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Security Sector Reform Officer, P-4
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 Defence Advisory Section within the Security Sector Advisory and Coordination Division (SSACD), 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 Defence Advisory Section contributes to the fulfilment of this objective through the provision of defence sector-related advice and assistance. The Security Sector Reform (SSR) Officer reports to the Chief, SSR Officer, Defence Advisory Section, SSACD. Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the SSR Officer will be responsible for the following duties:  Supports the Defence Sector Adviser to provide strategic and technical advice to both national stakeholders and Mission/UN Country Team (UNCT) leadership on defence sector specific issues, in particular those at a strategic-political level. This could include, if requested by national authorities, advice on the future role of the defence forces (and related assessments), defence policies, defence strategy/white paper, defence-related legislation and civilian oversight and management of the defence sector.  Supports the Defence Sector Adviser to convene and organize regular consultations with national stakeholders to discuss defence sector issues, and to identify potential requirements for additional support from the international community.  Supports the Defence Sector Adviser to assist national efforts to mobilize and coordinate international assistance to defence sector efforts, where required.  Participates in, on a monthly basis, the UNSMIL-UNCT Security Sector Working Group, when required by the Defence Sector Adviser.  Maintains details on the structure and key appointments of the Ministry of Defence and the Libyan Defence Force.  Contributes to the UNSMIL/UNCT delivery of coherent "one-UN" security sector support to Libyan efforts, including UNSMIL/UNCT-wide assistance to the national integration/ demobilization and reintegration process.  Drafts relevant defence sector-related elements for the preparation of regular progress reports on UNSMIL's overall security sector support for the consideration of the Defence Sector Adviser. The Section will also contribute to the overall mission reporting requirements by providing defence specific data and analysis.  Supports the Defence Sector Adviser to ensure appropriate coordination and integration with the Mission's general mandate and all of its components (in particular the Security Sector Advisory and Coordination Division, the Police Advisory Section, the Arms and Ammunition Advisory Section, the Border Security Section, the Human Rights/Transitional Justice/Rule of Law Division, the Political Affairs Divisions and the Security Section), as well as with the UNCT and international and national partners;  Develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects; monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions.  Participates in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties.  Assists policy and guidance development processes, both within UNSMIL and the Libyan Defence Sector, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies, etc.  Research, identify and review national defence sector efforts, defence-related dimension of UNSMIL mandates and defence sector support provided by other UN actors in Libya.  Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources.  Undertake survey initiatives; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions.  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.  Provide substantive support to conferences and meetings.  Perform other duties as required.

• Professionalism: Ability to develop excellent relationships and work with a wide range of technical experts, including police, defence, civilian security sector officials, public administrative and judicial actors, as well as experts from Member States, NGOs and regional bodies. Significant knowledge of defence sector reform (concepts, terminology, research, and policy literature), in particular at the political-strategic level (including in terms of governance), as well as its relationship and linkages to UNMSIL’s broader mandate and concept of operations. Has knowledge of and understands international defence conventions and treaties. Significant experience in designing and implementing defence 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 defence 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. • 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.


Recognized 2nd level university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in defence and/or security studies, business administration, political science, international relations/affairs or a related field is required. Graduation from a military/war college is desirable. A 1st level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of a 2nd level university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven (7) years progressively responsible professional experience in the area of defence sector reform and/or institutional development is required. Previous experience in the development and implementation of defence sector reform programmes/projects is required. Basic knowledge of relevant UN institutions, mandates, policies and guidelines is required. Service as a military officer at or above the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent in other service is desirable. 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. Facilitation or completion of a recognized SSR training course is desirable.

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