Background Working under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the UN RC/HC/UNDP RR, and in close collaboration with UNHQ, the Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) will be responsible for providing strategic advice on issues affecting peace and development in Cameroon and the sub-region (CAR, Chad, Niger and Nigeria as determined by the RC/HC). The PDA will provide strategic advice and analysis on issues impacting security, stability and development in Cameroon and the sub-region including the Boko Haram insurgency, and the CAR crisis. S/he will work directly with the special political mission, UNOCA, on sub-regional analysis, a common regional approach, and support to the SRSG. At the discretion of the RC/HC, the PDA may also engage with relevant sub-regional actors including UNOWAS (i.e. Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission), ECCAS, and other regional actors, while also working closely with PDAs deployed in Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
The PDA will help the UN to further develop and sustain strategic entry points and partnerships for peace and development with relevant national counterparts. This will include the ongoing Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment for Cameroon (RPBA), which is jointly carried out by the EU, the UN, the World Bank and the Government. It also includes the finalization, launch and provision of strategic advisory support to a cross-border PBSO-supported project between Cameroon and Chad to prevent violent extremism and mitigate local conflict. The PDA’s role extends beyond technical and policy advice to providing substantive leadership on highly sensitive issues and activities, and to establish direct engagement, as appropriate, with senior national and international partners as directed by the RC. The PDA will also work in close collaboration with UNDP Country Offices in the sub-region as well as the UN Country Team (UNCT), UNDP RBA (HQ and Regional Service Center) and DPA (HQ). He/she will also liaise with senior Government officials, embassies, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, the private sector, civil society (including traditional, religious, youth, and women’s organizations) and political leaders. Lastly, the PDA will ensure that the work carried out by the UN under the UNDAF (2018-2020) addresses the drivers of conflict, violence and fragility and that activities are carried out in a conflict-sensitive manner Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and in close collaboration with the UN country team, the PDA will:
1. Provide strategic support to the RC/HC/RR on conflict analysis and political developments (including but not limited to elections, human rights, media, developments in the regions) and assist in her relations with high-level government officials, Ambassadors, academia, and civil society. Build and maintain networks and relationships with stakeholders on behalf of RC/HC/RR;● Build and maintain networks and relationships with stakeholders on behalf of RC/RR and UNCT, effectively representing UN positions on sensitive matters;● Provide analysis and strategic advice to the RC/HC/RR, UNDP RBA senior management, UNCT and UN/DPA on Crisis Prevention, peacebuilding conflict prevention, management and recovery programmes in Cameroon and the sub-region and help link initiatives in a systematic fashion in collaboration with national counterparts;● Monitor and provide i) regular analyses and advisory services on the impact of the situation in Cameroon (particularly developments around the Boko Haram insurgency in the Far North) and the spillover of the CAR crisis in the East) including through the use of the Crisis Risk Dashboard.● Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key regional and international actors and development partners including in the context of the ongoing RPBA;● Participate, on behalf of the RC/RR, in relevant national and regional fora and representing the UN system where necessary;● Provide substantive leadership for strategic initiatives on conflict prevention, including convening on behalf of the RR/RC dialogue processes; assisting United Nations Country Team-led conflict resolution and the prevention of violent extremism activities in conflict-affected communities; building skills for dialogue, negotiation and mediation for leadership at national level, especially political party leadership, including youth and women leadership within party structures, and for the relevant branches of government as deemed necessary; establishing and extending the capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at the national and local levels; and undertaking confidence-building measures.● Under the direction of the RC/RR, engage with other national and international institutions and initiatives in order to promote a common approach towards supporting social cohesion, preventing violent extremism, enhancing good governance, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and other relevant efforts, including on areas related to gendered dimensions of peacebuilding and SCR 1325. In some circumstances, these interactions may be on behalf of the RC/RR with high-level officials;
Provide continuous analysis and reporting on political developments and conflict dynamics to RC, the UNCT (in some cases to the Humanitarian Country Team) and the regional offices and headquarters of UNDP and DPA
Identify ‘entry points’ for conflict prevention and recommending appropriate strategic responses for the UN system, ensuring that gendered dimensions are reflected in both analysis and programming.
2. Identify areas of programmatic engagement with national and regional stakeholders, and support to RC/RR in the preparation of the UN response to government requests, related to building national capacity to prevent conflict;● Lead related peace-promoting activities such as: designing dialogue processes; facilitating national processes; building local capacity for dialogue, negotiation, mediation and reconciliation processes; support to capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at national and local levels; strengthen women’s and youth initiatives and groups in peace processes; support confidence-building measures; organize and facilitate training and capacity-building workshops for national stakeholders at all levels;● Provide leadership and strategic guidance to the launch and implementation of PBSO -funded activities and engage closely with PBF governance mechanisms such as the Joint Steering Committees and the cross-border Secretariat, HQ, UNDP and UNICEF, the PDA in Chad and UNOCA;● Lead the design and oversee 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;● Identify and engage civil society actors in the peace and development agenda supported by the UN.
3. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders (at high-level, if necessary), regional and international actors and 1. 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, mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming.● Provide leadership and strategic guidance to UNDP’s programmatic portfolio pertaining to governance, peacebuilding, the prevention of violent extremism and conflict prevention;● Support an integrated programmatic approach across the UNCT in the context of SDG 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions;● Ensure delivery of high-value capacity development and training to 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 and the HCT in making programmatic linkages with the analysis provided including to support the strengthening of the nexus between humanitarian action and development through the Resilience Working Group.development partners;● Liaise closely with relevant national, regional, and local stakeholders from Government and civil society 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. In some circumstances, these interactions may be on behalf of the RC/RR with high-level officials;● Manage strategic partnerships and lead engagement on behalf of the RC/RR with national stakeholders, international actors, and development partners, where applicable;● Support efforts to mobilize 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 including the Central Africa Team and CTITF;
Innovation Leadership People Management Communication Delivery
Social Cohesion Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Conflict-Sensitive Programming Political Economy Analysis Relationship Management Resource Mobilization
Required Skills and Experience
Education:Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in political science, sociology, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences Experience:● At least 10 years of senior level experience in conflict analysis, political affairs, policy, and strategy development, development and/or conflict prevention in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;● Extensive 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;● Experience working within a UN agency or department and field experience would be a major asset.● Proven experience in development programming, including good understanding of UN programming modalities, and rules and regulations;● Experience in national and community-level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and programming;
Excellent knowledge of and extensive experience in Central Africa, including in the prevention of violent extremism, dialogue and conflict prevention initiatives, is an advantage Language Requirements: Fluent written and spoken English and French are required