Call for GPN ExpRes Roster – Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) Policy and Programming Experts


Location : Multiple
Application Deadline :15-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :TBD on case-by-case basis and needs of individual assignments

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.


Background

Since 2014, UNDP has been working to develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of violent extremism. UNDP aims to address two interlinked challenges: (1) the rise of violent extremism, using a development and peacebuilding approach firmly grounded within human rights principles, and (2) the need to govern increasingly diverse and multi-cultural societies, which requires attention to institutions, political and religious ideologies and people and promotion of human rights-based approaches.

In January 2016, the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (PVE),? laid out the global recognition and imperative to address violent extremism conducive to terrorism. Based on this, UNDP developed its global framework on 'Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion of Tolerance and Respect for Diversity’ which highlights the fact that prevention needs to look beyond strict security concerns and focus on development-related causes of solutions to violent extremism, using a human rights-based approach. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are closely interlinked to the PVE Plan of Action’s seven priority areas, which are: dialogue and conflict prevention, good governance/human rights/rule of law, engaging communities, empowering youth, gender equality, education/skills development, and strategic communications.

UNDP helps build the technical capacity of Member States to formulate and implement PVE National Action Plans and support gendered dimensions of return, reintegration and rehabilitation.

UNDP employs a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach to support national efforts in preventing violent extremism, through the implementation of a coherent interlinked set of interventions that attempt to tackle violent extremism’s root causes, while at the same time empowering local communities, building the capacity of state organisations to be more responsive to the needs of citizens, building social capital, supporting youth’s socio-economic inclusion, and linking the local, sub-national, and national levels of governance for effectiveness.

UNDP is updating its pool of experts to support PVE policy and programme development. The roster of experts will be utilized in 2020 but will be positioned for the next two to three years to provide a continued pool of expertise to countries for implementation of PVE-related policy and programming, focusing on supporting implementation of actions and delivering results on the ground.

The Experts Roster for Rapid Response (ExpRes) is a recruitment and deployment mechanism which maintains pre-vetted consultants on a roster and contracts them quickly for Country Office support. The primary purpose of this roster has been to deploy technical experts to UNDP Country Offices/regional teams/ HQ units on short notice.

The ExpRes roster provides pre-selected and technically vetted consultants across 21 profiles and 79 sub-profiles to support the work of UNDP and other UNDP partner agencies in the area of crisis prevention and recovery.


Duties and Responsibilities

Tasks assigned in each individual assignment may include one or more of the following:

1. PVE policy development, advocacy, and strategic advisory roles

  • Develop global, national and sub-national gender responsive strategy/action plans and policy guidance through whole-of-society methodologies;
  • Identify challenges, solutions, impact evaluation and monitoring for proposed policy and interventions;
  • Undertake risk identification, (threat) assessments, index development and prevention/mitigation programming;
  • Identify opportunities for advocacy and resource mobilization on global/regional/country levels;
  • Support stocktaking and M&E to assess progress of implementation of national/regional/global policy documents;
  • Provide strategic and technical advisory support in the area of PVE, integrating the human rights-based approach and gender mainstreaming strategies, principles and relevant toolkits.

2. Knowledge creation, research and documentation?

  • Undertake primary/secondary research in the new areas of concern, including conflict analyses inclusive of violent extremism and/or dedicated violent extremism threat assessments;
  • Develop research designs, research questions and scope of work for undertaking primary research in new areas;
  • Provide regular strategic insights and analyses on new and emerging areas for programming in PVE;
  • Document and manage lessons learned, good practices, case studies, innovations and pilot models for wider dissemination and sharing;
  • Design and implement multi-stakeholder consultation processes for testing, validation, and advocacy;
  • Develop literature on best practices and case studies by both UN agencies and stakeholders beyond the UN; and
  • Contribute to (on- and offline activities of) PVE Communities of Practice.

3. Project design, formulation, implementation & other programme related technical support

  • Provide for inclusive (needs) assessments and conflict sensitivity analysis of partners informing development of concept notes/project proposals; facilitate stakeholder consultations with a focus on (local) civil society partners;
  • Prepare conceptual framework/concept notes on new areas of work/developmental challenges;
  • Provide technical assistance in identification of developmental challenges, target areas, beneficiaries and partners and formulate implementation?strategy for UNDP PVE programmatic and advisory support;
  • Provide technical support and identify issues in development of new interventions/projects, including in implementation (operational plan, monitoring and resource requirement), institutional and management arrangements;
  • Conduct studies on project/programme highlights, activities and processes involved;
  • Prepare and review project documents;
  • Identify areas/beneficiaries and partners; timing, sequencing of activities; mobilization of finance;
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of global, regional, national and/or sub-national policies and (UNDP) programmes contributing to their implementation; and
  • Prepare project proposals to ensure innovation in concepts, strategies and incorporation of best practices.

4. Capacity?development/training

  • Develop capacity assessments and plans to develop strategic interventions for institutional strengthening, achieve milestones identified and address the identified capacity gaps.
  • Develop, conduct and/or coordinate target specific products (such as training curriculum, tools/toolkits and manuals) and events/workshops based on training needs assessment for various stakeholders.


Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience in providing policy advisory support, programme design, capacity development and/or research on PVE.
  • Understanding of policy, government functioning and national/regional processes of the area of intervention with relevance to PVE.
  • Up to date familiarity of international projects across one or more areas of expertise related to the prevention of violent extremism.
  • Working knowledge of objectives-oriented project planning, or results-based management.
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing skills.
  • Solid inter-personal communication skills, including political sensitivity.
  • Experience in presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Candidates should possess the basic gender competencies including clarity on gender equality concepts, commitment to work in a gender-sensitive manner; they should be able to demonstrate ability to carry out gender analysis within specific development areas through their work experiences.


Required Skills and Experience

Education/academic qualification:

  • An advanced university degree preferred in international affairs, conflict prevention, economics, political science, international development, international law, or a similar field.

Education, experience and skills:

  • Band 1, Implementation Support: Master’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 5 years of relevant work experience, or Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Band 2, Specialist Support: Master’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 7 years of relevant work experience, out of which minimum 3 years of international experience as a requirement.
  • Band 3, Senior Advisory: Master’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 12 years of relevant work experience, out of which minimum 5 years of international experience as a requirement.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in research, policy and programmatic advice for UN, government, think-tank and research institutes on conflict prevention, peacebuilding and/or prevention of violent extremism in different regional and country contexts.
  • Field experience in developing countries, conflict-affected settings is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and facilitating multi-stakeholder/consultative processes.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Ability to work independently and achieve quality results with limited supervision and within tight schedules.
  • Excellent spoken and written English, knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.
  • Experience with UN and other international organizations on PVE, conflict prevention and peacebuilding-related matters is an asset.

 

 

Evaluation of applicants

Applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified above and may be requested to participate in a brief interview. Interested candidates are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described above.

Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

Applications?should include:?

  • A cover letter, clearly identifying the “Areas of Expertise” as mentioned in the background section above.
  • Updated P11 and Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references
  • Daily professional Fee.



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