Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Job: Election-related Conflict Prevention Specialist ( National or International) - Tanzania and Zanzibar

For more information or to apply, please follow this link: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=43696
Tanzania has held four credible general elections since the reintroduction of multi-party politics in 1992. Citizens and the government are eager to maintain this track record and to further strengthen democratic practice in Tanzania. Looking to the 2015 general election, government has undertaken early and comprehensive preparations for the electoral processes. Since receipt of official requests for UN assistance to the election cycle leading to the 2015 general election from the National Election Commission (NEC) and Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC), a UN Needs Assessment Mission recommended the development of a project in support of the national efforts.
In addition, in 2014 the United Republic of Tanzania will likely conduct a first national referendum on a new constitution. The EMBs and other stakeholders in preparing for these critical events have requested the assistance of UNDP to provide technical support to the preparation and execution of this referendum.
To these ends, the Democratic Empowerment Project is a four year (2013-2016) UNDP, UN One Fund and other donor-funded project with the overall aim of contributing to Tanzania’s UNDAP’s Outcome 7: i.e. “Key institutions of democracy, (i.e. EMBs, etc.) effectively implement their election and political functions”. UN Women and UNESCO are implementing partners in a One UN Country Team context.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake consultations with elections stakeholders, mainly located in Dar es Salaam and on Zanzibar, and conduct a needs assessment related to election-related peace-building and conflict reduction;
  • Based on the needs assessment, develop a strategy and action plan for police training, community dialogues and other measures to be undertaken to help build peace and prevent election-related conflict in Tanzania in the 2014 and 2015 pre-election and general election period;
  • The result will be a report documenting the findings and presenting a Strategy and an Action Plan to UNDP and Government. This effort will be nationwide in scope; however special attention will be placed on regions/areas that have been prone to election-related/other politically-related violence in the recent past, including (inter alia) Zanzibar, Arusha, Mtwara and Dar es Salaam;
  • In these areas, special attention will be given to identifying opportunities for and making recommendations regarding community-based, youth-focused, political party engagement and other approaches to enhance dialogues and other conflict prevention measures, including police training;
  • The Strategy document and Action Plan will draw on the reports and recommendations of the UN conflict prevention expert deployed in Zanzibar in advance of the 2010 general election, as well as a mapping and analysis study conducted in 2011.


Functional competencies:
  • Expertise and proven experience in conflict prevention in Africa;
  • Understanding of electoral processes including stakeholders and Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in Tanzania
  • Proven ability to plan, organize and effectively implement activities;
  • Ability to coordinate and work in teams under pressure as well as in complex environments;
  • Strong communication and writing skills;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and sensitivity and adaptation.
Corporate competencies:
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, development, political sciences.
  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in international development including experience with elections, electoral security, prevention/mitigation of political and social conflict related to the electoral cycle.
  • Thorough knowledge and demonstrated extensive experience in conflict prevention policy development, programming and advocacy related to the electoral cycle;
  • Demonstrated substantive experience in security sector governance and collaboration among/between security services and electoral management bodies, reconciliation & dialogue, voter/civic education, engaging men and boys in prevention of gender based violence, community security and social cohesion;
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting conflict, political economy and governance analysis and in designing and managing multi-stakeholder participatory conflict analysis processes and methodologies;
  • Nuanced knowledge of conflict analysis tools and methodologies;
  • Track record of building good working relationships with government counterparts.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the gender aspects of peace and conflict through programming or research;
  • Demonstrated experience in mainstreaming gender and human rights in projects.
  • A high level of written and spoken English is essential;
  • Knowledge of Kiswahili an asset.
For more information or to apply, please follow this link: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=43696

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