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International Consultant to Develop a Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Regional Strategy for the Europe and Central Asia Region
|Application Deadline :||24-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Estimated 01 November 2021 – 15 May 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Approximately 75 working days|
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.
The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region consists of mostly middle-income countries with various degrees of political, socio-economic, and environmental vulnerabilities. Over the last couple of years, the region has seen an increase in compound risks from diminishing civic space, the erosion of social cohesion, continued challenges to the rule of law and human rights, elite capture and corruption, increased stigmatization of minority groups, social conflict between communities and extractive industries, divisive narratives and hate speech, cross-border and ethnic tensions and armed conflicts, among others.
Unresolved status of enclaves, disputed territories and contested border delimitations across the region are also endemic issues that have led to sporadic violence in the past decade and created a persistent risk of escalation. Ongoing armed conflicts are also resulting in significant displacement, extensive damage to critical infrastructure, and undermined social cohesion in the areas worst affected by the conflict, while continuing to affect community security and safety, and limiting access to basic services.
Some countries in the region are in persistent constitutional crisis, and the issue of transitional justice and addressing the legacies of conflict, including the unfinished search for missing persons and war crimes’ prosecution, have continued to divide with historical revisionism, divisive narratives and political in-fighting contributing to declining social cohesion and further fueling social and inter-ethnic tensions.
The withdrawal of the international security presence in Afghanistan intensified security challenges with potential spillover effect into Central Asia, escalating fears of instability, insecurity and the strengthening of militant groups.
Covid-19 has only further exacerbated the challenges of conflict prevention and sustaining peace in the region. In this context, several additional countries across the region, whilst not facing open conflict, are at risk of escalation with unaddressed structural factors and legacies from the past, reduced civic space and challenges to fundamental freedoms, political unrest, hate speech and growing inequalities.
Amidst these challenges, there are also several factors of resilience and opportunities across the region. While ethnic tensions have persisted across the region, these have rarely erupted in open conflict. Although the demise of secularism in the former Soviet Union has placed new strains on the role of religion in public life, the region has a shared history of inter-religious co-operation and dialogue.
High-level dialogues between leaders and regional platforms currently exist, fostering coordination and increasing the potential for cooperation. Lately, we have seen Central Asia countries band together for solutions around Afghanistan. Literacy rates are high, and despite endemic corruption, institutions exist for service provision. Religious and traditional leaders, as well as local mechanisms, provide another source of resilience, including through local infrastructures for peace. Women, young people and civil society groups are sometimes able to play the role of agents of change, particularly online, as digital literacy and connectivity grow, and have been supported by the UN to this end. UNDP’s substantive engagement in the Regional Risk and Resilience Assessment (RRRA) in Ferghana Valley and Afghanistan Border Areas, the Shared Futures report under the RYCO Project and the Scoping Study on Agents of Change in the Western Balkans, all identify critical dimensions that can be further explored to advance conflict prevention and sustain peace in the ECA region.
In this context, there is a need to identify ways in which these assets, movements, opportunities, and lessons learned may be used alongside prioritizing the need for early warning monitoring and prevention activities that identify and tackle root causes and drivers of conflict. UNDP is also well-positioned to mainstream conflict sensitivity, enhance local infrastructure for peace, advance digital peacebuilding, support cross-border and sub-regional initiatives and identify new entry points for engagements and partnerships to sustain peace.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this consultancy is to design a new UNDP Regional Strategy for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in Europe and Central Asia (ECA). Paramount to the development of this regional strategy is a sound analysis of conflict and resilience drivers, critical gaps and needs in the regions (capacities, knowledge products, research, resources) pointing the direction of how to intervene to prevent and transform conflict and strengthen social cohesion, at both horizontal and vertical level, while taking into consideration the specificities of each ECA sub-region.
This exercise builds on the regional Prevention in Action Dialogue, and will identify good practices, innovations, and entry points, as well as potential initiatives to be leveraged and new partnerships for UNDP. The Regional Strategy will strengthen UNDP’s position and capacity for conflict prevention and peacebuilding, including on social cohesion, conflict transformation and early warning, at the regional, sub-regional and national level.
For the purpose of this initiative, countries & territories are geographically clustered into four sub-regions which have very distinct characteristics, contexts, and challenges: (1) Central Asia, (2) South Caucasus, (3) Eastern Europe, and (4) the Western Balkans & Turkey. To develop a coherent Regional Strategy for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in ECA, we propose two inter-related outputs:
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work under the supervision of the Regional Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Specialist and in close collaboration with the Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions Team from the Crisis Bureau, HQ. The consultant will be tasked with the following:
Expected Output and Deliverables
The total number of days of work is estimated at approximately 75 working days over a period of 6 months. The work location will be home-based, with a starting date as soon as possible. The breakdown corresponds to the expected outputs and schedule of payments as follows:
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
The lump-sum price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.
The project will be managed by the Governance and Peacebuilding team of the UNDP Regional Hub in Istanbul. The consultant will report directly to the Regional Programme Specialist, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in the Governance and Peacebuilding Team. The Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions Team from the Crisis Bureau, HQ, will support, with guidance and technical capacity, where needed.
The consultant will be provided with relevant background information, studies and concept note to be able to carry out the assignment successfully.
Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations, and to meet tight deadlines.
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Work Experience:
All information and production of report to the assignments and outputs produced under this contract shall remain the property of the UNDP who shall have exclusive rights over their use. The products shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever format without written permission of UNDP in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.?
Interested candidates must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.??
Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.? If an Offeror is employed by an?organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
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