Consultancy: Peacebuilding, Risk and Fragility - HATIS, PD - NYHQ, Requisition#522903
New York City (United States of America)
UNICEF has made progress over the last few years in strengthening its capacity to both ensure that its work is conflict sensitive (do no harm) and to engage in peacebuilding (do more good) all with the aim of improving its results for children in fragile and conflict affected settings. To continue and further strengthen this work, the Humanitarian Action and Transition Section (HATIS) in Programme Division (PD) is planning to recruit a consultant to support the implementation of its work plan.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
535 million children – nearly a quarter of the world’s children – were estimated to live in countries affected by armed conflict, violence, and/or protracted crisis in 2016. Children in fragile and conflict-affected countries are more than twice as likely to be undernourished as those in other developing countries, more than three times as likely to be unable to go to school, twice as likely to die before age five, and more than twice as likely to lack clean water. Women, young people and children disproportionately bear both direct and indirect consequences of violent conflict. A child living in a conflict-affected or fragile country misses out on essential services and is more likely to be exposed to violence.
With the adoption of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which includes a specific goal on peaceful and inclusive societies, the international community has once again emphasized the centrality of peace and peacebuilding to achieving development. The agenda calls for a stronger integration between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding pillars of the United Nations. The UN Security Council and General Assembly have also issued concurrent resolutions on ‘sustaining peace’ call on the UN system to respond in a more coordinate and holistic manner to the dynamics and effects of violent conflict as well as address its underlying causes for achieving sustainable peace.
Achieving results for children and operating effectively in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, requires a stronger link between development and humanitarian programming, a better understanding of context through stronger risk analysis, including conflict analysis, and a focus on reducing vulnerabilities and building capacities of local actors and institutions, especially at the sub-national and local level to address underlying causes of fragility and conflict. It also requires UNICEF to ensure its programmes are conflict sensitive and to the extent possible contribute to sustainable peace. UNICEF will continue to develop and refine specific guidance, tools, as well as strengthen staff capacity to achieve maximum results for children living in fragile and conflict affected contexts.
UNICEF has made progress over the last few years in strengthening its capacity to both ensure that its work is conflict sensitive and to engage in peacebuilding all with the aim of improving its results for children in fragile and conflict affected settings. To continue and further strengthen this work, the Humanitarian Action and Transition Section (HATIS) in Programme Division (PD) is planning to recruit a consultant to support the implementation of its work plan.
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist – Peacebuilding, and in close coordination with the members of the Humanitarian Action and Transition team, the consultant will be responsible for the following results:
Provide support to conflict analysis processes, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding programming at UNICEF:
- Develop and maintain technical guidance, training materials and on-line learning course linked to capacity development on conflict analysis, conflict sensitive programming and peacebuilding for UNICEF.
- Provide technical support on conflict-sensitivity and peacebuilding to UNICEF sections and units at UNICEF Headquarters.
- Provide technical support (remote and direct) to UNICEF Country Offices in the design and implementation of conflict analysis processes, the development of peacebuilding strategies/programmes, and the monitoring of their implementation.
- Organize logistics of training workshops and events, support establishment Long Term Agreements (LTAs) and contextualize training materials.
Support knowledge management and lessons learned arising from UNICEF’s work on fragility and peacebuilding, including as part of risk-informed programming, for application to UNICEF’s wider engagement in fragile, conflict affected and risk prone contexts:
- Undertake a mapping of countries implementing and developing peacebuilding-relevant programmes and produce a document that details and synthesizes programme plans, strategies, results and expenditures to date to inform the development of roll-out strategy for the conflict-sensitivity and peacebuilding programming guidance
- Develop webinars including on GRIP, peacebuilding, DRR and fragility.
- Maintain Community of Practice (SharePoint) on risk, resilience, fragility and peacebuilding
- Establish a database of good practice on programming in fragile and risk prone contexts
- Provide support to country offices in development of monitoring and data collection tools in fragile contexts.
- Document case studies and experience of UNICEF’s contribution to peacebuilding and operations in fragile contexts across regions and countries
- Maintain a set of presentations of key aspects of risk, resilience, fragility and peacebuilding
- Lead the development of brochures and other communication materials
Support the development of materials for the inter-agency meetings, conferences and workshops:
- Draft UNICEF position papers drawing on inputs from relevant divisions and sections within UNICEF for advocacy on child rights and basic social services within relevant global/UN frameworks and coordination mechanisms.
- As required, participate in coordination mechanisms and meetings.
- Draft reports, updates, and briefing notes as necessary.
Start date: 15 July 2019
End date: 30 June 2020
(Estimated # of days)
Monthly intermediary reports on activities completed and results achieved
End of each month
30 June 2020
Key competences, technical background, and experience required:
- Advanced university degree in social sciences, international development, conflict studies, public policy or other related field.
- A minimum of 5-7 years of work experience in conflict analysis, peacebuilding, conflict sensitivity, and international development, with a focus on fragile and conflict affected contexts.
- Familiarity with UNICEF programming and the challenges of implementing such programmes in fragile and conflict affected countries.
- Fluency in English and French is required.
- Knowledge of risk, resilience and fragility policy and practice;
- Excellent communication and organisational skills;
- Experience in the development of training material, website management and publications;
- Strong organizational, written and oral presentation skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work under deadlines, handle multiple tasks, and take initiative;
- Proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision;
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.
At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process
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UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.