Senior Governance and Peacebuilding Advisor

Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :07-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-12
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months, with possibility for extension

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.


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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions

Office/Unit/Project Description 

The newly established PAPS structure creates a renewed impetus to revitalize the AU’s approach to governance and peace and security matters and in 2018 a process for the reformation of the AU began. A crucial outcome of this reform was the merger of the former Department of Political Affairs and the Department of Peace and Security, which formed a new Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS).

This merger was important, to respond to the plethora of security and governance challenges that had been institutionally compartmentalized, leading to duplication of efforts, overstretching the already limited l resources. The 2016 AU reform process targeted at creating “a leaner commission…for more effective decision-making and implementation” was the firsts step in moving the Commission away from working in silos and towards pulling resource, both human and financial, to deliver better for the continent.

he imperative to revitalize the AU’s approach to governance and peacebuilding further draws from provisions of the various AU normative frameworks that have broadly acknowledge the intersectionality between governance and security. The agenda 2063, Africa’s blueprint for development, has captured these as some of the top priorities to deliver on the Africa we want. Aspiration 3 calls for an “Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law”, while aspiration 4 calls for “a peaceful and secure Africa”. In combination, these two aspirations reinforce the need for a comprehensive approach to peace, security and governance matters on the continent.

Institutional Arrangement

The international personnel will work within the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union Commission and reports to Commissioner, PAPS.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work 

The Advisor on Governance and Peacebuilding will deliver on the below tasks:

  1. Support the development and popularization of legal and policy frameworks on political, peace and security in Africa; and advocacy for their signature, ratification, domestication, and effective implementation;
  2. Support the development of a Joint Programme on peace, security and development in Africa;
  3. Support the capacity building and training on relevant political, peace and security issues involving participants of the AU member states and RECs/RMs;
  4. Work in collaboration with the two directorates to convening multi-stakeholder dialogue for on key political, peace and security issues as guided by the AU Policy Organs;
  5. Ensure the complementarity and synergy in the continuous implementation of the various AU norms relating to peacebuilding and governance; 
  6. Support the strengthening of the AU’s working relations and collaboration with the RECs/RMs based on principles of subsidiarity, comparative advantage and complementarity;
  7. Support the strengthening of the AU’s partnership with its international partners in the political, peace and security fields on the basis of African ownership and leadership;



Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in political science, sociology, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • 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, such as in the AU, UN, RECs/RMs, government and external partners;

Required  skills and competencies

  • Innovation, leadership, people management, communication, delivery, strategic planning, resource mobilization, partnership and substansive networking.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Experience in working on conflict prevention, democratic governance, inclusive dialogue processes and peacebuilding initiatives and programming on the African continent would be an asset;
  • Knowledge in AU normative frameworks and instruments would be an asset;
  • Experience in working in a transition context and supporting transition management would be an asset.
  • Experience working within the AU/ AU Specialized agencies/ RECs/ RMs and/or UN would be a major asset;

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluent written and spoken English and French is required.

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