Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Security Sector Reform Officer
Job Code Title: SENIOR SECURITY SECTOR REFORM OFFICER
Department/Office: OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL TO YEMEN - SANA'A
Duty Station: SANA'A
Posting Period: 19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Security Institutions-OSASG YEMEN - SANA'A-58840-R-Sana'a (M)
Staffing Exercise SE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Assessment Period

Eligible applicants will be invited to sit a general abilities test, which they will be informed of by email and/or on the "My upcoming test schedule" page in Inspira. The general abilities test will be given during the period of 30 June-1 July. Candidates will be given a 48-hour testing window during which they need to complete the test in the prescribed time in order to remain under consideration.

Following the evaluation of an applicants' performance on the general abilities test, all passing candidates will be screened for suitability for the position they applied for. Those applicants who are deemed eligible through the Inspira eligibility screening and the general test, as well as suitable through the suitability screening, will be invited to complete a substantive test, which will be given during the weeks of 11 July – 3 August. Applicants will need to check the "My upcoming test schedule"page prior and during this period to find the 48-hour testing windows for all substantive tests they are invited to take. They will further be receiving email notifications shortly before the testing windows open. If an applicant did not pass the general test and suitability screening, no subsequent tests will be announced on the “My upcoming test schedule page”.

All applicants are encouraged to check the exact testing windows for the general and the substantive tests in Inspira on the “My upcoming test schedule page” as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal (hr.un.org/page/mobility) after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.

Previously rostered candidates who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.

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Special Notice

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.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen in Sana’a. Sana'a is classified as an E hardship duty station and a non family duty station. The Senior SSR Officer reports to the Director of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. The Office of the Special Envoy is administered by the Executive Office of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

The Senior SSR Officer reports to the Director of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. The Office of the Special Envoy is administered by the Executive Office of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
•Provides strategic and technical advice on security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight, management and coordination.
•Provides advice and guidance on issues concerned with building political will and fostering national ownership.
•Serves as spokesperson on a diverse range of SSR activities and issues; 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.
•Leads large, highly complex programmes/projects, field missions, etc., including provision of 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.
•Assists national efforts to mobilize and coordinate international assistance to security sector initiatives.
•Leads the delivery of coherent ‘one-UN’ support of national SSR efforts, together with all relevant Mission/UNCT interlocutors, including coordination of Mission-UNCT assistance. This should include initiating and subsequently chairing monthly Mission-UNCT SSR Working Group meetings.
•Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, and other events on substantive issues; manages the substantive preparation and organization of such events
•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.
•Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines.
•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.
•Leads the preparation of regular progress reports on UN security sector support for the consideration of senior Mission leadership, in coordination with Mission/UNCT, national and international partners.
•Prepares substantive inputs to SSR position papers and reports for presentation to relevant bodies.
•Prepares and/or supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•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.).
•Guides, supervises and mentors staff in the execution of their respective functions.
•Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Understanding of the political, social and economic environment and their impact on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate. Expert knowledge of SSR (concepts, terminology, research, and policy), in particular security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight, management and coordination. Demonstrated leadership, conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to thoroughly analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to SSR, particularly security sector-wide issues. Demonstrated capacity for original and creative thinking, independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, programme/project and other issues/problems. Ability to work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering). Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all areas of work.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

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

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 improvements; 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.

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 degree) in business administration/management, public administration, security sector management, international relations or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in security sector reform at a sector-wide level, national security coordination, the development or implementation of SSR programmes/projects, institutional development, programme management, strategy and/or policy development, strategic planning, defence or other related area is required. Previous experience in advisory and coordination roles in the areas of national security and/or SSR is required. Previous experience in organizational/team management is required. Experience working to support political mediation and transition processes is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process. .

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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