Le PNUD recrute Peace and Development Advisor

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Position Information         

Job Title: Peace and Development Advisor

Duty Station : Conakry, Guinea

Reports to: Resident Coordinator

Secondarily reports to : UNDP RR & DPPA-DPO Western Africa Division

Grade Level: P5

Duration and Type of Assignment: FTA, one year upon appointment (renewable)

Position Number: 102989

  1. Job Purpose and Organizational Context

Peace and Development Advisors (hereafter PDA) 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 divisions.

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.

Guinea’s context

In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, Guinea continues to experience political tensions. Contentious issues between the government and opposition parties are mainly related to (i) the President’s potential bid for a third term in office; (ii) disagreements over the perceived lack of inclusivity and credibility of the voters’ register; (ii) and the incomplete implementation of the 2016 Political Agreement, which was reached through the facilitation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel and Head of UNOWAS (United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel) and the Group of multiple international partners.

The socio-economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic could exacerbate multidimensional tensions undermining Guinea’s gains in terms of peace consolidation and development. Furthermore, a deterioration of the socio-political and security situation in Guinea could potentially affect other West African countries.

Justification

The current context in Guinea calls for renewed efforts by the United Nations system in Guinea in the areas of conflict prevention, social cohesion, national dialogue, reconciliation and peacebuilding. The complex challenges faced by the UN in Guinea require strengthening the capacity of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) through the provision of strategic political and programmatic advice with a specific focus on the preparation of presidential elections, national dialogue, support to the country’s efforts to address the political and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 and advance post-COVID-19 recovery, and on security sector and justice reforms.

The deployment of a PDA, at the P5 level, within the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Guinea is justified by the need to provide political strategic and analytic support, as well as programmatic guidance to the offices of the RC and UNDP RR in addressing existing issues pertaining to conflict prevention, social cohesion, national dialogue, reconciliation and peacebuilding in the country.

Moreover, the PDA will supervise the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) Secretariat in Guinea, which was set up to serve as an interface between the strategic decision-making level bodies, the State institutions and the UN agencies in the country, as well as PBSO for the implementation of the country National Priority Plan for Peacebuilding.

The Joint UNDP/DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention agreed to support the Offices of the RC and RR through the recruitment of a PDA who will work under the direct supervision of the RC. In line with the standard operating procedures of the Joint UNDP/DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention, the PDA will regularly communicate with UNDP, DPPA-DPO and PBSO.

  • Duties and Responsibilities

While the nature of the PDA role varies according to country and regional context, there are three broad functions of the position:

  1. Undertake conflict analysis and provide strategic advice to the Resident Coordinator in his/her engagement with high-level government officials, academia, civil society including youth and women’s networks, UN Country Team, UNOWAS, DPPA-DPO, and other relevant stakeholders.
  2. Identify opportunities to build national capacities for conflict prevention including areas of strategic, programmatic and policy engagement with national stakeholders, and support the RC and the UNCT action in areas of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, human rights, humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus, Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) among others.
  3. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners on issues related to Sustaining Peace and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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, and in close collaboration with the Country Team, the PDA will:

  1. Undertake conflict analysis and provide strategic advice to the Resident Coordinator in his/her engagement with high-level government officials, academia, civil society including youth and women’s networks, UN Country Teams, UNOWAS, DPPA-DPO, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide risk-informed analysis to the RC and the broader UNCT (and in some contexts, the Humanitarian Country Team), as well as the UN Headquarters and regional level as relevant (DPPA-DPO Western Africa Division, UNOWAS, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa and Hub) on political and socioeconomic developments, and conflict dynamics. This would also require identifying appropriate ‘entry points’ for conflict prevention and sustaining peace, proposing concrete, actionable and timely recommendations for consideration by the UN leadership;
  • In line with reporting guidelines established by the Joint Programme, submit reports to DPPA-DPO Western Africa Division, UNOWAS, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa and Hub on key political and security developments, providing analysis and recommendations for action;
  • Strengthen and support the capacity of the UNCT, including through training, to undertake conflict, context and political economy analysis, ensuring that gendered and human rights dimensions are reflected in both analysis and programming; and inform early warning and response mechanisms;
  • Participate on behalf of the RC, in relevant national fora and represent the UN system where necessary, including through engagement with high-level government officials;
  • Facilitate the linking of political economy considerations, conflict and political analysis and strategies as well as risk-informed approaches to the UN’s programmatic and policy engagement at the country-level; and
  • Engage with academia and think tanks in research and analyses on peace and conflict related themes, including areas such as climate risk and insecurity.
  1. Identify opportunities to build national capacities for conflict prevention including areas of strategic, programmatic and policy engagement with national stakeholders, and support the RC and the UNCT action in areas of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, human rights, humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus, Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) among others
  • Provide strategic and technical advice, and support the design and initiation of peace-promoting initiatives or engagements in areas such as conflict prevention and sustaining peace; infrastructures for peace; dialogue processes; confidence-building measures, electoral violence prevention; social cohesion; reconciliation; countering violent extremism; and stabilization;
  • Identify opportunities and options for UN preventive diplomacy engagement as required;
  • Support connecting local and national level conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts, as well as regional and/or cross-border initiatives as appropriate;
  • Identify and engage civil society actors in the peace and development agenda supported by the UN and work with other UN entities, including OHCHR and UN Women, to protect human rights and expand civic space;
  • Support the UNCT in their efforts on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and gendered dimensions of peacebuilding and SCR 1325 (and related resolutions) as well as Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and SCR 2250;
  • Support the design and implementation of strategies for identifying entry points for mainstreaming of conflict prevention and conflict sensitivity in the work of the UNCT (including within the CCA, Cooperation Framework, Country Programme Documents (CPD), etc.); and where relevant, support UN’s resource mobilization efforts for conflict prevention;
  • Provide strategic guidance and quality assurance to the design and implementation of programmes funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), where applicable, and engage closely with PBF governance mechanisms; as well as with DPPA regional divisions and UNDP Country Offices and HQ on the implementation; and
  • In contexts of a UN Mission transition, work closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the activities of the UNCT incorporate a conflict prevention dimension to sustain the peacebuilding gains achieved during the mission’s presence.
  1. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners on issues related to Sustaining Peace and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Establish and maintain networks and strategic partnerships for sustaining peace related strategies and initiatives and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and national SDG plans;

  • Liaise closely with national, regional, and local stakeholders including civil society, private sector, academia, think tanks, women’s and youth networks and key international actors (including International Financial Institutions and regional organizations) to identify entry points, foster dialogue and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships on conflict prevention, trust- and confidence-building, and reconciliation initiatives;
  • Maintain close liaison with relevant development partners, the diplomatic corps, regional organizations and other actors supporting the UN’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Headquarters as well at the regional level including relevant focal points at UNDP, DPPA-DPO, DCO and work closely with the regional programme specialists based in the region;
  • Contribute to the results-based management efforts of the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme, including through setting up mechanisms to assess and measure impact of peace and development initiatives and providing the Joint Programme secretariat with inputs on progress at the country level.

IV.  Competencies and Selection Criteria

Core:

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Technical/Functional :

Social Cohesion

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

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development

Conflict-Sensitive Programming

Ability to use methods and tools to monitor conflict triggers and determine impact of various dynamics in conflict-prone situations

Conflict and Political Economy Analysis

Knowledge of the interaction of political, social 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 the UN’s work

Knowledge Management

Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Relationship Management

Ability to engage with other parties and forge productive working relationships

Gender

Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective

  1. Recruitment Qualifications

Education :

Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in conflict resolution, peace studies, political science, sociology, human rights, international relations, economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences. In lieu of an Advanced degree, a Bachelor university degree with 2 additional years of experience may be considered.

Expérience :

  • At least 10 years of experience in conflict analysis, strategy development, risk informed/conflict sensitive development and/or conflict prevention & sustaining peace in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
  • Proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior officials of government, such as in the United Nations, government and external partners;
  • Experience in programming and project management, such as programme design and results monitoring, in areas related to conflict prevention, peacebuilding and/or development;
  • Experience in working within a UN Agency/Fund/Programme or Department; and field experience 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;
  • Proven experience in working on the West Africa subregion would be an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluent written and spoken English and French is required

DISCLAIMER:

Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply

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