Honiara (Solomon Islands)
The Solomon Islands is entering a critical phase in its peacebuilding journey; the Regional Assistance Mission has now fully withdrawn, national and provincial elections in early 2019 are a potential flashpoint in a context where government spending is increasingly dominated by discretionary spending managed by MPs, and a referendum on independence in neighboring Bougainville risks reigniting violence along the porous border.
In this context, and in support of the recently launched National Youth Policy, UNDP and ILO have jointly developed a new project that will empower marginalized young Solomon Islanders, particularly young women, both to engage in decision-making and as pro-active social entrepreneurs to address local sources of grievances. It will take peacebuilding efforts in a new direction, and into new locations that have traditionally been beyond the reach of development efforts and government services to help nurture a new generation of effective peace advocates and nation builders.
The implementing partners of the project are UNDP; ILO; Ministry of Traditional Governance, Peace, and Ecclesiastical Affairs (MTGPEA); Ministry of Women, Youth, Children, and Family Affairs (MWYCFA); Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry/Young Entrepreneurs’ Council; Solomon Islands Women in Business Association; and World Vision.
Working with youth has always been a focus of the UN’s peacebuilding work in the country. UNDP has worked closely with the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs to facilitate the country’s first ever Youth Dialogue, as well as the development of the National Youth Policy. This has involved thorough analysis of the challenges and constraints facing youth, and detailed consultations with young people from across the Solomon Islands, summarized in the 2018 Solomon Islands Youth Status Report, supported by the ongoing peacebuilding project of UNDP/UN Women.
Through the existing PBF-supported project, and working closely with the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation, and Peace, detailed nationwide consultations were also held on the status of peacebuilding and the main threats to peace, summarized in the National Perceptions Survey on Peacebuilding for the Solomon Islands.
This project was developed to support the implementation of recommendations from these documents through nationwide consultation processes. In June 2018, a joint UNDP-ILO mission held close consultations with relevant Government Ministries, potential implementing partners, and other development partners, including those already working in the peace building space. A round table bringing together Government and implementing partners was held on Thursday 23rd August to agree on the approach, focus areas, and main activities prior to submission to PBSO. This was followed by one-on-one consultations with implementing partners to clarify and agree on roles and responsibilities.
Under the guidance and supervision of UNDP Country Manager, the Project Manager (PM) will work with the UNDP and UN ILO Project team as well as external implementing partners. The PM is to lead a national and international team working on the Youth Empowerment through peacebuilding in Solomon Islands. Project management should report to both UNDP and ILO managers with frequent updates on project progress circulated to all concerned with support oversight of operations matters related to the Peacebuilding and Youth Empowerment project, in order to ensure that the project achieves all targets and deliverables. She/he will oversee and coordinate the project’s implementation, building partnerships with national stakeholders and coordinate the UN Peacebuilding and Youth Empowerment team. The PM will promote a client-focused, quality and results- oriented approach in the project and will work in close collaboration with UNDP and ILO staff for resolving complex project management issues.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance and in coordination with the UNDP Sub-Office in the Solomon Islands, ILO, the Solomon Islands Government and Civil society stakeholders, the Project Manager will implement the agreed project activities and ensure that objectives are reached as set out in the project document. The Project Manager will report directly to the UNDP Country Manager and matrix report to ILO director [or delegate] based in Suva and will be in close working partnership with Ministry of Traditional Governance, Peace, and Ecclesiastical Affairs (MTGPEA); Ministry of Women, Youth, Children, and Family Affairs (MWYCFA); Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry/Young Entrepreneurs’ Council; Solomon Islands Women in Business Association; and World Vision.
The PM will be responsible for the overall management and administration of the project in close consultation with UNDP and ILO country team and will have the following responsibilities under the guidance of the project board. The PM’s tasks will entail support to formulation, implementation issues, evaluations and lessons learned exercises. The lessons learned in this project will feed into the implementation of the long-term inclusive growth and youth programme.
- Advisory support on policy and overall direction of the project
- Provide technical lead for project planning, management and implementation of Peacebuilding Fund programme
- Knowledge management and learning
The incumbent will be able to implement core competencies in leadership, innovation, people management, communication, and delivery.
Possess technical and functional competencies in collection of knowledge/skills across all areas of work in UNDP, from conflict prevention to financial planning and budgeting, reporting.
Required Skills and Experience
ducation:Master’s degree in law, political sciences, international relations, management or a related field. Post graduations, specific study and publications in governance and peacebuilding matters are an asset.
Experience:•At least five years of progressive experience in the peacebuilding and transition field, preferably in a post-conflict environment with a focus on youth empowerment and social entrepreneurship;
•Experience of managing projects including supervising staff
•Experience of working, liaising and collaborating with officials, governments' representatives, civil society organizations, and public international organizations;
•Experience of working with the UN– and UNDP and ILO in particular – would be preferable.
•Knowledge of UN assistance procedures and best practice and past experience from the Pacific region would be an asset.
•Experience in donor coordination and donor-government relations is an asset;
•Computer proficiency, including working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Front Page, Adobe In-Design; web-based management systems. Experience in the usage of computer software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), and web-based management systems.
Language Requirements:Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of Solomon Islands pidgin is a bonus