Employer: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Location: Mali , Gao
Closing: 20 September 2017
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Assists DDR unit’s management in the overall planning of strategic, technical and operational components of its work and in the day-to-day coordination of its activities with other mission components (e.g. political affairs, military, public information; logistic support; humanitarian) and UN entities.
• Assist on the administration and management of funds allocated for DDR and Community Violence Reduction programme, coordinates activities related to budget funding and prepares related documents/reports.
• Directs and manages DDR teams in field operations, as required.
• Plans and implements all DDR field operations in accordance with the missions mandate.
• Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or other research activities and studies.
• Provides technical inputs to the planning, design and implementation of diverse programmes/projects, as well as technical advice and assistance to key parties (e.g. DDR unit management, DDR Commission, government representatives, etc.); consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes.
• Takes the lead in identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with other international and national actors in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing DDR objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of DDR activities.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex programmes/projects, field missions, etc., including provision of guidance to government officials and other relevant parties; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; ensuring follow-up actions.
• Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues; manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
• Prepares and/or supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings (e.g. conferences, workshops) to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations; assists in the planning of high level visits.
• Provides technical inputs to the planning, design and implementation of community violence reduction (CVR)/community based reinsertion (CBR) projects, as well as technical advice and assistance to key partners (e.g. DDR unit management, National DDR Commission, and representatives of the signatories of the peace accord, etc); consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes, and undertake continuous monitoring of the project activities.
• Leads internal coordination to ensure maximum coherence and coordinated programming within the mission, as well as providing a working level interface with government of Mali and signatory armed counterparts on the critical nexus between SSR, integration and DDR process.
• Day to day supervision of staff and their field operations activities.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of unit’s mandate and strategic direction and ability to develop and direct viable programme/projects reflective of these goals. Proven expertise in country/region of assignment; in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate international political situations in that area. Knowledge of wide range of DDR issues; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, including ability to analyze and articulate the DDR dimension of complex issues that require a coordinated UN response. Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex and unusual issues/problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions. Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to DDR and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery). 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
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 and 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social sciences, international law, management, economics, business administration, finance, economics, development or in a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
– A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs such as peacekeeping, peacebuilding or development programmes operations in the field with specific focus on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control, conflict/post-‘conflict crisis management, project management, economic recovery or related area.
– Experience in programme planning and management.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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