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International Consultant Conflict Prevention Specialist
|Location :||Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU|
|Application Deadline :||20-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||4 months|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Although the Bissau-Guinean Constitution is founded on democratic governance principles, expressed in the consecration of people as the holder of sovereignty, the rule of law as an affirmation of the primacy of legality, the separation of powers and respect for human rights, the participation of citizens, and a multi-party system of government, deep challenges persist when looking at the reality of governance in Guinea-Bissau. The challenges stem primarily from intertwined causes, including the political instability that has been affecting the country since its independence, the legacy of colonial and post-independence forms of centralized government systems, and the political-military dynamics.
Guinea-Bissau ranked 41st position on the Ibrahim African Governance Index (IIAG) in 2020, showing worrying signs of the recent decline, according to the latest report published in November 2020. Good governance reforms are thus urgently needed to improve processes and institutions in order for the State to meet the needs of the Bissau-Guinean citizens. In particular, there is a need to support the rule of law and the legislative power to meet long-term state-building, institutional capacity, and national development objectives.
The UNDP Country Office (CO) in Guinea-Bissau, as key government’s partner in the area of governance, has been developing and implementing various projects in a variety of governance-related domains, including rule of law and justice, anti-corruption and accountability, decentralization and local governance, electoral and parliamentary support as well as civic engagement.
Following the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2458 (2019) that endorsed the SecretaryGeneral’s recommendations and renewed the mandate of UNIOGBIS for one year, on 28 February the Security Council adopted resolution 2512 (2020) that foresaw the closure of the UNIOGBIS on 31 December 2020. At the end of 2020, UNIOGBIS closed, after being present in Guinea-Bissau for almost two decades, along with its predecessor mission (the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau) since 1999. In this context, UNDP has been adapting to the new environment by assuming further responsibility in the governance, sustaining peace and rule of law areas.
In order to adapt and be able to fulfil this renewed role, UNDP is recruiting a Conflict Prevention Specialist (consultant) to support the UNDP Country Office with the strategic positioning in the development and implementation of the transition process and to provide technical support in a number of areas related to conflict prevention and peacebuilding. This includes interventions in the following areas related to conflict prevention: building consensus through dialogue on key development challenges; strengthening national and local capacities for conflict prevention and management; and strengthening the capacity of national institutions and actors for joint conflict analysis and for the development and implementation of conflict-sensitive plans and programmes.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Governance Unit at UNDP, the Conflict Prevention Specialist will work in response to the Resident Representative and Deputy Resident Representative/Programme, and in close collaboration with the Chief Technical Advisor on Rule of Law, the UNDP Governance Unit and other Programme Units, other UN Agencies, UNCT and local and national counterparts.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP is seeking the services of a conflict prevention specialist for:
Assist UNDP Guinea-Bissau and national counterparts in joint analyses of conflict risks to better inform pertinent programmes and assist with building lasting capacities for conflict-sensitive development planning.
Expected Results: Better understanding reached of impending crises, and the detailed factors behind potentially violent tensions, thus leading to more effective programmes.
Support UNDP Guinea-Bissau in developing partnerships and entry-points with national counterparts for conflict prevention initiatives.
Expected Results: Buy-in and participation obtained from often conflicted national counterparts with regard to addressing sensitive issues such as conflicts over land and natural resources, political transitions, and governance reform.
Support UNDP Guinea-Bissau in the development and implementation of conflict prevention programmes.
Expected Results: Conflict prevention initiative(s) launched and sustained on the ground, National and local capacities built and applied for the prevention, management, and resolution of potentially violent tensions before they lead to violence.
Lead the development of policy and knowledge, as appropriate related to new areas of practice in conflict prevention.
Expected Results: “Best practices” derived from the systematic assessment of successes and failures in conflict prevention applied to the improvement of the development and implementation of conflict prevention programme(s). Capacities of UNDP CO to develop and implement conflict prevention initiatives built and sustained.
Professionalism: Sound knowledge of and exposure to a range of development assistance issues, including on development programs design and management for borderland areas; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful 4 situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style, and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning & Organization: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Required Skills and Experience
Guidelines for application:
Lump-sum contracts: The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and the number of anticipated working days).
Travel: All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the Individual Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging, and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
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