Peace and Development Officer
Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist on research, information-gathering and analysis with specific focus on supporting and promoting peacebuilding and conflict prevention in Kenya;
- Identify entry-points and support inclusive and conflict-sensitive approaches in efforts to build national capacities for conflict prevention, particularly with regard to civil society, including women’s and youth networks;
- Provide technical support for coordination, partnerships and M&E;
Under the direct supervision of the PDA, the main duties and responsibilities of the PDO will include:
- Gather and process data and information relevant to the UN’s role and activities in Keya and the sub-region as relevant, with specific focus on supporting and promoting peacebuilding, social cohesion, conflict prevention and sustainable development.
- Support the PDA in undertaking political, political economy and/or conflict analysis, monitoring the situation in the country, and reporting of issues related to peace and security, including through analysis of local sources;
- Carry out and coordinate research on particular issues and thematic areas, in particular PVE and CVE issues in Kenya, political parties’ dynamics, elections…etc.
- Assist the PDA in identifying areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders related to social cohesion, dialogue, conflict prevention and consensus building; and contribute to the development of conflict-sensitive approaches;
- Under the guidance of the PDA, support the exploration of entry points with key national counterparts including the Government and civil society;
- Advise on mainstreaming conflict-sensitive approaches; including provision of training UN Country Team staff and key national partners on conflict analysis, conflict prevention and/or conflict-sensitive development;
- Undertake mappings and analysis with civil society actors’ (including youth, women, and marginalized groups) capacities for conflict prevention/ peacebuilding at local and national level, using the exercise to inform the support provided by the PDA and UNCT throughout the duration of the assignment;
- Support the PDA in their engagement with national and local stakeholders, focusing particularly on engaging with civil society actors at local level and academia, to help link local initiatives to national-level institutions, structures and processes, as well as reinforcing dialogue between government and civil society and/or people-to-people dialogues.
- Support the external coordination of existing partnerships between stakeholders (government, civil society, private sector and the international community, including the UN system).
- In close collaboration with the PDA and the Joint Programme Secretariat, support monitoring and evaluation function, including collecting, processing and analyzing data in the framework of peace and development team workplan;
- Support knowledge management and sharing of good practices on conflict prevention and peacebuilding; ensure that stories and lessons learned are shared with the Joint Programme Secretariat; and respond to specific requests for information; and
- Perform an array of duties that support UN coordination and effective Peace and Development Team programme implementation. These may include: assisting in organizing meetings and consultations, organizing and implementing consultation processes with national and international partners. Perform an array of duties that support UN coordination and effective Peace and Development Team program implementation. These may include: assisting in organizing meetings and consultations, organizing and implementing consultation processes with national and international partners.
Required Skills and Experience
- Minimum of 2 years with a Masters Degree or 4 Years with Bachelors Degree of progressively responsible experience in conflict analysis, development and/or conflict prevention in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
- Extensive experience in analysis, research and sound drafting skills;
- Experience in project/programme development, management
- Experience in national and community-level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and programming;
- In-depth knowledge of and extensive experience in (country/region), including in dialogue and conflict prevention initiatives; and awareness and familiarity of key actors and stakeholders across the political, economic, and development spheres alongside knowledge of government, civil society, and other non-state actors.
- Fluency in written and spoken Kiswahili and English are required
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