UN Missions

Chief of Service (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration)

UN Missions

Job Description

This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Chief of Service, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (Chief of Service, DDR) provides overall management of the DDR service, its programme, staff and budgetary resources.

The incumbent will be based in Bangui and reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Service, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, will be responsible for the following duties: • Provides strategic and operational leadership as well as overall management of the DDR Service • Oversees and coordinates programmed activities, ensuring appropriate Coordination and integration with the Mission’s general mandate and with all its components (e.g. political affairs, public information, civilian police, military component, logistic support etc.) and relevant UNCT programmes.

• Serves as the DDR Advisor to the Mission leadership, providing expert policy advice on issues related to DDR, how it interfaces with other areas of the Mission’s mandate implementation, and on the role and timing of DDR in the context of the peace agreement.

• Provides strategic vision and guidance to the DDR Service and its staff.

• Undertakes strategic planning and management of the implementation of the DDR programme.

• Provides expert advice and assistance externally to the government and other entities on DDR policy and operations, and recommends appropriate actions.

• Represents the unit at international, regional or national meetings.

• Provides programmatic/substantive expertise and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

• Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues • Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.

• Ensures effective coordination of activities among international and national partners on DDR activities.

• Advises the national disarmament, demobilization and reintegration commission and/or other national entities on matters of policy and provides periodic updates on the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process.

• Provides up-to-date information and effective communications on the status of the DDR process and programme to the international community.

• Develops frameworks and policies to ensure the integration of civil society in the development and implementation of DDR programmes/projects, including Community Violence Reduction (CVR) programmes.

• Develops resource mobilization strategy and ensures coordination with donors, including the private sector.

• Manages and implements programmes with large annual budget, forecasts and tracks financial expenditures in close coordination with mission support personnel and ensures that assessed budgets from the General Assembly are planned and utilized in line with General Assembly policy on DDR.

• Oversees the Service’s output to ensure that products meet UN high-quality standards, that the reports have clear objective and are based on comprehensive data and that they comply with the relevant mandates.

• Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Service, including preparation of work plans, budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.

• Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance.

• Manages, guides, develops, and trains staff under his/her supervision.

• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Service and across organizational boundaries.

• Undertakes other duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates knowledge of the strategic direction, policies and guidelines of UN peace operations, and understanding of the political, social and economic environment and their impact on the implementation of a mission’s mandate; Extensive knowledge of DDR process and its linkages to SSR and the broader post-conflict recovery framework and initiatives; Extensive experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiations and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues; 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.

• 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.

• LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social sciences, international law, management, economics, business Administration, finance, economics, development or other relevant fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs, law, human rights, political affairs, DDR or other areas related to rule of law and security institutions, including in the planning and management of programmes/projects, is required.

Experience in leading and managing a team, including in human resources management, administration, logistics, Financial Management, budget, or related fields is required.

A minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of DDR of ex-combatants with specific focus on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control programmes, post-conflict crisis, economic recovery or related areas is desirable.

A minimum of 1 year of experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across Duty Stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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