Community Security Officer

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Since 2017, Cabo Delgado, one of the poorest provinces in Mozambique, has been facing an escalating conflict, compounded by a fragile situation of chronic underdevelopment, consecutive climatic shocks, and recurrent disease outbreaks. Violent attacks by Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) have escalated since 2020, heightening protection risks, especially for youth, women, and girls. NSAG activities and counter offensive operations have forced mass displacement in the province and brought destruction and fear.

The Government of Mozambique has responded with military action and with the support of Foreign troops has reclaimed a number of areas which had been occupied by NSAGs. Areas which are now again brought under the control of recognized authority need to be provided with essential services and security to receive returning populations. Under these auspices, in July 2021, UNDP has initiated a stabilization programme to assist the Government of Mozambique in its efforts to re-establishing the authority and presence of the State in the reclaimed areas, paving the way for a subsequent safe and voluntary return to their areas of origin of the currently displaced populations. Activities under stabilization programme aim to rehabilitate public, security and social infrastructures damaged by conflict, boost socio-economic recovery, build resilience and social cohesion.

Securing and increasing law enforcement presence in the districts regained by the Government is fundamental in order to ensure the safety of returning communities and to (re)-establish the Rule of Law (RoL). Where NSAGs have attacked, police infrastructures and equipment have been looted, damaged, and destroyed, and as the police has directly engaged in hostilities, the loss of operational capacity and the human cost of the conflict have hindered the capacity of the police to maintain a presence and protect the population in conflict affected areas.

Within stabilization efforts, restoration of the state/civil authority, security rule of law, public services, and the social contract is a key process, to enable conditions for people to return to their places of origin voluntarily. UNDP will therefore support the government to build a renewed social contract, based on trust and community engagement to support sustainable peace. UNDP will address both the rule of law/security, and the basic/social essential services dimensions.

At present, UNDP seeks to recruit a Community Security Officer to provide effective coordination, design and management of all UNDP-specific activities relating to community security in the project.

Under the supervision of Senior Stabilization & Recovery Officer, the UNV Community Security Officer will:

A) Support the Community Security approach

• Collect, analyze and consolidate general and issue-specific information and reports, as well as prepare background materials required/or useful for the implementation of the community security component. • Facilitate the implementation of trainings and equipment provisions of the national police and justice sector as per the annual plan of the Stabilization Programme. • Establish a trusted relationship between returning communities and policing actors, as well as raise awareness and develop skills of the police to better engage with vulnerable people. • Support the authorities to develop an efficient community policing through community dialogue including security diagnostics and security plans in conjunction with wider national community policing planning; • Facilitate a comprehensive approach with security actors and community policing councils to explore and agree on approaches to improve early warning mechanisms.

B) Liaise with security forces

• Serve as the primary focal point for all matters related to civil-military coordination and access in close consultation with the Senior Stabilization & Recovery Advisor. • Represent UNDP in the Civil-Military Advisory Group (CMAG). • Establish and maintain good working relations with all security stakeholders including National and International Security Forces, UN. • UNDP Focal Point with security forces to coordinate Stabilization response operations. • Monitors, analyzes and reports on UN Civil-Military Coordination developments.

C) Reinforce the Human Rights monitoring

• Design and implement a communication strategy to build an understanding and raise awareness of human rights, empower interlocutors, and improve respect for human rights in practice. • Organize capacity building activities for security forces such as Human Rights and SGBV training for non-state security providers members. • UNDP Focal Point with appropriate partners including the Office of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights, Government, and civil society, research, monitoring and analysis of the human rights situation in the geographic area of operation to create baseline data for effective interventions, and evaluative data to ensure that interventions including capacity building are having a positive impact. • Develop a Human Rights monitoring mechanism with stakeholders to analyse and report using the human rights-based approach, identifies.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

· Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); · Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; · Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
· Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; · Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; · Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

· Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNDP; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNDP procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; · Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNDP in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority; · Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; · Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. · Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; · Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; · Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary; · Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNDP’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

  • community-based approach/conflict management or related experience in local development, particularly in crisis and post conflict countries Project management and/or reporting, monitoring and evaluation experience is an advantage, a combination of relevant academic background.

  • Experience in coordination and facilitation of multi-stakeholder projects is an advantage;

Mozambique has a total population of about 29 million people and is located on the southeast coast of Africa. To the East, is the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia is to the north, to the west is Zimbabwe and South Africa and to the South, Swaziland and South Africa. The total area of Mozambique is 799 380 Km square from North to South. It is tropically hot and humid. The hottest and wettest months in Maputo are December to February, when the average daily minimum temperatures are around 22°c and the average daily highs of 30°c. The rain season is between October and April. Winters (June to August) are mild with the average daily temperature ranging from 13°c to 24°c. Basic health facilities and food are available everywhere. The security situation is reliable, but some precaution is needed at the same time. Communication and transport services are available at various costs. Regarding accommodation and food, houses and apartments can be rented from US$ 1000 to US$ 2,300 per month and meals at the restaurant cost between US$ 10 and US$ 30. Food, household commodities and clothing can be found in shops and local markets at reasonable prices. An entry visa is required for all travellers and must be obtained from Mozambican Embassy prior to travelling. The metical is the local currency and the exchange rate stands at USD 1 equivalent to about 64 meticais (MZM) as of February 2022. Commercial banks are operational in the country and Visa cards are accepted. Pemba is categorized as a family non-duty station offering a limited variety of accommodation options. As this is a UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan.

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