PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT ADVISORsee http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=42661
|Location :||Nairobi, KENYA|
|Application Deadline :||03-Jan-14|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One year, renewable subject to funding|
|Significant progress has been achieved in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo over the past decade. The local and
regional peace processes initiated at that time laid the foundation for
relative peace and stability in large parts of the country and the
Government has begun some reforms with a view to facilitating economic
recovery and democratization. However, eastern Democratic Republic
of the Congo has continued to suffer from recurring cycles of conflict
and persistent violence by armed groups, both Congolese and foreign.
The consequences of this violence have been nothing short of devastating. Acts of sexual violence and series violations of human rights are used regularly and almost daily as weapons of war. Displacement figures are among the highest in the world and persistently hover near two million people. The implementation of the country’s reconstruction, security sector reform and poverty alleviation program is regularly disrupted. The length and scale of the conflict have led to significant repercussions for the wider region, with many countries in the Great Lakes experiencing conflict dynamics that have been shaped or further exacerbated by violence in the DRC. Not only does this result in the flow of refugees originating from the DRC, illegal arms flows and the movement of armed militias have also thrived. The regional dimensions of the conflict are well-reflected in the PSC Framework, which also identifies some key interventions to attempt to address these challenges. These were also discussed with the RC/RRs from the region in the Kinshasa meeting, held on 1-2 July 2013, to agree on a regional approach to development for the Great Lakes region as well as to more concrete support in the implementation of the PSC(F). In light of this context, the PDA will work across borders, with relevant UNCTs and UNDP Country Offices to in the region with a view to fulfilling the objectives outlined in the PSC Framework and helping to contribute to stability in border regions.
Despite the above-cited challenges, the recent crisis has created a window of opportunity to address the root causes of the conflict and put an end to recurring cycles of violence. Building on the efforts already underway by the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region and the Southern African Development Community as well as the ongoing efforts of the UNCTs in the region the signing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region (referred to as the PSC Framework) represents a core element of a comprehensive approach that considers the structural causes fuelling instability in the country and in the wider region. The PSC Framework includes the establishment of national and regional oversight mechanisms to follow up implementation of the commitments of the signatories.
The regional oversight mechanism, to be supported by a Technical Committee, will involve representatives from each of the signatories to the PSC, namely the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Angola, the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Congo, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda, and the Republic of Zambia with the good office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the Chairperson of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and the Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (the “11 + 4” configuration). This broad endorsement reflects a growing consensus on the key areas of focus going forward as well as the milestones to be achieved in order to support a more peaceful, democratic future for both the DRC and the wider region. To this end, a Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region has been appointed to lead, coordinate, and assess the implementation of national and regional commitments under the PSC Framework.
The PSC Framework, and the Security Council Resolution 2098 which followed, identify a number of key areas of focus for the Special Envoy, both in her Good Offices capacity as well as the role of ensuring coordination and complementarities between the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, the state signatories to the PSC Framework and the UNCTs in the region. To that end, a Peace and Development Advisor is to be deployed in the Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region based in Nairobi to support the Special Envoy in the delivery of her mandate.
Summary of key results:
Duties and Responsibilities
|Under the overall supervision of
the Special Envoy to the Secretary General (SESG), the Assistant
Secretary General (ASG), and, reporting through the Chief of Staff, the Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) will:
Management and Leadership:
Required Skills and Experience
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