Peace & Development Specialist Job Vacancy – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Resident Coordinator
About UNDP:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global
development network. UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to
knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The
UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing countries
including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed
Job Summary: The Peace and Development Advisors are deployed in
country settings to work alongside national stakeholders to build, strengthen,
and sustain nationally-owned and driven efforts to mediate, resolve, and
transform tensions, with a view to preventing violence and building peaceful
societies. The range of countries to which PDAs are deployed varies
considerably, with some deployed in countries emerging from civil and/or
regional conflict, in others where violence is escalating, and in others still
where violence is absent but the underlying structural causes of conflict
remain. PDAs are also deployed in countries where political deadlocks exists
around issues related to elections and constitutions.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Provide strategic and
operational support to the RC/RR on conflict analysis and prevention and assist
in his/her relations with government officials, academia, civil society,
including women’s and youth networks, and with the wider political and civic
  • Provide continuous analysis to RC and UNCT
    (and in some contexts, the Humanitarian Country Team) on political
    developments and conflict dynamics, with a view to identifying appropriate
    ‘entry points’ for conflict prevention and recommending appropriate
    strategic responses for the UN system, ensuring gendered dimensions of
    conflict are captured in both analytical efforts and reflected in UNCT
    programming initiatives;
  • Organize, develop, and implement community
    and national-level initiatives to strengthen confidence in local
    development capacities, including through the promotion of local dialogue
    capacities for conflict resolution at local and/or national levels;
2. Identify areas of
programmatic engagement with national stakeholders, and support to RC/RR in the
preparation of the UN response to government requests, related to building
national capacity for conflict prevention;
  • Take lead of related peace-promoting
    activities such as: dialogue processes; support to facilitation of
    national multi-stakeholder processes; building local capacity for
    negotiation, mediation, and reconciliation processes; support to
    capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at national and local
    levels; support to electoral violence prevention initiatives; support and
    design of conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives geared towards
    countering violent extremism; strengthen women’s and youth initiatives and
    groups in peace processes; undertake/ support confidence-building
    measures; organize and facilitate training and capacity building workshops
    for national stakeholders at all levels; and other inter-group process, as
  • Provide strategic direction and guidance to
    the design and implementation of Peacebuilding Funded programmes, where
    applicable, and engage closely with PBF governance mechanisms such as the
    Joint Steering Committees and their Secretariats;
  • Carry out necessary activities to
    build/strengthen/apply/sustain national capacities/ institutions/
    processes to prevent crisis and mainstream conflict prevention
    interventions throughout the work of UN agencies at country level.
3. Establish and
strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, regional and
international actors and development partners;
  • Establish and maintain networks and strategic
    partnerships for peace building related strategies and initiatives;
  • Work closely with national, regional, and
    local stakeholders from Government and civil society including women’s
    networks and key international actors to identify entry points, foster
    dialogue and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships on conflict
    prevention, reconciliation and confidence-building initiatives.
  • Maintain close liaison with relevant donors
    and other actors supporting UNDP’s peace building efforts;
  • Provide support to UN efforts in mobilizing resources
    for peace building and conflict prevention initiatives;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in
    UN Headquarters including relevant focal points at UNDP and UN/DPA.
  • Work in liaison with the Peacebuilding
    Support Office and the Peacebuilding Fund, particularly in countries where
    PBF activities are being implemented.
4. Provide strategic and
technical support to UNDP and other UNCT members with regard to conflict
prevention programming and work to strengthen their capacity to undertake
conflict analysis and mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming;
  • Support the design and implementation of
    strategy for identifying entry points for mainstreaming of conflict
    prevention and conflict sensitivity in the UNCT, including within the
    framework of common country planning processes (UNDAF, CPD, etc.);
  • Support an integrated programmatic approach
    across the UNCT in the context of SDG 16 – Peace Justice and Strong
  • Carry out training for UN Country Team staff
    and key national partners on conflict analysis, conflict prevention and/or
    conflict-sensitive development, ensuring that the gendered dimensions of
    conflict are adequately reflected through analysis produced and
    meaningfully addressed through programmatic efforts;
  • Provide analytical and strategic support to
    UNCT. Support the UNCT in making programmatic linkages with the analysis
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Enhanced capacity for conflict and
    socio-political analysis;
  • Expanded partnership with national
    counterparts in government, civil society, academia, and think-tanks/
    research institutions;
  • Relevant international experiences with
    regard to social cohesion and governance reform, conflict prevention and
    peacebuilding adopted and implemented by national stakeholders;
  • Strengthened capacities for dialogue, social
    cohesion, mediation, reconciliation, conflict prevention, confidence
    building, etc
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNDP Peace & Development Specialist should hold an Advanced university
    degree (Master’s Degree) in political science, sociology, international
    relations, international economics, law, public administration, or other
    related social sciences. In lieu of an Advanced degree, a Bachelor
    university degree with additional years of experience.
  • At least seven years of progressively
    responsible experience in conflict analysis, policy, and strategy
    development, development and/or conflict prevention in a governmental,
    multilateral or civil society organization;
  • Significant experience in research and
    project development;
  • A proven policy, advisory and advocacy
    experience and track record of engagement with senior levels of
    government, United Nations, and donors;
  • Previous experience in national and
    community-level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and
  • Broad working knowledge of and extensive
    experience in (country/region), including in dialogue and conflict
    prevention initiatives, is an advantage.
  • Language Requirements: Fluent written and spoken English is
    required.Working knowledge of Arabic, French, or Spanish is an advantage.
Personal Competencies:
Core Competencies
  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas
  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and
  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade
    and transform
  • Delivery: Ability to get things done
  • Social Cohesion: Knowledge of methods and experience
    of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic
    participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility
  • Peacebuilding and Reconciliation:
    Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development
  • Conflict-Sensitive Programming:
    Ability to use methods and tools to monitor conflict triggers and determine
    impact of various dynamics in conflict-prone situations
  • Political Economy Analysis:
    Ability to analyze socio-political dynamics influencing power and
    influence through various lenses (i.e. national, local, communal levels
    and ethnic, demographic, etc.)
  • Knowledge Management: Ability to efficiently handle and
    share information and knowledge
  • Relationship Management:
    Ability to engage with other parties and forge productive working
  • Resource Mobilization: Ability to identify and organize
    programmes  and projects to
    implement solutions and generate resources
is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality
and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons
with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be
treated with the strictest confidence.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United
Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor
to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job
requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 15th February 2016
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