Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR SECURITY SECTOR REFORM OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR SECURITY SECTOR REFORM OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 22 November 2018 - 06 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Security Institutions-UNSOM-106919-J-Mogadishu (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This temporary vacancy is located within the Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG) of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The incumbent will be based in Mogadishu and reports to the Director ROLSIG.

Responsibilities

1. Implementation
* Serves as a senior SSR officer and/or focal point for SSR support; plans, coordinates, and supervises SSR activities, including the development of a coherent Mission wide approach; responds to requests from interagency task forces and other entities; ensures an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the Mission, to include communications and public information; legal affairs; policy/planning; disarmament, demobilization, reintegration; civilian police and the military component;

* Supports senior management on SSR policy, and on the design, implementation and review of security sector-wide plans and programmes; establishes priorities for policy development in key area(s) of SSR; provides policy and operational advice on an ongoing basis and assists in the programming of SSR activities at the national level; provides regular updates on various aspects of SSR initiatives and recommends appropriate actions;

* Serves as an expert in SSR; provides innovative technical advice and guidance on all aspects of SSR to UN field missions, national and local governments and other entities, including leading the development of and input to the development of Mission plans and directives covering diverse areas;

* Provides advice on specific reform programmes and projects to include project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;

* Provides advice and guidance on issues concerned with building political will and fostering national ownership;

* Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines;

2. Advice and Liaison
* Leads large, highly complex programmes and projects, field missions, etc., including provision of policy guidance to government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries; identifies problems and issues to be assessed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions;

* Directs and/or provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings; conferences, etc., to include proposing and presenting agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents, etc;

* Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;

* Leads large, highly complex programmes / projects, field missions, etc., including provision of policy guidance to government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries; identifies problems and issues to be assessed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions;

* Directs and/or provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing and presenting agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents, etc.

* Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc, and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;

3. Management and Administration
* Serves as one of two principal senior SSR officers of the SSR Unit, and provides day-to-day management support, e.g. directs subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up
actions;
* Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, budget, etc.);

* Manages or supports the management of the SSR Unit, and guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.

* Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: 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.

•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 & 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.

•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflict by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement: does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

•Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, management/business studies, security sector management, public administration, international relations or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in SSR or related area is required. Experience in SSR at the sector-wide level is required. Experience in advisory and coordination roles in the areas of national security and/or SSR is also required. Two years of experience in organizational/team management is required. Previous experience in a peace operation is required.

Desirable experience includes: previous experience in UN peacekeeping or political missions; provision of advice/support to constitutional review processes with respect to the roles and responsibilities of security institutions/forces at national and sub-national levels; provision of advice/support on engagement between political and security actors in rightsizing/realignment and integration of security forces; provision of advice/support on institutional development for security sector institutions including institutions responsible for civilian oversight over the security sector; provision of advice/support on sustainable development, strategy and/or policy development and undertaking strategic planning and facilitating a recognized SSR-related training course.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until November 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.

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.

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No Fee

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