Security Sector Reform Officer

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UN MINUSMA - United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with various partners; • Coordinate conduct of training workshops, seminars and outreach activities on SSR and DDR.

Under the direct supervision of SSR-DDR team leader, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

• Provide substantive inputs on project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of SSR programs and projects. • Coordinate conduct of training workshops, seminars and outreach activities including presenting assigned SSR topics/activities. • Liaise and coordinate with other mission components to undertake SSR related activities. • Establish and maintain working relationships with the representatives of civil society, local NGOs and national counterparts/ local government to organize meetings on SSR issues. • Support and follow up on the issues related to Mechanisme Operationnel de Coordination (MOC) with mixed patrols/battalion Menaka. • Support DDR and Integration process of MOC elements in Menaka and/or at the cantonment sites in Menaka and Menaka regions in coordination with the representatives of MINUSMA substantive/support sections, Force, UNPOL, National DDR Commission, Integration Commission and MOC Coordinators. • In coordination with mission components and MOC, undertake assessment of logistics and administrative requirements and ensure provision of timely support for Cantonment, DDR and Integration process. • Assist in preparing regular reports, updates and analysis on DDR and SSR issues. • Support and participate in the organization of capacity building programs and production of communication materials to enhance the knowledge of communities, armed movements, youths at risk on the progress of SSR and DDR processes. • Undertake other tasks as assigned.

Teamwork: collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicit inputs by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; willing to learn from others; place team agenda before personal agenda; support and act in accordance with final group decision, even when such decision may not entirely reflect own position; share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Professionalism: Ability to develop excellent relationships and work with a wide range of technical experts, including police, defense, public administrative and judicial actors, as well as experts from Member States, NGOs and regional bodies; Significant knowledge of SSR (concepts, terminology, research, and policy literature), in particular at the sector-wide level and in terms of governance, as well as its relationship and linkages to MINUSMA broader mandate and concept of operations; Experience in designing and implementing security sector support strategies and/or programmes/projects. Proven strengths in inter-agency/office coordination, including with national actors, as well as support inter-disciplinary/inter-departmental working groups; Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues; Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment; 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.

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.

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.

• of progressively responsible experience in the area of SSR, Finance and Audit, is required. • A minimum of five years’ experience of military and military inspection or audit is required • Previous experience in the development and implementation of SSR programmes/projects in post-conflict contexts is also required. • Previous experience in the development and implementation of Audit or Inspection programmes/projects is required • Previous experience supporting senior coordination meetings is required. • Basic knowledge of relevant UN institutions, mandates, policies and guidelines is required. • Previous experience in UN peacekeeping missions is highly desirable. • Previous experience in Mali context and culture is highly desirable. • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and proficiency in word processing. • Master’s degree will be an asset

Menaka is a non-family duty station, category E, with a difficult security and working environment. Due to the security situation, movements around the city are often restricted. Accommodation is provided inside the integrated camp. The living conditions in, Menaka is very harsh with extreme heat (Temperature up to 50°C) in the months of May to August, sandstorms in July to August, Newcomers are recommended to carry appropriate clothing. In the months of December to February, it is winter (Temperatures down to 7-8°C) with a lot of mosquitos and other insects. Heavy jackets and other appropriate clothing are recommended. Accommodation: Like all UN personnel, UN Volunteers based in Menaka /Tombouctou/Gao/Mopti/Kidal/Tessalit are accommodated in UN premises, for which they contribute by 100 USD/month. UN provided accommodation in Mali is compliant with wellbeing standards, i.e. female/male bathrooms. Hospital Facilities: The Level I for TCC/PCC is accessible for staff. If needed, an evacuation to Gao where Level I and Level II are located will be done. Security recommendations from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) must be followed by all UN Staff in the course of their assignments in Mali. Appropriate measures are in place to mitigate the current security risk for UN personnel in the country. All UN Volunteers, like all UN personnel, undergo a security briefing and the 3-day mandatory training “Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments” (SSAFE) upon arrival, where practical guidance and recommendations are provided regarding security threats in Mali. An additional security briefing is provided upon arrival to the final duty station. Welfare: A welfare committee is also active in all duty stations to ensure sufficient access to welfare commodities, including food supplies. The welfare committee organizes activities depending on the security situation. Emergency contacts (security, medical, staff counselling, UNV Office) are made available for all UN Volunteers upon arrival, and each individual is provided with a VHF radio and a call sign, which can be used at all time. For the sake of rewarding experience, UN volunteers in MINUSMA carry out their duties with flexibility, commitment, and a willingness to live and work in challenging conditions including heat and limited water and electricity supply.

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