establishment and maintenance of professional and productive partnerships with national counterpart institutions and other key stakeholders in the electoral process;
  • Support the efficient flow of communication to support accurate information sharing through regular reports, including the head of the UN/mission, senior officials in UN headquarters, partners, donors counterparts and other key stakeholders;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following: The Regional Operations (FC/OPS) Advisor, the Director" id="link" class="link">Deputy Director and other members of the UN electoral assistance office; senior staff and officers of IHEC and other national institutions involved in the electoral process; other staff and officers working at the UNAMI office in Baghdad.

Results Expected:
  • The support of the United Nations in the area of responsibility contributes to credible and inclusive elections, minimizing violence and maximizing the chances of legitimate government, peace and stability;
  • The United Nations mandated support in the area of responsibility is implemented effectively, using resources efficiently and minimizing risks to the organization;
  • The supervisor has access to accurate and timely information as well as advice on the electoral process and its implications.



  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, notably in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate security issues particularly relevant to the electoral context;
  • Provides leadership and 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; shows pride in work and in achievements;
  • 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.

  • 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 accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • 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.
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.
Client Orientation:
  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience

  • High School Certificate;
  • Bachelor’s degree in, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Public Administration, or a related field with 3 years of relevant experience or Diploma with 4 years of relevant experience.
  • A minimum of 6 years progressively responsible experience in electoral assistance; previous experience in election management programs a significant advantage; demonstrated ability to thrive within a complex multicultural and multinational environment strongly preferred; knowledge of UN rules, regulations, policies and procedures an asset;
  • Knowledge of UN rules, regulations, policies and procedures an asset.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Language Requirements:
  • Working knowledge of English language spoken and written and fluency in national language of the duty station.


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