PNUD recruits 01 Peace & Development Advisor

PNUD recruits 01 Peace & Development Advisor

PNUD

Bissau,Guinée Bissau
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement
Job Description
Agency: UNDP
Title: Peace & Development Advisor
Job ID: 32151
Practice Area – Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery – PEACE & DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 15/09/2020
Duty Station: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 12 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree – 10 year(s) experience
Languages Required: English, French
                      Desired: Portuguese
Grade: P5
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Africa
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
Background
Peace and Development Advisors (hereafter PDA) work with national stakeholders to build, strengthen, and sustain nationally owned and driven efforts to prevent violent conflict and build just and peaceful societies. The range of countries to which PDAs are deployed vary considerably, with some deployed to countries emerging from conflict, others where violence is escalating, and others to countries where there is no violent conflict but underlying structural causes of conflict are present. PDAs are also deployed in countries where political and developmental challenges exist around issues related to elections and constitutional processes, exclusion and inequality, environment, climate change and natural resource management.
PDAs are deployed through a partnership between the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), under the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention.  PDAs support Resident Coordinators (RC) and UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in their efforts to work with national partners on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. They support early warning and risk management measures, and ensure that UN assessments, frameworks (mainly UN Cooperation Frameworks), strategies and programmes are conflict-sensitive and informed by high quality analysis. They are located in the Resident Coordinators’ office, with a direct reporting line to the RC, and a secondary reporting line to the UNDP Resident Representative and DPPA-DPO regional division.
In 2020, PDAs are deployed to more than 50 countries through the Joint Programme. While most PDAs are deployed at country-level, there are a number of PDAs who cover multiple countries.  In some contexts, PDAs are part of a small Peace and Development Advisory team composed of a PDA and a substantive national or international officer/analyst. PDAs also receive additional support from a Joint Programme secretariat based at UN Headquarters in New York, from UNDP and DPPA technical advisors/specialists globally, and from a cadre of regional programme specialists supporting their regions from Amman, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Dakar, Istanbul and Panama.
Given the broad range of skills and experience required by PDAs, the Joint Programme encourages applications from individuals with a combination of expertise spanning sustainable development, political affairs, peacebuilding, sustaining peace, conflict prevention/resolution, community engagement, justice, reconciliation, dialogue, mediation, and humanitarian-development-peace nexus among other relevant areas. While UN experience is a major asset, it is not a requirement for this position. Moreover, the skills of diplomacy, dialogue and facilitation, analysis, advocacy, networking, capacity development and coordination are critical elements of a PDA’s work.
Duties and Responsibilities
While the nature of the PDA role varies according to country and regional context, there are four broad functions of the position:
1.Provide strategic and operational support to the RC on political analysis and reporting, conflict analysis and prevention, and assist in building and sustaining his/her relations with high-level government officials, political parties representatives, Parliament, academia, civil society organizations (CSO) including women’s, youth and human rights networks,  the private sector and the wider political and civic leadership.
2.Identify areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders and support the RC in the preparation of the UN responses to government requests, related to building national capacity to prevent conflict, and promote dialogue and social cohesion.
3.Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders (at high-level, if necessary), as well as with regional and international actors and development partners.
4.Provide strategic and technical support to 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.
PDAs have a primary reporting line to the Resident Coordinator, and secondary reporting lines to the DPPA-DPO regional division and the UNDP Resident Representative. Under their guidance and agreed workplan, in close collaboration with the Country Team, the PDA duties and responsibilities will include the following:
1.Provide strategic and operational support to the RC on political analysis and reporting, conflict analysis and prevention, and assist in building and sustaining his/her relations with high-level government officials, political parties representatives, Parliament, academia, civil society organizations (CSO) including women’s, youth and human rights networks,  the private sector and the wider political and civic leadership.
-Provide political and conflict analysis and reporting to the RC, DPPA-DPO Western Africa Regional Division and UNOWAS, as well as to the wider UNCT on political developments and conflict dynamics, with a view to identifying appropriate ‘entry points’ for conflict prevention. This includes 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; providing policy analysis to feed into UNOWAS briefs in support of the SRSG’s engagements and good offices;
-Provide updates to the UN Headquarters (and regional level as relevant) in line with the Joint Programme’s reporting guidelines with advice on political and socioeconomic developments and conflict dynamics.
-Build and maintain networks and relationships with all stakeholders on behalf of RC and UNCT, effectively representing UN positions on sensitive matters of national cohesion;
-Participate, on behalf of the RC, in relevant national fora and represent the UN system, where necessary;
-Provide substantive leadership for strategic initiatives on conflict prevention, including convening on behalf of the RC dialogue processes; assisting United Nations Country Team led conflict resolution activities in conflict-affected communities; building skills for dialogue, negotiation and mediation for leadership at national level, especially political party leadership, including youth and women leadership within party structures, and for the relevant branches of government,  parliament and justice sectors as deemed necessary; establishing and extending the capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at the national and local levels;  fostering and nurturing confidence-building measures. Also helping build similar skills for dialogue, negotiation and mediation for leadership at national level for civil society networks, especially women, youth, human rights and faith-based groups. Striving towards building close relationships between private sector, national authorities and civil society, to help synthetize efforts by key stakeholders towards sustainable development, political stability, peace and security;
-Under the direction of the RC, engage with other national and international institutions and initiatives, in order to promote a common approach towards supporting social cohesion, enhancing good governance, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and other relevant efforts, including on areas related to gendered dimensions of peacebuilding and SCR 1325. In some circumstances, these interactions may be on behalf of the RC with high-level officials;
-Identify ‘entry points’ for conflict prevention and recommend appropriate strategic responses for the UN system, ensuring that gendered dimensions are reflected in both analysis and programming.
2.Identify areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders and support the RC in the preparation of the UN responses to government requests, related to building national capacity to prevent conflict, and promote dialogue and social cohesion.
-?Lead related peace-promoting activities such as: designing dialogue processes; facilitating national consultative processes; building local capacity for dialogue, negotiation, mediation and reconciliation processes; supporting the capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at national and local levels; strengthening women’s and youth, human rights and private sector  initiatives and groups in peace processes; supporting confidence-building measures; organizing and facilitating training and capacity-building workshops for national stakeholders at all levels;
-Provide strategic guidance to the design of PBF-funded programmes, where applicable, and engage closely with PBF governance mechanisms such as the Joint Steering Committees and their Secretariats to assure a conflict sensitive approach in PBF programme implementation;
-Lead or support the design of 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 and engage civil society and private sector actors in the peace and development agenda supported by the UN.
3.Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders (at high-level, if necessary), as well as with regional and international actors and development partners.
-Liaise closely with relevant national, regional, and local stakeholders from Government, political parties, civil society, private sector and key international actors, 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 UN’s peace building efforts. In some circumstances, these interactions may be on behalf of the RC with high-level officials;
-Manage strategic partnerships and lead engagement on behalf of the RC with national stakeholders, international actors, and development partners, where applicable;
-Support efforts to mobilize resources for peacebuilding and conflict prevention initiatives;
-Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Headquarters and regional level including relevant focal points at DPPA and UNDP;
-Liaise with the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and the Peacebuilding Fund Secretariat in Bissau when required to provide conflict sensitive guidance and advice.
4.Provide strategic and technical support to 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.
-Define/implement a 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 (Cooperation Framework, Common Country Analysis, Country Programme Documents, Strategic Response Plans (SRPs) etc.);
-Provide as needed to UNDP and other UN agencies specific conflict analysis and peacebuilding in support of CPD development, partnerships building on peace, security and development, as well as training in conflict-sensitive programming;
-Provide leadership and strategic guidance to UNCT’s programmatic portfolio pertaining to governance, peacebuilding, and conflict prevention;
-Support an integrated programmatic approach across the UNCT in the context of SDG 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.
Competencies

 

Description of Competency at Level Required

(For more comprehensive descriptions please see the competency inventory)

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.  A Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through the following link:  https://intranet.undp.org/unit/ohr/competency-framework/SitePages/Home.aspx

 

Core  
Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division
Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver
People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen
Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 6: Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services
Technical/Functional Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through  https://intranet.undp.org/unit/ohr/competency-framework/SitePages/Home.aspx

and hiring managers are encouraged to familiarize themselves for more information

Social Cohesion

Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy 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 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy 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 dynamics both affect, and are affected by, UNDP’s development support

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy 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 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy 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
Education:
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 two additional years of experience may be considered.
Experience:
-At least 10 years of senior level experience in political affairs, conflict analysis and reporting, as well as conflict prevention in the United Nations, a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
-Working experience in conflict, post-conflict and transition in the context of integrated United Nations Missions would be an asset;
-Proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior officials, such as in the United Nations, government and external partners;
-Experience working within a UNHQ Department or UN Agency/ Fund/ Programme, with the relevant field experience would be an asset;
-Experience working in an Integrated DSRSG/RC Office and interacting with RCO Teams would be a major asset;
-Ability to understand UN development programming and to support the RCO Head of Office and the RCO Team, in leading UNCT development planning efforts;
-Excellent knowledge of and extensive work experience in the Sub-Saharan Africa subregion, preferably in a conflict, post-conflict and transition settings, would be a major asset;
-Experience in national and community-level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and programming, with experience in gendered dimensions of peacebuilding, being an asset.
Language Requirements: Fluent written and spoken of English and French is required. Knowledge of Portuguese language is highly desirable.
Other: Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
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Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)
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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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