Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Section, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 02 September 2020 - 29 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Security Institutions-MONUSCO-140577-J-Kinshasa (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and is based in Kinshasa. The Chief DDR/RR section reports to the DSRSG Protection and Operations. The incumbent leads and/or directs policy development for, as well as design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DDR programmes and operations as well as Community Violence Reduction (CVR) programmes and other activities in the DRC.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Under the guidance of the DSRSG for Protection and Operations, leads DDR field operations; plans, coordinates, and supervises all aspects of DDR and Community Violence Reduction (CVR) activities in the DRC; ensures an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the mission (political affairs, military component, civilian police, public information, logistic support, etc.).
•Serves as the DDR/RR advisor, providing expert policy advice on DDR/RR related issues, how they interface with other areas of the Mission's mandate implementation, and on the role and timing of DDR or related activities.
•Develops and maintains relations with high level government officials, local leaders and other key players; and actively promotes coordination and communication between international and national partners with a view to pursuing DDR objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of DDR/RR and CVR activities.
•Leads large, highly complex programmes/projects, field missions, etc., including provision of guidance to government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed 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.
•Provides policy and operational advice to Mission Leadership on an ongoing basis on DDR and CVR and assists in the programming of DDR activities at the national level; provides regular updates on various aspects of DDR initiatives and recommends appropriate actions.
•Maintains effective partnership with relevant UNCT partners.
•Provides innovative technical advice and assistance to regional and local DDR/RR commissions and offices, etc., including in institutional strengthening (capacity building) for the national DDR institutions.
•Supports Mission leadership in conflict resolution and confidence building measures;
•Prepares and/or supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the unit, including preparation of work plans, budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), recruitment and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting. Provides strategic vision and guidance to the DDR section and its staff.
•Guides, supervises and mentors staff in the execution of their respective functions.
•Contributes to the development of resource mobilization strategy and ensures effective coordination with donors, including the private sector.
•May perform other duties as required.


Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the strategic direction of a peacekeeping mission and its operations, and understanding of the political, social and economic environment and their impact on the implementation of a mission’s mandate. Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials on approaches and techniques to address highly complex/sensitive issues, and by the ability to provide leadership in performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of DDR operations. Proven expertise in country/region of assignment; in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate international political situations. Demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of DDR issues/problems. Demonstrated capacity for original and creative thinking, independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, project and other issues/problems. Extensive experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiations; ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery). Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to humanitarian affairs and seasoned knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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.

Communication: 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social sciences, international law, management, international economics, international relations, 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs such as peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, preferably including experience on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control programmes, post-conflict crisis, economic recovery or related area is required.
Experience in the management of programmes/projects involving with multiple national and international partners is required.
Proven experience in leading and managing the work of large multi-disciplinary teams, including in human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget, or related fields is required.
Significant experience in leading the design and implementation of DDR/RR strategies and programmes/projects involving multiple national and international partners is desirable.
Field experience in Africa is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position 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.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available. 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, 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.

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