Senior Border Monitor, P5

UN Support Mission in Libya
  • Location
    Tripoli, Libya, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Sep 15

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Security Institutions Service (SIS) of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The position is based in Tripoli, Libya (Tripoli is classified as a Hardship "E" duty station and a non-family duty station). The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the Chief SIS.

On 31 January 2022, the Security Council, by its resolution 2619 (2022) renewed the mandate of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) through 30 April 2022, by roll-over of its resolutions 2542 (2020) of 15 September 2020, 2570 (2021) of 16 April 2021 and 2599 (2021) of 30 September 2021. The Security Council, in resolution 2542 (2020), tasked UNSMIL, as an integrated special political mission, in full accordance with the principles of national ownership, to exercise mediation and through its good offices to: (i) further an inclusive political process and security and economic dialogue; (ii) further the continued implementation of the Libya Political Agreement; (iii) help consolidate the governance, security and economic arrangements of the Government of National Accord, including support for economic reform in collaboration with international financial institutions; (iv) help to achieve a ceasefire and, once it is agreed by the Libyan parties, provide appropriate support to its implementation; (v) support subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process, including the constitutional process and the organization of elections; (vi) coordinate and engage closely with international actors including neighboring countries and regional organizations; (vii) provide support to key Libyan institutions; (viii) support, on request, the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with humanitarian principles; (ix) monitor and report abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including sexual violence in conflict, notably through the effective deployment of women and child protection advisers; (x) provide support in securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (xi) co-ordinate international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to GNA-led efforts to stabilize post-conflict zones, including those liberated from Da’esh. On 16 April 2021, the Security Council, through resolution 2570 (2021), tasked UNSMIL to provide support to the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism including through the facilitation of confidence-building measures and the scalable and incremental deployment of UNSMIL ceasefire.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Border Monitor may be responsible of the following duties:

  • Policy guidance on national integrated border management and security architecture issues, including foreign affairs, interior, finance/customs, health, border development and international agreement and protocols affecting maritime and airport operations and tourism.
  • Lead and coordinate the design and implementation of UNSMIL’s strategic plan on support to institutional development related to national border management, and its relationship with a national security vision and security sector governance.
  • Provides inputs and overall substantive contributions for the conceptualization of the national integrated approach to border management and security architecture in Libya.
  • Provides policy guidance to the Government on the establishment of integrated border management guidelines, seeking and ensuring proper in-country and international coordination among the various services involved in border management issues and guaranteeing that borders are managed with maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Qualitative and effective support to government institutions involved in border management.
  • Ensure that the policies and subsequent projects being developed are fully in line with international standards.
  • Ensure that the approach taken will be in line with international requirements for sufficiency and effectiveness.
  • Work with other components of the mission and with the local government to promote a closer integration between tasks performed at the borders.
  • Provides advice and promote coordination and cooperation among all the relevant authorities and agencies involved in border control, trade facilitation and border region cooperation to establish effective, efficient and integrated border management systems, to ensure borders are opened for trade and movement of persons but controlled, secured and closed to criminal/illicit activities.
  • Facilitate coordination and international assistance in the area of border management, SSR and DDR.
  • Take the lead in seeking technical and financial assistance support from multilateral/bilateral donors in order to support necessary infrastructure development in customs, immigration and related facilities as well as training staff.
  • Provides strategic and technical advice to both national stakeholders and Mission leadership on border management, Security Sector Reform (SSR), disarmament, demobilization, reintegration (DDR).
  • Serves as a focal point for SSR and DDR support; plans, coordinates, and supervises SSR and DDR activities, responds to requests from interagency task forces and other entities; ensures an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the Mission.
  • Support Chief SIS in coordinating policy/planning; Ceasefire mediation and implementation, Security Sector Reform (SSR), disarmament, demobilization, reintegration (DDR), engagements with national security components, with special emphasis on the unification of security forces, civilian oversight, arms embargo, international donor coordination and ceasefire planning.
  • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff within the immediate office.
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: 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. Proven expertise in area of border management, administration and institutional development. Demonstrated ability to provide expert advice with respect to senior government officials and senior mission staff. Proven analytical skills combined with conceptual thinking and sound judgment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in defence and/or security studies, business administration, political science, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level University degree in combination with additional two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 10 years of progressive responsible experience in law enforcement in national law enforcement agency at the strategic, operational, and managerial level is required.
  • A minimum of five years in policing/law enforcement security sector, in UN peace operations within conflict and post-conflict or equivalent is desirable.
  • Experience in the conceptualization of the integrated national approach to border management and/or national security architecture is desirable.
  • Experience in the international policing activities and extensive experience in applying border management expertise in the development of innovative and creative policies and subsequent projects is desirable.
  • Experience in planning, coordinating international assistance and evaluating its coherence and impact in the area of border management and/or Security Sector Reform is required.
  • Relevant experience in security sector reform and/or disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, ceasefire mediation/planning and specific security sector areas of conflict/post-conflict situation, including informal security providers is desirable.
  • Working experience in the Middle East/North Africa Region is required.
  • Experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiations is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic both (Oral and Written) is required.

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