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Individual Consultant to Develop a Communications Strategy for the National Action Plan on Prevention of Violent Extremism
|Location :||Male', MALDIVES|
|Application Deadline :||22-Sep-19 (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 :||47 working days|
The Maldives has gone through drastic economic, political and social change over the past few decades. It progressed to the status of a middle-income country in 2011, making it one of the few countries who have made this progression in the last few decades. Even though the wealth of the country has increased significantly, this wealth is distributed unequally among the population, resulting in increasing financial vulnerability of many families around the country. Simultaneously, for the first time a multiparty system was introduced in the Maldives aiming for a democratic transition in the country in 2008. But it also led to intense polarization within families and the society in general. This polarization further weakened an already deteriorating social fabric.
Evidence globally cites that deteriorating social fabric leads to social isolation, which increases vulnerabilities, making certain groups more susceptible to intolerance and violence. This further pave way for phenomena’s such as radicalization and violent extremism to strengthen its roots in the society. Violent extremist ideologies very often accompany terrorism, provide motivation and justification for these heinous acts and enable recruitment activities.
The Maldives National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) was established through Presidential Decree (2016/3) in 2016. NCTC is the lead national agency for coordinating the counter terrorism and counter violent extremism efforts in the Maldives. Its responsibilities include coordinating a “whole of society” approach to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) which includes gathering and analyzing intelligence on root causes of extremism, synchronizing relevant government authorities’ approach and responses to PVE, advising the National Security Council (NSC) and the President on terrorist and extremist risks.
In 2019, NCTC in partnership with UNDP in the Maldives began the process of drafting the first National Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism (NAP on PVE) for the Maldives. The NAP envisions a “whole-of-government” and “whole of society” approach and will involve a mix of responses from most government departments and will build, wherever possible, on existing programs and institutions. As it is vital that all programs engage communities and create a sense of ownership rather than stigmatizing sections of society, the NAP aims to bring together all groups in society including key agents of change, civil society organisations (CSOs) and the private sector. While this alone is not sufficient to ensure the success of the action plan, another key factor for success is communication. The community’s acceptance of these efforts will greatly depend upon the messages that follow the roll out of the action plan. Therefore, the communications of the action plan need to be strategic and able to engage the community.
In this respect, UNDP Maldives under its Integrated Governance Programme (IGP) in partnership with the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) seeks the support of an international consultant to develop a communications strategy for the National Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work in close coordination with the UNDP Maldives team and NCTC and will be
expected to undertake the following tasks:
Advocacy and communication strategy
The consultant should develop an advocacy and communication strategy to promote community engagement in the efforts of PVE and implementation of the NAP for 2019 – 2024. This should include:
Capacity building for journalists
End mission report
A detailed report identifying key challenges and limitations in developing the strategy and workplan and the training of key stakeholders and media agencies with recommendations for way-forwards.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant will work closely with the UNDP focal point and will be responsible for the following deliverables;
The following table shows an indication of the duration for the deliverables;
The consultant will develop the advocacy and communications strategy, create a work plan, conduct a workshop on developing advocacy and communication strategy, capacity building for journalists and end mission report which will be presented to UNDP and NCTC for validation. The consultant will be accountable to the assigned Project Officer of IGP, for each deliverable as stipulated in the proposal. Fortnightly meetings will be held with ARR Governance. A briefing and debriefing meeting will be organized with UNDP senior management at the beginning and end of assignment.
Duration of the Work
This assignment will approximately take 8 weeks (47 working days) and is expected to start in early October 2019. The consultant should come up with a clear timeline while submitting the proposal taking into consideration the estimated time durations for each deliverable as stipulated above.
Male’ and homebased. The consultant will travel to the Maldives for the first 15 days and work from home for the rest and travel again to the Maldives to conduct the workshop on developing advocacy and communication strategy and media capacity building and submit the end mission report from home.
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications.
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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.