Position Title: Project Officer (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR))
Duty Station: N’Djamena, Chad
Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2
Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: 01 December 2022
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IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at www.iom.int/diversity.
Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.
For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:
- Internal candidates
- Candidates from the following non-represented member states:
Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu
Second tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.
On 8 August 2022 in Doha, the TMC and 42 politico-military groups signed the “Accord de Doha pour la paix et pour la participation des mouvements politico-militaires au dialogue national inclusif et souverain tchadien » (the Doha agreement).
The Doha agreement includes among its key points the immediate adoption of a ceasefire between the transitional government and politico-military groups, and the implementation of a Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme “in accordance with internationally recognized standards” to “make the ceasefire final and irreversible”.
Under the overall supervision of the IOM Chad Chief of Mission, and under the direct supervision of the DDR/ Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) Advisor, the Project Officer (DRR) will be responsible for supporting the coordination and implementation of project activities pertaining to IOM’s responsibility, closely working and liaising with programme stakeholders.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Monitor and provide guidance for the coordination and implementation of DDR project operations under IOM responsibility, maintaining and monitoring budgetary and administrative aspects of project activities in line with IOM policies and procedures, as well as relevant donor requirements.
- Facilitate coordination and appropriate information flows with project implementation partners, with particular regard for the lead agency, for coherence and consistency of approach in all phases of project implementation.
- In close coordination with the project lead agency and other key stakeholders, liaise with relevant government authorities in charge of the DDR programme to facilitate the flow of information, coordination and national ownership over project activities under IOM responsibility.
- Liaise with key local authorities and community representatives in the areas covered by the project, to facilitate the identification and implementation of the projects’ activities, and coordinate and monitor the work of the project’s field staff.
- Track and follow up on the timely elaboration and submission of narrative and financial reports for project activities under IOM responsibility, in close coordination with the lead agency and in accordance to donor requirements and deadlines and with IOM internal reporting procedures.
- Contribute to the development of DDR and DDR-related project proposals and activities, including the extension of the DDR project’s pilot CVR component. Make operational recommendations for improved coherence, risk management and delivery.
- In close collaboration with relevant mission sections, assist with recruitment and selection processes for new project staff and check that recruitment and staff management activities are aligned with IOM internal rules and procedures.
- Supervise and train relevant DDR programme staff, including in relation to the principles of humanitarian action and Do No Harm.
- In close coordination with the Chief of Mission, the Mission’s Field Security Officer, and in accordance with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) requirements, facilitate the dissemination of security information and the organization of relevant safety and security training.
- Undertake regular field travel and on-site monitoring; monitor the implementation of programme impact evaluations, as required.
- Participate in relevant seminars, meetings, and other events to support the promotion of DDR initiatives and conflict reduction, and share stakeholder views of context analysis, initiatives and the results of broad partnership initiatives.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Master’s degree in International Relations, Development Studies and Planning, Law, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
- University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
- Experience in programme support implementation specifically in the humanitarian, early recovery and recovery fields relating to forced migration (returnees, refugee, IDP issues), reintegration of ex-combatants, community based third generation DDR processes and fourth generation DDRR processes, showing increasing levels of responsibility;
- Willingness to live and operate in remote and isolated field locations and work in a diverse multi-cultural environment;
- Previous experience in supporting the development of coherent, nationally led processes as well as transitional and community-based reintegration processes in support of individuals and communities, including in contexts of on-going conflict and or violent extremism a distinct advantage;
- Experience in field-work in a conflict or post-conflict environment;
- Proven experiences in the Country are an advantage; and,
- Experience of “Do no Harm” based projects is a distinct advantage.
- Knowledge of key concepts related to DDR programming as well as interim stabilization, social cohesion, conflict management, victim’s assistance or transitional justice, with an emphasis on capacity building for governments, the safety of individuals and communities, and supporting community capacity to receive and reintegrate former armed-group members is advantageous; and,
- Thorough knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security protocols and experience working in a Phase III or above security environment.
IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).
For all applicants, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.
Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.
Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).
Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
- Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
- Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
- Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
- Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
- Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
- Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
- Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
- Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
- Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
- Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.
Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.
Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.
The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.
Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.
How to apply
To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 01 December 2022.
IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment
From 18.11.2022 to 01.12.2022
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Requisition: VN 2022 416 Project Officer (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR)) (P2) N’Djamena, Chad (57846596) Released
Posting: Posting NC57846597 (57846597) Released