Chief Technical Advisor / Coordinator on DDR, Security Sector Reform and Arms Control , N/A

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UNDP - Somali
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DDR, SSR and arms reduction activities are critical components of demilitarization strategies for Somalia. UNDP Somalia is carrying out a project on small arms control, security sector reform (SSR) and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration operating under the auspices of the Rule of Law and Security Programme (ROLS).

The overall objective is to assist in the demobilization of armed, security and custodial forces in Somaliland (NW) and Puntland (NE) as well as militia forces and other regions, through weapons controls, reduction in the size, shape and costs of these forces, and sustainable reintegration of ex security forces and/or militia back into the community and economy.

The incumbent will be based in Somalia, with frequent travel to Garowe, Jowhar, and other parts of Somalia, and the UNDP Country Office in Nairobi, Kenya. He/she will work under the direct supervision of the ROLS Programme Manager and s/he will be expected to work closely with the entire Programme Team. S/he will undertake the following specific responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the ROLS Programme Manager and reporting to the Deputy Programme Manager, the incumbent will carry out activities related to an overall strategy and programme for disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) in Somalia.

Specifically, the duties and responsibilities are:

1. Provide lead technical support primarily to the UNDP CO on DDR, and related rule of law and security issues, to ensure the most effective management and coordination of demobilization/disarmament activities country-wide.
Provide guidance and backstopping to the TFG, UN Country Team and relevant donors, in the areas of DDR management and strategy.
Provide technical advice and training to relevant TFG bodies and committees on DDR with regard to the following activities: (a) the development of umbrella programmes; (b) formulation of projects and project activities; (c) preparation of proposed budgets; (d) monitoring and evaluation; (e) establishing implementing partners and arrangements; (f) supporting the Joint Needs Assessment process with regards to DDR;.
Develop a specific package of technical assistance to ensure effective incentives for disarmament in DDR operations and develop complementary weapons collection schemes, to be supported by the donor community.
Identify staffing arrangements, and human resource needs to provide necessary programme management to the process.
Engage in an advisory capacity for key members of the TFG bodies responsible for DDR to provide DDR management and strategy skills.
Assist the CO programme managers and key donors to establish collaborative approaches to effectively support DDR programmes.
Participate in technical field visits and provide guidance to team members on DDR management and strategy issues.

2. Provide technical advice to the TFG bodies and when relevant, any peacekeeping or monitoring teams, on effective tools for DDR management.
Help conduct lessons learned in the use of different programme management/strategies in past DDR contexts to advise on best practice.
Assist in developing/reformulating emerging donor and counterpart policy and operational guidelines as relevant to DDR operations.

3. Provide management/resource mobilization in support for DDR related activities.
Ensure efficient implementation of approved workplans for DDR, carefully complying to and managing allocated budgets. Where delegation is given under the DEX modality, strictly observes UN rules and regulations.
Draft and design project proposals, project documents and reporting as necessary.

4. Undertake desk reviews on-going programme management and strategy interventions on DDR and prepare lessons learned and best practise to support policy related activities and representation at inter agency meetings.
Provide substantive inputs to thematic workshops and training sessions on DDR and related issues and contribute to the formulation of training programmes for the TFG and related government structures.
Participate, as required, in training programmes as a trainer or resource person.
Core Competencies:
Communication and Inter-Personal Skills:
a) Communicates effectively with staff at all levels of the organization (headquarters and field), implementing partners, other UNDP offices, and so forth.
b) Demonstrates sensitivity, tact and diplomacy;
c) Is culturally sensitive and demonstrates appreciation for different cultures and practices.

Professional Capacity:
a) Strong capacities in report writing and project design;
b) Able to exercise sound judgment;
c) Capably works in a highly pressured environment and ready to take on a wide range of tasks;
d) Works well in a team and projects a positive image;
d) Self-motivated and able to recommend options for resolution of issues.
Graduate level training in development or a related field, preferably with academic training in development related issues.
Work Experience:
Minimum of 7 years of field based and headquarters experience, with progressive responsibilities in the field of DDR, weapons collection and peace building within a development agency.
Fluency in English, knowledge of Somali an advantage.
Other Desirable Skills:
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).

The United Nations Secretariat is a Non-Smoking Environment. English and French are the two official working languages of the United Nations.

ONLY applications to specific VAs will be considered, general applications should not be sent.

How to apply:
Please send your curriculum vitae, marked with the “CTA/Coordinator on DDR, Security Sector Reform and Arms Control - Consultant” by 31st December 2005 to: The Deputy Resident Representative (Operations), United Nations Development Programme - Somalia, P.O. Box 28832, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya. E-mail: UNDP will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest. Women and Somali Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.