Chief of Section, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer [temporary], Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo At United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Closing date: Monday, 15 May 2023



Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Duty Station: GOMA

Posting Period: 03 May 2023 – 16 May 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Security Institutions-MONUSCO-207808-J-Goma (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The incumbent is to provide strategic advice to mission leadership and national counterparts on matters related to the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR). The focus is to oversee the implementation of MONUSCO’s mandate as related to the DDR in support to national authorities and the Programe de Desarmement, Demobilisation, Relevement Communautaire et Satbilisation (PDDRCS). The incumbent will also provide strategic advice on matters related to the Community Violence Reduction (CVR), Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) and community policing/outreach. The incumbent will be based in Goma and in his/her daily work will report to the the DSRSG Protection and Operations through his Head of Office, as appropriate.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Provides strategic advice to Mission leadership and national counterparts on all matters related to DDR, including CVR, including community outreach, weapons and ammunition management as well as disarmament, including in institutional strengthening (capacity building) for the national DDR institutions.
  •  Serves as senior officer for DDR operations; plans, coordinates, and supervises DDR activities; ensures an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the mission (political and good governance, human rights, justice, electoral component, civilian police, public information, logistic support, etc.).
  •  Ensures an integrated approach to DDR amongst MONUSCO by streamlining the Mission holistic approach to DDR as part of the mission support to the PDDRCS.
  •  Develops and maintains relations with government officials, local leaders and other key players; and actively promotes coordination and communication between international and national partners with a view to pursuing a national-led DDR/CVR/WAM objectives and ensuring national participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of DDR/CVR/WAM activities.
  •  Provides policy and operational advice to Mission leadership on an ongoing basis and assists in the programming of DDR and CVR activities at the national level; provides regular updates on various aspects of DDR/CVR initiatives and recommends appropriate actions.
  •  Contributes to the conceptualization and implementation of DDR/CVR Peace Building Fund funded projects.
  •  Supports leadership in conflict resolution and confidence building measures, ensuring appropriate linkages between political process, good offices functions, and DDR/CVR workstream.
  •  Prepares and/or supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
  •  Guides, supervises and mentors staff in the execution of their respective functions.
  •  Contributes to the development of resource mobilization strategy and ensures effective coordination with donors, including the private sector.
  •  May perform other duties as required.

CompetenciesProfessionalism – Shows pride in work and 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 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 the 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 improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Judgement/ Decision-making – Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social sciences, international law or affairs, management, economics, business administration, finance, economics, development 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 ExperienceA minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in international affairs such as field operations of the United Nations Common system or a comparable international organization, preferably including experience on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control programmes, post-conflict crisis, peacebuilding, economic recovery or related area, is required. Experience in the management of programmes/projects involving with multiple national and international partners is required. Proven experience in leading and managing the work of large multi-disciplinary teams, including in human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget, or related fields is required. At least three (3) years of experience in the field of DDR of ex-combatants with specific focus on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control programmes, post-conflict crisis, economic recovery or related areas is desirable. At least one (1) year proven experience in managing and implementing programmes in DDR, CVR or citizen security-related interventions in field operation is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required.

AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special NoticeThis position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station. This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15. Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.



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