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14 Dec 2020

Liaison Officer

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba, Office of Chief of Staff, Field Support Office. Juba is classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. The Liaison Officer will report to the Senior Liaison Officer.


Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Senior Liaison Officer, the Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists the provision of day-to-day support on operational activities related to the work of the Field Offices.
  • Maintains liaison with the Heads of Field Offices related to Mission’s mandate implementation, and as requested, provides supplemental information to the Heads of Field Offices on policy and substantive guidance and other relevant issues such as information regarding the implementation of the Peace Agreement and other key political and security developments at the national level.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with counterparts in the other mission components, Sections and Units at Mission headquarters to facilitate the smooth functioning of the respective Field Offices as per Mission’s mandate objectives.
  • Provides timely information and analysis to the senior management on developments in the field with regard to operations, including crisis management, and respond to requests by Headquarters and visiting missions.
  • Prepares consolidated summary and analysis of monthly Field Office reports.
  • Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmatic activities of the Field Offices requiring Mission headquarters involvement and coordination.
  • Provides substantive support to organize consultations, meetings and conferences, including annual Heads of Field Offices conference.
  • Supports the Chief of Staff and Senior Liaison Officer in the coordination of inputs for reports and prepares other written outputs as required, including analytical reports, background briefings, talking points, correspondence and other communications products.
  • Provides assistance and support to other substantive sections of the mission to have a consistent and coherent approach to the Mission operations at the field level.
  • Performs other related duties as required, including assisting the Office of Chief of Staff.



  • 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.

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.
  • 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 required.
  • A minimum of one year’s working experience providing reporting and analysis to a variety of audiences is required.
  • Experience working in South Sudan is desirable.
  • Experience working in or in support of field offices away from the Mission headquarters is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates.

Deadline: 24 December 2020

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