Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) with duty station, Kinshasa. The incumbent reports to the Director SSR section.
The focus of this position is to support the Director SSR, and his deputy on all aspects of Security Sector Reform (SSR) activities related to mandate implementation. Within delegated authority, the SSR Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Under the overall guidance of the Security Sector Reform Division Chief and the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief, the Security Sector Reform Officer will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties: • Undertake all activities related to responsibilities and professionalization of security institutions notably, national police and army within the regions, including capacity building training within the Security Sector (SSR) mandate. • Assist in providing technical assistance to national stakeholders in the development of SSR capacity to foster greater understanding of the SSR process. • Participate in the DDR Division coordination efforts with other mission components (e.g., political, military, civilian; communications/public affairs; legal; policy/planning; mission analysis, etc.) and UN entities for greater harmonization in the UN approach. • Support the delivery of coherent ‘one-UN’ support of national SSR efforts, together with all relevant Mission/UNCT interlocutors, including coordination of Mission-UNCT assistance and through effective integration of all SSR programmes/projects and related activities undertaken by Mission components. • Ensure proper reporting of various SSR events events/activities. • Participate in the edition of the SSR Division quarterly magazine. • Assist national authorities in monitoring and analyzing strategic developments and reviews trends in the security sector at the regional and national levels. • Supports the development of mission strategy, policy, and proposals with respect to support of national SSR efforts. • Participate in needs assessment and other missions, where necessary, to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals, including issues of strategic interest related to security sector. Support local initiatives that bring together members of civil society, the security, defense and criminal justice local components, and local authorities, for open exchanges of views on SSR challenges and opportunities. • Provide substantive support to the organization of meetings, seminars, and other events on substantive issues including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations; delivers presentations on assigned topics and activities, and ensures requisite follow-up. • Participate in missions, including the provision of guidance to counterparts, government officials and other parties, including drafting mission summaries. • Undertake researches, analyzes, and presents background papers and briefing notes on internal security issues in the regions. Prepares substantive inputs to SSR papers and reports for presentation to the relevant bodies. • Attend policy-making and technical meetings to monitor and analyze events and discussions and report back. • Provide substantive support to the organization of meetings, seminars, and other events on substantive issues including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations. • Respond to requests from other MONUSCO components and UNCT. • Perform other duties as may be required by the Division Chief.
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. 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.
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.
Job – Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in Security Sector Reform (SSR) or a related area is required. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience in drafting high quality, analytical reports is required. Experience in SSR in advising and guiding defense or security forces is desirable. Experience in policy coordination or project management is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in French is required. Working knowledge of English is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. 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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile 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.
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