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Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Officer, P-4

Under the leadership of the MONUSCO DDR/DDRRR Director, the DDR Officer (P4) will be responsible for the following duties: Within delegated authority, the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Officer acts as a Team Leader/Deputy Team Leader for the planning and implementation DDR operations in the field in accordance with the mandate of the mission; Establishes and maintains contacts with representatives and members of armed groups and of civilian and military (FARDC) local authorities with a view to pursuing DDR objectives; Provide technical inputs to the planning, design and implementation of DDR-related projects, as well as technical advice and assistance to Congolese and regional counterparts in coordination with the United Nations Country Team. Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies; including risk and threat assessments; target group profiles, political factors, security and other issues affecting the planning and implementation operations, in cooperation with, amongst others, the MONUSCO military and police components, Political Affairs Division, and Joint Mission Analysis Centre. Maintains working-level contact with United Nations specialized agencies and NGOs and partners with them to plan and evaluate complex DDR activities; Gathers and analyses information on armed groups and other DDR-related matters; Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on DDR/RR related issues; Collaborates with the MONUSCO DDR/DDRRR Director in local confidence-building and conflict-resolution operations with DDR implications; Directs and manages DDR/RR teams in field operations as required; Assists in the planning and coordination of high-level visits; Performs other duties as assigned by the MONUSCO DDR/DDRRR Director.

Professionalism - Knowledge of DDR and related issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Knowledge of DDR and related issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Proven understanding of the past and current conflicts in DRC, sound understanding of and an ability to evaluate international political situations in the region. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the DDR activities in DRC. Ability to lead data collection using various methods. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. 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. Vision - In-depth understanding of unit's strategic direction and ability to transform it into a results-oriented work program. Communication - Excellent and effective written and oral skills; ability to persuade people with varying points of view and to present information in a concise and accurate manner; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials. Technological Awareness - Ability to use computer applications as tools for program management and decision-making. Teamwork - Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Judgment/Decision-making - Demonstrated sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of issues/problems. Ability to proactively seek and recommend sound policy initiatives.


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

Work Experience
At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of DDR of ex-combatants, including experience in working on small arms reduction programmes is required. Experience of development processes and post-conflict related issues particularly on the DDR process is required. Additional experience in developing support strategies for IDPs, refugees, disaffected populations, children and women in post-conflict situations is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; for the post advertised, fluency in spoken and written French and English is required.

Other Skills
Knowledge of the institutions of the United Nations system and of relevant institutional mandates, policies, guidelines, is an advantage. Attendance of formally recognized or accredited DDR-related programmes would be an advantage.

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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