DDR Officer – UNV
|Organization||UN OCHA Sudan’s|
|Description of the assignment title||National Emergency Health Assistant (COVID-19 Response)|
|Duration||12 months (with possibility of extension)|
|Expected start date||09/01/2022|
|Sustainable Development Goal||16. Peace, justice and strong institutions|
|Number of assignments||1|
|DoA reserved for persons with disabilities||No|
|Advertisement end date||09/07/2022|
Mission and objectives
The incumbent must be a dynamic, multi-functional person, who supports the DDR Office with professionalism, dedication and client orientation. Experience in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) or related area required. Experience in international affairs such as peacekeeping and peace-building operations, development programmes or related area required. Experience working on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, Security Sector Reform (SSR), economic recovery or related area required.
Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the volunteer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Contributes to the substantive development and implementation of the DDR programme, including overall policy and legal framework, implementation strategy, operational modalities and action plans, taking into account national programme priorities and targets;
• Provides technical inputs to the planning, design and implementation of projects, as well as technical advice and assistance to key parties (e.g. DDR unit management, DDR Commissions, government representatives, etc.); consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes; and undertakes continuous monitoring of project activities;
• Organizes and undertakes research and analysis on various aspects of DDR work, including risk and threat assessments, target group profiles, political factors, security and other issues affecting operations; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; identifies and tracks follow-up actions; produces progress and briefing reports;
• Supports the development and maintenance of appropriate mechanisms and systems for tracking, monitoring and evaluation of key components of DDR-related programmes; manages data collection and follow-up; identifies issues and prepares conclusions;
• Coordinates the mobilization of networks of local partners and communities (e.g. NGOs, community-based organizations, private sector enterprises and local communal authorities) and facilitates their participation in the planning and implementation of DDR programmes and related activities;
• Supports efforts in resource mobilization and development of strategic partnerships with multiple donors and agencies if needed;
• In consultation with relevant parties, develops targeted training programmes for institutional capacity building;
• Participates in or leads field missions, including provision of guidance to government officials and other parties;
• Drafts mission reports and prepares briefings for senior Mission leadership;
• Ensures that DDR activities are well integrated and coordinated with other mission activities (e.g. political, military, humanitarian; public information; legal, etc.);
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings (e.g. conferences, workshops) to include proposing agenda topics, preparation of documents and presentations; and
• Performs any other assigned duties. Furthermore, UN volunteers are encouraged to:
• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)
• Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; network and build relationships with local organizations, groups or individuals, and support and/or participate in local volunteering initiatives; reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; initiate and/or participate in local volunteer groups, including assisting them in submitting stories and experiences to the World Volunteer Web site;
• Promote or advise local groups on the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible;
• Encourage, mobilize and support co-workers, fellow UN volunteers and members of the local community to play an active part in peace and development activities on a voluntary basis;
• Discuss with supervisors how volunteerism for peace and development can be mainstreamed in the assignment and integrate activities promoting volunteerism for peace and development into work plans;
• Assist with the UNV “buddy programme” for newly arriving UN volunteers as appropriate. 12. Results/Expected Outputs:
• Efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to the DDR team
• PAD information managed safely and in compliance with the UN standards.
• A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
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Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in a) Qualifications, skills, experience: The following qualifications are required:
• Education: A minimum of a first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in political sciences, social sciences, management, international economics, administration, international relations, law, development or a related field.
• Experience: A minimum of three years (3) of progressively responsible experience in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) or related area required. Experience in international affairs such as peacekeeping and peace-building operations, development programmes or related area required. Experience working on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, Security Sector Reform (SSR), economic recovery or related area required.
• Language: Fluency in spoken and written English.; Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage
• Other skills: Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially remote environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
• Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.
Area(s) of expertise
Community development, Crisis and emergency response, Development programmes
English, Level: Fluent, Desirable Arabic, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in The incumbent must be a dynamic, multi-functional person, who supports the DDR Office with professionalism, dedication and client orientation. Experience in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) or related area required. Experience in international affairs such as peacekeeping and peace-building operations, development programmes or related area required. Experience working on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, Security Sector Reform (SSR), economic recovery or related
Competencies and values
• Professionalism – Demonstrated ability to identify problems, i.e. political, ethnic, racial, social, economic, etc., causing unrest in a country or geographic area; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations.
• Communication – Excellent oral skills and proven drafting ability; ability to develop contacts and foster collaboration with other organizations in order to acquire timely information on current initiatives and studies pertinent to assigned area.
• Planning and Organizing – The ability to manage own plan and the work and the work schedules of others and to meet short deadlines.
• Teamwork – Sound interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Living conditions and remarks
Sudan has made the headlines lately after the former regime was thrown by the people of Sudan, ending a period of 30 years dictatorship and grievances, however, heavy heritage of social, economic, and political crises was handed over to the new government. The worldwide acclaimed role played by women to bring about change has contributed to the creation of a more conducive environment to work in the area of promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment following the adoption of a Constitutional Declaration which guarantees and promotes women’s rights in all social, political, and economic fields, and combats all forms of discrimination against women. The chapter 12 on independent commissions states the establishment of Women and Gender Equality Commission, and Chapter 7 allocated not less than 40% for women in the Transitional Legislative Council. Khartoum is the capital and trading Centre of Sudan and is situated in Khartoum State, at the junction of the Blue and White Nile rivers; Omdurman is also a suburb of Khartoum, giving the urban area a population of over 3 million. It has long served as a major communications Centre between the Arab countries of North Africa and central African countries. The city lies near the rich, irrigated cotton growing Gezira area to the south and much of its trade is based on Nile river traffic. An oil pipeline links the city with Port Sudan on the Red Sea. Industries include tanning, textiles, light engineering, food processing, glassware, and printing. Sudan’s climate ranges from tropical in the south to arid dry desert in the north. Khartoum is one of the hottest capitals in the world in summer, although the winter months are cooler and pleasant. A rainy season in many areas spans from April to October. Living conditions in Khartoum are good. Khartoum is classified as a family duty station, with inadequate level of services, accommodation, and facilities. One can rent a comfortable modern apartment or house with air conditioners that mitigate the hot and dusty climate. Medical facilities are basic. The cost of living may be high, depending on the standards, particularly for food and accommodation. It is a relatively safe environment, sometimes marked by small criminality, especially due the economic crisis, legacy of the years of exclusion of the country from the international community, exacerbated by the COVID 19 pandemic. MORSS (Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards) compliance is required. Generally, the city is safe compared to other capitals in the continent. There are many restaurants and cafes for socializing, although limited sports facilities due to the climate although one can get membership of gyms for indoor exercise and there are clubs for swimming. International personnel should be prepared to use cash while in Sudan. ATM facilities are only available for local accounts. Credit cards cannot be used while in Sudan. Currency exchange and money transfer facilities, such as Western Union, are available in Khartoum. All Photography without a permit is forbidden in Sudan. Do not take photographs without express permission. Where an official is present, you must ask permission to photograph. It is advised to obtain such permission prior to any display of a camera. Dress code is modest and conservative (arms and legs covered), although trousers are acceptable for women, head scarves do not need to be worn by expatriate women in the capital, men should wear long trousers. Public displays of affection should be avoided. Public drunkenness is forbidden and possession of alcohol in Sudan is against the local laws. Visitors should always note that UN staff members are not permitted to bring alcohol into the country.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy