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I am a highly regarded and dedicated senior level United Nations political and peacekeeping official with extensive experience implementing Security Council mandates in the Middle East and Africa, and at UNHQ. Having worked in UN missions in Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, DR Congo and Western Sahara, I have developed a critical understanding of political, security, humanitarian and development issues, and a comprehensive knowledge of political, military and operational aspects of my trade, including mediation, conflict management and confidence-building processes; military deployments and the “use of force” as well as budgets and administration, and operational and strategic planning. I have a long record of diplomacy, liaison and coordination, with the ability to develop and maintain strong and collaborative partnerships with internal and external counterparts and stakeholders. I have managed and developed teams in volatile environments, and I possess well-developed communication skills and strong planning and organisation techniques. I have an ability to identify problems and to develop workable solutions for them. With my family settled in Abu Dhabi, I am now seeking a position within the wider UN system in the UAE, which would give me the opportunity to apply my experience gained and to broaden it into new fields. I am confident in my ability to quickly learn and to master new challenges.
Areas of Expertise
Delivering strategies in conflict environments Stakeholder diplomacy, liaison and coordination Operational and strategic planning Strong influencing and negotiation skills Delivery of briefings, reports and presentations Excellent people management skills Inter-cultural communication skills Good fluency in Arabic
During my UN career, I have either led or participated in multi-national teams that have: Facilitated and verified the elimination of Syria’s declared chemical weapons programme through multilateral partnerships, achieved in an unprecedented time frame and in uniquely dangerous conditions. Facilitated dialogue between Lebanese and Israeli senior military officials that kept the peace along the Lebanese-Israeli border for the longest period since the 1960s. Established a multi-disciplinary peacekeeping operation in Sudan, to stabilize the country and help implement the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the government and former rebels. Stabilised the border region between Ethiopia and Eritrea following their 1998-2000 war. Worked with Congolese and Rwandan groups to implement disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programmes in eastern Congo. Registered Sahraoui inhabitants of the refugee camps in Algeria to vote in a self-determination referendum. I have been commended repeatedly by senior UN officials for my integrity and professionalism, my advice and recommendations to senior management, my drafting and presentation skills, and my ability to establish collaborative relationships among my peers, within my teams, and with external counterparts.
Senior Advisor/Senior Liaison Officer November 2013 to December 2014 OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria Damascus, Syria The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – United Nations Joint Mission in Syria was tasked to carry out an ambitious and unprecedented mandate to facilitate and verify the removal and destruction of some 1,300 metric tonnes of chemical weapons material and the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons programme following the Russia-US Framework Agreement in September 2013 and the adoption of Security Council resolution 2118 (2013). I led the Joint Mission’s liaison / political unit, supporting the mission leadership in the implementation of the Joint Mission’s mandate: Assisted in establishing the Joint Mission, in planning and formulating strategies, identifying strategic issues, proposing policy options and priorities, making recommendations, and drafting planning directives. Supported the head of mission planning and conducting diplomatic negotiations with the Syrian Government and with other Member States, developing constructive multilateral cooperation at a time of acute regional and international tensions; and developed strong liaison and coordination with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts in Damascus, at UNHQ in New York, and at the OPCW in The Hague. Directed the production of regular reports and code cables to UN Headquarters, and drafted monthly reports and briefings to the UN Security Council and the OPCW Executive Council. Assisted the head of mission with outreach activities, including carrying out presentations and discussions with NGOs, academic think tanks and research institutions. Performed Chief of Staff functions in Damascus in his absence, and acted as OIC of the UN Component of the Joint Mission and as head of the mission’s office in Nicosia planning for transition, handover and liquidation,