Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
- Provide strategic and analytical support to the UN leadership at country level - the Resident Coordinator in his/her relations with high-level government officials, academia, civil society including women’s and youth networks, and with the wider political and civic leadership;
- Identify areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders, and support to RC in the preparation of the UN response to government requests, related to social cohesion, dialogue, democratic reform, conflict prevention, peacebuilding or other relevant field, including on areas related to gendered dimensions of peacebuilding and SCR 1325;
- Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, women’s networks, regional and international actors and development partners;
- Strengthen capacity of UNDP and UNCT to undertake conflict analysis, mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming, ensuring that gendered dimensions are reflected in both analysis and programming.
Under the direct supervision of the Resident Coordinator and in close collaboration with the country team, the PDA will:
Provide strategic and operational support to the RC on conflict analysis and prevention and assist in his/her relations with government officials, academia, civil society, including women’s and youth networks, and with the wider political and civic leadership:
- Provide continuous analysis to RC and UNCT on political developments and conflict dynamics, with a view to identifying appropriate ‘entry points’ for conflict prevention and recommending appropriate strategic responses for the UN system, ensuring gendered dimensions of conflict are captured in both analytical efforts and reflected in UNCT programming initiatives;
- Ensure UN and key national stakeholders have access to solid analysis and early warning capacities to support conflict prevention and resolution, in particular to ensure peaceful and inclusive elections;
- Organize, develop, and implement community and national-level initiatives to strengthen confidence in local development capacities, including through the promotion of local dialogue capacities for conflict resolution at local and/or national levels,
Identify areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders, and support to RC in the preparation of the UN response to government requests, related to building national capacity for conflict prevention; Identify new entry points and lead the design of new programmes at national and regional levels in justice, PVE and citizen security[IL1] , including strengthening women’s and youth groups and initiatives in these areas:
- Provide technical expertise and advice topeace-promoting activities such as: dialogue processes; support to facilitation of national multi-stakeholder processes; building local capacity for negotiation, mediation, and reconciliation processes; support to capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at national and local levels such as the College des Sages (Council of the Wise a group of respected notables); support to electoral violence prevention initiatives; strengthen women’s and youth initiatives and groups in peace processes; organize and facilitate training and capacity building workshops for national stakeholders at all levels; and other inter-group process, as required;
- Provide strategic guidance to the design and implementation of Peacebuilding Funded programmes, where applicable, and engage closely with PBF governance mechanisms such as the Joint Steering Committees and their Secretariats;
- Undertake necessary activities to build/strengthen/apply/sustain national capacities/ institutions/ processes to prevent crisis and mainstream conflict prevention interventions throughout the work of UN agencies at country level.
Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners;
- Establish and maintain networks and strategic partnerships for peace building related strategies and initiatives;
- Liaise closely with national, regional, and local stakeholders from Government and civil society including , including structures such as the College des Sages, women's networks and young peace leaders to identify entry points, foster dialogue and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships on conflict prevention, reconciliation and confidence-building initiatives.
- Maintain close liaison with relevant donors and other actors supporting UNDP’s peace building efforts;
- Support UN efforts to mobilize resources for peace building and conflict prevention initiatives; Maintain close contact and share regular analytical reports with relevant staff in UN Headquarters including relevant focal points at UNDP and UN DPPA;
- Liaise closely with the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Peacebuilding Fund, particularly in countries where PBF activities are being implemented.
Provide strategic and technical support to UNDP and other UNCT members with regard to conflict prevention programming and work to strengthen their capacity to undertake conflict analysis and mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming:
- Support the design and implementation of strategy for identifying entry points for mainstreaming of conflict prevention and conflict sensitivity in the UNCT, including within the framework of common country planning processes (UNDAF, CPD, etc.);
- Support an integrated programmatic approach across the UNCT in the context of SDG 16 – Peace Justice and Strong Institutions;
- Conduct training for UN Country Team staff and key national partners on conflict analysis, conflict prevention and/or conflict-sensitive development, ensuring that the gendered dimensions of conflict are adequately reflected through analysis produced and meaningfully addressed through programmatic efforts;
- Provide analytical and strategic support to UNCT. Support the UNCT in making programmatic linkages with the analysis provided.
In this section list all core competencies as well as the most relevant technical/functional competencies the role will require along with the appropriate level.
- Innovation (Ability to make new and useful ideas work): Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
- Leadership (Ability to persuade others to follow): Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
- People Management (Ability to improve performance and satisfaction): Level 4: Models independent thinking and action
- Communication (Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform): Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
- Delivery (Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement): Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions
- Social Cohesion (Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility): Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
- Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development): Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
- Conflict-Sensitive Programming (Ability to use methods and tools to monitor conflict triggers and determine impact of various dynamics in conflict-prone situations): Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
- Political Economy Analysis (Knowledge of the interaction of political and economic processes in a society; including distribution of power and wealth between groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time, and how these dyanmics both affect, and are affected by, UNDP's development support):
- Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
- Knowledge Management (Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge): Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
- Relationship Management (Ability to engage with other parties and forge productive working relationships): Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
- Resource Mobilization (Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources): Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in political science, sociology, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences. In lieu of an Advanced degree, a Bachelor university degree with additional years of experience.
- Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in conflict analysis, policy, and strategy development, development and/or conflict prevention in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
- Extensive experience in research and project development;
- A proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior levels of government, United Nations, and donors;
- Experience in national and community-level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and programming;
- Sound knowledge of and extensive experience in (country/region), including in dialogue and conflict prevention initiatives, is an advantage.
- Fluent written and spoken French and English is required.
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