These positions are located in field missions of Peace Operations. The DDR Officer typically reports to the head of a work unit or to a senior official responsible for DDR operations in a field location, though this may vary depending on the mission structure. The focus of these jobs is to lead the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DDR programmes, operations and other related activities in the country or region concerned. Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:(a) Act as a Focal Point for DDR components for 2-3 missions, responsible for planning, support to implementation and evaluation
• Participate in DPKO and Integrated Task Force planning meetings for the establishment of a new peacekeeping mission with a potential DDR component;
• Provide technical assistance to peace negotiations;
• Participate in technical assessment missions;
• Advise, develop and review (as appropriate) initial DDR functional strategy and concept of operations for further development into a full programme by the DDR component and the National DDR Commission;
• Develop and review the DDR input to the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council;
• Develop initial result-based framework and budget for new DDR components in new mission;
• Liaise with UNDP and donor community to raise voluntary contributions for DDR programmes;
• Present and/or defend new and subsequent DDR budgetary requirements in the ACABQ and the 5th Committee of the General Assembly;
• Develop staffing structure and terms of reference for a DDR component, including terms of integration with other UN agencies, funds and programmes;
• Provide technical clearance for applicants to DDR units in new and ongoing missions;
• Provide Headquarters support in planning the civilian and military logistics support for DDR;
• Continually review DDR programme strategy and implementation through relevant documents, reports and code cables;
• Conduct field missions to assess implementation of established DDR programmes;
• Identify potential problems and issues to be addressed and suggest remedies to DDR units in the field;
• Liaise with Member States, UN actors and other DDR interested partners to represent the mission’s DDR component at the Headquarters level;
• Establish and maintain an outreach network with CSOs and IGOs active in the area of DDR.(b) Support the doctrine development work in the area of DDR in the department, with the Interagency working group on DDR and other relevant national and international actors working on DDR issues
• Contribute to department-level or Policy Committee-level policy development work on DDR and related issues;
• Maintain and further develop the Integrated DDR Standards – a set of interagency policies, guidelines and procedures on DDR;
• On behalf of the Chief of the DDR Section, co-chair the lnter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on DDR, contribute to bringing coherence to the interaction of the UN system and its partners on DDR;
• Supervise the Associate Expert (Junior Professional Officer) in the development and maintenance of the web-based United Nations DDR Resource Centre;
• Liaise with others (UN, regional organisations and Member States) providing DDR training. Competencies
Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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. Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social sciences, management, international economics, international relations, law, or a related field.
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Work Experience A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration or related area. Experience working within peacekeeping, peace-building or development programmes operations is desirable. Experience with small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, economic recovery is desirable. Experience coordinating multiple partner agencies, funds or programmes is desirable. Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Consulting
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