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Government Liaison Associate at UNHCR

Job Posting End Date

March 28, 2023
Terms of Reference


1. General Background

(Brief description of the national, sector-specific or other relevant context in which the individual contractor will operate)

The Government Liaison Associate is a member of the Government Liaison Unit. S/he will report to the Representative. The incumbent receives regular guidance and advice from the supervisor. S/he participates in all meetings/working groups related to the Government and to provide support on coordination work on common processes.

Under the supervision of the Representative, the responsibilities of the Government Liaison Associate is to give, obtain and exchange information requiring discussions and explanations both to UNHCR, Government authorities and other external parties on subject matters which may be of importance to the Organization.

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

(Concise and detailed description of activities, tasks and responsibilities to be undertaken, including expected travel, if applicable)


All UNOPS personnel’s affiliate to UNHCR are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, UNOPS Personnel are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


– Assist in the establishment of close working relations with officials in various ministries especially Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
– Keep track of evolving issues concerning asylum seekers, stateless persons and refugees within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).
– Ensure that the office is kept informed of local and international developments which may have a political or operational impact on the office’s relation with the Government, including latest developments with regard to the implementation of the GCR, UN reform etc.
– Inform the supervisor and/or other senior managers on a continuing basis of relevant information on the outcome of discussions with government authorities on various issues.
– Assist senior management in dealing with the challenges posed by the political context, developments with the Government and issues related to humanitarian and development processes.
– Accompany the Representative/Deputy Representative/Head of Office and Headquarters visitors on missions and meetings.
– Assist in preparation for different visits and missions to the operation.
– Liaise with Government partners and local authorities on behalf of UNHCR, as required.
– Draft correspondence and reports as required and assist in the drafting of briefing notes, background material, talking points, fact sheets, as required.
– Manage budget, when requested, including tracking expenditures.
– Initiate upon request of the supervisor the contact with the relevant external parties on various issues.
– Coordinate with different units in the office that information presented to government authorities is duly verified and endorsed by the supervisor.
– Perform other related duties as required.

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls

(Clear description of measurable outputs, milestones, key performance indicators and/or reporting requirements which will enable performance monitoring)

• Timely and accurate registration and documentation as stated above.
• Other allocated tasks assigned are completed timely

4. Qualifications and Experience
(List the required education, work experience, expertise, and competencies of the individual contractor. The listed education and experience should correspond with the level at which the contract is offered.)

a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)

• Political/Social Science;
• Business Administration;
• or other relevant field;

b. Work Experience
(List number of years and area of required work experience. Clearly distinguish between required experience and experience which could be an asset.)

• For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher
Not specified.

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Good knowledge of UNHCR operations and good political awareness.

c. Key Competencies
(Technical knowledge, skills, managerial competencies, or other personal competencies relevant to the performance of the assignment. Clearly distinguish between required and desired competencies)

Functional Skills.

• MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation;
• MS-Networking;
• CO-Cross-cultural communication

Core Competencies:
• Accountability
• Communication
• Organizational Awareness
• Teamwork & Collaboration
• Commitment to Continuous Learning
• Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies:
• Empowering and Building Trust

Cross-Functional Competencies:
• Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
• Political Awareness
• Stakeholder Management

d. Language Skills:

Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

Standard Job Description
Required Languages

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Desired Languages

Additional Qualifications



Work Experience

Other information

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance