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Security Sector Reform Officer


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Somalia
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Democratic Governance
    • Security and Safety
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-10


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) was established on 3 June 2013 by UN Security Council Resolution 2102, following a comprehensive assessment of the United Nations in support of the establishment of the Federal Government of Somalia. The mandate of UNSOM was subsequently renewed by Security Council resolutions. Unanimously adopting resolution 2102 (2013), the Council decided that the mandate of UNSOM would include the provision of policy advice to the Federal Government and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on peacebuilding and state-building in the areas of governance, security sector reform and rule of law (including the disengagement of combatants), development of a federal system (including state formation), constitutional review, democratisation (including preparations for the 2016 political transition) and coordination of international donor support. Among its other mandated functions, UNSOM is helping build the Federal Government’s capacity to promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment, promote child protection, prevent conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, and strengthen justice institutions. Further, it is monitoring, helping investigate and reporting to the Council on any abuses or violations of human rights or of international humanitarian law committed in Somalia, or any abuses committed against children or women. The Mission is also supporting the implementation of the National Security Architecture that was endorsed by the Federal Government and Federal Member States in April 2017 and the Comprehensive Approach to Security framework.


The United Nations Security Council in Resolution 2102 adopted on 02 May 2013 established the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), United Nations Security Council Resolution 2102 decided that UNSOM will be responsible for providing United Nations “good offices” functions supporting the Federal Government of Somalia’s peace and reconciliation process, and to support the Federal Government of Somalia and AMISOM as appropriate by providing strategic policy on peacebuilding and state building. The latest UNSOM resolution is UNSCR 2632.

Task description

Under the immediate supervision of the Senior Security Sector Reform Officer and the direct supervision of the Strategic Security/Maritime Adviser, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: The UN Volunteer will support the development and implementation of a comprehensive national security strategy. Within delegated authority, s/he will be required to undertake the following: • Support the work of the Integrated Security Sector Reform Team, centered around Somalia’s National Security Architecture Agreement and Somalia Transition Plan, with links to the National Development Plan. • Research and provide inputs on security sector-wide strategies and policies, mission plans and directives, best practice,s and technical standards for security sector reform/governance; notably as regards the financial modeling and strategic budget analysis of the security sector. Drafts various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, newsletters, etc. • Work on generating technical inputs for all aspects of SSR pro-grammes/projects and related activities, as well as technical advice and assistance to key parties (e.g. Rule of Law pillar, established Commissions, government officials, UN entities, donors, etc.); consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes, ensuring appropriate integration and linkages with critical areas/components of the SSR process; • Initiate and coordinate outreach activities relating to training workshops and budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work program, programme budget, etc.); • Participate in programmes/projects, field missions, etc., including the provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials, and other parties and drafting mission summaries; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be assessed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions; • Establish and maintain contacts and partnerships with key officials and other actors (national and international) inside and outside the organization in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing SSR objectives and supporting the UNSOM Kismayo Regional Office’s outreach; • Perform other related duties as required or directed by Director ROLSIG and Senior SSR Officers; • When working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs), the incumbent is strongly encouraged to set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching, mentoring, and formal and on-the-job training;

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