Liaison Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Liaison Officer
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:57874
Staffing ExerciseSE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)

Assessment Period
Eligible applicants will be invited to sit a general abilities test, which they will be informed of by email and/or on the "My upcoming test schedule" page in Inspira. The general abilities test will be given during the period of 30 June-1 July. Candidates will be given a 48-hour testing window during which they need to complete the test in the prescribed time in order to remain under consideration. 

Following the evaluation of an applicants' performance on the general abilities test, all passing candidates will be screened for suitability for the position they applied for. Those applicants who are deemed eligible through the Inspira eligibility screening and the general test, as well as suitable through the suitability screening, will be invited to complete a substantive test, which will be given during the weeks of 11 July – 3 August. Applicants will need to check the "My upcoming test schedule"page prior and during this period to find the 48-hour testing windows for all substantive tests they are invited to take. They will further be receiving email notifications shortly before the testing windows open. If an applicant did not pass the general test and suitability screening, no subsequent tests will be announced on the “My upcoming test schedule page”. 

All applicants are encouraged to check the exact testing windows for the general and the substantive tests in Inspira on the “My upcoming test schedule page” as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal ( after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.

Previously rostered candidates who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.
Self-Assessment Questionnaire
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Special Notice
This position is funded for a finite period of one year and may be subject to extension. This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. 

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by the Secretary-General. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of Military Adviser in the Office of Military Affairs (OMA) of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York. The incumbent reports to the Senior Policy and Doctrine Officer in the Policy and Doctrine Team. New York is classified as H hardship duty station and a family duty station.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 
1. Act as liaison to the humanitarian community, particularly elements of United Nations Offices, Programmes, Specialised Agencies and other humanitarian organisations, Regional Organizations, non-governmental organisations, and Member States on issues relevant to activities of Office of Military Affairs and activities under the framework of Civilian-Military Co-operation (CIMIC). The liaison task is primarily related to information exchange to optimize the effectiveness of the military and humanitarian components when operating in the same mission area, in order to best meet mission mandates.
• Attend relevant meetings to disseminate information concerning the activities of the Office of Military Affairs and collects information of interest to the office. 
• Formulate and implement a detailed plan to disseminate and collect information, in particular information regarding current operations and future plans of both the military and humanitarian components.
• Facilitate collaboration between the Office of Military Affairs and other components at the strategic level, in particular r the humanitarian community.
• Consult with various elements of the Office of Military Affairs and the humanitarian community to collect information regarding current developments and future plans. This will normally be through the established chains of command, but at times may be direct to the field level. In this regard the incumbent must be prepared to deploy to the field.

2. Design and participate in, training activities relevant to the interface between the Military Division and the humanitarian community and CIMIC activities 
• Designs training relevant to military-humanitarian interface
• Participates in training relevant to military-humanitarian interface

3. Draft and edit publications and elements of publications relevant to the interface between the Office of Military Affairs and the humanitarian community. Provide advice to publications being produced by others.

4. Conducts other liaison, training and drafting tasks as directed by Senior Policy and Doctrine Officer and leadership of Office of Military Adviser
Professionalism: Ability to provide advice on a wide variety of military subjects; Ability to liaise with Member States, regional organizations and peacekeeping institutes to provide sound advice on contributions to peacekeeping, enhanced effectiveness of peacekeeping operations, protection of civilians and evolving operational requirements, to encourage support for strategic and operational courses of action in peacekeeping operations on contributions to peacekeeping, enhanced effectiveness of peacekeeping operations, protection of civilians and evolving operational requirements, to encourage support for strategic and operational courses of action in peacekeeping operations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Additionally 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent degree) in public administration, international relations, security studies, defence, military science, political or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

National Command and Staff College degrees obtained from recognised institutions may be considered in lieu of first level degree. National/Defence College degrees from recognised institutions may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible in peace and security issues, of which at least five should be at the international level, is required. Experience in liaison at strategic level is highly desirable. Experience of coordination/liaison between the military and the humanitarian community is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.
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