Liaison Officer (Political Affairs Officer) – UNITAMS


Job Opening

OrganizationUnited Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
Posting TitleLiaison Officer (Political Affairs Officer)
LevelNOC (Fixed term)
Organizational UnitOffice of Support to the Political Transition
Number of posts01
Issuing Date17/2/2022
Closing Date18/3/2022

Important note: UNITAMS will only accept properly completed and signed Personal History Form (P.11) received before closing date. Please submit your application on the attached P.11 ONLY. Other UN P.11 formats, incomplete P.11, CV and Resume will not be accepted, nor will late submissions after closing date.

The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work as soon as possible.

Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected, subject to clearance of employment reference checks, security and medical. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in
accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

This position is locally recruited open for Sudanese nationals only.
UNITAMS will not provide accommodation to locally recruited staff.
UNITAMS is equal employer for men and women. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support
the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

The position is based in Kadugli and is located in the Kadugli Regional Office. The
incumbent will report to the Head of Office.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible
for performing the following duties:
• Participates fully in assigned operational activities related to implementation of UNITAMS mandate in support of the political transition, peace-making, peacebuilding; supports an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and gender perspective into the policy,
planning and operational activities of the unit.
• Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Head of the Office and other senior staff. As requested, provides guidance and advice on assigned issues to the Head of Office, supports negotiations. Prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components of a limited nature, such as civilian, military or humanitarian operations.
• Develops and maintains relations with government officials, tribal leaders, civil society, women’s groups, armed movements, and other stakeholders at the working levels and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
• Participates as a member of a team dealing with a variety of political issues in a region related to UNITAMS mandate. Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or interagency involvement and participation. As required, represents the team at
round tables, seminars, and conferences.
• Supports his/her supervisor in the formulation of the work programme, budget and medium-term plans of the unit by participating in meetings and compiling or researching issues related to the mission.
• Performs other related duties as required


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political
Science, Management or Development, 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 and/or coordination is an asset.
Work Experience:
A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in political
science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development
management, conflict resolution or related area.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For
the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is required


Professionalism: Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. 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.
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; Tailor’s language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing other’ 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 positions; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment followed by a
competency-based interview.


• Applicants must accurately complete, update, sign, and date the attached United Nations Personal History form (P.11 ONLY and forward the duly completed signed P.11 by e-mail to:[email protected]
• Applicants should COPY UNITAMS-JO-Kadugli – 2022-66- Liaison Officer (Political Affairs Officer) in the SUBJECT line of the email when submitting their signed P.11 form. UNITAMS will not consider any applications which are not received directly in the VA mailbox. Other UN P.11 formats and incomplete P.11 will not be accepted.
• Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered binding.
• The selected candidates will be subject to a reference check to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the P.11 form.
• Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA.

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

United Nations Considerations:
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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