Security Sector Reform (SSR) Officer
Application deadline 6 months ago: Tuesday 26 Jul 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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
• 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 Gao. • Support DDR and Integration process of MOC elements in Gao and/or at the cantonment sites in Gao 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.
• Professionalism: Ability to develop excellent relationships and work with a wide range of technical experts, including police, defence, 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. • 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. • Accountability: Take ownership for all responsibilities and honors commitments; deliver outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operate in compliance with organization regulations and rules; support subordinates, provide oversight and take responsibility for delegated assignments; take personal responsibility for own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
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. Master's degree is an asset
Gao is non-family duty station. Living conditions are acceptable, but security instructions need to be strictly complied with. The national currency is the Franc CFA (April 2020 exchange rate is 1 US$ = 560 FCFA). Visa credit cards are acceptable in some hotels and larges shops in Bamako. Mali is a country prone to malaria, so mosquito nets are highly recommended. Basic medicines are available from UN Medical Section or from pharmacies, but provision need to be made for specialized medication. 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 days 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. Like all UN personnel, UN Volunteers based in Gao are accommodated in UN premises. UN provided accommodation in Mali is compliant with wellbeing standards, i.e. female/male bathrooms. A welfare committee is also active in all duty stations to ensure enough access to welfare commodities, including food supplies. 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.