UN Recruits 01 Security officer



United Nations Secretariat (UN)
SRSG for West Africa/United Nations Office in West Africa
Dakar (Senegal)
Grade: P-4, Mid-level Professional
Occupations: Security and Safety
Closing soon: 12 Oct 2021


This position is located in the Political Affairs Section of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, based in Dakar, Senegal. The Security Sector Reform Officer will report directly to the Head of the Political Affairs Section.

Within delegated authority, the Security Sector Reform will be responsible for the following:

• Assists in the overall management and administration of the SSR capacity. Also provides support in the development of the SSR capacity’s support to SSR efforts in west African countries, as well as the day-to-day coordination of activities within the section (e.g. political, military), other departments (communications/public affairs; gender; research and analysis, etc.) and UN entities.
• Supports the provision of strategic and technical advice to both national stakeholders and UNOWAS/UNCT leadership on security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight management and coordination.
• Works in synergy with UNOWAS’ Military Advisor Cell on analysis of regional security challenges and conflict drivers, including maritime security, drug trafficking and prevention of violent extremism.
• Supports the development of mission strategy policy and proposals with respect to support of national SSR efforts across the region.
• Supports the delivery of coherent ‘one-UN’ support of national SSR efforts, together with all relevant UNOWAS/UNCT interlocutors, including coordination of UNOWAS/UNCT assistance and through effective integration of all SSR programmes/projects and related activities undertaken by UNOWAS components.
• Supports the provision of advice and assistance to key parties (e.g. SSR unit management and staff, established Commissions, government officials, etc.), consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes.
• Assists national efforts to mobilize and coordinate international assistance to security sector initiatives.
• Provides UN SSR policy advice to the Head of Political affairs responsible for SSR support, as well as assistance in strategic planning, design, implementation, review and evaluation of SSR programmes/projects.
• Prepares substantive input to SSR position papers and reports for presentation to relevant bodies.
• Establishes and maintains contracts and partnerships with key officials and other actors (national and international) inside and outside the organization in the assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing SSR objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of SSR activities.
• Represents the SSR capacity and participates in international, regional and national meetings related to SSR, as required. • Supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, and other events on substantive issues.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Coordinates activities related the budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Responds to requests and reporting requirements.
• Performs other related duties as required.

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.

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.

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.

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, business, public security sector management, administration, international relations or a related fields is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in political analysis, defense sector reform, governance, institutional development, sustainable development or related area. Previous experience in SSR strategy and /or policy development, SSR programmes/projects planning, implementation, management, review and evaluation or implementation is required.

Previous experience in United Nations peacekeeping missions and/or political offices is highly desirable.

English and French are the working language of the United Nations. For this position fluency (both written and oral) in English and French is required

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

• This position is temporarily available for 6 months. 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.

• 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.

According 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.

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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