Associate Arms Control and Monitoring Officer

UNOPS, Goma, Congo

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th April, 2019

Job Description

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. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and 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.

It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) DRC:

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suffered nearly two decades of turmoil, particularly in the eastern provinces. The use of landmines was a feature during the conflict and Explosive Remnants of War from the fighting remain a hazard.

UNMAS established its presence in the DRC in 2002 to provide support to the Peacekeeping Mission (MONUSCO) and to conduct humanitarian mine action. It continues to work with all actors involved in mine action, and weapons and ammunition management and safety issues.

MONUSCO Arms Embargo Cell:

In January 2015, the Arms Embargo Working Group (AEWG) was established to coordinate MONUSCO’s efforts on the arms embargo. In May 2015, the Chair of the 1533 Sanctions Committee visited DRC for the first time, which brought the arms embargo into sharper focus within the mission. Later the same year, the AEWG was reinforced by an Arms Embargo Cell (AEC). On 27 March 2018 the UN Security Council in resolution 2409 (2018) extended MONUSCO’s mandate and included a focus on how MONUSCO could increase its impact on the arms embargo.

SCR 2409 (of 27 March 2018) was unanimously adopted by the Security Council with the stated specific objective under the sanctions regime for MONUSCO to “monitor the implementation of the arms embargo as described in paragraph 1 of resolution 2293 (2016) in cooperation with the Group of Experts established by resolution 1533 (2004), and in particular observe and report on flows of military personnel, arms or related materiel across the eastern border of the DRC” (OP37iii); as well as “continued national efforts to address the threat posed by the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons” (OP45).

Functional Responsibilities:

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Under the direct supervision of the Arms Control and Monitoring Officer, your duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Gather information on arms (including ammunition) flows and advise on short term exploitation of information;
  • Participate in synchronizing and harmonizing the information flows on the arms embargo and gathered information within MONUSCO;
  • Work closely with the Arms Control and Monitoring Officer to continuously update and roll out the identification booklet.
  • Support regular timely updates and maintenance of the databases kept by the Arms Embargo Cell.
  • Work closely with UNMAS and UNPOL Serious Organized Crimes Support Unit (SOCSU) to support DRC’s long-term capacity to develop information and enhance use of gathered information;
  • Support the implementation of trainings at all stages including but not limited to the provision of presentations on the arms embargo and its monitoring.
  • Perform any other tasks as instructed by supervisors according to the identified needs of the Arms Embargo Cell.

Monitoring and Progress Controls:

  • Support in updating an identification booklet and databases on the SALW and related ammunition in circulation in Eastern DR Congo by the end of the project.
  • Support the implementation of trainings delivered to MONUSCO and relevant national authorities.
  • Reliable and useful information on arms flow is collected, analysed and submitted as part of analytical reports submitted to MONUSCO.

Education/Experience/Language requirements:


  • Advanced University degree (Master degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international law, development studies, or related field with 2 years of relevant work experience; OR
  • A First level university degree (Bachelor degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international law, development studies or related field with 4 years of relevant experience; OR
  • Military or police experience with 8 years of relevant work experience is required.

Experience: Relevant experience is defined as experience in arms embargo activities or other related experience in post-conflict environments


  • Fluency in French (speak, read, and write) is required
  • Intermediate in English (speak, read, write) is required


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