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3 Dec 2020

Security Sector Reform Officer

Job Description

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. The Security Sector Reform Officer is under the direct supervision of the Senior Security Sector Reform Officer and overall supervision of the Director, Rule of Law.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists in the overall management and administration of the SSR-DDR capacity. Also provides support in the development of the SSR capacity’s support to national SSR efforts, as well as the day-to-day coordination of activities with other mission components (e.g. political, military, civilian; communications/public affairs; legal; policy/planning; mission analysis, etc.) and UN entities;
  • Supports the provision of operational and technical advice to both national stakeholders, international partners and Mission/UNCT leadership on security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on border management, civilian oversight, defense-security reform, management and coordination;
  • Supports the development of mission strategy, policy and proposals with respect to support of national SSR efforts;
  • Supports the delivery of coherent ‘one-UN’ support of national SSR efforts, together with all relevant Mission/UNCT interlocutors, including coordination of Mission-UNCT assistance and through effective integration of all SSR programmes/projects and related activities undertaken by Mission components;
  • Supports the provision of advice and assistance to key parties (e.g. SSR-DDR management and staff, National Council on SSR and 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; Prepares substantive inputs to SSR papers and reports for presentation to the relevant bodies;
  • Provides substantive support to the organization of meetings, seminars, and other events on substantive issues including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations;
  • Organizes and/or undertakes research on various aspects of SSR work; analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources; identifies problems and issues to be assessed and proposes corrective actions and/or way forward;
  • Contributes to the preparation of budget documents and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;
  • Responds to requests from the SSR-DDR section, UNMISS components and UNCT;
  • Performs any other assigned duties.


Professionalism: Knowledge of security or defence sector reform (concepts, terminology, research and policy literature), in particular in the area(s) of specialization (e.g. governance, oversight and accountability of the security sector; institutional development, sustainable development or other relevant area) and ability to apply technical expertise to identify, assess and resolve a range of difficult issues/problems. Ability to conduct research and data collection using various methods, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the SSR activities in assigned country and area. Ability to work with a wide range of technical experts including police, military, public administrative and judicial actors and to support inter-disciplinary/interdepartmental teams and task forces, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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. Provides leadership and 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social sciences, defense-security, management, international economics, international relations, law, development or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in Security Sector Reform (SSR) or a related area is required.
  • Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
  • Experience in drafting high quality, analytical reports is required.
  • Experience in policy coordination or project management is desirable.
  • Experience in SSR in advising and guiding defense or security forces is desirable.


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


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates.

Deadline: 15 December 2020

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