UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women, alongside UNDP and UNFPA, is implementing a peacebuilding project titled ‘Sustaining Peace in Bougainville - Post-Referendum Support’ (2022-2025) in support of the Bougainville Peace Agreement. The Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) has three main pillars: weapons disposal, operationalizing Bougainville's new autonomy powers, and holding a referendum within 15 years of Bougainville's 2005 Constitution to provide guidance on whether the people wanted independence from PNG or some other form of governance. The referendum, held in December 2019, saw 97.7% of voters choosing independence from PNG, and the process was inclusive and genuinely representative of the people's will, with the results widely and peacefully accepted. Bougainville has entered the post-Referendum period, and negotiations are anticipated to take up to five years.

In the lead up to the referendum, efforts were made across Bougainville to support the peace process, remove weapons from communities, and reconcile those communities and groups divided by the conflict. Since the vote, the GoPOPNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) have signed three key agreements negotiated between the two governments, namely the Sharp Agreement, the Wabag Road Map, and the Era Kone Covenant.

There is a clear expectation that in the post-Referendum context, Bougainville people will be more economically prosperous and will have sustainable livelihoods that bring in good revenue. However, there are very few formal employment opportunities within Bougainville, and even fewer opportunities for those in communities that remain outside the peace process. To avoid an over-reliance on the mining sector as the primary option for future economic development in ARoB, there is strong demand for investment in the agriculture sector, where 87 percent of the population work a livelihood cash crop (such as copra, cocoa, livestock, fisheries, and eco-tourism). Agriculture potentially offers more opportunities than mining and has lower barriers to participation. This support is critical to widening the economic base to activities that are rural and women-centric.

The overall objective of the UN’s support is to continue facilitating mutual and collaborative partnerships between the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government to:

  • Peacefully progress the implementation of post-Referendum priorities as determined by the two Governments.
  • Support communities across PNG and Bougainville to understand and buy-into the outcomes of the post-Referendum negotiations and their implementation to support ongoing peace and inclusive sustainable development across PNG and Bougainville.

As part of this project UN Women is supporting Outcome 3: Peace-supporting businesses are established in collaboration with local governments to address spoilers of the Bougainville Peace Agreement. The aim of this work is to strengthen community cohesion and buy-in to the broader political elements of the post-referendum process by supporting the development of livelihoods’ opportunities, recognising that economic development is critical for the future stability of Bougainville.

This outcome will focus on promoting local economic development (LED) in conflict-prone/fragile communities in Bougainville by working with communities to identify market opportunities that link to the drivers of conflict. This approach provides a peacebuilding strategy that seeks to disrupt cycles of violence through socially and materially incentivising non-violent alternatives that promote conflict resolution, positive social identities and status, in conjunction with material gain. In addition, this approach will provide an economic incentive for outlier and conflict-prone communities to connect into regional economic processes, which will serve as an entry point for these communities to be brought into the post-referendum process through awareness-raising activities.  

Reporting to the UNW Sustaining Peace Project Manager, the consultant will provide support to the Sustaining Peace in Bougainville - Post-Referendum Support project in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the UNW Sustaining Peace Project Manager, and UN Women Deputy Representative the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide technical support in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the project.
  • Support sensitisation and awareness amongst pilot communities of project activities and facilitate UN Women’s entry into the communities.
  • Support stakeholder consultations, including with the Autonomous Bougainville Government (Members of the Bougainville House of Representatives, local Government representatives and key ABG Departments), ex-combatants, pilot communities and relevant civil society organisations.
  • Collect and analyse relevant documentation and consolidate knowledge, experience, good practices and lessons learned.
  • Support the project in risk identification and mitigation measures in each of the pilot communities.

Expected Deliverables and Timeline

In consultation with the Sustaining Peace Project Manager, the WPPL Consultant will produce on a retainer basis:




Percentage Completion


1. Technical Support Plan

Develop a comprehensive plan for providing technical support in project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.


20 May – 31 May 2024

2. Sensitization and Awareness Strategy

Design and implement a strategy to raise awareness and sensitize pilot communities about project activities and facilitate UN Women's entry.


1 June – 31 June 2024

3. Stakeholder Consultation Report

Conduct stakeholder consultations with ABG members, local government representatives, ex-combatants, pilot communities, and civil society organizations. Document findings and insights.


1 July 2024 & 31 January 2025

4. Documentation and Knowledge Consolidation

Collect, analyze, and consolidate relevant documentation, experiences, good practices, and lessons learned from the project implementation.


1 August 2024 and 28 February 2025

5. Risk Identification and Mitigation Plan

Identify potential risks in each pilot community and develop mitigation measures to address them effectively.


30 September 2024

6. Progress Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Develop a framework for monitoring and evaluating project progress, including key performance indicators and evaluation criteria.


1 October 2024 & 31 March 2025

7. Capacity Building Plan for Project Stakeholders

Develop a plan to build the capacity of project stakeholders in project management, monitoring, and evaluation.


30 November 2024

8. Final Report on Project Support

Compile a comprehensive report detailing the support provided in project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.


31 December 2024 – 30 April 2025

All the deliverables, including annexes, notes and reports should be submitted in writing in English. Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the first installment, the deliverables and related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women. The period of the review is one week after receipt.  


Core Values: 

  • Respect for Diversity 
  • Integrity 
  • Professionalism 

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

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Functional Competencies: 

  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and proactively solve problem;
  • Capacity to plan, prioritise and deliver tasks on time;
  • Capacity to engage with national and international staff, provide clear feedback and maintain effective rapport with different kinds of people;
  • Actively work towards continuing learning and sharing with others to support local capacity development;
  • Required experience and qualifications.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Completion of Bachelor’s degree


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in providing assistance and

coordination support to government, CSOs and development partners.

  • Experience in peacebuilding, specifically on gender-responsive peacebuilding.
  • Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes

and projects is an asset.

  • Experience in supporting a team.
  • Experience in Bougainville is required.
  • Demonstrated experience working in at least two of the three pilot communities in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Kon’nou, Tonnu and Bolave)

Language and other skills

  • Good command of English both written and oral
  • Ability to communicate in Tok Pisin is required.
  • Working knowledge of another local language is an asset.
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.                             

Submission of application

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit electronic applications to UNDP Jobs link:                                                            

Submission package includes:

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Maximum of 120 days – 20 May 2024 to 30 April 2025, UN Women does not warrant that the maximum value of the contract will be utilized during the term of the Agreement.

Diversity and Inclusion

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If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.  

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