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  • Organization: Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen
  • Location: Amman
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Security and Safety
    • Peace and Development
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-01

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SECURITY SECTOR REFORM OFFICER

Amman (Jordan)

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY). This position is currently located in Amman, Jordan with possibility of re-deployment to Sana'a or to Aden. The Security Sector Reform Officer will report to the Senior Security Sector Reform Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Supports the provision of advice on inclusion of SSR elements within the negotiation/mediation process, and develops options for security sector issues that would encourage parties to achieve a negotiated resolution.
• Develops options for transitional security arrangements, oversight mechanisms, and security sector initiatives to support the peace process.
• Assists in the overall management and administration of the SSR-DDR capacity. Also provides support in the development of the SSR capacity’s support to national SSR efforts, as well as the day-to-day coordination of activities with other mission components and UN entities;
• Supports the provision of operational and technical advice to both national stakeholders, international partners and Mission/UNCT leadership on security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight, participation of communities and civil society, management and coordination;
• Supports the development of mission strategy, policy and proposals with respect to support of national SSR efforts;
• Supports the provision of advice and assistance to key parties; consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes;
• Assists national efforts to mobilize and coordinate international assistance to security sector initiatives; Prepares substantive inputs to SSR papers and reports for presentation to the relevant bodies;
• Provides substantive support to the organization of meetings, seminars, and other events on substantive issues including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations;
• Organizes and/or undertakes research on various aspects of SSR work; analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources; identifies problems and issues to be assessed and proposes corrective actions and/or way forward;
• Contributes to the preparation of budget documents and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;
• Performs any other assigned duties.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of security or defence sector reform (concepts, terminology, research and policy literature), in particular in the area(s) of specialization (e.g. governance, oversight and accountability of the security sector; institutional development, sustainable development or other relevant area) and ability to apply technical expertise to identify, assess and resolve a range of difficult issues/problems. Ability to conduct research and data collection using various methods, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the SSR activities in assigned country and area. Ability to work with a wide range of technical experts including police, military, public administrative and judicial actors and to support inter-disciplinary/interdepartmental teams and task forces, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social sciences, defense-security, management, international economics, international relations, law, development or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in security sector reform (SSR) or a related area is required. Experience in policy coordination or project management is desirable. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience in SSR in advising and guiding defense or security forces is desirable. Experience in drafting high quality, analytical reports is required. Experience in support to mediation/negotiation on security arrangements is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.

Special Notice

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 to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are 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 offer, if selected.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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