Humanitarian Liaison Officer, P4

Humanitarian Liaison Officer, P4

United Nations - AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur

Zalingei, Sudan

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Liaison Section, duty station, in Kabkabiya and Zallingei. The Humanitarian Liaison Officers will report to the Chief of Service, Humanitarian Affairs.


Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Ensure that the Head of Section are regularly updated on current and emerging threats against civilians in the peace keeping area of operation of UNAMID
  • Provide advice to the Head of Section on ways in which the Mission can assist and strengthen the capacity of the state authorities to fulfill their PoC responsibilities.
  • Provide support to relevant UNAMID components and sections, including military and police, to ensure that protection of civilians concerns are adequately reflected in operations, particularly as concerns civilian-military planning processes.
  • Oversee and coordinate the implementation of UNAMID PoC Strategy and related in-mission guidance and operational plans at the MHQ;
  • Provide Secretariat support to the MHQ Joint Protection Group.
  • Ensure close coordination with relevant PoC partners in the implementation of the PoC Strategy in Darfur, particularly UNAMID military and police components, substantive sections/units, and humanitarian partners,.
  • Support the Chief of Section in establishing sustainable coordination structures in order to strengthen cooperation with relevant protection actors, particularly civil society, local communities and the state authorities.
  • Coordinate the establishment of early warning tools and processes, including through community liaison and alert systems at the Team Site level.
  • Lead or join integrated and inter-agency protection of civilians assessments with other relevant actors.
  • Report on any resource and capability constraints which adversely affect the mission's ability to implement its protection of civilians mandate at the state level.
  • Work with the relevant staff in the mission to conduct after action reviews and lessons learned studies on the Mission's POC efforts at the state level.
  • Establish, maintain and oversee the civil-military coordination structures at the state level. Co-chair with OCHA the Civil-Military Advisory Group (CMAG) at the MHQ. Identify, establish and maintain contact with the appropriate military and police counterparts and ensure mutual exchange of information about ongoing protection and humanitarian activities and issues.
  • Facilitate the coordination of UNAMID’s support to humanitarian partners in Darfur and establish an effective reporting system at the state level.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of wide range of protection of civilians and humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues. Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, to include ability to analyze and articulate the humanitarian dimension of complex issues that require a coordinated UN response. Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems. Knowledge of region or country of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions. Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery). Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian affairs and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations. Ability to relate humanitarian affairs issues and perspectives, including gender issues, to political, economic, social and human rights programmes in affected country/region. 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.
  • 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; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, or a related field. A first-level university degree with in combination two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in protection of civilians is required. Experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN official language is an advantage.


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

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