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Consultancy on Legal Drafter (Benue and Nasarawa States)
|Location :||Abuja, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||06-Apr-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Thirty Days (30)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Thirty Days (30)|
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 Farmer-Herder Conflict remains one of the most challenging threats to peace, security and development in Nigeria, especially in the North Central Region (“Middle Belt”) of the country, and adjacent, States, particularly Benue, Plateau, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Taraba and Adamawa. The violence has exacted a heavy toll on thousands of people, frayed many of the connectors, especially inter-ethnic and inter-religious ones, at the local level. The socio-economic and developmental implications of the conflict is far reaching – affecting the food basket of the country. The response to this violence, however, has remained overwhelmingly security-dominated – with limited capacity for inclusive preventative action through dialogue and consensus building.
In recognition of a growing need to provide a holistic response to the crisis, the Federal Government developed and launched the National Livestock Transformation Plan in January 2019. The framework provides a holistic approach to addressing this crisis, while aiming to lay the foundations for longer term security, peace and transformation of the livestock sector.
The United Nations with the technical lead of UNDP has scaled up its efforts to compliment these Government’s efforts aligned to Pillar One of the NLTP that seeks to create an enabling environment through enhancing mechanisms for peacebuilding, conflict prevention, resolution and management. This support is being provided through two catalytic projects that target the states of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba, both designed to address the farmer-herder conflict by establishing mechanisms for coordinated peacebuilding, promotion of dialogue and proactive engagement; building mutually beneficial economic relationships between farmers and herders; improving the effectiveness of the security response through strengthened human rights monitoring and accountability; and providing an impartial and evidence-based narrative to defuse the politicized debate and help mobilize a broader response. This support is drawing on comparative mandates of 5 UN Agencies – namely - UNDP, FAO, UN Women, UNHCR and OHCHR
Duties and Responsibilities
Approach and Activities Rationale
A key component of this integrated programme is the establishment of effective and gender-sensitive infrastructure for peace at the state level to support inclusive conflict prevention efforts. The process of designing such mechanisms requires guiding principles and an enabling bill that operationalizes the agency. It is against background that we are seeking the services of legal expert to support the State House of Assemblies in Benue and Nasarawa States in drafting their context-specific bills and support follow-up processes of the passing of the bill into law in each of the states.
Scope of Work
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (PBF and HSTF Projects), the Consultant will be required to conduct a desk review, reconcile all relevant existing and information and documentation pertaining to the Peacebuilding Agency, consult with key stakeholders in Benue and Nasarawa States, and take the lead working with UNDP in drafting the Establishment Bill for the proposed Peacebuilding Agencies in Benue and Nasarawa States.
The Consultant will, among others, be required to perform the following tasks:
The consultant will be expected to deliver the following outcomes/results:
Key Performance Indicators:
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
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