Vacant position: Coordination Officer SSU Bunia, DRC - Closed!

NORDEM is seeking a Cooordination Officer to the Stabilisation Support Unit of MONUSCO in Bunia in DR Congo. See the terms of reference below for further details. Qualified and interested candidates are asked to contact Lisa Kirkengen, k.l.kirkengen at (replace "at" with @), as soon as possible.

Coordination Officer
DURATION:  One (1) year, starting as soon as possible
SUPERVISOR:  Stabilisation Team Leader

Background and Organizational Context

The Stabilization Support Unit, established within the Integrated Office of the DSRSG/RC/HC/RR in Goma, coordinates and supports the implementation of the ISSSS. The primary objective of the SSU is to ensure the programmatic and financial coherence and coordination of international support within the framework of the GoDRC Plan STAREC.

The International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS) was developed to deliver tangible dividends and reinforce political progress made following the 2006 elections, the Nairobi Communiqué, and the Goma Actes d’Engagement.  It is now the main vehicle of the international community to provide support to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Programme for War-Affected Areas (STAREC), launched in June 2009. Priority interventions targeted by the ISSSS are determined by the STAREC coordination mechanisms, co-chaired by the GoDRC and MONUSCO at the provincial and national level. Coordination support is provided by the Technical Secretariat of the STAREC which is composed of the Interprovincial Coordination team of the GoDRC and the Stabilization Support Unit of the office of the DSRSG/RC/HC

In May 2010, the Security Council, with S/RES/1925 (2010), established the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). This marked a new focus and mandate to support, together with the protection of civilians and in close cooperation with other international partners, efforts by the Congolese Government to consolidate state authority in territories previously under the control of armed groups.



Under the supervision of the Stabilization Team Leader, the Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties within the Stabilization Support Unit (SSU):

  • Supports the Stabilization Team Leader in coordinating and supervising the implementation of the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS) at the District level aligned to priorities at Provincial level;
  • Collaborates closely with relevant national and international partners, including other UN entities on the development of provincial strategies, workplans, programmes and concept notes related to Stabilization at the provincial level;
  • Provides timely information and analysis on security, political, social and economic issues affecting stabilization dynamics at the local level, including their relation with national level dynamics and vice versa;
  • Provides programmatic advice and support to the Mission, the UNCT and national partners and helps to identify and resolve problems as they arise;
  • Tracks progress in project implementation and facilitates the delivery of high quality results as per stated objectives and outcomes;
  • Identifies emerging issues and critical stabilization gaps, provides an early warning function where necessary and ensures that priority interventions are identified and flagged for programmatic response;
  • Participates in awareness-raising and the implementation of the stabilization communications strategy; Supports the management and organization of coordination meetings, and in particular the Local Technical Committee;
  • Help coordinate, organize and participate in assessments and field missions related to stabilization project implementation, including with national partners (STAREC, local and provincial authorities), with MONUSCO Military and Administration as well as other interested parties;
  • The incumbent will be required to maintain a regularly-updated database of information, both substantive and financial, on the operational activities of the ISSSS in the assigned area of operations in order to provide ad hoc reports as necessary;
  • Within the scope of the above responsibilities, the incumbent may be required to undertake special assignments upon requested



  • Ability to identify issues to be monitored, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations;
  • experience with international organization and crisis management;
  • ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in a stressful environment;
  • commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations.

Planning and Organizing

  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan and execute own work plans within tight deadlines, and re-prioritize when necessary.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills; the incumbent must be able to interact and to establish and maintain effective working relationships, both as a team member and, in some situations, as a team leader in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Client Orientation - Ability to identify the needs of clients and match them to appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships.


  • Excellent drafting skills in English and French and ability to communicate effectively verbally; excellent public speaking skills.

Technological Awareness

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite and Internet browsing, and experience in use of databases, PowerPoint, and electronic media applications, and videoconferences.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, history, international affairs or related fields. Military Staff College graduation, or first level university degree, in combination with extensive experience in operational and analytical work in the field of international affairs, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in advisory and coordination positions (preferably in inter-agency coordination/cooperation.) Experience working within a DPKO-led mission, an integrated mission, conflict zones or a hardship non-family duty station would be an advantage.


  • Fluency in spoken and written English and French; knowledge of Kiswahili is an advantage.


Published June 18, 2012 2:50 PM - Last modified Oct. 25, 2012 1:57 PM