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Senior Security Sector Reform Officer, P-5
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   12 Jan 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Support Mission in Libya

All applicants will be notified in writing as to the status of their application (successful or unsuccessful) at the end of the recruitment/rostering/selection process (see 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
Organisational 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 Senior Security Sector Reform (SSR) Officer reports to the Director of SSACD. Within delegated authority, the Senior SSR Officer will be responsible for the following duties: • Assists the Director SSR to provide strategic and technical advice to both national stakeholders and UNSMIL/UN Country Team (UNCT) leadership on security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight and management. • Assists the Director SSR to formulate and promote UN strategy, policy and plans with respect to UNSMIL/UNCT support of national security sector efforts. • In coordination with the Director SSR, convenes or supports the organization of regular consultations with national stakeholders to discuss security sector-wide issues, and to identify potential requirements for additional support from the international community. • Assists the Director SSR to support national efforts to mobilize and coordinate international assistance to security sector-wide efforts where required. • Assists the Director SSR to develop a coherent “one-UN” security sector support plan, together with all involved UNSMIL/UNCT interlocutors, including a clear division of labour for outreach with national counterparts. • Assists the Director SSR to coordinate 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 in close coordination with other specialized advisors in the SSACD. • Serves as Secretary of the “Joint UNSMIL-UNCT Security Sector Working Group” on behalf of the Director SSR. • Contributes to and compiles on behalf of the Director SSR, 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. • Assists the Director SSR to provide leadership and overall management of the SSACD, as well as its component sections, including preparation and monitoring of the Division’s workplan. • Undertakes programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, recruitment of staff and support to the evaluation of staff performance. • In support of the aforementioned specific duties and on behalf of the Director, the Senior SSR Officer may be required to undertake international travel as and when needed, including to UN Member State capitals and UNHQ. • Undertakes other duties as may be required by the Director SSR.

• 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. 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 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. • 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. • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


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

Work Experience
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in international relations, governance and/or institutional development is required. Previous 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 design and implementation of SSR programmes/projects 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 Arabic is 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 desirable criteria in this recruitment process.

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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