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Programme Specialist (Local Development)
|Location :||Brussels, BELGIUM|
|Application Deadline :||15-Feb-13|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English French Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 Year (renewable)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||2.5 Years|
|The European Commission and the United Nations launched in 2009 a Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) that reflected the strong nexus between migration and development. The programme, fully funded by the European Commission and run out of UNDP Brussels represented a major innovation as a first joint UN project of its kind not only with the European Commission, but also in its approach to inter-Agency working. Based on the JMDI successful results and lessons learnt, a new phase of the programme focused on the local dimension of migration and development is funded by the European Commission (EC) and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).
The good practices identified by the JMDI showed the importance of efficiently linking civil society initiatives with local development agendas in order to reach sustainability and development impact. Successful local authorities’ interventions were the results of strong partnerships with a range of stakeholders from the civil society, including the social partners and the private sector. When local authorities share a common vision with partners, they can develop a sense of ownership over projects that will lead them to commit time, energy and resources. This process enhances their own role as decision makers in migration related affairs. The experimentation of (often) small scale initiatives have had positive consequences and contributed to change the degree of activism of local administrations. Unfortunately, their involvement remains for the time being largely underdeveloped and many obstacles exist as evidenced by the findings of the JMDI, such as a lack of efficient and effective coordination within local authorities’ administration and with other stakeholders. To a large extent, migration and development remains a new field of action for local administrations and targeted support is necessary to fully harness the potential local authorities can bring in this field.
The programme will address three areas of intervention:
The programme will organize targeted training for interested local authorities, which are already involved or would like to engage in migration and development activities. The objective will be to reinforce their skills and equip them with tailor-made tools to deepen and strengthen their on-going initiatives.
The programme will use the dedicated M4D Community of Practice developed under the first phase of the JMDI (migration4development.org) modeled on UNDP’s approach to knowledge management and social networking. The network is an open forum for all relevant stakeholders in the field of Migration and Development and comprises diaspora organizations, migrant associations, social partners, development NGOs and civil society groups, Academia, local authorities, UN Agencies, bilateral aid agencies, private sector and governments.
The programme will mainly focus on North and West Africa though its knowledge management and networking components will have a global scale. Five agencies – IOM, ILO, UNHCR, UN Women and UNFPA– will be directly engaged in the strategic direction of the programme and will contribute with their institutional knowledge, expertise and extensive networks to ensure its success.
Under the direct supervision of the JMDI Programme Manager, the Local Development Specialist will provide his/her expertise to ensure that local governance and sustainable development are the guiding principles and a strategic choice throughout the programme’s implementation with a view to deepen the development impact of funded initiatives, to replicate good practices and to strengthen the programme’s impact at policy level. The Local Development Specialist will work in close coordination with the JMDI Focal Points in the target countries to support the implementation of selected projects in target countries, to support the documentation of best practices and feed into the knowledge management platform of the JMDI and dedicated website.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Summary of key functions:
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Required Skills and Experience
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