Job Description


Saturday, 08 June 2019

UN United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan




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 operationalcooperation 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,

•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.

Work Experience

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.


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

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.

The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the [roster name, level e.g. Chief, Geospatial Information Officer, P-4] roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.


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.

No Fee


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