Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Mopti. Mopti is as “E” and non-family duty stations. For day to day matters, the incumbent will report to report to the Chief DDR for operational tasks and for strategic guidance, to the Director Security Sector Reforms – Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration in Bamako
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Contributes to the substantive development and implementation of the DDR programme, including overall policy and legal framework, implementation strategy, operational modalities and action plans, taking into account national programme priorities and targets;
• Provides technical inputs to the planning, design and implementation of projects, as well as technical advice and assistance to key parties (e.g. DDR unit management, DDR Commissions, government representatives, etc.); consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes; and undertakes continuous monitoring of project activities;
• Organizes and undertakes research and analysis on various aspects of DDR work, including risk and threat assessments, target group profiles, political factors, security and other issues affecting operations; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; identifies and tracks follow-up actions; produces progress and briefing reports;
• Supports the development and maintenance of appropriate mechanisms and systems for tracking, monitoring and evaluation of key components of DDR-related programmes; manages data collection and follow-up; identifies issues and prepares conclusions;
• Coordinates the mobilization of networks of local partners and communities (e.g. NGOs, community-based organizations, private sector enterprises and local communal authorities) and facilitates their participation in the planning and implementation of DDR programmes and related activities;
• Supports efforts in resource mobilization and development of strategic partnerships with multiple donors and agencies;
• In consultation with relevant parties, develops targeted training programmes for institutional capacity building;
• Participates in or leads field missions, including provision of guidance to government officials and other parties;
• Drafts mission reports and prepares briefings for senior Mission leadership;
• Ensures that DDR activities are well integrated and coordinated with other mission activities (e.g. political, military, humanitarian; public information; legal, etc.);
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, 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, preparation of documents and presentations;
• Supervises field office personnel working on DDR activities; and
• Performs any other assigned duties.
Knowledge and understanding of unit’s mandate and strategic direction. Knowledge of DDR and related issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Proven expertise in country/region of assignment; sound understanding of and an ability to evaluate international political situations in that area. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the DDR activities in assigned country/area. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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
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.
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 degree) in political sciences, social sciences, management, international economics, international relations, law, development or a related field. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) or related area required.
Experience working on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, Security Sector Reform (SSR), economic recovery or related area required.
Experience in international affairs such as peacekeeping and peace-building operations, development programmes or related area desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in French and English is required.
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
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.
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