Director, Security Sector Reform, D-2

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   12 Jan 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Support Mission in Libya

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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: This position leads the Security Sector Advisory and Coordination Division (SSACD) within the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). In support of the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Mission’s overall concept of operations, the Director, Security Sector Reform (SSR), supports 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 Director reports to the SRSG. UNSMIL's mandate requires the Director to lead the Division's work across six inter-related areas: national security architecture, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), arms and ammunition management, police reform, defence reform and border security. UNSMIL also has mandated responsibilities to coordinate international support to the Libyan authorities. As part of the UN's integrated approach, the Director also chairs the UNSMIL-UN Country Team (UNCT) Security Sector Working Group to ensure a 'one-UN' approach. (Please note that the UN Country Team includes the operational UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes). Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Director, SSR, will be responsible for the following duties: • Provides strategic and technical advice to both national stakeholders and UNSMIL/UNCT leadership on security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight of the security sector and management across six key areas: national security architecture, DDR, arms and ammunition management, police reform, defence reform, and border security. • Assists the SRSG in formulating and promoting UNSMIL strategy, policy and plans with respect to UNSMIL/UNCT support of national security sector efforts. • Convenes and supports the organization of regular consultations with national stakeholders to consider and promote solutions to security sector and demobilization-integration issues, and to identify potential requirements for additional support from the international community. • Assists Libyan national efforts to mobilize and coordinate international assistance to security sector initiatives. • Leads the preparation and delivery of a 'one-UN' security sector approach, together with all UNSMIL/UNCT interlocutors, and coordinates UNSMIL-UNCT delivery of assistance to the national integration/DDR process.. • On behalf of the SRSG, Chairs monthly meetings of the UNSMIL-UNCT Security Sector Working Group, and monthly International Coordination Meetings on 'Security Sector Governance' and 'DDR'. • Leads the preparation of regular progress reports on UNSMIL’s security sector and integration/demobilization support for the consideration of senior UNSMIL leadership, in coordination with UNSMIL/UNCT, national and international partners. • Provides leadership and overall management of the SSACD and its component Sections; manages the development and implementation of workplans for the SSACD and its component Sections; oversees and coordinates advisory activities, ensuring appropriate coordination and integration with the Mission’s general mandate and all of its components (in particular the Human Rights/Transitional Justice/Rule of Law Division, the Political Affairs Division and the Security Section), as well as with the UNCT and international and national partners. • Oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the SSACD, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, recruitment of staff and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting. • Undertakes other duties as required by the SRSG.

• 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 security sector reform (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. Significant experience in designing and implementing security sector support strategies and/or programmes/projects, including the ability to transform mandate objectives into a results-oriented work programme and manage it. Proven effectiveness as a senior adviser in the area of security sector reform/support. Proven strengths in operational coordination. Ability to support inter-disciplinary/inter-departmental teams and task forces and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. 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 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 improvements; 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. • Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, security sector governance, management and/or administration, international relations/affairs or other relevant fields. 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 fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible professional experience in international relations, governance and/or institutional development is required. Previous senior experience in advisory and coordination roles in the areas of national security and/or SSR is required, preferably in post-conflict contexts. Previous experience in the development and implementation of SSR programmes/projects is also required. Previous experience in organizational/team management is required. Basic knowledge of relevant UN institutions, mandates, policies and guidelines is required. Previous experience providing support from within the UN common system (either within Secretariat Field Missions or UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes) to national SSR efforts in a post-conflict context is desirable.

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

Other Skills
Candidates are encouraged to provide information in their application about any published work(s) in the area of Security Sector Reform, DDR, or a related field as well as any courses/workshops on SSR or another related field that he/she has facilitated or participated in. Both of the aforementioned are considered additional desirable criteria in this recruitment process.

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