Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Duty Station: TRIPOLI (LIBYA)
Posting Period: 01 June 2021 - 07 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security Institutions-UNSMIL-156687-R-Tripoli (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 located within the Security Institutions Service (SIS) of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The position is based in Tripoli, Libya (Tripoli is classified as a Hardship "E" duty station and a non-family duty station). The Chief of Service, Security Sector Reform is the Chief of SIS and reports to the ASG-Mission Coordinator of UNSMIL.

On 15 September 2020, the Security Council renewed the mandate of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for one year, through resolution 2542 (2020). The Security Council has tasked UNSMIL, as an integrated special political mission, in full accordance with the principles of national ownership, to exercise mediation and through its good offices to: (i) further an inclusive political process and security and economic dialogue; (ii) further the continued implementation of the Libya Political Agreement; (iii) help consolidate the governance, security and economic arrangements of the Government of National Accord, including support for economic reform in collaboration with international financial institutions; (iv) help to achieve a ceasefire and, once it is agreed by the Libyan parties, provide appropriate support to its implementation; (v) support subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process, including the constitutional process and the organisation of elections; (vi) coordinate and engage closely with international actors including neighboring countries and regional organisations; (vii) provide support to key Libyan institutions; (viii) support, on request, the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with humanitarian principles; (ix) monitor and report abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including sexual violence in conflict, notably through the effective deployment of women and child protection advisers; (x) provide support in securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (xi) co-ordinate international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to GNA-led efforts to stabilise post-conflict zones, including those liberated from Da’esh. On 16 April 2021, the Security Council, through resolution 2570 (2021), tasked UNSMIL to provide support to the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism including through the facilitation of confidence-building measures and the scalable and incremental deployment of UNSMIL ceasefire monitors.


Under the direct supervision of the Mission Coordinator, the Chief of SIS will be responsible for the following duties:

. Provides strategic and technical advice to both national stakeholders and Mission/UNCT leadership on security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight, management and coordination;
. Assists the Mission Coordinator in developing, formulating and promoting mission strategy, policy and proposals with respect to support of national Security Sector Reform (SSR),Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and ceasefire agreement mediation (CAM) efforts;
. Seeks to find relevant solutions to meet host country SSR/DDR/CAM requirements; improves on existing frameworks and offers new options to meet host country needs; Advises mission management on SSR/DDR/CAM policy and on the strategic planning, design, implementation, review and evaluation of SSR/DDR/CAM plans and programmes; Assists in determining priorities and allocating resources;
. Serves at the Mission’s focal point on SSR/DDR/CAM for government officials, bilateral and multilateral partners and other entities in this area; serves on relevant committees as required;
. Assists national efforts to mobilize and coordinate international assistance to security sector initiatives;
. Leads the delivery of coherent “one-UN” support of national SSR/DDR/CAM efforts, together with all relevant Mission/UNCT interlocutors;
. Facilitates the military-security track of the intra- Libyan talks. Performs mediation among security actors including regular security and non-state security armed groups in Libya;
. Chairs regular security working group meetings;
. Oversees the team’s outputs to ensure that products meet UN high-quality standards, and that reports are clear, objective, based on comprehensive data, produced in a timely fashion and complying with the relevant mandates;
. Represents the SSR/DDR/CAM capacity with other international partners and participate in international, regional or national meetings; Provides programmatic/substantive expertise on the subject matter, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions;
. Provides leadership and overall management of an SSR/DDR/CAM capacity; formulates, develops and directs the implementation of the work programme; Oversees programmed activities, ensuring appropriate coordination and integration with the Mission’s general mandate and all its components (in particular both the political affairs and justice/ROL components, but also communications and public information, legal affairs, policy and planning, , humanitarian and human rights components), as well as with UN organizations, and international and national partners, as appropriate;
. Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the capacity, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;
. Manages, guides, develops, and trains staffs under his/her supervision;
. Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the team and across organizational boundaries;
. Prepares substantive inputs to SSR/DDR/CAM position papers and reports for presentation to relevant bodies;
. Undertakes other duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of security sector reform (concepts, terminology, research and policy literature), in particular security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight, management and coordination, and including areas such as strategy, policy development and plans, governance oversight and accountability, institutional development, DDR, CAM, sustainable development, etc. Possesses operational expertise in SSR/DDR/CAM, as substantiated by successful development of SSR/DDR/CAM strategies, policies and plans. Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials on approaches and techniques to assess highly complex and sensitive issues and to provide leadership in overseeing the design, development and implementation of SSR/DDR/CAM programmes and projects. Proven strengths in policy and operational-level coordination. Demonstrates the capacity for intellectual leadership, conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of SSR/DDR/CAM issues/problems, in particular security sector-wide issues with special emphasis on civilian oversight, management and coordination. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of SSR/DDR/CAM.
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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in defence and/or security studies, business administration, political science, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Graduation from a military/war college is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) year with a master's degree or seventeen (17) years with a bachelor’s degree of progressively responsible professional experience in SSR/DDR/CAM at a sector-wide level, national security coordination, institutional development, programme management or a related area is required.
Previous experience in organizational/team management, as well as in the development and implementation of SSR, DDR and/or CAM programmes/projects at a sector-wide level is required.
Previous senior experience in advisory and coordination roles in the areas of national security and/or SSR/DDR/CAM is required.
Previous experience in organizational/team management is required.
Relevant active military experience at the senior policy making/strategic planning level is desirable.
Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Experience in mediation with security actors or non-state armed groups is desirable.
Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting in the Middle East-North Africa Region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required.


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

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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