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Peace & Community Cohesion Officer

Kuajok

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kuajok
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-03

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Background

The Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) brought renewed impetus towards stabilizing the fragile situation in the country. Even so, South Sudan continues to face immense political, institutional, social and economic challenges which include; a) weak infrastructure for peace; b) illegal long-standing practices like cattle raiding, child and forced marriages and age set youth; c) exclusion of women, youth, minorities and other special interest groups in peacebuilding initiatives, development and governance; d) proliferation and misuse of firearms; and e) climate change induced and resource based conflicts. Left unattended, these factors have the potential to reverse peacebuilding gains, increase fragility; impede healing, trust and confidence building and reconciliation and undermine implementation of key R-ARCSS milestones like security sector reforms, demobilisation and disarmament processes and gender equality provisions.

Working in existing and new conflict clusters, Peace and Community Cohesion Phase II Project  (PaCC II) will support the central and subnational governments and authorities to; a) establish and enhance the capacity of peace infrastructures to manage conflicts peacefully; b) deepen social, cultural and economic cohesion among communities to foster healing, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence; c) empower citizens, with added emphasis on women, youth and other marginalised groups for voice, agency and participation in governance and peacebuilding initiatives and demand accountability; d) implement legal, policy and civilian frameworks on small arms and light weapons; and e) promote conflict sensitive access, use and control of natural resources by pastoral and farming communities in targeted conflict clusters. 

The Phase II of the project is expanding its reach to  new conflict clusters with coordination offices in Warrap State capital, Kwajok and Upper Nile State capital, Malakal. In this regard, PaCC is seeking to recruit a national Peace and Community Cohesion Officer to be based in Kwajok, Warrap State. The Officer will work closely with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), State and Regional Peace Coordinators, other UN Agencies, amongst other relevant partners.

Under the overall guidance of the UNDP South Sudan’s Democratic Governance and Stabilization Unit (DGSU) Team Leader and the direct supervision of the project Manager for the Peace and Community Cohesion, the Peace and Community Cohesion Officer will execute the following key functions and duties in the relevant conflict cluster. The Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) brought renewed impetus towards stabilizing the fragile situation in the country. Even so, South Sudan continues to face immense political, institutional, social and economic challenges which include; a) weak infrastructure for peace; b) illegal long-standing practices like cattle raiding, child and forced marriages and age set youth; c) exclusion of women, youth, minorities and other special interest groups in peacebuilding initiatives, development and governance; d) proliferation and misuse of firearms; and e) climate change induced and resource based conflicts. Left unattended, these factors have the potential to reverse peacebuilding gains, increase fragility; impede healing, trust and confidence building and reconciliation and undermine implementation of key R-ARCSS milestones like security sector reforms, demobilisation and disarmament processes and gender equality provisions.

Working in existing and new conflict clusters, Peace and Community Cohesion Phase II Project  (PaCC II) will support the central and subnational governments and authorities to; a) establish and enhance the capacity of peace infrastructures to manage conflicts peacefully; b) deepen social, cultural and economic cohesion among communities to foster healing, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence; c) empower citizens, with added emphasis on women, youth and other marginalised groups for voice, agency and participation in governance and peacebuilding initiatives and demand accountability; d) implement legal, policy and civilian frameworks on small arms and light weapons; and e) promote conflict sensitive access, use and control of natural resources by pastoral and farming communities in targeted conflict clusters. 

The Phase II of the project is expanding its reach to  new conflict clusters with coordination offices in Warrap State capital, Kwajok and Upper Nile State capital, Malakal. In this regard, PaCC is seeking to recruit a national Peace and Community Cohesion Officer to be based in Kwajok, Warrap State. The Officer will work closely with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), State and Regional Peace Coordinators, other UN Agencies, amongst other relevant partners.

Under the overall guidance of the UNDP South Sudan’s Democratic Governance and Stabilization Unit (DGSU) Team Leader and the direct supervision of the project Manager for the Peace and Community Cohesion, the Peace and Community Cohesion Officer will execute the following key functions and duties in the relevant conflict cluster. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate and facilitate the implementation of peace and community cohesion related activities:
  •  Maintain regular communication and coordination with relevant partners, CSOs and local and national Government counterparts to ensure timely implementation of project  activities;
  • Facilitate and provide technical inputs for the implementation of peace and community cohesion related activities, enabling delivery of  high quality outputs and activity results as per the PaCC project documents;
  • Strengthen synergies with/between PaCC activities and work of other UNDP projects/UN Agencies/other relevant partners to ensure the achievement of integrated results;
  •  Support local peace partners in the coordination of local level peacebuilding activities and facilitate the coordination with relevant state level actors;
  •  Participate in relevant events and networks related to the specific scope of work.

2.      Support the strengthening/capacity development of local peace infrustrustructures and civil society partners:

  •  Facilitate the strengthening of local peace infrustructures, such as peace committees, Council of Traditional Authorities and Leaders (COTAL) to encourage joint and inclusive and gender sensitive peacebuilding approaches at the local level;
  • Monitor and provide technical inputs /advice  to the CSOs implementing parts of the UNDP’s Peace and Community Cohesion related work to ensure the achievement of resutlst that are aligned to human rights and gender gender and conflict sensitive;
  • Identify capacity needs of local peace partners/structures and support the design and implementation of capacity development initiatives.
  • Support stregthnening capacities for local conflict early warning reporting and response system working under CEWARN system;

3.      Support gender and conflict mapping and analysis, monitoring and evaluation and lessons learned studies:

  • Promote community-led participatory conflict and context analyses to inform project programming; 
  •   Monitor and assess activity progress against the project’s Annual Work Plan targets and indicators;
  •   Ensure the project lessons learned and best practices are captured, documented and periodically shared; 
  •   Support identification of new entry points for PaCC activities that contribute to social cohesion and community security;
  •  Support gender analysis and mainstreaming in all project activities and operations, and monitor and advise, especially CSOs and Government counter part on this requirement;
  • Draft reports, updates, and briefing notes as necessary.

 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards, as well as tact and diplomacy
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies:

Building Strategic Partnerships: Identifying and building partnerships

  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda;
  •  Promote networking and knowledge sharing with other colleagues in UNDP and the UN System;  
  •  Assist and train national counterparts in creating the tools necessary to support development policy in the Country;
  • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings.
  • Assist in undertaking continuous review of fragility and core governance functions.

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches: Developing new approaches

  • Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals;
  • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations;Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking;
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor.

 

Resource Mobilization : Implementing resource mobilization strategie

  • Analyzes information on potential partnership with other UN agencies and  National NGOs at local level   and  recommend strategic entry point for local trust fund and  PBF ;
  • dentifies and compiles lessons learned  that are important for resource mobilisation;
  • Recommeds entry points for partnership in local resource mobilization

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Developing tools and mechanisms

  • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;
  • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms;
  • Effective presentation and report-writing skills; strong analytical and strategic skills.

Knowledge/Technical Expertise: In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter

  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in areas of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments;
  • Experience of managing staff and consultants to ensure effective delivery of workplans.

Leadership

  • Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others;
  • Creates new opportunities for team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in political or social sciences, international development, conflict studies or other related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level in development work related to peacebuilding and/or conflict transformation, preferably in post-conflict settings;
  • Experience in working with CSOs to promote peace and reconciliation especially at the grassroots level preferred;
  • Excellent command of common Microsoft Office programs is a requirement; and Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

Language Requirements:

  • Written and spoken English is essential. Knwoledge of Arabic  is an added advantage;

Disclaimer

Application Procedure :

Kindly note that this vacancy announcement is for qualified South Sudanese nationals only

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.undp.org by creating a personal profile and completing UNDP Personal History Form. Please note that UNDP only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through http://jobs.undp.org will be considered and applications received after closing date will not be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNDP South Sudan vacancies, only applicants short-listed for written test and interview will be contacted.

General Information

UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staffs and encourages applications from qualified female candidates and persons with disabilities.

UNDP is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNDP staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNDP jobs.

UNDP has zero tolerance of sexual abuse, abuse of authority and exploitation.

The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

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