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Posting Title: Principal Disarmament, Demobilisation & Reintegration Officer
Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION OFFICER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 17 December 2016 - 31 December 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Security Institutions-FMADPKO-71768-J-Bangui (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 in Bangui in the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) section of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Principal DDR Officer reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Protection (DSRSG/Political).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Principal DDR Officer will act as a DDR Unit Chief and will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic depending on the mission’s mandate; thus, all duties may not be performed by individual incumbents.)

•Provides strategic and operational leadership as well as overall management of the DDR Unit.
•Oversees and coordinates programmed activities, ensuring appropriate coordination and integration with the Mission’s general mandate and with all its components (e.g. political affairs, public information, civilian police, military component, logistic support etc.) and relevant UNCT programmes.
•Serves as the DDR advisor to the Mission leadership, providing expert policy advice on issues related to DDR and how it interfaces with other areas of the Mission’s mandate.
•Provides strategic vision and guidance to the DDR Unit and its staff.
•Oversees the Mission’s strategic planning and management support to the implementation of the national DDR programme.
•Provides expert advice and assistance externally to the government and other entities on DDR policy and operations, and recommends appropriate actions.
•Represents the unit at international, regional or national meetings; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue
•Ensures effective coordination of activities among international and national partners on DDR activities.
•Liaises with partners and donors on the resource mobilization strategy and ensures coordination with donors, including the private sector.
•Manages and implements a programme with a large annual budget, forecasts and tracks financial expenditures in close coordination with mission support personnel; ensures that assessed budgets from the General Assembly are planned and utilised in line with General Assembly policy on DDR.
•Oversees the unit’s outputs to ensure that products meet UN standards, that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data and that they comply with the relevant mandates.
•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), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
•Oversees DDR personnel recruitment taking due account of geographical balance and is responsible for guiding the development and capacity building of the staff under his/her supervision.
•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the unit and across organizational boundaries.
•Undertakes other duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: 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. Extensive knowledge of DDR process and its relationship and linkages to the broader post-conflict recovery framework and initiatives. Ability to transform mandate objectives into a results-oriented work programme and manage the same. Proven expertise in country/region of assignment; in-depth understanding of and an ability to evaluate international political situations in that area. 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; strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. 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.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.

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.

Judgement/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social sciences, international law, management, economics, business administration, finance, international economics, development or other relevant fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least Fifteen years of progressively responsible professional experience in international affairs, such as peacekeeping, special political missions, peace-building operations or development programmes is required. Proven experience of managing large and complex programmes/projects in sensitive political contexts is required. Detailed knowledge of post-conflict related issues 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. Experience in the field of DDR of ex-combatants with specific focus on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control programmes, post-conflict crisis, economic recovery or related areas is desirable. Experience in Results Based Management (RBM) systems is desirable. Experience in working in a coordinated manner with multiple national and international partners is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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