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Security Sector Reform Officer, P-3
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   08 Jan 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Support Mission in Libya

All applicants will be notified in writing as to the status of their application at the end of the roster selection process, in compliance with ST/AI 2010/3 on Staff Selection System.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: This position is located in the Office of the Director, Security Sector Advisory and Coordination Division (SSACD), within the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). In support of Libya, UNSMIL’s mandate and the Mission’s overall concept of operations, the SSACD’s central objective is to support Libya’s efforts to develop an effective and accountable security sector, which respects human rights, upholds the rule of law and has the confidence of the Libyan people. The Security Sector Reform (SSR) Officer reports to the Senior SSR Officer. Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the SSR Officer will be responsible for the following duties: • Support the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes/projects, in particular in the areas of security sector governance, defence reform, border security and DDR/integration. • Support the monitoring and analysis of programme/project implementation across the SSACD, including review relevant documents and reports, identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions. • Support SSACD liaison with relevant parties, and contribute to identifying and tracking follow-up actions, in particular in the areas of security sector governance, defence reform, border security and DDR/integration. • Contribute to developing a coherent “one-UN” security sector support plan, together with all relevant interlocutors in UNSMIL and the UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes in Libya and including a clear division of labour for outreach with national counterparts. • Supports the Senior SSR Officer to coordinate and organize regular consultations with national and international stakeholders to discuss SSR issues, and to identify potential requirements for additional support from the international community. • Supports the Senior SSR Officer in his/her role as Secretary of the “Joint UNSMIL-UN Country Team Security Sector Working Group” (SSWG) and International Coordination Meeting (ICM), including development of SSWG plans and tools, coordination and substantive support to meetings, preparation of invitations and agendas, and note taking. • Provide inputs to and assist in preparing regular progress reports on UNSMIL’s security sector and integration/demobilization support for the consideration of senior UNSMIL leadership, in coordination with UNSMIL/UNCT and national partners. • Assist in the development of terms of reference for SSACD personnel, including expert consultants, and assessment of applications for technical clearance, and in recruitment processes. • Organize and prepare high-quality written outputs, e.g. policies, guidance material, background papers, talking points, analyses, sections of reports (e.g. relevant reports of the Secretary-General) and studies, inputs to publications, etc. • Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources. • Provide coordination and substantive support to conferences and meetings. • When required, accompany senior SSACD staff to meetings/on field trips and record key issues. • When required, draft code cables on important activities. • Undertakes other duties as may be required by the Security Sector Advisory and Coordination Director.

• 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 UNMSIL’s broader mandate and concept of operations. Knowledge of DDR. 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 and DDR. • 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. • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. • 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 plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, security sector governance, management and/or administration, international relations/affairs or other related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the area of SSR is required. Previous experience in the development and implementation of SSR programmes/projects in post-conflict contexts is also required. Previous experience supporting senior coordination meetings is required. Basic knowledge of relevant UN institutions, mandates, policies and guidelines is required. Previous experience providing support to national defence sector reform efforts from within the UN common system (inclusive of UN secretariat and UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes) is desirable. Completion of a recognized SSR training course is desirable.

Fluency, both oral and written, in English is required. Fluency in oral Arabic is desirable.

Other Skills
Candidates are encouraged to indicate any published articles on SSR in their application, and having published is a desirable criterion for this job opening.

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.



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