Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, Programme Advisor

Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, Programme Advisor

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Amman, Jordan

Background

S/he will provide technical guidance on Conflic Prevention and Peacebuilding issues within the overall “Peace” architecture of the GPN structure at the regional level, coordinating closely with the global teams, primarily the Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions (CPPRI), as well as the Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights. S/he will represent UNDP in the wider peacebuilding and conflict prevention community of practice with a primary focus on the Arab States Region, including with UN system, bilateral partners, external experts, civil society, etc.

Under the supervision of the Governance and Peacebuilding Team Leader at the UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States and in collaboration with other Advisors and Specialists in the Regional Hub, HQ, Country Offices, Global Policy Centers, and rosters of external advisors, s/he is responsible for the provision of technical expertise and policy and programme advisory services to Country Offices, supports the implementation of the regional programme and, where appropriate, with key UN and external partners. S/he responds to requests from Country Offices under the guidance of the Regional Hub Manager, and the supervision of the Governance and Peacebuilding Team Leader, in collaboration with corporate support providers, such as the GPN Country Support Management Team, Crisis and Fragility Engagement and Policy Team and the SDG integrator Team.

Working to ensure quality and coherent policy and programme advisory services within their region and across other regions as well as alignment with the Strategic Plan, the Programme Advisor advances the credibility and recognition of the organization’s programmes in this thematic area. Key areas of focus include: sustaining peace, peacebuilding, working in situations of protracted conflict, promoting social cohesion, conflict and gender-sensitivity, preventing violent extremism and use of conflict analysis.

S/he is responsible for leading the following

  • Programme Support and Policy Advice;
  • Support Policy Development;
  • Partnerships, Representation, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization;
  • Knowledge Management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key functions:

  • Programme Support and Policy Advice;
  • Support Policy Development;
  • Partnerships, Representation, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization;
  • Knowledge Management.

Programme Support and Policy Advice:

  • Work with the Regional Bureau’s Country Advisors to ensure relevant, timely and multi-disciplinary response to Country needs for policy services;
  • Provide programme support in the thematic area of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding to Country Offices, helping them to ensure relevance of the services provided to country and regional context including crisis situations;
  • 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;
  • Deliver technical policy advice and programme support, in collaboration with other teams in the Regional Hubs and HQ, that responds to country office needs, including through the provision of capacity building and backstopping;
  • Actively support and collaborate with Peace and Development Advisers deployed in the Arab States Region region, coordinating closely with UNDP-DPPA Joint Programme on Supporting National Capacities for Conflict Prevention and its stakeholders and colleagues;
  • Provide policy advisory and programming services to COs in other regions received through the GPN;
  • Liaise with the Crisis Bureau to provide related contributions to UNDP SURGE for country offices.

Support Policy Development:

  • Integrate UNDP's work in the Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding thematic area within the region into a coherent policy and programming framework in support of the implementation of the UNDP Strategic Plan, and contribute to the Global Policy Network (GPN) where needed;
  • Provide advisory support and feedback to the Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions Team globally on policy gaps and opportunities for development of overall team priorities and workplans from the regional perspective;
  • Provide advisory and programmatic support to Prevention of Violent Extremisim (PVE) initiatives, projects and activities in the region, including contributing to CPPRI global work in the area;
  • Critically assess and measure policy services in the designated area and recommend to COs, HQ and Hub Management new policy and strategic alignment options;
  • Provide substantive inputs in the development of UNDP’s policies for the thematic area and contribute to the formulation of global policy products
  • Provide Quality Assurance to ensure alignment with global development policies, norms and standards; and
  • Foster policy innovation in the specific thematic area to enhance programme delivery.

Partnerships, Representation, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization:

  • Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN entities and other relevant regional bodies and provide substantive inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives;
  • In coordination with colleagues in the Regional Hub and wider GPN, engage with partners and in resource mobilization, including through preparation of funding proposals, donor briefings, timely corporate and donor reporting, advocacy and information-sharing requirements;
  • Represent UNDP and engage in UN interagency coordination as well as in other fora with the aim to advance UNDP’s strategic agenda in the thematic area;
  • Advocate policy and positioning of this thematic area in various fora and through programme efforts, including academia and civil society;
  • Advisory support to UNDP COs in the reigon that have a substantive engagement with the Peacebuilding Fund, including support to project development.

Knowledge management and community of practice networking:

  • Contribute to knowledge generation and management, including through the UNDP Communities of Practice;
  • Critically review and curate regional data, case evidence and research findings to distill pivotal lessons for UNDP globally and to translate substantive learning into organizational agility;
  • Advocate and enable South-South facilitation of exchanges and experiences sharing where valuable;
  • Coordinate cross-regional exchange of knowledge by collaborating with policy teams in HQ and Regional Hubs to research, develop and share knowledge-based tools and guidance to help influence/advance policy dialogue in the thematic area and present such material at various fora;
  • Provision of support and leadership in undertaking conflict analysis, and advocating conflict sensitivity;
  • Lead regular analysis and work of the Regional Crisis Risk Dashboard (Regional CRD).

Competencies

Core:

Innovation:

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade others to follow.

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Communication:

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

Delivery:

  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

Technical/Functional:

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation:

  • Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development.

Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding:

  • Translates substantive expertise in conflict prevention concepts and principles and ability into corporate strategy and programmes.

Representation:

  • Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).

Resource Mobilization:

  • Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.

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.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • A Master's degree, preferably in international development, law, international affairs, peace and conflict studies, business administration, or other relevant field.

Experience:

  • 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 in the areas of governance, conflict prevention, human rights and peacebuilding, including in crisis and fragile contexts;
  • Experience of management and leadership roles;
  • Experience of programming; partnership development and resource mobilization;
  • Excellent coordination, negotiating and communication skills and ability to mobilize support from a wide range of partners (public, private, academic, civil society, business community leaders).

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, both written and oral;
  • Working knowledge of Arabic highly desirable;
  • Knoweldge of French an asset.

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