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Justice/Security Sector Reform (SSR) Advisor

Job Title: Justice/Security Sector Reform (SSR) Advisor, ISSAT
Reporting to: Head of ISSAT, or the person designated by him
Location: Geneva, with requirement for extensive overseas travel
Application Deadline: 24 April 2014

Background: The post holder will form part of the core International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). ISSAT provides a deployable capacity to support its 19 Governing Board members (which include 14 bilateral donors, the EU, UN, OECD Secretariat, OIF and the OSCE) in creating effective, strategic and sustainable Security and Justice Sector Reform interventions in conflict-affected, fragile and development environments.  
This is a demanding and high profile implementation and representational role, requiring overseas travel and wide-ranging high-level departmental contacts within international organisations, governments, development agencies and their staff overseas. ISSAT may operate in post-conflict contexts, so the post-holder will have to demonstrate an ability to work in challenging conditions. 
Tasks & Responsibilities:     
The post holder will be expected to:
  • lead or contribute to Justice and Security Sector Reform support missions related to  assessments, programme design, and monitoring and evaluations;
  • provide guidance and advice through coaching/ mentoring to ISSAT members and as requested, to national counterparts;
  • adapt and/or develop methodologies and approaches to support SSR, including creating practical operational guidance tools;
  • extract lessons learned from engagements to feed into ISSAT and wider multilateral SSR policy development and implementation processes;
  • maintain effective liaison with partner and ISSAT Governing Board members before, during and after specific missions, as directed by the Head of ISSAT;
  • assist in the  design and delivery of standardised or tailored training programmes, courses and conferences to meet donor, partner and organisational needs;
  • contribute blog posts, forum responses and other inputs to the ISSAT SSR Community of Practice;
  • contribute to ISSAT’s performance management reporting, including its annual activity reports and other such periodic reports that may be required by the Head of ISSAT;
  • undertake other tasks as required by the Head of ISSAT or his/her designate.
Competencies: The post holder must be proactive and have demonstrated an ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. S/he must have experience in SSR processes in sub-Saharan Africa or other post-conflict contexts/regions. For specified tasking, s/he must be prepared to act as the lead for particular programme activities and demonstrate excellent project management skills. S/he must have good communication (verbal and written), influencing and presentation skills. S/he must have the ability to network and liaise effectively with a wide range of potential stakeholders at all levels both within governments and non-governmental and multinational organisations. S/he must be able to analyse situations quickly and effectively, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and produce workable solutions to meet customer requirements. SSR is a fast developing field and it will be necessary to retain currency in the latest thinking and contribute to developments.  The post holder is expected to uphold the principle of local ownership at all times and ensure that gender considerations are addressed in all activitives. S/he should be committed to ongoing personal and professional training and development.

Ideally, the post holder will also have knowledge of the UN approach to SSR and familiarity with other institutional approaches (e.g. AU, EU, AfDB, OECD etc), as well as knowledge of latest developments in the fields of rule of law, justice reform, and gender.  An interest in international relations and development issues, fundamental to the SSR concept, is also desirable.

Qualifications: For this post, a Masters degree in law, international relations, development, political science, or a related field is required. The post holder must have a minimum of 7-10 years of relevant work experience in justice and security sector reform, including extensive field experience related to the tasks and responsibilities of the position.

Languages: The team’s operating language is English. Fluent French would be a definite advantage, as would other languages such as Arabic.  

Candidates meeting the requirements above are invited to email their CV with a Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria to:  Ms Aji Buchanan at a.buchanan@dcaf.ch

The deadline for applications is 24 April 2014.

Selection will be carried out based on CV/Cover Letter analysis, followed by a competency based written evaluation and interviews. Due to the volume of applications, only those selected to undertake the written evaluation/interviews will be contacted.

ISSAT is strongly committed to geographical and gender diversity.  Individuals from countries who have undergone/are undergoing an SSR process are strongly encouraged to apply.

An offer can be made either at a level above or below what has been advertised depending on the successful candidate’s experience.


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