Disarmament, Demobilization And Reintegration Officer, P4

UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 02

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), Office of Rule of law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section (DDRS). The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Disarmement, Demobilization and Reintegration Section.

DPO provides political and executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations. DPO also provides guidance and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peacebuilding missions.

Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) was established in 2007 to strengthen the links and coordinate the Department’s activities in the areas of police, justice and corrections, mine action and weapons/ammunition management, the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants and security sector reform.


Within delegated authority, the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Acts as a Focal Point for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) components for two to three missions, responsible for planning, support to implementation and evaluation;
  • Participates in DPO and Integrated Task Force planning meetings for the establishment of a new peacekeeping mission with a potential DDR component;
  • Provides technical assistance to peace negotiations;
  • Participates in technical assessment missions;
  • Advises, develops and reviews (as appropriate) initial DDR functional strategy and concept of operations for further development into a full programme by the DDR component and the National DDR Commission;
  • Drafts and reviews DDR inputs to Secretary-General report, code cables, and talking points;
  • Develops initial result-based framework and budget for new DDR components in new mission;
  • Liaises with UN Country Team (UNCT) and donor community to raise voluntary contributions for DDR programmes;
  • Presents and/or defends new and subsequent DDR budgetary requirements in the ACABQ and the 5th Committee of the General Assembly;
  • Develops staffing structure and terms of reference for a DDR component, including terms of collaboration with other UN agencies, funds and programmes;
  • Provides technical clearance for applicants to DDR units in new and ongoing missions;
  • Provides Headquarters support in planning the civilian and military logistics support for DDR;
  • Continually reviews DDR programme strategy and implementation through relevant documents, reports and code cables;
  • Conducts field missions to assess implementation of established DDR programmes;
  • Identifies potential problems and issues to be addressed and suggests remedies to DDR units in the field;
  • Liaises with Member States, UN actors and other DDR partners & stakeholders to represent the mission's DDR component at the Headquarters level;
  • Acts as a focal point for the Group of Friends of DDR, supporting its activities as necessary;
  • Establishes and maintains an outreach network with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGOs) active in the area of DDR;
  • Supports the doctrine development work in the area of DDR in the department, with the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on DDR and other relevant national and international actors working on DDR issues;
  • Contributes to Department-level or Policy Committee-level policy development work on DDR and related issues;
  • Maintains and further develops the Integrated DDR Standards – a set of inter-agency policies, guidelines and procedures on DDR;
  • On behalf of the Chief of the DDR Section, co-chairs the IAWG on DDR, contributes to bringing coherence to the interaction of the UN system and its partners on DDR;
  • Supervises the Associate Expert (Junior Professional Officer) in the development and maintenance of the web-based United Nations DDR Resource Centre;
  • Liaises with others (UN, regional organisations and Member States) providing DDR training;
  • Performs other duties as delegated by the Chief of the DDR Section.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to DDR and related issues; ability to identify issues, as well as to analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to conduct data collection using various methods; excellent drafting and analytical skills; conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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 & 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;
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social sciences, programme management, international relations, or 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, peace-building operations or development programmes with specific focus on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration, small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, recovery or related area are required;
  • Experience working in a large multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team and coordinating with multiple partner agencies, funds or programmes is required;
  • One year experience working in a field location, with a peacekeeping operation, a special political mission or with another international organization including non-governmental organizations is desirable;
  • One year of direct experience in the field of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), including Community Violence Reduction (CVR), is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post advertised, fluency in both oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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