Estimated start date: Immediate
Duration of need: Through 30 June 2018
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• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.
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Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). The staff member will report to the Section Chief.
Within delegated authority, the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provides direct support to ongoing and future Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programmes in peace operations, with a specific focus on the DDR programme in the United Nations Multidimentional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and coordinates back-stopping support to DDR components including policy guidance, personnel selection, budget preparation, and participates in relevant country specific work groups and meetings;
• Provides Headquarters advice and support in the planning, implementation and evaluation of key phases of the new DDR programme in MINUSCA, and other DDR programmes, as relevant;
• Supports planning and implementation of all DDR field operations in accordance with their mandate;.
• Supports the establishment and staffing of the DDR component in MINUSCA;
• Coordinates mission-specific or UN-wide policy/guidance 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. DDR Section management, OROLSI/DPKO Senior Management, Member States representatives, etc.); consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes;
• Takes the lead in identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships 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; this includes working with or through the Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR;
• Supports the planning and implementation of the ongoing Community Violence Reduction programmes in the Central African Republic;
• Supports MINUSCA in planning and implementing interim stabilization measures and immediate impact projects to respond to urgent needs, before a formal DDR process is launched;
• Travels to missions as required to lead and / or support assessments, especially those related to armed groups and DDR;
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex programmes/projects, field missions, etc., including provision of guidance to UN Senior Leadership/Member States and other relevant parties; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; ensures 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;
• Provides input, prepares or supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. code cables, talking points, background papers, analysis, substantive sections of SG reports, inputs to publications/studies, 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;
• Supports the Chief of DDR Section in resource mobilization efforts and ensures coordination with donors, including the private sector;
• Acts as Officer in Charge of the DDR Section, when required;
• Performs other duties as required.
• Professionalism: In-depth knowledge and understanding of unit’s mandate and strategic direction and ability to develop and direct viable programme/projects reflective of these goals. Proven expertise in country/region covered; in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate international political situations in that area. Knowledge of wide range of DDR issues; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, including ability to analyze and articulate the DDR dimension of complex issues that require a coordinated UN response. Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex and unusual issues/problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions. Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to DDR and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery). 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.
• 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 & 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social sciences, management, international economics, international relations, law, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area. Experience working in a large multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, experience working at a field location, peacekeeping, peace-building operations and/or experience in coordinating with multiple partner agencies, funds or programmes are desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the Secretariat. For this post, fluency in both oral and written English is required. Fluency in French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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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