Under the direct supervision and guidance of the PDA, the national Peace and Development Officer (PDO) will provide substantive support for building national capacities for peace in three main areas of activity, including:
- gathering and analyzing data and information relevant to the context on the ground, with specific focus on key risks, including political, socio-economic, and social cohesion;
Contributing to Partnerships and Programming Efforts
- supporting the broader efforts of the PDA, RCO, and UNCT in developing and facilitating UN programming initiatives to strengthen social cohesion in Moldova and ensuring programming is conflict sensitive, risk informed, gender sensitive, based on human rights principles and supporting the implementation of SDGs; and
- strengthening the UN Country Team and key partner’s capacity in conflict analysis, peacebuilding/social cohesion programming, in conflict sensitivity and other related skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the PDA, the main duties and responsibilities of the PDO will include:
1. contributing to research, information-gathering and analysis, for key analyses and reports:
- supporting the development and roll out of tools that identify and measure key risks in Moldova, including the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index and Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD);
- collecting and processing data and information relevant to the UN’s role and activities in the country, with specific focus on supporting and promoting social cohesion, risk informed programming, and sustainable development, including through the Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD) and Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) index;
- collecting and processing data and information on sub-national, national and wider regional political, economic and other developments relevant to the peacebuilding/social cohesion/political agenda;
- under the direction of the PDA, and in close cooperation with other RCO staff:
- supporting and contributing to analytical processes in support of conflict sensitive, gender sensitive and human rights focused UN System planning, program frameworks and their linkages to the SDGs, including but not limited to SDG 16;
- supporting development of new and maintaining existing partnerships by, e.g., advising on due diligence and reputational risks, etc.
2. Identifying entry-points and supporting inclusive and conflict-sensitive UNCT approaches in building national capacities for conflict prevention, including among women and youth:
- Support the use of SCORE results to better inform UN programming and advocacy to strengthen social cohesion;
- Support the use of the CRD to better risk inform UN programming;
- Assist the PDA in identifying areas of programmatic engagement with the UNCT and national stakeholders related to social cohesion, dialogue, conflict prevention and consensus building.
- contribute to identifying entry points and potential partners for peacebuilding, strengthening social cohesion; and
- undertaking mappings and participatory analyses with civil society actors to determine local and national capacities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding at local and national level.
3. Support the strengthening the UN Country Team and key partner’s capacity in conflict analysis, in conflict sensitivity, in peacebuilding/social cohesion programming, and in other related skills.
4. To support alongside the PDA the M&E and KM efforts of the Joint Programme.
- 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
5. Perform other duties in support of coordination and effective peace and development pillar implementation, including assisting in organizing meetings, consultations and possible dialogue between groups, organizing and implementing consultation processes with national and international partners and/or stakeholders, and supporting external coordination of existing partnerships.
Measurable outputs of the work assignment:
- Analyses, briefs and other substantive outputs produced in a timely manner and at a high level of quality;
- SCORE and CRD more effectively used as key tools for UN programming;
- Partnerships with key actors strengthened;
- Strategic programmatic support provided;
- Capacity building implemented for UNCT and key partners;
- Partnerships with key interlocutors developed and maintained.
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
- Relevant outputs in line with the annual work plan are fully implemented in a timely manner;
- Analyses, briefs and other substantive outputs produced are well regarded by primary clients;
- All activities are carried out in strict accordance with the UN’s values and ethical standards.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability; and
- Good understanding of the UN system.
- Possesses substantive knowledge in the area of conflict prevention, social cohesion, dialogue and governance reform or related areas, as well as in-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
- Possesses sound political acumen and demonstrated experience in providing policy advice;
- Sound skills and demonstrated experience in facilitation, consensus-building, multi-stakeholder processes and negotiation;
- Excellent inter-personal skills;
- Ability to establish and maintain partnerships and working relationships with internal and external parties in a multi-cultural environment;
- Sound understanding and capability to empower and develop the capacity of national counterparts;
- Knowledge of and ability to facilitate co-operation with key institutions and individuals.
- Team player, self-motivated and initiative taking,
- Dedicated, energetic;
- Demonstrates creativity, flexibility, openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
- Sound judgment.
- Master’s degree (or equivalent) in peacebuilding, political science, sociology, international relations, law, international economics, public administration or other related social sciences;
- At least three years of relevant experience in providing advisory services or establishing and managing relationships with international organizations or local institutions and/or communities or related field;
- Analytical, research and reporting experience;
- In-depth knowledge of the Moldovan context, including awareness and familiarity of key actors and stakeholders across the political, economic, and development spheres as well as knowledge of government, civil society, and other non-state actors, including of Transnistrian region;
- Experience in peacebuilding and social cohesion programming and in overall project/programme implementation will be considered as an asset.
- Fluency in Romanian, Russian, and English is required.
UN reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
UN is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension