Back UN Action Programme Officer

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018

In light of the positive results achieved in terms of stability, consolidation of peace, and the successful presidential and legislative elections, the Security Council decided to close the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) in June 2017 by the United Nations Security Council resolution 2284 of 28 April 2016. The United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes- commonly known as the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) remain to support the Government and the population of Côte d’Ivoire to further consolidate the achievements of UNOCI, including in terms of stability and property.

As a result of the considerable efforts in preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence, the Forces Armées de Côte d’Ivoire (FACI) were removed from the list annexed to the report of the Secretary-General on conflict-related sexual violence covering the period from January through December 2016 (S/2017/249). Such efforts included: the development of an Action Plan with the support of the TOE; the signing of undertakings by senior commanders to reinforce their individual and command responsibilities; the review of FACI’s code of conduct with a specific prohibition of sexual violence crimes; the delivery of training to the military and the police on conflict-related sexual violence; and the establishment of a joint mechanism with UNOCI to follow up on reported allegations/cases of human rights violations including sexual violence crimes. In addition, President Alassane Ouattara signed a decree on the creation of a National Committee to combat conflict-related sexual violence with a mandate to coordinate the Government’s practical and operational response to conflict-related sexual violence.

Although during these last years the capacity of State Institutions and civil society actors have been strengthened to promote and protect human rights, with a particular attention to grave violations and abuses suffered by women and children, challenges related to capacity of national human rights institutions and civil society organisations to properly and promptly monitor and report CRSV cases and the absence of early warning and responsive CRSV mechanisms in case of future outbreak, lack of accountability and impunity for CRSV cases from the post-election crisis( 2010-2011), lack of adequate resources from state institutions and for civil society organizations to prevent, respond to and address CRSV on a long-term basis still important.

In view of the continuation and rearticulating of Conflict-related Sexual Violence (CRSV) mandate of UNOCI into UNCT and Government activities after UNOCI’s departure, UNOCI’s handover plan highlights specific Sexual Violence (SV)/CRSV related issues that will require attention and follow-up both the Government and the UNCT in particular strengthen the investigation and reporting capacity of the national human rights institutions and judicial system; build capacities of national actors to prevent and respond to SGBV/Women’s human rights aid SGBV; support State institutions and non-state actors to bring justice to CRSV survivors/victims.

Thus UNCT has developed the comprehensive Peacebuilding Support Program (PACoP), a programmatic translation of UNOCI's transition plan, and one of the four program axes relates to the fight against sexual and gender-based violence including CRSV. The program supports Government efforts to effective implement its national strategy to combat gender-based violence adopted in 2014 and the action plan for the Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire(FACI), including the strengthening of capacities of national institutions and civil society organizations in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence. The program aims also to strengthen the national system for collecting and analysing data on violence against women and children through support for the operationalization of GBVIMS (GBV Management and Information System). The following specific actions aligned to the national strategy will be implemented: (i) prevent gender-based violence and strengthen national institutions capacities and civil society organizations to combat GBV; (ii) improve access to justice for survivors of violence and strengthen the fight against impunity for perpetrators of GBV; (iii) mainstream prevention and suppression of sexual and other forms of GBV in the Security Sector Reform(SSR) process; (iv) identify individual cases of GBV and provide holistic assistance, including access to medical care, psychological support and legal assistance, as well as age-appropriate socio-economic reintegration support ; (v) strengthen the national data collection system on violence against women and children.

In this regard, the Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Côte d’Ivoire recruits a UNA Programme Officer to increase joint coordination and programming on GBV/CRSV under the Delivery as One (DaO) approach within UNCT as well as national actors and civil society organisations.

Within the limits of delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Resident Coordinator, the UNA Programme Officer will:

  • Support the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1820, 1888, 1960 and 2106 on Conflict-related Sexual Violence (CRSV);
  • Ensure the provision of advice and support to government and non-governmental counterparts in collaboration with relevant UN counterparts, and will foster close working partnerships with all UN stakeholders.


Innovation : Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Leadership: Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management: Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Communication: Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Delivery: Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Professionalism: Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials; Conceptual and strategic ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters and assess their impact on the protection of civilians from conflict related sexual violence; 

Teamwork: Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; 

Planning& organizing: Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;

Judgement/Decision-making: Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

 Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before deciding; considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization;

  • Education: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, law, international relations, development studies, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Experience: A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, gender, humanitarian affairs, political affairs, security sector or a related area is required - a combination of experience in two or more of these areas is required. A minimum of three years of field experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is an asset, as well as experience in Western Africa. Experience supporting or facilitating multi-stakeholder policy and/or advocacy processes at the national level is required. Field experience, including at least one year of experience working in a UN field operation, UN agency or similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is an asset.
  • Language Requirements: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised in Abidjan fluency in oral French and in written English is required.
  • Other: Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. 

Female applicants are strongly encouraged.

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Contract Duration: 6 mois

This vacancy is archived.

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