Team Leader: Security Sector Governance (Brussels)

Vacancy notice posted on behalf of:


DAI Incorporating HTSPE


Team Leader, Provision of Expertise to Support Security Sector Governance and Reform

Brussels, Belgium

Outline of the programme and role:

The objective of the project is to support the EU’s Foreign Policy Instrument in implementing the EU’s security sector reform (SSR) policy framework. Through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), the EU is looking to set up a facility to be able to provide support to national governments and stakeholders involved in SSR and governance, including technical expertise, training, organising meetings and seminars to support and underpin national policy planning, implementation and dialogue on SSR. The project is further expected to have a gender component, incorporating gender concerns within national SSR dialogues and planning processes.

The Team Leader will be responsible for coordinating the facility.

He/she will act as the main contact point for the Foreign Policy Instrument, particularly FPI.2, and will oversee a team of short term experts.

The facility will support the IcSP in advising national stakeholders in the security sector to facilitate inclusive national SSR processes including dialogue on security sector governance and reform in conflict, post-conflict and fragile countries. Short-term missions organised by the project may cover security perception surveys; security sector assessments (including security needs of the population); inclusive national consultation processes in the security sector; good governance; human resources management; capacity building, DDR, among others.

The Team Leader will be directly responsible for the management and oversight of the facility, including supervision of short-term experts and quality control, in full coordination with relevant EU officers.

Project location: Brussels, with global travel to partner countries as required.

Project duration: This will be a full-time position over 36 months.

Qualifications And Skills:
•An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) or equivalent in: Security studies, conflict resolution, international development or similar;
•Superior written and oral communication skills in English;
•Diplomatic skills and the capacity to deal with politically sensitive issues at high institutional level.

General Professional Experience:
•Minimum 10 years of post-graduate professional experience in a sector relevant to the scope of the assignment, of which a minimum 5 years must be leading a team and managing projects of similar size, complexity, and duration;
•Direct experience working in conflict and post conflict countries;
•Experience and direct liaison with similar stakeholders to this project: EU agencies, Ministries, parliament, human rights commission, law enforcement agencies, women’s associations, youth and community associations and other relevant civil society organisations.

Specific Professional Experience:
•Relevant experience in the design and development of security needs assessments;
•Experience leading at least 1 similar security focused facility;
•Proven record of accomplishment in the capacity building in relation to security of Government institutions, (ministries, parliament, human rights commissions) and bodies (media, CSO, universities) in addition to civil society organisations);
•Familiarity with EU processes and PCM;
•A proven network of experts in the sector.

Desirable additional assets:
•Experience working with the existing EU SSR frameworks, and the IcSP in particular, would be considered a distinct avantage;
•Focus on the development of gender concerns inclusion in dialogue and planning processes in to meet long term security needs and rights of women, men, girls and boys.

*Please note that this profile is indicative only and subject to change.

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