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United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research UNIDIR

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)—an autonomous institute within the United Nations—conducts research on disarmament and security. The Institute explores current issues pertaining to a variety of existing and future armaments, as well as global diplomacy and local tensions and conflicts. Working with researchers, diplomats, government officials, NGOs and other institutions since 1980, UNIDIR acts as a bridge between the research community and governments.

The CAP is seeking a Programme Assistant to strengthen the operational and administrative component of the programme and its projects. Under the supervision of the Programme Lead, the consultant shall perform the following duties:

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1. Assist the Programme Lead in day-to-day planning and organization of CAP, including (but not limited to): 

  • Support the preparation of meetings, events and workshops on conventional arms control at relevant global, regional and national disarmament fora;
  • Act as point of contact on all logistical and administrative needs for the programme;
  • Act as an external face for CAP, as needed and upon request by the Programme Lead, including at trainings, panel presentations and other external events; and
  • Organize and maintain documentation and records.

2. Support the coordination and implementation of project activities, including:

  • Liaise with partners from States, regional organizations, the United Nations and expert NGOs;
  • Support the organization of programmes of work and lead logistics operations for project activities, including for field and HQ missions as well as meetings and events organized by CAP;
  • Produce meeting summaries and reports from consultations and meetings held or attended by UNIDIR on the issues of conventional arms control; and
  • Help monitor and evaluate project implementation, including supporting the preparation of publications, donor reports and other official documents.

3. Support the design and development of CAP strategies and projects, including:
• Draft briefs, backgrounds, project proposals and concept notes on conventional arms issues;  

  • Assist the Programme Lead in gathering policy positions and recommendations on emerging issues as well as for issues covered under the existing projects; and
  • Support the Programme Lead in consultations with stakeholders in development of concepts and strategies. 

4. Assist the Programme Lead in outreach activities with relevant stakeholders to raise the profile of projects, and interact with interested parties to help promote the development of CAP.

5. Conduct research and analysis:

  • Produce background studies related to weapon and ammunition management in conflict-affected settings, small arms and light weapons control and related treaties and tools, arms trade and related treaties, safe and secure management of conventional ammunition and improvised explosive devices;
  • Support the Programme Lead with the designing of research methodologies to facilitate the implementation of conventional arms control projects; and
  • Assist in the management and maintenance of UNIDIR tools and databases related to conventional arms.
Qualifications/special skills
Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with analytical capacity and ability to conduct research and synthesize divergent ideas into relevant and concise concepts.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international affairs, political science, international law or a related field.
Experience: Experience in project or programme administration, including organizing events, drafting programme documents and engaging a wide range of stakeholders, is required. A proven track record in conducting original research and analysis, and editing/producing publications is strongly desirable. 
Additionally, a minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in the field of arms control and disarmament, preferably in the area of conventional arms, including small arms and light weapons, is desirable. Experience working with the United Nations and/or field experience in post-conflict settings will be considered an asset.
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Deadline: November 30, 2017

Language: For this consultancy, fluency in English (both written and oral) is required. Knowledge of French or another official United Nations language is considered an asset.
Additional Information
The consultant will be required to provide the following documents prior to the issuance of the contract:

-Copy of highest education degree/diploma obtained
-Copy of national passport
-Certificate of good health and proof of medical insurance
-Certificate of UN security training module(s)

The consultant shall provide UNIDIR the following outputs:

• Lead and monitor CAP’s administrative activities and needs;
• Provide logistical support and advice to support project activities;
• Daily management of UNIDIR tools and databases;
• Support the day-to-day operations of the programme.
• Support the preparation of meetings for the programme;
• Drafting reports and studies for the programme;
• Liaise with partners to support operationalization of project activities; and
• Assist in research and editing tasks for the programme

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