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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-24

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PVE Coordination Officer

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Background

Pursuant to the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant Security Council resolutions (ie: 1963 (2010), 2129 (2013), 2178 (2014), 2395 (2018) and 2396 (2018), the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism engages in regular dialogue with Member States and regional organizations with a view to advising them, as appropriate, on the development of comprehensive and integrated approaches and programming on the prevention of violent extremism. In doing so, UNOCT continues to cooperate closely within framework of the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact and Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Working Groups, notably as co-Chair of its Working Group on National and Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategies.  It also works closely, at the national and local levels, with Resident Coordinator’s Offices.
 
 “One-UN” Programme on Prevention of Violent Extremism 
It is an established principle by the General Assembly that the primary responsibility for the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the United Nations Plan of Action on the Prevention on Violent Extremism rests with Member States. No effort to prevent violent extremism would be successful if it was not based on the general policies and priorities of the national Government. This primary responsibility is inherently linked to the principal duty of Governments to protect the rights to life and to security of their citizens, as well as the need to ensure that government measures themselves “do-no-harm” or fuel grievances. 
 
Based on these general principles, any United Nations programme to support the prevention of violent extremism in South or South-East Asia will need to be based on the request of the respective Governments or regional organizations, and will need to be based on national ownership in line with national priorities, and implementation at the national and regional levels with the support of UN Country Teams and Resident Coordinators.
 
Based on the discussion with key stakeholders, including the Government of Bangladesh and United Nations agencies on the ground, UNOCT intends to support the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) in Bangladesh to support effective coordination and mapping of capacity building assistance for the prevention of violent extremism conducted by both the United Nations entities and bilateral partners. This is in line with General Assembly resolution 71/291, the Secretary-General’s guidance in his High-Level PVE Action Group and the recently adopted United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, which inter alia seeks to involve United Nations country teams in counter-terrorism and PVE activities; develop mutually reinforcing counter-terrorism and PVE capacity-building projects; and establish a joint resource mobilization and outreach strategies, where required, with donors. It will be important that this coordination effort is closely aligned and complements, rather than duplicates, existing efforts underway, including through the Resident Coordinator’s Office and relevant groups in Bangladesh, such as the Inter-Sectoral Coordination Group in Cox’s Bazaar. 
 
To advance the PVE themes addressed in the 2017-19 UN Development Action Framework for Bangladesh (UNDAF),a number of United Nations entities have already developed their respective programmes, projects and activities within their given mandates to support the implementation of the United Nations Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism in Bangladesh and the region. At the same time, there is a strong desire by the Government of Bangladesh to ensure effective coordination of all activities pertaining to the Prevention of Violent Extremism under the RCO in Bangladesh, and with the support of the UNOCT at the regional and headquarters’ levels. 
 
To ensure that these initiatives are undertaken through a coherent and well-coordinated “One UN” approach, UNOCT will increase its support to the existing coordination structures of the United Nations Country Team and its existing interagency and bilateral partner PVE working groups to ensure that duplication is avoided, synergies utilized, and impact is maximized. 
 
The “One UN Programme on the Prevention of Violent Extremism” will contain PVE-specific projects, which are designed to directly address one or more of the context specific drivers of violent extremism as and when conducive to terrorism–as specified in the United Nations PVE Plan of Action (A/70/674-A/70/675) and the General Assembly’s Fifth Review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/ RES/70/291). Such drivers can be internal and external and may be categorized as push and pull factors. The “One UN Programme on the Prevention of Violent Extremism” is designed to specifically address a range of drivers as identified up to now in difference to PVE-related projects that are not designed to implement one of the main priorities of the United Nations PVE Plan of Action, but nonetheless may indirectly contribute to mitigating drivers of violent extremism through their implementation. While initially focusing on Bangladesh, the Programme could also cover regional level activities.
 
This “One-UN Programme on the Prevention of Violent Extremism” would supplement and support the PVE Programme outlined in the 2017-2020 UNDAF and would include catalytic resources from the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, complementing medium (2019) and longer-term (2019-2022) programming that would also directly contribute to specific prevention of violent extremism activities at the local, national and regional levels.  Ultimately, the Programme would need to be accompanied by a resource mobilization effort, coordinated closely with the Resident Coordinator’s Office in Bangladesh. Such a resource mobilization effort should be undertaken in a manner to complement other important fund-raising efforts.
 
To develop this “One-UN Programme,” the UNOCT and the UN RCO Bangladesh are seeking to engage, by February 2019, an experienced Coordinator to support existing coordination efforts in the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Dhaka, to facilitate liaison efforts of the UNOCT and the Resident Coordinator’s Office of UN PVE efforts in the country, including liaison with Global Compact entities and their regional offices in Bangkok and Delhi. 
 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Resident Coordinator, and with the additional supervision of the UNOCT under the frameworks of Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact Working Groups on the Prevention of Violent Extremism and National and Regional Strategies, the National Professional Officer’s primary functions will be:
 
Summary of Key Functions:
 
  • Provide coordination and liaison support to the UN Country Team to facilitate existing PVE programs and PVE-related activities;
  • Provide training and capacity building support to government authorities and relevant agencies on specific themes and issues relating to PVE;
  • Develop new/strengthen existing programmatic work of UN agencies and other partners with the support of the UNOCT and the RCO.
 
Provide coordination and liaison support to the UN Country Team to facilitate existing PVE programs and PVE-related activities:
  • Assist with the coordination of the International Community P-CVE Working Group and the UNCT P-CVE Working Group, as required;
  • Map research efforts by bilateral donors on PVE activities;
  •  Support the coordination and liaison efforts of the UNOCT and the Resident Coordinator’s Office of UN PVE efforts in the country, including liaison with CTITF entities and their regional offices in Bangkok and Delhi. 
 
Provide training and capacity building support to government authorities and relevant agencies on specific themes and issues relating to PVE:
  • Support the deployment of UNOCT Strategic Communications experts to provide trainings to the government, UN agencies, funds and programmes and local host and refugee community leaders in Bangladesh (always upon their request) on the theory and practice of strategic communications to prevent violent extremism with a view to strengthen capacities to prevent the distortion and misuse of beliefs, political ideologies and ethnic and cultural differences;
  • Support capacity building activities of Bangladesh’s police at local and national level by working closely with UNODC and UNOCT to tailor their existing global programming on counter-terrorism and human rights, investigations and countering of illicit trafficking;
  • Consult with the government on possible trainings or guidebooks for community leaders on resilience and other relevant tools to encourage civic engagement and demonstrate how a thriving, resilient and inclusive community can be the strongest front against violent extremism.
 
Develop new/strengthen existing programmatic work of key UN agencies, CSOs, and other partners:
  • Develop a programme to extend UNOCT’s Technical and Vocational Education Institutions (TVET) programme for TVET Directors to complement existing ILO, World Bank and Government plans in this important sector to support youth employment;
  • Leverage and facilitate the technical and expert support of the UNOCT and other Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities to strengthen the work of UN Women and UNDP in the fields of PVE;
  • Develop specific programmes to foster digital literacy, critical thinking and amplify positive voices through collaboration with private sector information and communication technology companies, through existing adolescent and youth centers and other educational institutions run by the government, UN agencies and civil society organizations.
 
Impact of Results
 
The key results have an impact on the success of country programming within the area of Prevention of Violent Extremism. In particular, the key results have an impact on the effective programming of and coordination of agency activities.
 

Competencies

Core Competencies:
 
  • Leadership
  • Communication and Relationship Management
  • Innovation
  • People Management
  • Delivery
Functional Competencies:   
 
Ability to persuade others to follow
 
Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others:
 
  • Creates new opportunities for team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities;
  • Actively shares knowledge;
 
 
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform
 
Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis:
 
  • Communicates ideas and positions with command and confidence;
  • Finds common ground to solve problems;
 
 
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
 
Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully:
 
  • Critically assess established methods;
  • Contributes to improve methods and delivery;
 
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
 
Models independent thinking and action:
 
  • Demonstrates behaviors of teamwork, collaboration, and knowledge sharing, maintaining relationships;
 
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgment
 
Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services:
 
  • Embraces complex challenges and opportunities for getting work done;
  • Ability to embrace challenges with minimal supervision;
  • Works to develop organizational awareness of UNDP’s approach to client service delivery and integrity and accountability.
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Advanced university degree in political science, international law, international relations or other relevant field. PVE related knowledge and experience at the international level is desirable.
 
Experience:
  • At least 2 years of work experience in development and/or PVE including with regard to national and regional counter-terrorism or PVE programmes; 
  • proven experience in drafting policy papers, reports and summaries on political matters, as well as proven experience in working with various Governmental officials in Bangladesh and other relevant stakeholders, including international partners, ability to resolve political and technical complex questions arising from the work on counter-terrorism, including comprehensive and integrated counter-terrorism strategies, and ability to conduct research and provide timely input on policy questions; 
  • Experience with the relevant Security Council resolutions and the various Pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and familiarity in participation at professional workshops/conferences, are further assets.  
 
Language Requirements:
  • English is the working language of the United Nations in Bangladesh.  For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required, fluency in oral and written Bengali is also a requirement.  
 

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