||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
|Application Deadline :||20-Jul-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||5 months|
The Secretary General, in his report, Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals: options for sustained and inclusive growth and issues for advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015” (A/66/126)  emphasizes that, in order to formulate the best possible development framework for post-2015, inclusive, open, participatory and transparent multi-stakeholder consultations should guide the agenda-setting process. The SG requested UNDP and UNDESA to establish a group of technical experts (UN System “Post-2015 Task Team”) to coordinate the assessment of ongoing efforts, and propose a system-wide roadmap for the definition of a post 2015 development agenda, in consultation with all stakeholders. The Task Team proposed among others open and inclusive consultations, to ensure a wide range of voices are represented in the process. emphasizes that, in order to formulate the best possible development framework for post-2015, inclusive, open, participatory and transparent multi-stakeholder consultations should guide the agenda-setting process. The SG requested UNDP and UNDESA to establish a group of technical experts (UN System “Post-2015 Task Team”) to coordinate the assessment of ongoing efforts, and propose a system-wide roadmap for the definition of a post 2015 development agenda, in consultation with all stakeholders. The Task Team proposed among others open and inclusive consultations, to ensure a wide range of voices are represented in the process.
In response to the recommendation, UNDP has launched the ‘Building the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Open and Inclusive Global Consultations’ project, to undertake bottom-up consultations through inclusive national, regional, and global dialogues. The project aims to conduct at least 50 national consultations; 9 thematic consultations at regional and global levels; extensive web-based interactive consultations and information exchange; and commission research papers on the central challenges for development beyond 2015.
BCPR has been requested to lead in organizing one of the thematic consultative processes on Conflict and Natural Disaster,with support from relevant agencies and in partnership with the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR) Secretariat. Through formal and informal multi-stakeholder consultations with governments, the private sector, civil society organizations, foundations, trade unions, academics, the media, local traditional leaders, UN agencies and country teams, etc. the consultation process is expected, by end of March 2013, to have:
- Increased the visibility of and built broad coalitions around the implication of conflict and natural disaster for a post-2015 development agenda;
- Generated and systematized lessons learnt and existing body of knowledge on the impact of conflict and natural disaster on development, and vice versa, particularly with regard to the pursuit of the MDGs;
- Built networks with other actors involved in consultations for post-2015 development agenda including other agencies and organizations responsible for the other 8 thematic consultations to ensure coherence;
- Established an expert’s reference group on the impact of conflict and natural disaster on development post-2015 that could be drawn upon in the formal agenda setting processes.
BCPR is looking for a Consultant who will coordinate the implementation of the consultative process for a period of 5 months. Under the direct supervision of the Policy Advisor and Policy Team Leader in the Policy and Planning Division of BCPR, the Consultant will be responsible for carrying out all activities relevant to the planning, execution, and reporting on the thematic consultation project.
The Report A/66/126 is available at: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=a/66/126
Duties and Responsibilities
Salient conflict and fragility factors anticipated post-2015 identified, and background papers on theme produced:
- Launch e-discussion to generate suggestions on conflict and natural disaster factors anticipated to impact post-2015 development;
- Compile suggestions for the discussion in the Working Group on Conflict and Natural Diasaster;
- Identify researchers to produce background papers on the selected salient conflict and fragility factors;
- Coordinate development of background papers, including the organization of peer reviews and the compilation of final papers for regional and global consultations.
Key regional implementing partners identified and partnerships forged:
- Map potential regional partners for co-organizing the regional consultations;
- Seek approval of the regional partners from the Working Group;
- Support organization of regional consultative meeting with agreed regional partners;
- Facilitate the organization of a global Experts Reference Group on Conflict and Natural Disaster in Post-2015.
Up to three regional consultations and 1 global consultation organized and conducted:
- Organize and execute all logistical requirements for the regional and global consultations;
- Identify and invite consultation participants;
- Provide full report from the consultations including suggestions for follow-up;
Administration and Logistics:
- Revise budget to match realistic costs and monitor all expenditure related to the project;
- Liaise with colleagues in the Bureau for Development Policy responsible for the larger ‘Building the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Open and Inclusive Global Consultations’ project to align the thematic initiative with the global process;
- Support mobilization of additional resources;
- Serve as secretary to the Post-2015 Conflict and Fragility Working Group;
- Supervise interns recruited for the project;
- Undertake other relevant duties as assigned by the Policy Advisor/Team Leader.
In all work, the consultant needs to ensure appropriate involvement of UNDP Bureaus and BCPR teams including with BCPR Geneva Liaison Office as well as other UN agencies, funds, programmes, and departments.
- Ethics & Values: Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity. Demonstrates and promotes the highest standard of integrity, impartiality, fairness and incorruptibility in all matters affecting his/her work and status;
- Working in Teams: Acting as a team player;
- Communicating Information and Ideas: Facilitating and encouraging open communication. Delivers verbal/written information in a timely, clear, organized and easily understood manner.
Required Skills and Experience
- A minimum of a Master’s Degree or equivalent in development, business administration, international relations, political science or related field.
- At least 7 years of professional experience, including with the UN, in the area of development, recovery, humanitarian affairs, peace and security, natural disaster;
- Strong knowledge of UN system policies and programming in crisis and post-crisis situations;
- Relevant UNDP or UN experience highly desirable;
- Familiarity with global development, conflict, and security communities including civil society and research institutions;
- Experience with policy research and peer review processes;
- Ability and experience working in a team;
- Experience in managing project budget through UNDP’s ATLAS system;
- Experience with computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.)
- Fluency in English, both oral and written, is required;
- A second UN language, preferably French, would be an asset.
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