DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION OFFICER – UNITAMS
|Job Opening Number
|22-Security Institutions-UNITAMS-180905-J-Khartoum (M)
|DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
|Job Code Title
|DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION OFFICER
|United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
|12 May 2022 – 26 May 2022
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).
The United Nations Security Council adopted resolutions 2524 (2020) and 2579 (2021) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS, which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, protection and promotion of human rights and sustainable peace; support peace processes and the implementation of future peace agreements, assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilization of economic and development assistance and the coordination of humanitarian assistance.
The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Office of Support to the Political Transition. The incumbent will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the DDR Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:
• Assists the Peace Support Section’s 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 other mission components (e.g. political affairs, military, public information; logistic support; humanitarian) and UN entities.
• In coordination with the head of office, provides substantive guidance to DDR staff members in the regional offices; coordinates activities related to budget funding and prepares related documents/reports.
• Supports the integrated planning of all DDR activities including weapons and ammunition management and coordinates their implementation in close collaboration with community violence reduction initiatives, in accordance with the mission’s mandate.
• Coordinates policy 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. UNITAMS senior management, DDR Commissions, government representatives, etc.); consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes.
• Takes the lead in identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with other international and national actors 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.
• 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.
• Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues; manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
• Prepares and/or supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, 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 Principal and Senior Political Affairs Officers in day-to-day supervision of staff and their field operations activities; carries out programmatic/substantive reviews of work and draft reports prepared by others.
• Supports in resource mobilization efforts and ensures coordination with donors, including the private sector.
• Performs other duties as required.
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 area of assignment; 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.
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.
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.
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 political science, social sciences, international law, management, economics, security, development or other relevant fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs such as peacekeeping, peace-building or development programmes operations in the field is required, with specific focus on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, economic recovery or related area.
Experience of at least three (3) years in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, community violence reduction, and /or weapons and ammunition management is required in a conflict or post conflict setting.
Experience in coordination with multiple partner agencies, funds or programmes is desirable.
Experience in programme planning and management is desirable.
Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes), or a similar international organization, in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Experience working in Africa in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, community violence reduction, and /or weapons and ammunition management is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available for six months. 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
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