|DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:||04 May 2011|
|DATE OF ISSUANCE:||04 Apr 2011|
|ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:||OSRSG for West Africa|
|VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:||11-PGM-FMADPKO OSRSG-425205-R-DAKAR|
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
| Responsibilities |
Within delegated authority, the Security Sector Reform Officer (Coordination and Programmes) will be responsible for the following: Assist UNOWA in implementing its mandate in the area of security sector reform and fight against organised crime in West Africa; Manage UNOWA's SSR section, and coordinate its activities under the guidance of the Director for Political Affairs and in close relation with the COS, Head of O/SRSG; In direct coordination with ECOWAS and in close collaboration with sub-regional partners and UN entities - in particular the SSR units in UN peacekeeping and peace building missions, the UN Country Teams and the civil society - assist in the development of a practical and concerted sub-regional strategy and plan of action for security sector reform in West Africa; Provide specific advice and guidance on security sector reform issues, including transitional justice and criminal justice aspects of SSR; coordinate SSR technical expertise from UN system in specific country cases, such as Guinea; Provide advice on SSR and gender and how to encourage the inclusion of gender dimension in security institutions; Undertake research and raise awareness among UNOWA's partner countries and organisations on issues such as mediation and security sector reform, transitional justice and security sector reform, and ways of incorporating them into conflict prevention and peacebuilding strategies in West Africa; In direct support to ECOWAS' Regional Action Plan for the Fight against Organised Crime and Drug Trafficking and in close collaboration with sub-regional partners and UN entities - in particular INTERPOL, DPKO, UNODC, the UN peacekeeping and peace building missions, the UN Country Teams and the civil society - assist in the implementation of the sub-regional strategy in West Africa; Provide strategic thinking and coordinate technical expertise on issues related to transnational organised crime and illicit drug trafficking in West Africa; Maintain UNOWA's integrated relationship with the Implementing Partners of the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI) and ensure its continued role of advocacy and coordination, especially as Chair of the High-Level Policy Committee (WACI POLCOM); Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources; Assist in the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies, etc.; Initiate and coordinate outreach activities such as training workshops and seminars to facilitate the design and adoption of the above-mentioned strategies and action plans, and provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings; Prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.; Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.; Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents and reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.); Coordinate and liaise closely with OROLSI components; Establish and maintain relationships with counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in United Nations funds, programs and other United Nations specialised agencies; representatives and officials in national governments, international organisations, and consultants; Perform other duties as required. Work Implies Frequent Interaction with the following: The work of the Security Sector Reform Officer shall be guided by principles of consultation, coordination and local ownership. Work will therefore imply frequent interaction with: Counterparts, including ECOWAS, technical staff in relevant Secretariat units (e.g. DPKO SSR Team and DPA Mediation Support Unit) and in United Nations funds, peace missions in West Africa, programmes and other United Nations specialised agencies; Representatives and officials in ECOWAS, national governments, international organisations, consultants, and the academic community.
Professionalism - Significant knowledge of security sector reform (concepts, terminology, research and policy literature); ability to work with a wide range of technical experts including police, military, public administrative and judicial actors; experience in the design and implementation of SSR programmes/projects; ability to support inter-disciplinary/inter-departmental teams and task forces, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously; proven strengths in policy and operational-level coordination; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. Planning and organising - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; ability to develop contacts and maintain collaborative relationships with other organisations. Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, business, public, security sector management, administration, international relations or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in inter-agency coordination, political analysis or related area. Previous experience in the development, implementation and/or review of SSR programmes/processes, preferably in the areas of transitional justice, governance, institutional development, or sustainable development, is required. Previous experience in United Nations peacekeeping missions is highly desirable. Related professional experience in some or all countries of the West African sub-region is desirable.
Fluency in spoken and written English and French language is a requirement.
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). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.
PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
| How to apply |
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.
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