El Salvador is internationally recognized as a successful case of peace-making and transition to democracy. The signing of the Peace Accords in 1992, which was mediated by the United Nations, constituted an exemplary case of conflict resolution through dialogue and negotiation. The peace process put an end to a decade of armed conflict and enabled the establishment of sound democratic institutions that were consolidated over the following decades. The country has also shown considerable progress in reducing the social and economic gaps that were at the root of the internal armed conflict. Twenty-eight years after the signing of the Peace Agreement, El Salvador faces challenges that may risk the gains brought about by peace and development.
The joint UNDP-DPPA programme on building national capacities for conflict prevention has made a ground-breaking contribution in bridging the gap between political engagement and development assistance in pursuit of preventing conflict and sustaining peace. In its new phase (2019-2023), the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme will further strengthen the analytical capacities of national stakeholders and the UN system in support of Member States’ efforts to advance policy and programmatic coherence on conflict prevention and support strategies for sustaining peace.
The deployment of Peace and Development Advisors and has been the primary instrument of the Joint Programme to provide capacity for Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams to support national partners in dialogue and national or local mediation processes, the establishment and operationalization of national infrastructures and mechanisms for peace; and other initiatives aimed at sustaining peace. There are currently 49 PDA positions across the globe.
In an effort to ensure that PDAs are better equipped and empowered to deliver on their mandates, the Joint Programme has established in a number of contexts small ‘Peace and Development teams’ where a national Peace and Development Officer provides reinforced capacity to the PDA’s engagement in support of the RCOs and UNCTs in the area of conflict prevention and sustaining peace.
The Peace and Development Officer is expected to work under the direct supervision of the PDA and support research, information gathering and analysis, including on legal issues; the identification of substantive entry-points in on conflict prevention and sustaining peace and provide technical backstopping to reinforce the PDA’s engagement in support of the RCO and UNCT.
The Peace and Development Officer works under the direct supervision and guidance of the PDA, to provide substantive support in three main areas of activity, including:
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 El Salvador and the Northern Central America sub-region as relevant, with specific focus on supporting and promoting peacebuilding, social cohesion, conflict prevention and sustainable development, as well as in transitional justice and rule of law issues, as relevant.
- 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;
- Support the PDA in undertaking substantive analysis to inform relevant UNCT programmatic instruments, including the CCA and UNSDCF.
- Carry out and coordinate research on particular issues and thematic areas, in particular legal issues related to peacebuilding and political developments.
- 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, including for the development of Joint initiatives supported by the Peacebuilding Fund;
- 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.
Description of Competency at Level Required
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In this section list all core competencies as well as the most relevant technical/functional competencies the role will require along with the appropriate level. A Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through the following link: https://intranet.undp.org/unit/ohr/competency-framework/SitePages/Home.aspx
Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
Ability to persuade others to follow Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 4: Models independent thinking and action
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
Technical/Functional Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through https://intranet.undp.org/unit/ohr/competency-framework/SitePages/Home.aspx
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Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Ability to use methods and tools to monitor conflict triggers and determine impact of various dynamics in conflict-prone situations Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Conflict Analysis and Risk Assessment
Knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Civil Society Engagement
Knowledge to create and implement civil society initiatives and apply across peace and development work Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
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 2 additional years of experience.
- Minimum of 2 years 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 and management
- Experience in national and community-level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and programming;
- In-depth knowledge of and extensive experience in El Salvador, 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.
- In-depth knowledge of the political and electoral system in El Salvador and solid base of rule of law.
Fluent written and spoken Spanish is required, working knowledge of English desireable
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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension