Substantive leadership and quality assurance of policy advisory services;
Coordination and delivery of technical assistance, policy development and programme support;
Substantive leadership for content development and curation of tools and resources, from across UNDP’s network of expertise;
Knowledge management and community of practice networking
Representation, advocacy, and partner engagement for effective policy positioning in the region.
Substantive leadership and quality assurance of policy advisory services:
Navigate entry points and/or pivotal considerations for integrating peacebuilding and governance within regional and country-specific strategies for achieving the SDGs, including the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS);
Provide timely advice on issues/areas related to governance to stakeholders in the framework of the UNISS Support Plan and Sahel Alliance priorities, including but not limited to UNDP, UN regional agencies, government counterparts, civil society organizations, donor community;
Work with the Regional Bureau’s Country Advisors to ensure relevant, timely and multi-disciplinary response to Country needs for policy services;
Collaborate substantively with COs and Regional Programmes to achieve regional/CO strategic goals and plans by supporting relevant regional initiatives and promoting synergies with the regional programmes, including on migration and displacement;
Support COs in project design, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and results reporting in line with RBM guidelines, and support quality assurance, risk management and due diligence processes;
Provide sector specific and technical policy advice for crisis situations in coordination with the Country Support Management Team;
Provide support to COs conducting and engaging in conflict- and crisis-related assessments in coordination with the Crisis Bureau’s Country Support Management Team and Fragility Engagement and Policy Team;
Ensure risks are monitored and managed across the portfolio of advisory engagements;
Contribute to developing the capacity of national counterparts in support of achieving the Strategic Plan and other internationally agreed development goals as it relates to the peacebuilding and governance knowledge domain;
Provide policy advisory and programming services to COs in other regions as requested by the Crisis Bureau;
Provide substantive inputs in the development of UNDP’s policies for the thematic area and contribute to the formulation of global policy products
Coordination and delivery of technical assistance, policy development and programme support:
Facilitate the engagement of regional policy advisors / technical experts who are part of the SDG Integrator cadre for advisory services in governance and peacebuilding, as per scoping agreements;
Contribute to quality assurance and standard setting in the:
Delivery of services with Policy and Programme Support Advisors in the Regional Hub and HQ advisors;
Prioritization, planning and fielding of missions, in collaboration with other GPN teams, for assessment and programmatic design and follow-up at country level;
Substantive caliber, coherence, and results-focused programme development and regular reporting of results achieved;
Support Resource Mobilisation within the UNISS Support Plan;
Advise on resource mobilization/financial assistance as required and coordinate approvals as required.
Substantive leadership for content development and curation of tools and resources, from across UNDP’s network of expertise:
Provide technical expertise in identifying tools, developing methodologies and producing knowledge management products linked to crisis-related governance and peacebuilding, migration and displacement, and development intervention in fragile contexts, including with a specific focus on gender-related issues;
Provide technical expertise on the content development for regional/CO knowledge products through the analysis of data, case evidence, and research findings in accordance with corporate standards;
Contribute to the identification and scoping of technical issues warranting collaboration with HQ and regional teams to research, develop and share knowledge-based tools, such as policy positions/practice notes/concept papers and other research-based products to influence/advance policy dialogue in the knowledge domain and present UNDP’s knowledge assets and capabilities at global and regional forums;
Work closely with policy teams in HQ to advance research, testing and roll-out of newly commissioned policy/business development initiatives, by providing the regional perspective/specificities as well as experience-based insights on what is of most practical value for national counterparts and regional leaders;
Design and deliver training on programming tools including by developing training packs for COs to facilitate innovation learning, foster and encourage policy innovation and continuous improvement to enhance programme delivery.
Knowledge management and community of practice networking:
Contribute to the continuous analysis, documentation, codification of regional results/lessons learned;
Review regional data, case evidence and research findings to distill pivotal lessons for UNDP globally;
Advocate and enable South-South facilitation of exchanges and experiences sharing where valuable;
Support the capacity development of UNDP staff in application of tools and practices;
Development and strengthening of linkages with peacebuilding and governance community of practice, both inside and outside of the UN system.
Representation, advocacy, and partner engagement for effective policy positioning in the region:
Advocate the application of ground-breaking peacebuilding and governance approaches, especially as an integrated approach to achieving the SDGs, within the UNISS Support Plan and in different country fora with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms, including the Women, Peace and Security Agenda;
Represent UNDP within engagements in interagency coordination in peacebuilding and governance policy areas in particular within the Sahel Alliance;
Provide technical advice on relationship management of regional partners and resource mobilization in line with the coporate priorities of UNDP in Africa and Crisis Bureau priorities and corporate guidelines;
Provide technical advice on mobilizing and fostering external partnerships behind regional initiatives;
Manage the building of strategic alliances and partnerships, especially with key think tanks and non-governmental organizations;
Ensure UNDP/Representation at technical inter-agency meetings, academic conferences, donor consultations and other events related to governance and peacebuidling;
On behalf of UNDP in the region, manage joint crisis governance initiatives with UN system;
Collaborate with UNDP advisors/programme managers and country-based and regional Peace and Development Advisors.
Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
Ability to persuade others to follow.
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development.
Infrastructures for Peace:
Knowledge of mechanisms, methods to and the ability to contribute through dialogue and consultation in preventing conflict.
Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility.
Knowledge of methods and experience of strengthening national governance institutions and capacities, including the participation of women, to prevent, mitigate and cope with impact of crises.
Sustainable Development Goals:
Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Ability to substantively engage and foster networks with academia, research institutions, and think tanks.
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
Collaboration & Partnerships:
Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP.
Management & Coordination:
Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration;
Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.
Required Skills and Experience
A Master's degree, preferably in international development, law, international affairs, business administration, development economics, or other relevant field, or extensive compensating experience in governance and peacebuilding.
A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in either public sectors (national or multilateral, including UN), private (academia, non-governmental sector, corporate), with increasing level of responsibility
Proven track record and leadership experience in the UN System related to governance, conflict prevention, human rights and peacebuilding in crisis and fragile contexts;
Excellent negotiating and communication skills and ability to mobilize support from a wide range of partners (public, private, academic, civil society, business community leaders);
Proven track record of management and resource mobilization skills.