Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located within the Emerging and Conflict Related Issues Division (ECRI) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Regional Adviser on Governance, Peacebuilding and Transition reports directly to the Director of ECRI, and works in close cooperation with the Deputy Executive Secretary for Programme Support, under the general guidance of the Executive Secretary.
Within the framework of the 2030 Development Agenda, and in particular regarding SDG16. The Regional Adviser on Governance, Peacebuilding and Transition will be responsible for carrying out the following:
Governance, Peacebuilding, Conflict Sensitive Development and Institutional development:
- Providing inputs in the formulation, and organization of mandated programs of governance, peacebuilding, and development under occupation and in difficult conditions and on recovery, reconciliation and reintegration, and in the formulation of possible governance, institutional development and public administration, and conflict resolution strategies, policies and actions for adoption by individual countries and/or the international community;
- Prepares policy advisory notes to inform governments through monitoring, reviewing, and reporting on policies and regulations in ESCWA Member Countries as well as through monitoring, studying and analyzing the trends and best practices in institutional development, conflict resolution, civic participation, civic values and public administration;
- Participates extensively in the identification of new or emerging governance, state-building, conflict resolution, public administration and development management issues of potential concern to Member States and/or the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature and design and in the development of programs to address them.
- Participating in conceiving, planning and managing expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the Division's outputs and provide policy advice based on Division's research;
- Prepares briefing notes and speeches for more senior staff of the Division and of the Department and makes presentations on governance, institutional development, conflict prevention issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences;
- Contributing to the preparation and finalization of sectoral, country or regional analytical studies on governance, conflict resolution, Recovery, Relocation and Reintegration;
- Provide direction, analytical support and strategic advice to ECRI with regards to institutional strengthening and resilience and assist to strengthen capacities to undertake conflict analysis and mainstream conflict sensitivity in policy recommendations and programming, including through adjusting workplan to better address immediate "triggers" as well as structural causes of conflict.
- Provides policy advice through short-term field missions to member countries and other relevant stakeholders in the region upon their request on aspects of governance, peacebuilding, reintegration of IDPs reconciliation, public administration, job competencies in civil service, enhancing resilience, Strengthen strategic partnerships with key national and international stakeholders in the area of institutional development, administrative reforms and decentralization and resilience;
- Contributes to the design of national policies and strategies upon requests from member countries for support in the area of institutional development, , peacebuilding, , resilience and identify areas of technical and programmatic engagement with national stakeholders related to institutional strengthening; Assist in identifying "entry points" for institutional strengthening, reconciliation and reintegration of IDPs with member countries and develop appropriate strategic responses;
- Provides leadership in the design and implementation of capacity development programs, national workshops, projects and activities at the national and regional levels;
- Contributes to ESCWA's resource mobilization strategy, notably as far as extra budgetary funding is concerned;
- Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programs and projects;
- Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member Countries on governance, peacebuilding, administrative reforms, human resources and job competencies in public sector/civil service and development management programs or issues;
- Plans, designs and oversees implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects in governance, nation-building, , development management and manages major projects or studies.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of conflict and its spillover effects, institutional development particularly governance challenges associated with democratic transition and development theories, principles and applications; S/he must possess a solid knowledge of the broad range of key peacebuilding and democratization issues, including national dialogue processes and institution- building in transition countries. Ability to produce quality reports and publications in selected areas of governance, institutional development, conflict sensitive development and peacebuilding. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree, preferably Ph.D) in public administration, Economics, governance, Conflict management, political science, social science, business administration, law, public finance or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in governance, institutional development, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, public administration, or related area. At least five years of the professional experience should be advisory work in developing countries, including transition countries, preferably in more than one region.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of French is an asset.
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