Training Consultant on Non-violence and Conflict Management (2)


Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :02-Mar-11 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Crisis Response
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
07-Mar-2011
Duration of Initial Contract :1 month
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 month

Background

Support to Democratic Governance for Development Project aims to consolidate and advance democratic governance and accountability in Nigeria to achieve the country’s stated development priorities and outcomes specified in the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) viz.: improvements in accountable governance in accordance with the rule of law and in response to public demand, in the key areas of: elections, justice, and anti corruption. An integral, cross-cutting aspect will be the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment for sustainable democracy and development.
 
While there is evidence of improved liberalization of the political space with an increase in the number of political parties from three in 1999 to thirty in 2003, to the present-day sixty-three registered parties, only few political parties appear to be viable.
 
Nigeria has a history of multi-party system dating to the 1920s, but despite their importance as institutions in the democratic process, political parties have remained weak and fragile. Essentially, political parties have exhibited a limited understanding of their larger role in a democracy and political elites have retained interest in parties as a mere procedural element of electoral democracy.
 
The previous two sets of general elections in 2003 and 2007 have clearly been missed opportunities for political parties to institutionalize the culture of peaceful elections and rise above conflict and political violence. Most of the political parties have turned their youth wings into instruments of political intimidation and electoral abuses. Political party youth wings have become platforms for political brigandage, tools for promoting the culture of political impunity and constituted threats to democratic consolidation.
 
UNDP Nigeria seeks the services of two national consultants that will work together to conduct training on non-violence and conflict management for representatives of youth wings of political parties at the national and zonal levels. The objectives of this consultancy are:
·         To increase conflict sensitivity awareness of youth wings of political parties and articulate their roles in peaceful 2011 elections
·         To support the adoption of non-violence declaration by the youth wings of political parties in the geo-political zone.


Duties and Responsibilities

Key functions:
  • Prepare a training module on non-violence and conflict management. 
  • Conduct non-violence and conflict management training for youth wings of political parties at the national level and in all the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
  • Facilitate a communiqué on non-violence and peaceful elections among political party youth wings at the national level and in the geo-political zone.
  •  Prepare a training report to guide future intervention by DGD.
 The Consultants deliverables include:
  •  Training module on non-violence and conflict management for political party youth wings
  • Conduct six 2-day zonal training on non-violence and conflict management
  • Draft and final reports of consultancy assignment
 
Payment modality:
  • 15% upon signing of contract; 85% upon submission of key deliverables and completion of assignment
  • DSA and transportation costs (according to the UN rate) will be covered for all travel outside Abuja.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards  
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
 
Management and Leadership:
  • Ability to share knowledge and experience, good interpersonal skill, a good team player, possess leadership and self-management.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude, always in control even under pressure. 
  • Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills
 
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Strong knowledge and hands-on experience in project reporting, monitoring and evaluation
  • Ability to lead strategic planning and experience in results-based management and results-oriented approach.
  • Excellent written communication and skills in English
  • Ability to coordinate the works of others
  • Ability to implement new systems and effect attitudinal change
  • Ability to conduct trainings, facilitate meetings and guide discussions towards set goals and objectives


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Political Science, Development Studies, Law or Social Sciences.
  • A minimum of 10 years of functionally related professional experience in conflict management and non-violence.
  • A minimum of 10 years experience as a trainer, especially in conflict management, alternative dispute resolution, democratic and / or electoral issues.

Experience:

  • Knowledge of the key electoral issues, democratic tenets and environmental factors as they affect the electoral processes leading to the general elections.
  • Knowledge of gender dimensions of violent conflicts and the impact on female political participation in Nigeria.
  • Familiarity with UN systems and/or the UNDP system, rules, procedures, reporting, monitoring and evaluation is not a requirement but will be an advantage.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.


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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