Peace and Development Advisor

United Nations Development Programme
  • Location
    San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Nov-20-2019
  • Posted
    Nov 06

Position description

The Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) will support the UN Resident Coordinator in promoting sustainable peace and good governance by i) building bridges among different stakeholders to help overcome political deadlocks; ii) identifying, building and sustaining national efforts aiming to transform tensions, with a view to strengthening the rule of law, preventing violence and building a peaceful society; iii) positioning the UN agenda vis-á-vis the new Administration, to be inaugurated on 1 June 2019; and iv) supporting regional initiatives aiming to address the root causes of violence and migration.   

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic and operational support to the RC on conflict analysis and prevention and assist in his/her relations with high-level government officials, academia, civil society including women’s and youth networks, and with the wider political and civic leadership. Build and maintain networks and relationships with stakeholders on behalf of RC;
  • Identify areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders, and support to RC in the preparation of the UN response to government requests, related to building national capacity to prevent conflict
  • Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders (at high-level, if necessary), regional and international actors and development partners;
  • Provide strategic and technical support to UNDP and other UNCT members with regard to conflict prevention programming and work to strengthen their capacity to undertake conflict analysis, mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming.

Under the direct supervision of the Resident Coordinator and in close collaboration with the country team, the PDA will:

Provide strategic and operational support to the RC on conflict analysis and prevention and assist in his/her relations with high-level government officials, academia, civil society including women's networks, and with the wider political and civic leadership.

  • Build and maintain networks and relationships with stakeholders on behalf of RC and UNCT, effectively representing UN positions on sensitive matters of national cohesion;
  • Participate, on behalf of the RC, in relevant national fora and representing the UN system where necessary;
  • Provide substantive leadership for strategic initiatives on conflict prevention, including supporting the UN-backed political dialogue; assisting United Nations Country Team led conflict resolution activities in conflict-affected communities; building skills for dialogue, negotiation and mediation for leadership at national level, especially political party leadership, including youth and women leadership within party structures, and for the relevant branches of government as deemed necessary; establishing and extending the capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at the national and local levels; and undertaking confidence-building measures.
  • Under the direction of the RC, engage with other national and international institutions and initiatives in order to promote a common approach towards supporting social cohesion, enhancing good governance, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and other relevant efforts, including on areas related to gendered dimensions of peacebuilding and SCR 1325. In some circumstances, these interactions may be on behalf of the RC with high-level officials;
  • Provide continuous analysis and reporting on political developments and conflict dynamics to RC, the UNCT (in some cases to the Humanitarian Country Team) and the regional offices and headquarters of UNDP and DPPA.
  • Identify ‘entry points’ for conflict prevention and recommending appropriate strategic responses for the UN system, ensuring that gendered dimensions are reflected in both analysis and programming.

Identify areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders, and support to RC in the preparation of the UN response to government requests, related to building national capacity to prevent conflict.

  • Lead related peace-promoting activities such as: designing dialogue processes; facilitating national processes; building local capacity for dialogue, negotiation, mediation and reconciliation processes; support to capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at national and local levels; strengthen women’s and youth initiatives and groups in peace processes; support confidence-building measures; organize and facilitate training and capacity-building workshops for national stakeholders at all levels;
  • Provide leadership and strategic guidance to the design and implementation of Peacebuilding Funded programmes, where applicable, and engage closely with PBF governance mechanisms such as the Joint Steering Committees and their Secretariats;
  • Lead the design and oversee community and national-level initiatives to strengthen confidence in local development capacities, including through the promotion of local dialogue capacities for conflict resolution at local and/or national levels;
  • Identify and engage civil society actors in the peace and development agenda supported by the UN.

Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders (at high-level, if necessary), regional and international actors and development partners.

  • Liaise closely with relevant national, regional, and local stakeholders from Government and civil society and key international actors to identify entry points, foster dialogue and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships on conflict prevention, reconciliation and confidence-building initiatives.
  • Maintain close liaison with relevant donors and other actors supporting UNDP’s peace building efforts. In some circumstances, these interactions may be on behalf of the RC with high-level officials;
  • Manage strategic partnerships and lead engagement on behalf of the RC with national stakeholders, international actors, and development partners, where applicable;
  • Support efforts to mobilize resources for peace building and conflict prevention initiatives;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Headquarters including relevant focal points at UNDP and UN/DPPA;
  • Liaise closely with the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Peacebuilding Fund, particularly in countries where PBF activities are being implemented.

Provide strategic and technical support to UNDP and other UNCT members with regard to conflict prevention programming and work to strengthen their capacity to undertake conflict analysis, mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming.

  • Define/implement a strategy for identifying entry points for mainstreaming of conflict prevention and conflict sensitivity in the UNCT, including within the framework of common country planning processes (UN Development Assistance Framework, Country Programme Documents, Strategic Response Plans (SRPs) etc.);
  • Provide leadership and strategic guidance to UNDP’s programmatic portfolio pertaining to governance, peacebuilding, and conflict prevention;
  • Support an integrated programmatic approach across the UNCT in the context of SDG 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions;
  • Ensure delivery of high-value capacity development and training to UN Country Team staff and key national partners on conflict analysis, conflict prevention and/or conflict-sensitive development, ensuring that the gendered dimensions of conflict are adequately reflected through analysis produced and meaningfully addressed through programmatic efforts;
  • Provide analytical and strategic support to UNCT. Support the UNCT in making programmatic linkages with the analysis provided.

Competencies

Core

  • Innovation;
  • Leadership;
  • People Management;
  • Communication;
  • Delivery.

Technical/Functional

  • Social Cohesion;
  • Peacebuilding and Reconciliation;
  • Conflict-Sensitive Programming;
  • Political Economy Analysis;
  • Knowledge Management;
  • Relationship Management;
  • Resource Mobilization.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in political science, sociology, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of senior level experience in conflict analysis, policy, and strategy development, development and/or conflict prevention in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
  • Extensive experience in research and project development;
  • A proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior levels of government, United Nations, and donors;
  • Experience working within a UN agency or department and field experience would be a major asset.
  • Proven experience in development programming, including good understanding of UN programming modalities, and rules and regulations;
  • Experience in national and-or community-level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and programming;
  • Excellent knowledge of and extensive experience in Latin America, including in dialogue and conflict prevention initiatives, is an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluent written and spoken Spanish and English is required.

Application instructions

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