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Wait, What? UN Really Does Have Job Ads Posted To Hire For ‘Disarming’ Residents In NYC

I’ll be honest, I’ve heard a lot of crazy talk about the United Nations, particularly coming from the far right and “gun culture”. But what I once thought to be no more than the paranoid rantings and ravings of fringe nuts has seemingly been articulated in a recent job listing posted by the United Nations. Now, this posting has begun circulating throughout social media.

The U.N. posting says clearly that they are actively preparing personnel to assist in what they have described as “disarmament, demobilization and reintegration” work.

Posting Title: Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer, P4


Department/ Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Work Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration or related area. Experience working within peacekeeping, peace-building or development programmes operations is desirable. Experience with small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, economic recovery is desirable. Experience coordinating multiple partner agencies, funds or programmes is desirable.

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.

Lest you assume they are hiring for work abroad, the listing says that the duty station for this key U.N. Peacekeeping Operations department is New York City.

What does this mean? Well, according to the United Nations information page on ‘DDR’ operations, this will involve the following:

Disarmament is the collection, documentation, control and disposal of small arms, ammunition, explosives and light and heavy weapons from combatants and often from the civilian population.

Demobilization is the formal and controlled discharge of active combatants from armed forces and groups, including a phase of “reinsertion” which provides short-term assistance to ex-combatants.

Reintegration is the process by which ex-combatants acquire civilian status and gain sustainable employment and income. It is a political, social and economic process with an open time-frame, primarily taking place in communities at the local level.

The objective of the DDR process is to contribute to security and stability in post-conflict environments so that recovery and development can begin. DDR helps create an enabling environment for political and peace processes by dealing with security problem that arises when ex-combatants are trying to adjust to normal life, during the vital transition period from conflict to peace and development.

As of right now, the job listing is still up on the U.N. website. But in case it is taken down, a screen capture of the want ad is preserved below.

UN job listing (1)

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