Capacity Building Advisor (Small Arms and Light Weapons)

  • Contract
  • Bangui

UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

Background Information – PSC

Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients. The Director is responsible for administering and providing oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.

Background Information – Job-specific

To meet its objective UNMAS CAR is seeking an expert consultant to support the operationalization of the National Commission for the Fight against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NATCOM-SALW). In direct coordination with the President and the Secretary-General of the NATCOM-SALW the senior management of the relevant stakeholders and agencies in country, the Capacity Building Advisor (SALW) will support and strengthen the capacity of the NATCOM-SALW to implement the Action Plan for the Fight against the proliferation of SALW, based on the Strategy for the fight against the proliferation of SALW . The Capacity Development Advisor (SALW) will work with the national authorities and will coordinate activities in relation with UNMAS’ mandate in CAR with external partners which may include UNCT (UNDP, UNICEF, ONUDC…),UNIDIR, as well as international/ national NGOs.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Project Unit, the Capacity Building Advisor will have to perform the following duties:
Supporting the implementation of the SALW action plan

  • Support the development of a resource mobilization framework for the NATCOM-SALW;

  • Support the development of specific projects based on the priorities of the NATCOM-SALW;

  • Ensure proper maintenance of documentation for all action plan activities.

  • Support the development of strategic documents in line with the NATCOM-SALW national action plan

Stakeholder Coordination and Relationship Building

  • Identify and contact international/national stakeholders on SALW control upon arrival in-country and during the mission as deemed appropriate;
  • Liaise, negotiate and coordinate with national authorities with respect to implementation of the action plan;
  • Participates in meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise and hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions;
  • Identify and build relationships with national institutions, respective governmental authorities, donors, and international partners, including UN agencies, engaged in addressing the issue of SALW.

Strategic Policy, Advice, and Advocacy

  • Provide policy advice to the Programme Manager on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and mandates;
  • Provide substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies, other policy-making organs, as appropriate;
  • Identify broad UNMAS strategies required for the development and implementation of the mission’s work programme;
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to other UN agencies and partners when requested;
  • Any other duties as requested and tasked by the Programme Manager.


  • The National Commission on SALW increases its operationality;

  • The National Authority presents the progress made on SALW during their plenary meetings.

Education/Experience/Language requirements



  • Advance university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) with 7 years of relevant experience is required; or

  • First level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with 9 years of relevant experience is required; or

  • Military Experience (or relevant Police Experience) with 13 years of relevant experience is required.

Work Experience

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in advisory and coordination roles in military, humanitarian, conflict, post-conflict, or development contexts.
  • Experience working with Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) projects or programmes is required.


  • Fluency in French and English (speaking, writing and reading) is required.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual International Contractor Agreement

Contract level: IICA-3 (ICS-11)

Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

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Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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