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Peace and Development Specialist - Global Roster Vacancy
|Location :||Multiple Duty Stations|
|Application Deadline :||27-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||1d 13h 38m|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One year upon appointment, extendable;|
This vacancy announcement is to populate the candidate roster established to facilitate the deployment of future Peace and Development Specialists at the P4 level. The roster will also be used to identify candidates for temporary appointments (TA) when shorter term/interim PDA positions are required. Please bear in mind that PDA positions are located in multiple duty stations across all regions. The Terms of Reference are generic, outlining the broad functions and key competencies for the position. This is subject to some variation, once a position is established for a specific country context. If you are successfully selected to join the 2020 PDA roster, you will be placed on it for future selection and deployments to countries where PDAs serve. At the time a vacancy opens, the PDA position will be advertised internally, followed by a review of the candidacy and its suitability for the position. For more information on current countries of deployments and the role, please refer to this page https://peaceinfrastructures.org/SitePages/Thematic.aspx?IdThematic=13 The parameters of the roster will be reviewed in 2023.
Job Purpose and Organizational Context
Peace and Development Advisers and Specialists (hereafter PDA) work with national stakeholders to build, strengthen, and sustain nationally owned and driven efforts to prevent violent conflict and build just and peaceful societies. The range of countries to which PDAs are deployed vary considerably, with some deployed to countries emerging from conflict, others where violence is escalating, and others to countries where there is no violent conflict but underlying structural causes of conflict are present. PDAs are also deployed in countries where political and developmental challenges exist around issues related to elections and constitutional processes, exclusion and inequality, environment, climate change and natural resource management.
Through the rostering process, and to keep up with emerging needs & challenges, the Joint Programme seeks to replenish the PDA roster established in 2016 and expand the vetted pool of qualified candidates to be selected for future PDA assignments. Given the broad range of skills and experience required by PDAs, the Joint Programme encourages applications from individuals with a combination of expertise spanning sustainable development, political affairs, peacebuilding, sustaining peace, conflict prevention/resolution, community engagement, justice, reconciliation, dialogue, mediation, and humanitarian-development-peace nexus among other relevant areas. While UN experience is a major asset, it is not a requirement for this position. Moreover, the skills of diplomacy, dialogue and facilitation, analysis, advocacy, networking, capacity development and coordination are critical elements of a PDA’s work.
Duties and Responsibilities
While the nature of the PDA role varies according to country and regional context, there are three broad functions of the position:
PDAs have a primary reporting line to the Resident Coordinator, and secondary reporting lines to the DPPA-DPO regional division and the UNDP Resident Representative. Under their guidance and agreed workplan, and in close collaboration with the country team, the PDA will:
1. Undertake conflict analysis and provide strategic advice to the Resident Coordinator in his/her engagement with high-level government officials, academia, civil society including youth and women’s networks, UN Country Teams, HQ, and other relevant stakeholders. Submit the analysis and reporting to the RC, UNDP RR and DPPA-DPO Division.
2. Identify opportunities to build national capacities for conflict prevention including areas of strategic, programmatic and policy engagement with national stakeholders, and support the RC and the UNCT action in areas of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, human rights, humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus, Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) among others.
3. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners on issues related to Sustaining Peace and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in conflict resolution, peace studies, political science, human rights, sociology, international relations, economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences. In lieu of an advanced degree, a Bachelor's university degree (or equivalent) with 2 additional years of experience may be considered.
Language Requirements: Fluent written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
Other: Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
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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.