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National Individual Consultancy for the Development of Malawi’s National Action Plan on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250
|Location :||Lilongwe, MALAWI|
|Application Deadline :||07-Sep-22 (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 :||40 Working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 Working Days spread over a period of 90 days|
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.
UNDP has been supporting the Ministry of National Unity (MoNU) in its efforts to strengthen the National Peace Architecture (NPA), including existing capacities in conflict prevention and mediation. Under Social Cohesion Project, UNDP supports the institutionalization and ensures national legislation reflects the priorities of UNSCR 2250.
History and Overview of the assignment
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted Resolution termed the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 in 2015. The United Peace Council also agreed to the resolution that young people should protect and prevent themselves from being peace breakers in societies. UNSCR 2250 among others formalizes an international framework that addresses the critical role of youth in building and sustaining peace and preventing violent conflict.
This historic resolution focuses on five pillars of action to ensure that youth are included: participation, protection, prevention, partnerships, and reintegration. It formalizes an international framework that addresses the critical role of youth in building and sustaining peace and preventing violent conflict. It also aims at empowering the youths in peace-making, peacekeeping and peace-building. Malawi, by virtue of its membership to the United Nations, is a signatory to UNSCR 2250.
The 2015 resolution came in response to an evaluation of the country’s National Peace Architecture (NPA), which the Government of Malawi is working towards redesigning and developing an NPA Program Document. In March 2019, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the President and Cabinet hosted a validation workshop for the formulation of programs aimed at operationalizing the National Peace Policy (NPP) and capturing key enablers that would inform the redesign of the NPA. Among other lessons learned, the absence of national action plan for UNSCR 2250 and targeted policies for youth in peace was reported and designated as one of the critical components of Malawi’s peace and security strategy.
Malawi believes that youth are often the most vulnerable and affected group by violent conflict globally, and yet tend to be excluded from peace-building efforts. Key leaders, including traditional and religious leaders, women and youth among them, who help shape the community’s attitudes and behaviors, and those living in conflict areas, similar to youth, are often on the front lines, many working to prevent and mitigate violent conflict. In response to such, there is a need for both youth and key leaders, having shared objectives but a mutual sense of different priorities and values, are eager for more meaningful engagement with each other. Trust needs to be built between youth leaders, traditional and religious leaders, as well as opinion leaders by identifying allies within the communities. Through such arrangements, peace-building practitioners gain access to inaccessible audiences and thus manage to reach out to the most vulnerable populations.
In this regard, the Ministry of National Unity (MoNU) through the National Peace Architecture embarked on a road map to develop the Nation Action Plan for Malawi for the implementation of UNSCR 2250 in its capacity of intensifying unity among Malawians by creating an enabling environment for civic empowerment of citizens and to promote sustainable peace and unity for resilience, patriotism, accountable governance and inclusive national development. MoNU will take this assignment in collaboration with various stakeholders, including the Ministry of Youth, the National Youth Council of Malawi, with financial support from UNDP.
The UNSCR 2250 National Action Plans (NAP) will respond to youth in peace priorities, emphasizing the need of working closely with civil society organizations and in building national capacities to implement the plans and perform the reporting obligations which derive from the UNSC Resolutions. The National Action Plan (NAP) for UNSCR 2250 will be developed around the five thematic pillars of the resolution: participation, protection, prevention, partnerships, and disengagement & reintegration. These pillars need to be translated into actions for the Ministry and all key stakeholders to know which activities could be undertaken to achieve the desired goal.
The assignment will enable the development of the NAP to stimulate focused interventions from various stakeholders and interest groups. The NAP is necessary as it will enable the realization of UNSCR 2250 initiatives at the country level.
UNDP is looking for a consultant to facilitate the development of the NAP. The consultant will focus on the advancement of peace measures to address natural and man-made crises from a gendered and youth lens. The consultant will work in collaboration with the National Peace Architecture secretariat under the Ministry of National Unity.
Duties and Responsibilities
The key objective of the assignment is the production of the National Action Plan in facilitating the implementation of UNSCR 2250 that will be aligned to the needs and priorities of youth, which will enhance the realization of youth involvement in peace building at all levels in Malawi.
Specifically, the consultant will
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP, the Consultant will provide guidance to the NAP taskforce team and national/local counterparts regarding the development of UNSCR 2250 NAP.
The Consultant will perform the following tasks:
Required Skills and Experience
How to Apply
Quantum Case ID.: UNDP-MWI-00002
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