Deployable Civilian Experts
What is a DCE?
DCEs are non-civil servants who are available for deployment, often, at short notice, for assignments of between a few days to a year in countries affected by violent conflict. The Stabilisation Unit currently has over 1000 of these highly skilled, resilient and professional men and women from a wide range of backgrounds on its database.
The Stabilisation Unit have deployed experts to Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Nepal, Kenya (for work on Somalia), DRC, Kosovo, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Lebanon in a number of disciplines. From former employees of the UN and NGOs to retired military personal, these individuals can make a positive impact in very challenging environments.
Tasks vary according to the location. In some cases an individual may be sent to support a UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In other cases, such as Afghanistan, they may be working as a Stabilisation Advisor alongside the military, planning road reconstruction, advising local police and helping to set up local community councils.
So what are we looking for in our ideal DCE?
- Between 5 – 30 years experience working on conflict-affected and fragile states, with significant field experience
- Strong technical skills in stabilisation disciplines (see categories below)
- Knowledge of the UK policy making environment and key cross-government decision making mechanisms
- Dynamism; a flexible approach to problem-solving
- The ability to work independently and be self-reliant
- The ability to represent HMG and to continue to perform well when operating in hostile, conflict environments
- Ability to obtain UK security clearance*
*UK national; or resident in the UK for the last 5 years. Non UK nationals with no UK residency can only obtain a limited security clearance equivalent if a level of clearance is held in the candidate’s own country and arrangements exist to recognise that security clearance in the UK.
How to apply
In December 2009 the Stabilisation Unit reached its target of a 1000-strong Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG) and we are now focusing on operationalising the CSG.
The majority of the functional categories listed below are now full. Potential applicants are still welcome to apply for any of the categories, but please note that only exceptional candidates with significant relevant experience are likely to be accepted. See the ‘So what are we looking for in our ideal DCE?’ above to get a better idea of what an exceptional candidate might look like.
Currently, we are particularly interested in enhancing the numbers of DCEs in the categories highlighted in bold:
Justice and Prisons
Security and Justice
Policing and Borders
Disarmament Demobilisation & Reintegration
Military and Security
Economics and Finance
Prior to filling out the application it is important to read the information in the DCE guidance note carefully and in applying clearly show how you meet the skills and competencies listed for the functional area you are applying for.
When filling out your application please ensure you fill out all the fields (apart from the additional information field, which is discretionary), as we will be unable to accept applications where these are incomplete.
What happens next?
Your application will be reviewed by one of our Function Managers, who will be an expert in the functional area you are applying for. If your application matches the skills and experience required by the Unit, you will be called in for an interview. This process could take up to six months, although we will endeavour to process applications as quickly as possible.