Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer (Recruit from Roster)
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This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered for this job opening. Roster applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are qualified, interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the position, if selected.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Extension of the appointment is subject to mandate extension and/or the availability of the funds.
This position is located in the Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG) within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in Mogadishu. Mogadishu is classified as a “E” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Director ROLSIG and acts as DDR Section Chief.
Established on 2 May 2013 by the UN Security Council, UNSOM was launched on 3 June 2013. UNSOM’s core role is to act as an enabler, helping to create and galvanize the political and strategic environment in which stabilisation and peace-building can proceed, including by leveraging other parts of the UN system and international partners. UNSOM supports the Federal Government of Somalia’s agenda of peace, security and nation-building and will help the country move towards free and fair elections in 2016. It exercises its mandate guided by the principles of Somali ownership, flexibility, collaboration and partnerships. Learn more about the mission’s mandate at http://unsom.unmissions.org/
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
•Assists and advises ROLSIG Director in the overall planning of strategic, technical and operational components of its work and supervises the day-to-day coordination of its activities, within the framework of the Comprehensive Approach to Security, with other mission components (e.g. political affairs, military, public information; logistic support; humanitarian), AMISOM, UNSOS and UN entities.
•Supervises DDR staff members in Mogadishu and the regional offices in coordination with the Heads of Offices, including those involved in administration and management of funds allocated for DDR and Community Violence Reduction work; coordinates activities related to budget funding and prepares related documents/reports.
•Directs and manages DDR teams in field operations, as required.
•Plans and implements all DDR field operations in accordance with the mission’s mandate.
•Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or other research activities and studies.
•Provides technical inputs to the planning, design and implementation of diverse programmes/projects, as well as technical advice and assistance to key parties (e.g. ROLSIG Director, CVE/PVE institutions/activities, government representatives, Ministry of internal Security, bi-lateral donors etc.); consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes.
•Takes the lead in identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with other international and national actors in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing DDR objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of DDR activities, policies, programmes and disengagement of combatants.
•Leads and/or participates in large, complex programmes/projects, field missions, etc., including provision of guidance to government officials and other relevant parties; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; ensuring follow-up actions.
•Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues; manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
•Prepares and/or supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings (e.g. conferences, workshops) to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations; assists in the planning of high level visits.
• Provides day-to-day supervision of staff and their field operations activities; carries out programmatic/substantive reviews of work and draft reports prepared by others.
•Supports resource mobilization efforts and ensures coordination with donors, including the private sector.
•Performs other related duties as required
Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of the United Nations and the African Union and their related bodies concerned with political, security, social and related matters. Ability to evaluation security situations and apply to the development of community stabilization initiatives and programme management. Ability to manage and coordinate at different levels and with diverse participants and stakeholders in both the field and UN common system. 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.
Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
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.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
An Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social sciences, international law, management, economics, business administration, finance, economics, development or in a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with 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 international affairs such as peacekeeping, peacebuilding or development programmes operations in the field with specific focus on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, economic recovery or related area is required. Experience in programme planning and management is desirable. Experience working in a post-conflict UN peace operation or political mission is desirable.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.Assessment
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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