Department/Office: United Nations Office to the African Union
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Deadline: 12 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Security Institutions-UNOAU-186357-F-Addis Ababa (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) in
Ethiopia and is based in Addis Ababa. The Security Sector Reform (SSR) Officer is the UNOAU focal point for Rule of law and Security Institutions (RoLSI), and reports to the Senior Political Affairs Section Officer.
The focus of this job is to support the continued implementation of the AU Policy Framework on SSR (2013) as well as the Security Council Resolution 2151 (2014) on SSR and other relevant instruments.


Within delegated authority, the SSR Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Assists in the development of the strategic partnership with the African Union on SSR; Provide strategic and technical SSR assistance to the AU Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department (AUPAPS )in the planning and development of strategic, technical or operational components of its work; Ensures day-to-day coordination with the UN SSR Unit in DPO and other partners including the UN inter-agency SSR Task Force at UNHQ; Participate in joint SSR Assessment Missions and follow up missions to AU member states; ensuring coordination with UN agencies and partners; Promotes effective coordination and synergies with other ROLSI programs in order to deliver an integrated approach to SSR; Provide advice and guidance to counterparts in the AU, AU Member States, AU Peace Support Operations (PSOs) with SSR mandates and RECs and senior mission management on sector-wide strategies and policies, mission plans and directives, best practice, lessons learning and technical standards in relevant area(s) within the AU and UN’s overall framework and strategic direction for security sector reform, and on the design, implementation and review of security sector-wide plans and programmes; Provide the AU with technical inputs to all aspects of SSR strategy/programmes/projects and related activities including on UN and AU SSR guidance; Consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes, ensuring appropriate integration and linkages with critical areas/components of wider rule of law support to AU Member States; Supports the review and development of the work, reform plans and tasks undertaken by the AU; Acts as the policy focal point for all UN entities wishing to collaborate with the AU on SSR and responds to requests; Provides guidance to AU and UN SSR colleagues on AU related SSR policy aspects of programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; and identifies and tracks follow-up actions. Ensures implementation of human rights, HRDDP and gender related policies in all SSR activities; Establish effective working relations and coordination with relevant UNOAU components; Drafts inputs to weekly, monthly and other periodic reports in the area of responsibility. Performs other related duties as required.


  • Expert knowledge of Rule of Law and SSR (concepts, terminology, research, and policy), in particular security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on security sector governance, civilian oversight, management and coordination.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent skills in drafting a broad range of documents including speeches and reports;
  • Ability to influence others to reach agreement; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Ability to work in support of, and in cooperation with,
  • others within a multilateral setting; Anticipates and manages risk;
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • 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.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • listens to others,
  • correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;

demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & 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.


  • 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political affairs, business administration/management, public administration, security sector management, international relations or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the area/s of security sector reform, political affairs, defense sector reform, security sector governance, strategic support to institutional development, disarmament or a related area is required

Experience in rule of law and security institutions strategy or policy development, programme/project planning, management, review and evaluation is required.

Experience in a field operation in an international organization, non-governmental organization, or within the United Nations common system (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programs), preferably in a conflict, post conflict or peace building context, in Africa is required

Experience working on political affairs, peace and security issues in support of the African Union and its partner institutions, including Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms, is desirable.

Experience in the coordination, development and implementation of SSR programmes and projects in conflict and/or post-conflict contexts is desirable.

Experience in the facilitation of recognized SSR-related training courses is desirable.


English and French are the working language of the United Nations. For this position fluency (both written and oral) in English 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

The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

No Fee