Liaison Officer, UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 May 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

The current conflict in Yemen has resulted in a wide-spread humanitarian crisis, and had left 80 per cent of the population (22.2 million people) in need of assistance at the time of the design of the project at hand. The impediments on commercial imports to Yemen led to a severe lack of basic items. It was determined, should the situation continue to the point that basic commodities are not imported and therefore not available in the market, the current humanitarian crisis would deteriorate even further.

In order to address the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, the restoration of regular commercial cargo flows into the country is essential. UN Security Council resolution 2216 (2015) decided that Member States shall take necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer from or through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned. In order to facilitate the unimpeded flow of essential commercial items to Yemen, the UN has been requested by the Government of Yemen to provide a monitoring and inspection service that ensures that commercial cargo entering Yemen’s territorial waters is compliant with UNSCR 2216 (2015).

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) was requested to operationalise and manage a mechanism to oversee the monitoring and inspection services on behalf of the UN and the concerned Member States.
Functional Responsibilities
Reporting to the Project Manager, the Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following functions:
  • Stays abreast of the latest political, security and humanitarian developments in Yemen and ensure that such information is shared among the members of UNVIM, through daily situation reports and a weekly security briefing.
  • Maintains close communication with the Regional Coordination Officer and the Project Manager on all operational aspects.
  • Participates, as an observer, in the relevant coordination meetings, including the Security Management Team and other coordination meetings relevant to the project in Djibouti.
  • Together with the Coordination Officers and the Monitors, establishes standard operating procedures for the deployment of the inspection teams and organise inspection operations and security requirements.
  • In close collaboration with the Coordination Officers and the Monitors, plans and facilitates the deployment of the inspection team as needed;
  • Monitors and facilitates the progress of inspections and liaises constantly with the team.
  • Maintains UNVIM inspection facilities and equipment at the port
  • Monitors all security-related matters for the UNVIM team, including liaison with UN Security on a daily basis and ensures compliance on UNVIM operations with minimum operational security standards.
  • Coordinates for all operational matters between UNVIM and service providers or institutions as required to ensure operational excellence including Djiboutian authorities, port authorities, shipping companies
  • Conducts other duties as requested by the Regional Coordination Officer and the Project Manager.
  • Liaises with and coordinates information with EU NAVFOR and MSCHOA on all maritime security matters.

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Functional competencies

Ability to analyse: able to distribute time effectively and adhere to deadlines; able to match the scope of the project by optimal use of organization’s resources.

Communication skills: consistently delivers accurate, clear and concise messages in written or oral form; shares information with colleagues.

Networking skills: consciously extends oneself o building rapport with others; creates common ground for understanding at a inter-personal level.

Teamwork skills: always works with others to accomplish goals/tasks; treats all members of team in a professional manner and with respect; is open to different points of view.

Situational sensitivity: remains calm in stressful situations; is open to working with people from diverse background and cultures.

Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, military or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and 2 years of additional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Five years of professional experience in civil-military coordination, or related field such as the navy, military, police or organized forces;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the current situation in the Middle East and Horn of Africa is desirable;
  • Experience in a conflict environment is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of maritime affairs and security is essential.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge of MS Office and the use of web-based management systems.
  • English fluency in speaking, writing and reading.
  • French fluency in speaking, writing and reading.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract level: FT- P3
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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About the Organization

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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