Org. Setting and Reporting
The positions are located in the Department of Peace Operations, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section (DDR). The incumbents will report to the Chief Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section (DDR).
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. (https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/department-of-peacekeeping-operations).
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. (https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/department-of-peacekeeping-operations).
Within delegated authority, the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer (Programme Officer) will be responsible for the following duties:
• Act as a Focal Point for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) components for two to three missions; this will include inter alia special political missions and/or countries where no mission is mandated, responsible for planning, support to implementation and evaluation;
• Participate in mission-specific planning meetings for the establishment of a new mission with a potential DDR component or country-specific planning meetings for DDR-related activities;
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex programmes/projects, field missions, etc., including provision of guidance to government officials and other relevant parties; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; ensuring follow-up actions.
• Participate in technical assessment missions;
• Advise, develop and review (as appropriate) initial DDR functional strategy and concept of operations for further development into a full programme by the DDR component or experts and the National DDR Commission;
• Assists DDR unit management in the overall planning of strategic, technical and operational components of its work and in the day-to-day coordination of its activities with the other mission components (e.g. political affairs, military, public information; logistical support; humanitarian) and UN entities;
• Develop and review the DDR input to the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council;
• Develop initial result-based framework and budget for new DDR components in new mission or for the DDR programme in non-mission setting;
• Present and/or defend new and subsequent DDR budgetary requirements in the ACABQ and the 5th Committee of the General Assembly;
• Develop staffing structure and terms of reference for a DDR component/team of experts, including terms of integration with UN agencies, funds and programmes;
• Provide technical clearance for applicants to DDR units in new and ongoing missions;
• Provide Headquarters support in planning the civilian and military logistics support for DDR;
• Continually review DDR programme strategy and implementation through relevant documents, reports and code cables; Prepares and/or supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Conduct field missions to assess implementation of established DDR programmes;
• Identify potential problems and issues to be addressed and suggest remedies to DDR units in the field;
• Liaise with Member States, UN actors and other DDR interested partners to represent the mission's DDR component at the Headquarters level;
• Support the doctrine development work in the area of DDR in the department, with the Interagency working group on DDR and other relevant national and international actors working on DDR issues;
• Maintain and further develop the Integrated DDR Standards – a set of inter agency policies, guidelines and procedures on DDR;
• Supervise the Associate Expert (Junior Professional Officer) in the development and maintenance of the web-based United Nations DDR Resource Centre;
• Liaise with others (UN, regional organisations and Member States) providing DDR training.
• 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.
• Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to DDR, within a broader peace and security environment. 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.
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.
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 two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs such as peacekeeping, peace-building or development programmes operations with specific focus on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, economic recovery or related area. Experience working in a large multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team and to coordinate with multiple partner agencies, funds or programmes. 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. Three years working directly with Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) or Community Violence Reduction (CVR) are desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in both English and French is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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