Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Specialist

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 05 March 2020
  • Support the implementation of the UNDP-specific reconciliation and social cohesion activities of the DDRR project;
  • Ensue close coordination with relevant partners, design and conduct process for a national conflict analysis that aim is to gain a comprehensive and shared understanding of potential or ongoing violent conflicts to identify key threats to the security, reconciliation, and social cohesion of communities;
  • Support the review and assessment of existing local mechanisms for peace, reconciliation, and social cohesion and the formulation of relevant recommendations for the development of a coordinated and consistent approach for local peace/reconciliation infrastructures;
  • Engage with civil society to catalyze and build upon existing initiatives for conflict management and dialogue;
  • Undertake a rapid assessment with a view to identify risk factors for violence, including gender-based violence, and confidence-building opportunities in order to calibrate UNDP engagement on dialogue with various stakeholders;
  • Design and lead the implementation of activities aimed at strengthening community reconciliation, social cohesion and social contract between the Government and citizens;
  • Analyze the youth/civil movement in the project areas, in order to develop strategies to engage a wide range of key stakeholders, including youth and identify the gaps for UNDP to respond through project interventions in short and mid-term;
  • Analyze the intertwined issues of religion, politics and security in the context of North-East Nigeria to identify entry points within existing and new programming to work on reconciliation and social cohesion issues related to youth (both young women and men), which may include but not be limited to, participation and representation of both women and men;
  • Monitor the tendency for the escalation of violence, including gender-based violence and based on the analysis, advise the UNDP CO on possible actions in the context of social cohesion and dialogue efforts, including assisting in the setting-up of dialogue platforms as deemed appropriate and identifying dialogue entry points with key stakeholders;
  • Support local dialogue, confidence-building, and trust-building within communities, and between them and the authorities through joint decision-making, public consultation and hearings;
  • Assist the authorities on the local, district and oblast levels to develop conflict-sensitive communication strategies and public awareness approaches;
  • Liaise with the UNDP monitoring system and ensure that its information and analysis inform the Governance and Reconciliation activities;
  • Perform other functions as deemed essential for effective results.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • 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.
  • Good knowledge/understanding of UNDP/UN rules, regulations, policies, procedures and practices 
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment;
  • Excellent supervisory, team-building, diplomatic and interpersonal skills;
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgment.
  • High level liaison, communication and negotiation skills with a demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain relationships a wide range of actors, within the UN system, across Government, CSOs and other external stakeholders;
  • Strong communication and advocacy skills, in particular ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a wide range of actors, within the UN system, with Government officials, traditional structures, donors and civil society;
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact and diplomacy;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and negotiation skills, especially resource management systems;
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and, if necessary, to lead teams working on specific issues and / or multi-sectorial;
  • Ability to identify and develop practical approaches to strengthening the capacity of public institutions, civil society and the private sector;
  • Excellent writing skills and oral communication skills in French;
  • Communication skills and ability to produce advisory reports and other high-quality products;
  • Ability to interact with senior government officials and a credible influence with key national policy makers, with UN agencies and with other international development agencies;
  • Highly geared towards achieving results actions;
  • Strong analytical and negotiation skills and the provision of advice;
  • Demonstrate experience in translating policy principles into operational and effective measures in the areas of social cohesion, resilience and peace building;
  • Good understanding of UNDP programming modalities, particularly in crisis and post-conflict settings.
  • Ability to take the initiative to achieve the stated objectives, carry out the work at different levels and manage different initiatives simultaneously (personal organization and multitasking);
  • Strong interpersonal skills, good communication and commitment to promoting skills;
  • Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback.
  • Proactive sharing of knowledge and experience;
  • Has a clear intellectual interest in the development process of national reconciliation and social cohesion;
  • Excellent computer skills (word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, etc.).
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences with a focus on peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, development studies or a related field. 
  • At least 7 years’ experience at national and/or international level in advisory and analytical positions;
  • Extensive experience coordinating activities in social cohesion, reconciliation, peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management, consensus-building, dialogue processes, collaborative decision-making and leadership;
  • Excellent conflict analysis and reporting skills, experience in bilateral and/or multilateral negotiations;
  • Practical experience in capacity-building, negotiation, facilitation and training skills, leadership development, and strategy development;
  • Strong experience in conflict sensitive programming;
  • Previous experience in planning and operationalizing development programming in post-conflict environment;
  • Prior experience in facilitation and/or coaching in negotiation processes and dialogue activities;
  • Knowledge of the programming of the United Nations (One UN), particularly in the context of crisis and post-crisis;
  • Knowledge of M&E systems, and results and performance-based management and reporting;
  • Experience in partnership building and resource mobilization in conflict context;
  • Experience in special development situations in Africa would be an asset, as well as previous experience working in the Lake Chad region.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. 


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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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