Senior Liaison Officer, P4

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UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East


Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change. If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you. The Senior Liaison Officer, reports to the Director, UNRWA Representative Office, Washington DC.

Responsibilities

Assists the Director, UNRWA Representative Office, Washington DC to represent the interests of UNRWA vis-à-vis US government and non-governmental entities, with particular reference to the US executive and legislative branches of government by:

  • Participating in the active and regular engagement with relevant US executive branch agencies and the US congress including its members and their staffs to advance understanding of UNRWA’s role in the context of the regional issues of the Middle East, the Agency’s operations and the situation of Palestine refugees in the five fields and globally;
  • Clarifying UNRWA’s mission, positions, programmes, initiatives and institutional practices, including its application of the humanitarian principles, and explaining the evolving challenges confronting the Agency;
  • Building and sustaining partnerships with international organisations headquartered in the US, national and local non-profit institutions; maintains awareness and support, including organizing or attending special events;
  • Updates the results framework in line with the project proposals including elements like indicators, outputs, and outcomes;
  • Supports the building of institutional relationships with relevant US government and non-governmental entities, maintaining and managing these relationships in the interests of Palestine refugees and UNRWA;
  • Monitors on a daily basis relevant developments in the US congress and US political ecosystem, with a view to formulating and leading the implementation of an outreach strategy dedicated to optimizing UNRWA’s relations with the US congress the executive branch, and non-governmental agencies;
  • In close consultation with relevant UNRWA colleagues, supports the drafting, preparation and presentation of materials required for briefings before congress, executive branch agencies, the media and other non-governmental agencies in the Washington, DC or broader US setting;
  • Supports the implementation of UNRWA’s resource mobilization and strategic communications framework;
  • Arranges and supports visits to Washington, DC by senior UNRWA officials.

Competencies

  • UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply. Analyzing Creating and Maintaining Impact and Partnership Persuading and Influencing Managing Complexity and Change Deciding and Initiating Action.

Education

  • An advanced university (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in political science, public administration, business administration, or a related field.

Work Experience

  • At least seven years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in political or administrative affairs utilizing professional skills relevant to the responsibilities of this post is required;
  • Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, at least two continuous years of relevant international experience should be outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of citizenship is desirable;
  • An advanced university (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in political science, public administration, business administration, or a related field is required;
  • Experience in advocacy and outreach with Washington DC-based US government or non-governmental agencies or entities is desirable;
  • Knowledge of the Middle East context and Palestine refugee issues is desirable.

Languages

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.

 

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