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Vacancy: Junior Consultant

The United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) in Brussels is hiring a consultant (local hire) for a six-month period with mid-May as an expected start date. While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is strictly for a limited six-month period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of any post in the United Nations system.

CV and cover letter should be sent in English to Ms. Cecile Steverlynck (email: by 29 April 2019.

The specific consultant tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze and report on political developments pertaining to the mandate of the office.
  • Analyze and report on women, peace and security as a key UN-EU priority for the period 2019-2021 as set out in the UN-EU strategic partnership framework.
  • Assess and report on key peace and security files linked to the UN-EU partnership
  • Support UN-EU institutional dialogue mechanisms.
  • Take forward work on aspects of conflict prevention and protection, including the protection of civilians.

Qualifications and Experience:


The applicant should be the holder of an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent). A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work experience:

Two to three years of relevant experience in international affairs with government, international or regional organisations, multinational companies, NGOs or research institutions, including internships is required. Previous experience and knowledge in European affairs is a strong advantage. Experience in the field, particularly in post-conflict situations and countries in transition, is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Written and oral French is an advantage. Fluency in other European languages is an advantage. Very good drafting skills are required.

UN competencies:

Works collaboratively with colleagues (teamwork), speaks and writes clearly and effectively (communication). remains client focused in a fast-paced environment (client orientation), builds confidence and trust with clients (diplomatic skills).


Background information

UNLOPS represents the UN Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), Peace Operations (DPO), Operational Support (DOS) and the UN Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) in Brussels and liaises on all matters related to peace and security that fall under the remit of these four entities.

UNLOPS was established in Brussels in 2011 to develop closer, more predictable and continuous partnerships between the UN and the European Union (EU), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other Brussels-based organizations. UNLOPS supports institutional dialogue and improved coordination on peace and security policy, operations and programmes with a view to preventing violent conflict, managing crisis and countering terrorism. The office facilitates high-level UN visits from New York and the field to Brussels, supports UN-EU and UN-NATO information exchange, and backstops the UN-EU Steering Committee on Crisis Management, the UN-EU Partnerships Meeting on Conflict Prevention, the UN-EU Leadership Dialogue on Counter-Terrorism, and the UN-NATO Staff Talks



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