United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO)

United Nations Peacekeeping helps countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. It is comprised of civilian, police and military personnel. In addition to maintaining peace and security, peacekeepers are increasingly charged with assisting in political processes; reforming judicial systems; training law enforcement and police forces; disarming and reintegrating former combatants; supporting the return of internally displaced persons and refugees.

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Counter Terrorism / Prevention of Violent Extremism Workshop

mandate in 31/05/2018 - 01/06/2018

The aim of the workshop is to bring together the two OROLSI standing capacities and representatives from police and justice and corrections components in peace operations to explore the relationship between the international counter-terrorism framework (as established by the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant SC resolutions), mission mandates, and possible support to host States’ relevant rule of law entities

- to raise awareness of DPKO Police, Justice, and Corrections components about  the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, relevant SC resolutions and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, highlighting expectations in support of Member States that are expressed within;

- to take stock of how Police, Justice and Corrections components are already contributing to CT/PVE through relevant capacity-building activities.

- explore how JCSC, SPC, Police Division and Justice and Corrections can contribute to and support specific peace operations by identifying possible CT-PVE strategies, cross-cutting or sector specific, reconciling the various CT resolutions, specific mission Mandated priorities and Country specific priorities, using UNSOM, MINUSMA, UNMIK, UNOGBIS, UNAMA and UNAMI as case studies. 

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Mapping and Assessment of Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies in Post-Conflict Settings

mandate in Unspecified Country 15/10/2010 - 30/11/2011

The mapping and assessment of police and other Law Enforcement Agencies, and justice and corrections institutions are important tools in planning, implementing and evaluating mandates of UN peace operations designed to advise, assist and support the host-state authorities in ensuring security and strengthening the rule of law.

To date, the rule of law sector in most post-conflict contexts has been mapped and assessed in an ad hoc manner, with varying results.  In order to ensure that mapping and assessment activities are carried out more methodically and effectively, DPKO OROLSI (Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions) seeks to develop guidelines for mapping and assessing police and other law enforcement agencies, in addition to justice and corrections institutions, in post conflict settings.  The drafted guidelines will set out basic principles and provide a step-by-step methodology for mapping and assessment exercises including their planning, implementation and follow up.

The draft guidelines will be developed by ISSAT under the overall guidance of OROLSI.

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Capacity support to the UN DPKO/Police Division for strengthening recruitment, deployment and rotation

mandate in United Nations 01/05/2010 - 30/07/2010

The increasing complexity of United Nations and more specifically, United Nations police mandates has resulted in a greater need to identify the appropriate capacity required for policing missions in an international environment. United Nations police officers need to have a comprehensive understanding of complex law enforcement activities, police reform in post-conflict contexts, links to broader security and justice reform and how to work within an integrated mission environment. 

With capacity needs doubling from 8,300 in January 2006 to 16,500 in January 2010, and by 500 per cent in the past decade, United Nations police have found it increasingly difficult to be able provide adequate strategic guidance and advice regarding capacity development and deployment reflecting the new challenges faced on the ground. A new ‘Police Selection and Recruitment Section’ within the Police Division will be responsible for selecting and recruiting candidates for United Nations police positions.

ISSAT has supported an initial capacity needs assessment that has resulted in the prioritising of needs, responses, and the subsequent adoption of an action plan by the United Nations DPKO/Police Division. The main objective of this request is to support the Police Selection and Recruitment Section of the Police Division in executing its action plan.

DCAF/ISSAT was requested to assist the Police Division in overcoming one of its most critical challenges facing both UNPOL but also bilateral policing programme: fostering the necessary change of behaviour by Police Contributing Countries and their understanding of the capacity needed to support the United Nations police in peacekeeping operations to implement its mandate. This request also links to the UNPOL mandate on providing support to review United Nations police activities in peacekeeping operations.

DCAF/ISSAT support consisted of: 

  • Monitoring/Coaching with regard to the implementation of the draft action plan (developed as part of the previous mandate)
  • Assisting in drafting of an overarching Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) (through a consultative process) on Recruitment, Selection, Deployment and Rotation of UNPOL seconded mission staff. This SOP shall redefine the criterion for Police Contributing Countries (PCC) staff contributions and enhanced routines for deployment. 
  • Support UNPOL to design and organise a workshop with Permanent Mission of Police Contributing Countries together with UN POL on the new SOP.

In order to meet the mission objectives, several phases of activities will be required.

Phase I – Review of existing UN material

Phase II – Field Missions: Missions to the police component of UN peacekeeping mission will be undertaken to review the role played by the UN police. After each mission preliminary reports will be shared with the Police Department (PD) and Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) to feed into their policy development process.

Phase III – Final Report – will be developed and submitted to PD/OROLSI providing recommendations to be integrated into the SDF process.

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Support to DPKO Field Research in Burundi and DRC as Part of UN project to Operationalise Linkages between DDR and SSR

United Nations mandate in Burundi 01/09/2008 - 31/01/2009

DPKO requested that ISSAT contribute to a UN project to explore the linkages between DDR and SSR and draw relevant lessons learned and guidance for future DDR and SSR activities. 2 ISSAT Associate SSR advisors are requested to conduct field missions in Burundi and DRC.

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Support to DPKO Field Research in Burundi and DRC as Part of UN Project to Operationalise Linkages between DDR and SSR

United Nations mandate in DRC 01/09/2008 - 31/01/2009

DPKO requested that ISSAT contribute to a UN project to explore the linkages between DDR and SSR and draw relevant lessons learned and guidance for future DDR and SSR activities. This mandate links into the ongoing work being undertaken by UNDP, DPKO and DCAF within the UNs inter-agency working group on DDR, to develop a module on the nexus between DDR and SSR for the UN’s Integrated DDR standards (IDDRS). 

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Support to the UN DPKO and DPA on DPKO Policy for Police and Elections Activities

United Nations mandate in United Nations 01/02/2009 - 31/05/2009

A joint request was received from the Police Division (PD) in the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within DPKO, in collaboration with the Electoral Assistance Division within DPA, to develop a short operational policy on police assistance during electoral processes. The process of developing the guidance included:

  • Gathering and reviewing existing information (lessons learned, reports, manual, etc.)
  • Meeting and consulting with relevant partners (EU, OSCE, IDEA, etc.)
  • Internal ISSAT brainstorming
  • Drafting a concept note with the underpinning principles for the guidance
  • PD/OROLSI to assist in convening a workshop with various UN stakeholders to discuss the concept note
  • PD/OROLSI to provide consolidated feedback from the workshop and substantial comments on the concept note
  • Drafting the policy and submit to PD/OROLSI for final review and adoption within DPKO.

In virtually all peacekeeping operations in which United Nations Police (UNPOL) have been deployed, the police component has been asked to assist in preparing for and during elections (being responsible for security in all phases of elections, a variety of protection tasks including protecting facilities, convoys, or candidates). While tailoring police electoral assistance to specific circumstances is unavoidable, some generally applicable guidance – types of tasks and principles that guide them – should be in place to help design police electoral assistance programmes in accordance with basic international standards.

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Support the building of UN Capacity in the Area of ‘National Security Strategy Development’

United Nations mandate in United Nations 29/06/2009 - 30/06/2009

Following a request by the SSR Unit of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations to develop its capacity to facilitate  national efforts to develop a National Security Strategy, ISSAT organised a two-day training session for SSR Unit personnel from 29-30 June at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Main objectives of the training included:

  • The development of the SSR Unit’s capacity to facilitate local efforts to develop a National Security Strategy;
  • The training of UN officials to deliver training on NSS;

The training was to equip participants with a comparative understanding of how NSSs may be structured and generated. It was to review the challenges and opportunities of NSS processes, while analyzing the vision and values that guide a country’s approach to security. The training was also to review more technical aspects related to the development of a Security Sector Development Plan such as costing, prioritizing and sequencing. 

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Support to the UNDPKO on DPKO Policy for Police and Elections Activities

United Nations mandate in United Nations 01/07/2009 - 02/07/2009

Given the increasing demand within peacekeeping operations for UNPOL assistance in the preparation for and during elections, the Police Division in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within DPKO requested the assistance of ISSAT to develop its capacity on the facilitation of national efforts to develop a National Security Strategy.

UNPOL, in collaboration with ISSAT, organised a two-day workshop that brought together participants from the Police Division, the OROLSI, DPKO and DPA to develop a short operational policy outlining types of tasks and general principles that should guide UNPOL’s activities in the field of electoral assistance.

Key objectives of the workshop will include:

  • Gather and review existing information (lessons learned, reports, manual, etc.)
  • Meet and consult with relevant partners (EU, OSCE, IDEA, etc.)
  • Draft a concept note with the underpinning principles for the guidance
  • Draft the policy and submit to PD/OROLSI for final review and adoption within DPKO.
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Roll Out of UN SSR Training to the Standing Police Capacity and UN Police Division

United Nations mandate in United Nations 04/07/2009 - 04/07/2009

The UN Inter-Agency SSR Taskforce was in the process of developing its approach to SSR sensitization and training. ISSAT assisted in the development of the UN approach to SSR sensitisation and training, including the initial roll-out phase to UN staff and the development of SSR trainers from the Inter-Agency Taskforce.

Through the Chair of the Taskforce, i.e. DPKO, ISSAT was requested to provide assistance in a further roll out of the course to personnel of the UN Police Division and the Standing Police Capacity. In tandem with this mission support was provided for the further development of UN SSR training modules. 

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Support to UN Senior SSR Practitioners Workshop

United Nations mandate in United Nations 20/07/2009 - 25/07/2009

On behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on SSR, the SSR Unit in DPKO requested ISSAT’s assistance to support the running of the upcoming UN Senior SSR Practitioners Workshop.

Participants included the senior SSR staff from peacekeeping missions, DPA, UNDP, UNIFEM and OHCHR missions/field offices/regional offices, as well as representatives from the African Union and European Union. Representatives from all IASSRTF members at the expert-level were also in attendance. 

The workshop focused on the theme of "national ownership and partnership building", which has been highlighted by UN field staff as a major challenge in their work to support national SSR efforts.

Objectives

  1. To explore the issues of national ownership and partnership building, by discussing common challenges in the field, lessons learned and strategies/tools for effective support.
  2. To provide train-the-trainer training on the “one-day sensitisation briefing and the United Nations emerging approach” developed by the inter-agency SSR Task Force.
  3. To review progress and further discuss the United Nations emerging approach to SSR, including identification of immediate needs and priorities.
  4. To further develop a "knowledge and practice network" among actors involved in SSR.
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UN Sensitisation Training on Security Sector Reform for UN staff, National Authorities and Bi/Multi-Lateral Actors in the DRC

United Nations mandate in DRC 18/11/2009 - 23/11/2009

Following a request made by the SSR Coordinator of MONUC, the SSR Unit of UN DPKO requested ISSAT’s assistance in conducting five one-day sensitisation briefings for UN staff, national authorities and bi/multi-lateral actors in the DRC. This request followed support provided to the Senior SSR Practitioners Workshop (July 2009) where the UN sensitisation course was offered to all missions and country teams. MONUC requested that the sensitisation briefing sessions be tailored to the following audiences: 1) Staff from MONUC and the UN Country Team as well as major bilateral partners; 2) Representatives of the PNC, the FARDC, and security sector-related national authorities, including oversight bodies; 3) Representatives of the National Youth Council, possibly in partnership with UNICEF; 4) Representatives of the private sector and legal professions; and 5) Representatives of non-governmental organizations and the media.

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UN – AU Training on Security Sector Reform

United Nations mandate in AFRICA 02/11/2009 - 06/11/2009

The African Union requested assistance from DPKO’s SSR Unit to run a 2-day SSR orientation workshop for its personnel. DPKO’s SSR Unit, on behalf of the SSR Task Force, followed up with a request to ISSAT to support the design and roll-out of this training course at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. 

The training programme aimed to develop the AU’s capacity on SSR and targeted middle- and senior-level personnel working on SSR and related issues within the AU secretariat, field missions and permanent observer offices. Key objectives of the training included:

  • To increase participants’ awareness and understanding of security sector reform (SSR), as well as both the African Union and the United Nations emerging approaches to SSR.
  • To articulate challenges, lessons learned and requirements for the African Union’s support in the area of SSR.
  • To identify potential principles for SSR inAfrica, which could be used in the further development of an African Union approach to SSR.
  • To enhance the African Union’s capacity to “deliver as one” effective and holistic SSR support to sub-regional organizations and national authorities.
  • To begin the process of developing a SSR Community of Practice within the African Union by promoting active membership across the Organisation.
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Briefing on Security Sector Scoping Missions for Somali Experts

United Nations mandate in Somalia 10/01/2011 - 12/01/2011

The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia requested the UN to support the team of 18 Somali experts who have been tasked to conduct “a two-week scoping mission on security sector development [SSD] in Somalia”. The objective of this scoping mission was “to ensure Somali SSD experts are available to provide strategic advisory support to the TFG in the process of reviewing and implementing the National Security and Stabilization Plan (NSSP)”. The objective of this ISSAT project was to support the DPKO SSR Unit in delivering a briefing to those 18 experts, all former Somali defence and security officers, about tools and methods that they could use for their scoping mission.

The briefing on security sector scoping missions took place on 11 January 2011, at UNPOS in Nairobi, Kenya.  This briefing was part of a larger workshop during which the 18 Somali experts were introduced to the roles and approaches of the UN, UNPOS, UNDP, AMISOM, UNSOA, EU and US in supporting SSD in Somalia, and to the joint UN-AU-EU-US Security Sector Assessment of Somalia of late 2009. The briefing introduced participants to basic tools for conducting security sector scoping missions and put them through a practical exercise that will further familiarise them with those tools. Finally, ISSAT was expected to support the SSR Unit on 12 January 2011 in advising the Somali experts, as relevant, on the actual planning of their scoping work in Somalia.

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Review of UN Police Activity in Peacekeeping Operations

United Nations mandate in United Nations 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011

ISSAT assisted UNDPKO to conduct a review of police activities within peacekeeping contexts with the aim of generating a better understanding how a remit such as “reform and restructuring” is approached and operationalized.  This knowledge was to enable the UN to better define appropriate tasks for UN police officers, to better gauge which tasks were feasible in a given conflict area or how they should be shaped, to select and train suitable personnel accordingly.

The review was conducted in parallel with and inform the development of the Strategic Doctrinal Framework for international police peacekeeping (SDF).

In order to meet the mission objectives, several phases of activities were required.

  • Phase I – Review of existing UN material
  • Phase II – Field Missions - Field missions to the police component of UN peacekeeping mission were undertaken to review the role played by the UN police. After each mission preliminary reports will be shared with the PD/OROLSI to feed into their policy development process.
  • Phase III – a Final Report was developed and submitted to PD/OROLSI providing recommendations which were integrated into the SDF process.
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Study on Legal Aid in Haiti - Bureaux d’Assistance Légale (BAL) : Lessons Learned

mandate in Haiti 23/01/2017 - 30/04/2017

Legal aid has been at the core of the engagement of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in the rule of law (RoL) sector since 2007 to help increase stability and security in the country. In particular, the Mission has been working with other international partners in order to expand the establishment of the Bureaux d’Assistance Légale (BAL) across Haiti.

A key partner of MINUSTAH, in this regard, is the Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Programme (JSSP/USAID), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). To facilitate the access of Haitians, particularly those who are indigent and vulnerable, to legal advice, legal representation and mediation services, JSSP/USAID aims to support improvements to the BAL and explore alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Managed by the local bar associations, the general objectives of the BAL are to:

  • Provide legal assistance to indigent persons including those held in pre-trial detention;
  • Reduce the length of pre-trial detention;
  • Reduce the level of violence and criminality in disadvantaged neighbourhoods;
  • Ensure that access to justice is respected as a right, and that it is systematically enforced in criminal proceedings;
  • Deliver civic education, including the training of community leaders; and
  • Provide mediation services as an alternative dispute resolution method.

As MINUSTAH proceeds with its transitional planning and JSSP/USAID plans further support to legal aid, in light of the need for further improvement, the streamlining of procedures and methodology, as well as the strengthening of programme coordination, development and operational effectiveness, it is opportune to take stock of the good practices and lessons learned from the BAL initiatives.

 

Such a lessons learned study will feed into planning for the MINUSTAH transition and help to consolidate the legacy of the United Nations in developing the rule of law sector in Haiti. It will also help inform the DPKO Headquarters, other United Nations peace operations and United Nations funds and programs regarding the approaches applied in Haiti.

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Defence Sector Reform (DSR) Expert Workshop

mandate in Belgium 09/11/2016 - 02/12/2016

Building on the mechanism of the informal dialogue on Defence Sector Reform (DSR)  established between the three organizations, the workshop aims to provide a platform for exchange among experts and practitioners from the UN, EU and NATO. The workshop also presents an opportunity to expand the dialogue to other actors in the area of DSR, in particular the African Union and the Economics Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The workshop provides an opportunity to the appointed DSR focal points and relevant experts from partner organizations to identify practical challenges and possible approaches to enhance cooperation throughout the planning, implementation and monitoring of DSR support. This is intended to place the focus of the discussion on issues arising in practical cooperation, to ensure a more effective and efficient delivery of DSR in the field.

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External review of the functions, structure and capacity of the UN Police Division

In his implementation report, and following the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) report of 2015, the UN Secretary-General “instructed the Police Division to undertake an external review of functions, structure and capacity, and to present results in my forthcoming report on UN policing.”

The independent review of the Police Division should focus on the Headquarters functions needed to implement the SGF, as well as departmental priorities, and, on that basis, assess how the Police Division should be structured and staffed in order to deliver those functions.

DPKO is requesting ISSAT to participate in and provide secretariat support to the work of the panel undertaking the independent review.

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Chief of Mission Support, P5

Application Deadline: 07/04/2018 12:55 am

These positions are located in UN peace operations. The Chief Mission Support positions are typically in the mission headquarters in conflict and post-conflict locations in non-family and/or hardship duty stations. The Chief of Mission Support may also be housed in camp environments. The Chief of Mission Support at this level typically reports to the Head of Mission (HOM) as applicable.

Responsibilities

• Contributes to the implementation of the office mandate by providing the necessary managerial, logistical and administrative support required for the fulfilment of the mandate, including such areas as budget,finance, human resources management, logistics, communications, transport, air operations, innovation and technology solutions, etc. 
• Certifies mission expenditure.
• Advises the SRSG on all matters pertaining to administrative and logistical support.
• Plans, organizes, implements, manages and oversees the activities of all administrative and logistical support operations.
• Provides effective management of human, financial and material resources of the Office. 
• Identifies broad strategies required for the development and implementation of the Office support’s work programme.
• Ensures development, preparation, coordination and monitoring of overall work plans, strategies and programmes for the support activities of the mission and takes the lead in securing the required human and financial resources for the mission.
• Establishes a set of sound policies, procedures, practices, standards and tools that are consistent with UN regulations, rules, policies and practice in order to ensure proper budget, accounting, financial and human resources management and control.
• Liaises, negotiates and coordinates with national authorities with respect to administrative and logistical matters.
• Ensures cooperation and integration of administrative and logistical resources with and other substantive elements of the Office as required.
• Provides guidance, support and supervision to senior administrative and logistics support staff as well as audit and evaluation services, as appropriate.
• Ensures the provision of guidance, performance evaluation, supervision and mentoring to all administrative support and other staff in the areas of his/her responsibility.
• Maintains good order and discipline of staff under his/her overall supervision.
• Represents the Office before legislative bodies, providing information and clarification in support of budget proposals.
• Represents the mission support component at meetings, protocol and ceremonial occasions, military parades, etc. Performs related duties as may be required by the Head of Mission, e.g., provides briefing to visiting senior officials on mission, administrative and technical support activities, etc.
• Ensures effective integration and implementation of environmental works and measures. 
• Performs other related work as required.

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Senior Corrections Officer

Application Deadline: 07/04/2018 12:55 am

These positions are located in United Nations peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and/or other field operations. Incumbents may serve as head of the corrections component. The Senior Corrections Officer typically reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, the head of the justice and corrections component of the mission, or another relevant senior officer, depending on the mission structure. Senior corrections officer positions are typically based at the headquarters of UN field mission, generally the capital city of the country where the mission is established.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, and under the supervision of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, the head of the justice and corrections component or other relevant senior officer, the Senior Corrections Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may differ depending on the mandate and requirements of the mission).
• Lead and manage the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies related to supporting national counterparts in strengthening and developing all aspects of the corrections system, including: implementation of applicable international standards; development and implementation of strategic planning processes; development, implementation and assessment of training programmes; review and development of relevant legislation; rehabilitation of facilities; management of prisoners and staff; management of critical strategic and operational issues, particularly security and overcrowding; and development of effective linkages with the police and the court system. 
• Establish and maintain contacts and effective relations with senior national government officials and civil society representatives, including counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and/or other relevant Ministries, the police, courts, prisons, non-governmental organizations, universities and law schools, media, diplomatic missions and donors.
• Build linkages with development partners and donors to ensure a seamless transition to long term development support and mobilization of resources where necessary.
• Advise on and prepare assessment reports, policy documents, guidelines and reports addressing complex strategic and operational prison system issues. 
• Participate in coordination mechanisms at mission level, maintaining close working relationships with relevant components (human rights, police, justice, gender, child protection, etc.) and United Nations entities, and represent the mission as required.
•Perform programmatic, managerial and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the mission’s corrections component, including the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, recruiting staff and managing and evaluating staff performance.
•Perform any other task as requested by the mission leadership.

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Vacancy

Chief of Service, Rule of Law, D1

Application Deadline: 07/04/2018 11:55 pm

These positions are located in United Nations peacekeeping operations and special political missions. The Chief of Service, Rule of Law, typically reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General or to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, depending on the mission structure. Incumbents typically serve as the head of the rule of law component or the justice and corrections component of the mission.It entails the following responsibilities : 

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Service, Rule of Law will be responsible for the following duties: (these duties are generic and may vary depending on the mission’s mandate and priorities. Therefore, the incumbent may carry out most, but not all, of these functions).
1.Leads and manages the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies related to supporting national counterparts in the strengthening and developing of all aspects of the justice and corrections systems, including: implementation of applicable international standards, development and implementation of strategic planning processes, review and development of relevant legislation, rehabilitation of facilities, strengthening the capacity of the justice and corrections institutions, and supporting the development of effective linkages with the police. This will be undertaken by advising national counterparts and providing technical assistance, facilitating access to training and assisting to develop a strategic national reform plan.
2.Establishes and maintains contacts and effective relations with senior national government officials and civil society representatives, including counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and/or other relevant Ministries, the police, courts, prisons, non-governmental organizations, universities and law schools, media, diplomatic missions and donors.
3.Builds linkages with development partners and donors to ensure a seamless transition to long term development support and the mobilization of resources where necessary.
4.Advises on and prepares assessment reports, reports addressing complex strategic and operational justice and corrections issues, policy documents and guidelines.
5.Participates in coordination mechanism at mission level, maintaining close working relationships with relevant components (human rights, police, gender, etc) and other United Nations entities, and represent the mission as required. 
6.Performs programmatic, managerial and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the missions’ rule of law component or justice and corrections component, including the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, recruiting staff and managing and evaluating staff performance.
7.Performs other related duties.

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Vacancy

Security Sector Reform Officer

Location: New York, United States of America
Application Deadline: 07/02/2018 12:00 pm

This position is located within the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Unit in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), United Nations Headquarters. 

Within delegated authority, the Security Sector Reform Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Coordinate responses to queries and requests for Security Sector Reform (SSR) support from peacekeeping operations and special political missions, as well as other departments, agencies and field offices.
• Participate in field and technical assessment missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties. 
• Assist in policy and guidance development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies, etc.
• Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; and identify and track follow-up actions.
• Assist in the roll-out of SSR sensitization and training modules for UN peacekeeping personnel.
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Vacancy

Senior Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintagration Officer

Period: 01/05/2017 to Indefinite

Within delegated authority, the Senior Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Officer will be responsible for a significant segment of DDR field operations; planning, coordination, and supervising all aspects of DDR activities for an assigned area, as well as ensuring an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the missions (political affairs, military component, civilian police, public information, logistic support, etc.).

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Tools

UNDPKO-OROLSI Planning Toolkit

This Planning Toolkit is designed to help components prioritize their work in accordance with the “The Contribution of United Nations Peacekeeping to Early Peacebuilding: a DPKO/DFS Strategy for Peacekeepers” (2011). The Planning Toolkit aims at assisting UN Field Missions in prioritising those activities that advance the political objectives of a UN Field Mission and/or a peace process, and which may also contribute to strengthening immediate stability and security, and/or lay the foundations of institution building together with partners. By prioritising more rigorously and planning to implement those activities for which peacekeepers have a comparative advantage within the UN system, peacekeeping operations should deliver assistance in a more efficient and cost-effective manner and be able exit sooner.

To access this toolkit, please visit this website.

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Videos

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Policy and Research Papers

African Perspectives on Security Sector Reform, High-level Forum Report, New York, 14 May 2010

On 14 May 2010, the Permanent Missions of Nigeria and South Africa to the United Nations, with facilitation support from the United Nations SSR Unit, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, and with generous financial contribution from the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations, co-hosted the High-level Forum on African Perspectives on SSR. The event brought together approximately 80 high-level participants from 55 Permanent Missions and 11 United Nations entities.

The High-Level Forum highlighted emerging trends and developments in the field of SSR, including its place within broader institutional reform, the role of intra-African SSR support, outsourcing and the role of private commercial security actors in supporting SSR and the significance of the African Union’s SSR Policy as an integral part the African Peace and Security Framework (APSA). 

The co-chairs’ statement, which is included herein, underscored that these developments are “significant for the success and sustainability of such reform processes moving forward but which, so far, have not featured adequately in the SSR policy agenda”. 

The High-Level Forum and co-chairs statement were informed by findings from the Experts-level Seminar on African Perspectives on SSR, which was held the previous day on 13 May. This event brought together representatives from 15 African Permanent Missions, the African Union SSR advisor and high-ranking officials from the Burundian National Defense Forces and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bujumbura. The discussions, focused on three main themes: 1) national ownership; 2) coordination of SSR assistance; and 3) the regional dimensions of SSR. The discussions highlighted the following issues: 

On national ownership of SSR:  

  • “National ownership” is a contested concept that requires careful unpacking.
  • It consists above all of the ability of national actors to exercise political leadership of the process, including through the commitment of national resources to the process.

 On coordination of SSR assistance:  

  • Coordination and national ownership are intimately linked. Coordination should be the primary responsibility of the national authorities and is in itself a manifestation of ownership.
  • National authorities and donors often have different priorities. This underscores the need for national authorities to commit their own resources in order to make decisions independently. 

On the regional dimensions of SSR: 

  • There is a need to use regional mechanisms to encourage and support countries to undertake sustainable SSR. The African Peer Review Mechanism may be useful in this regard because it is African-led and provides considerable scope through which to consider SSR.
  • It is critical to recognize the challenges and limitations to regional approaches given that many neighbouring countries are in conflict or have a history of conflict, which underscores the importance of engagement at the international level. To provide the required support, the United Nations needs to speak with a coherent voice.
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Second Generation Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Practices in Peace Operations

The report is primarily based on four field studies (Afghanistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti and Liberia) but also draws from experiences of other DDR settings based on a desk review and interviews with partners. The term “Second Generation DDR” is used to describe the set of evolving practices documented in the report. Scholar-practitioners and security oriented thinktanks are beginning to use Second Generation DDR and “Interim stabilization” to describe wider security promotion efforts. From the outset, however, it must be underscored that many of the ideas and practices highlighted in the report are not new, and have been implemented, albeit in a fragmented manner, by national Governments and UN agencies. Whereas traditional DDR focuses mainly on combatants that are present within military structures, the focus of Second Generation programmes shifts away from military structures towards the larger communities that are affected by armed violence.

The set of Second Generation DDR practices outlined in this report is a reflection of the broader change in UN peacekeeping. Among the paradigm shifts is the fact that the success of a peacekeeping operation cannot be guaranteed by top-down implementation of a Security Council mandate. Peacekeepers today require more sophisticated skills and tools to negotiate the local dynamics on the ground, which may not reflect the higher level agreement reached between national actors. It is also critical to ensure that programmes are linked to broader peacebuilding/early recovery strategic frameworks, exit strategies of missions, and the development frameworks of UN Country Teams and Governments.

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United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations SSR Newsletter - October-December 2012

The SSR Newsletter provides an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit, gives an overview of upcoming initiatives and shares relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.

In this issue:

  • Launch of UN SSR Integrated Technical Guidance Notes 
  • High-Level Meeting of the Group of Friends of SSR 
  • High-Level Forum on Defence Sector Reform 
  • Spotlight on a Mission: UNMIT 
  • Answering the Call for SSR Assistance to Mali 
  • Roundtable on SSR in Peacebuilding 
  • Addressing the Inter-Linkages between SSR and the Protection of Civilians 
  • The UN Security and Justice Sectors Fact Sheet 
  • Coming Soon... 
  • About the SSR Newsletter
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Department of Peacekeeping Operations Justice Review - Volume 3

In 2003 the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service was created within DPKO to promote rule of law by addressing both judicial and penal systems in UN peace operations. This Review is about the work of this Service and of Justice Components working in peace operations around the world.

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Legal And Judicial Rule of Law work in Multi-dimensional Peacekeeping Operations: Lessons-Learned Study

Within the last 15 years, peacekeeping has undergone a rapid and remarkable transformation. Today, peacekeeping enjoys a much more expansive definition, which acknowledges the complexity and difficulty of truly winning the peace. The absence of the rule of law is a common cause and byproduct of conflicts, and in recognition of this fact, the United Nations (UN) has begun to regularly incorporate rule of law programming into complex multi-dimensional peacekeeping operations (hereinafter, peacekeeping operations).

This study reviews the recent experience with judicial and legal reform programming in UN peacekeeping operations and proposes measures to strengthen and integrate this programming within the mission to maximize its contribution to lasting peace and security. Though this relatively new aspect of peacekeeping has grown consistently in recent years, this study represents one of the first introspective examinations of its status and integration within the UN system.

While significant progress has been made in integrating judicial and legal reform programming into peacekeeping, this study concludes that the effort is still in its early stages, and a number of additional steps are needed to prepare the UN to address judicial and legal system issues in a post-conflict environment. Some of these measures may require additional resources, but more importantly, some demand changes in the way the UN plans and administers the rule of law dimension of peacekeeping operations.

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Justice Components in United Nations Peace Operations

The purpose of this policy is to define the objectives, principles and functions of justice components of United Nations peacekeeping operations and special political
missions managed by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (hereafter “peace operations” or “missions”). In addition, this policy provides an illustrative list of the
substantive areas in which justice components may be engaged, as well as the partners with whom justice components must work in order to achieve their objectives. Finally, the policy provides guidance on basic management issues relating to justice components, including organizational structure, link to Headquarters, sub-programme plans, personnel, training, budget and reporting.

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Examination of Legal Aid in Haiti - Lessons Learned

Between 2 and 18 February 2017 a joint team from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (MINUSTAH and the Justice and Corrections Service) and the USAID Justice Sector Strengthening Program (JSSP), supported by DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) undertook a mission to Haiti that examined the MINUSTAH-supported Legal Aid Office (Bureau d’Assistance Légale - BAL) of Port-au-Prince (2012-2017), Cap-Haïtien and Les Cayes (2015-2016), legal aid projects implemented by PROJUSTICE/USAID, and Government-supported BAL established between 2015 and 2017.

The mission report is available in English and French. 

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UNDPKO SSR Unit Newsletter No.23 | January-June 2015

The SSR Unit (SSRU), located within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), is the focal point and technical resource capacity on SSR for the United Nations system, as well as for national and international partners.
 The SSR Newsletter provides an update on recent activities undertaken and/or supported by the United Nations SSR Unit during the period from 1 January to 30 June 2015, gives an overview of upcoming initiatives and shares relevant information and announcements with the international SSR community.

 In this issue:

  • The cost of Somalia’s Security Sector
  • CAR: Preparing for National Reconciliation and Reintegration
  • Guinea-Bissau: Answering the Call for SSR Support
  • Other SSRU Deployments to Field Missions in Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mali
  • High-level Meeting of the Group of Friends of SSR
  • Meeting of Principals of the Inter-Agency SSR Task Force (IASSRTF)
  • Workshop on Mapping Multilateral Approaches to SSR
  • Annual Workshop for UN Inter-Agency Senior SSR Practitioners
  • Annual Meeting of Heads of SSR Components in UN Peace Operations
  • Coming Soon
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UNDPKO SSR Newsletter no. 17, January - March 2013

The SSR Newsletter provides an update on recent activities of the UNDPKO's SSR Unit, gives an overview of upcoming initiatives and shares relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.
 In this issue:

  • Adoption of African Union Policy Framework on SSR
  • Spotlight on a Mission: UNSMIL
  • SSR Guidance Launched in Geneva
  • Peacekeeping & Human Rights Conference
  • Advanced Training on SSR in Sarajevo
  • SSR Unit Support Visit to Côte d'Ivoire
  • Induction Workshop for SSR Experts in Geneva
  • Rule of Law Conference in Haiti 
  • About the SSR Newsletter
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UNDPKO SSR Newsletter, no. 18, April - June 2013

The SSR Newsletter provides an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit, gives an overview of upcoming initiatives and shares relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.
 In this issue:

  • Senior SSR Practitioners meet in New York
  • Meeting of the SSR Chiefs and Advisers
  • Spotlight on a Mission: Closure of UNPOS
  • SSR Unit visits South Sudan
  • Supporting Libya's SSR priorities
  • Taking stock of SSR in Liberia
  • Launch of the African Union SSR Program
  • Meeting of Group of Friends of SSR
  • Coming Soon...
  • About the SSR Newsletter
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UNDPKO SSR Newsletter No. 20, October-December 2013

The SSR Newsletter, published on a quarterly basis, is aimed at providing an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit and an overview of upcoming initiatives, in addition to sharing relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.

In this issue:

  • Member states discuss Second Secretary-General's report on SSR
  • Spotlight on a Mission: UNSMIL's support to Defence Sector Reform
  • Strategic Assessment Mission to Burundi
  • Taking Stock of the AU SSR Programme
  • SSR Support Visit to Guinea
  • Responding to the crisis in "Arnland"
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UNDPKO SSR Unit Newsletter No.24 | June 2015-January 2016

24th issue of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO) SSR Newsletter, covering the period from July 2015 to January 2016. The SSR Newsletter provides an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit, gives an overview of upcoming initiatives and shares relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.
  
 In this issue:
 -        SSR-related developments in Central African Republic, Liberia and Mali
 -        UN-AU engagement on SSR: From capacity building to strengthened delivery
 -        Security Council briefing on the implementation of resolution 2151 (2014) on SSR
 -        High-level meeting on SSR and the Sustainable Development Goals
 -        SSR Unit briefing to the C-34

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UNDPKO SSR Newsletter No. 21, January-April 2014

The SSR Newsletter, published on a quarterly basis, is aimed at providing an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit and an overview of upcoming initiatives, in addition to sharing relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.

In this issue:

  • Landmark resolution on security sector reform: On Monday 28 April, the Security Council unanimously adopted its first stand-alone resolution on security sector reform (SSR).
  • Spotlight on a Mission: MINUSMA
  • Strategic Review Missions to Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire
  • Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations discussing SSR
  • Taking stock of SSR in Guinea – Mission of the Inter-agency SSR Task Force
  • E-learning on Defence Sector Reform
  • Assessing the future UN engagement in Haiti
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UNDPKO SSR Newsletter No. 13, January-March 2012

The SSR Newsletter, published on a quarterly basis, is aimed at providing an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit and an overview of upcoming initiatives, in addition to sharing relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.

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United Nations DPKO SSR Newsletter, no. 25, February-August 2016

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The SSR Newsletter from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) provides an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit, gives an overview of upcoming initiatives and shares relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.

In this issue:
 - High-level dialogue on building support for security priorities in the Central African Republic
 - DPKO SSR Unit support mission to Central African Republic
 - Inter-Agency Senior SSR Practitioners' workshop
 - DPKO SSR Unit and other partners respond to request for SSR support in Burkina Faso
 - ECOWAS adopts its SSR and Governance policy
 - Spotlight on UNMIL: Security transition and next steps towards sustainable SSR
 - Launch of new Integrated Guidance Note on SSR and transnational organized crime

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United Nations SSR Newsletter, no. 26, January-August 2017

The latest UN Security Sector Reform newsletter covers the period January to August 2017 and highlights:

  • High-Level Conference on the Role of SSR in Sustaining Peace: Challenges and Opportunities
  • High-level dialogue on global experiences in SSR: Implications for the UN SSR agenda
  • Expert-level Discussion on SSR in Mali
  • Annual  Inter-Agency SSR Task  force  WORKSHOP
  • Supporting the Reform of the Somali Security Sector
  • Reminiscence from the field: Guinea 
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UNDPKO SSR Newsletter No. 19, July-September 2013

The SSR Newsletter, published on a quarterly basis, is aimed at providing an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit and an overview of upcoming initiatives, in addition to sharing relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.

In this issue:

  • Release of the second Secretary-General's report on SSR
  • Spotlight on a Mission: UNSOM
  • UN Military Contingent Officers Course
  • Policy forum on SSR and POC
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UNDPKO SSR Newsletter No. 15, July-September 2012

The SSR Newsletter provides an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit, gives an overview of upcoming initiatives and shares relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.
 In this issue:

  • The Fifth Inter- Agency Senior SSR Practitioners Workshop
  • SSR Chiefs and Advisers Discuss Common Challenges 
  • Spotlight on a Mission: SSR in Côte d’Ivoire 
  • Developing Guidance on Public Expenditure Reviews 
  • Opening of an Emergency Response Centre in Timor-Leste 
  • A Video on Defence Sector Reform 
  • Support Visit to Libya 
  • Coming Soon... 
  • About the SSR Newsletter 
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