Job Opening

Posting Title: Assistant Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Officer, NOA
Job Code Title: Assistant Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: BELET UEN
Posting Period: 02 March 2023 - 31 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Security Institutions-UNSOM-202453-R-Belet Uen (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) based in the Field Office in Beletweyne. The Assistant DDR Officer will report to the Chief, DDR unit in the Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG).


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

• Assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of DDR activities in assigned regions in accordance with system-wide principles and guidance and the mandate of the Mission in particular.
• Assists in carrying out basic research and analysis on selected aspects of the DDR programme, including operations and other related subjects and activities, e.g., reviews relevant documents and reports; collects, analyzes and presents statistical data, and other information gathered from diverse sources; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Contributes to the monitoring of DDR activities, undertakes periodic reviews of DDR operations to assess effectiveness and efficiency, achievement of results, and procedural compliance.
• Maintains awareness of current DDR issues, including relevant political, policy and gender considerations; monitors and assess the political situation in assigned area of responsibility as required.
• Participates in discussions with the Mission’s civilian, military and other components, as well as with international and nations partners on DDR activities.
• Assists in preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies manuals on standards and procedures, inputs to publications, etc.
• Assists in providing administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including the preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
• Assists in undertaking outreach activities and in the development and delivery of training workshops, seminars, and induction courses on assigned topics/activities.
• Assists in organizing field visits for high-level UN Official; participates in field visits and assists in review and implementation of various DDR programmes/activities, including assistance in provision of substantive and administrative support.
• Performs other related duties as required.


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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.


A first level university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or a related field.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) year of progressively responsible experience in international affairs such as peacekeeping, peacebuilding or development programmes, preferably with specific focus on conflict/post-conflict and economic recovery issues or related areas is required.

Previous experience working with vulnerable groups in the areas of peacekeeping, peacebuilding, development, small arms or DDR is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and Somali (both in oral and written) is required languages. Knowledge of other UN official language is an asset.


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

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

When completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up-to-date. This information is the basis for the Hiring Manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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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