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UNDP Vacancies 2023 for Programme Specialist Jobs in Abyei Location.
UNDP Jobs in Abyei 2023:- New job notification not for UNDP job opportunity portal for the post of Programme Specialist. Programme Specialist Vacancy is for the Abyei location. Candidates should apply through www.undp.org before the last date which is 21/06/2023.
Programme Specialist Jobs at UNDP Details
|Recruiter Name||UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)|
|Name of Vacancy||Programme Specialist Vacancy in South Sudan|
|Job Type||UN Jobs in South Sudan|
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Programme Specialist Jobs Description
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The situation in Abyei has been characterized by the lack of an agreement on the final status of Abyei between Sudan and South Sudan since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, and South Sudan’s referendum for independence in 2011. UNDP South Sudan Country Office cover Abyei Administrative areas, one of the Administrative areas governed by the Republic of South Sudan. The highly politicized environment, insecurity, and violent conflicts have created access restrictions in ways that threaten UNAFPs’ programme delivery and UNISFA’s mandate implementation in accordance with the UN principles of neutrality, impartiality, and leaving no one behind.
At the local level, inter-communal violence between the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya represent the primary factor that has impeded stability, reconciliation, and recovery in the area. Key conflict incidents include the killing of the Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief (May 2013), Kolom (January 2020), Dungop (May 2021), as well as fighting and attacks in Amiet Market/Souk Al Zaraf (May 2021 and April 2022). Additionally, in February 2022, violence between members of Ngok Dinka and Twic Dinka communities centered around Agok, in the southern part of the Abyei area, erupted over long-standing land disputes and further destabilized the Abyei box. The violence resulted in loss of life and serious injuries, as well as the displacement of over 70,000 people to locations in central and southern parts of the Abyei Administrative Area and to South Sudan’s Twic County and Aweil East and West counties. At the end of June 2022, there were an estimated 106,000 people in need of assistance in Abyei. Assessments conducted after the conflict in February and March 2022 identified that several families who arrived in Twic County reported gender-based violence (GBV) incidents, reports of rape and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) have been ubiquitous during the fighting that has occurred over the past number of years. The rationale behind the UN Joint Programme is that vulnerability and severe poverty and gender discrimination reinforce fault lines and act as conflict drivers between communities in the Abyei area. Competition over natural resources, especially during migration season, is an additional conflict trigger and often increases the risk of reprisal attacks and vicious cycles of violence including targeted attacks on women and children. The severe effects of climate change and the lack of interventions proposing mitigating these effects for the agro-pastoralist communities in the Abyei box further increase community vulnerabilities and compromise efforts to promote peaceful coexistence.
Scope of Work
The Programme Specialist will support implementation of relevant peacebuilding aspects enshrined in UNISFA’s mandate (UNISFA SCR 2609 of 15 December 2021) under the joint programme framework and will include coordination of workplan activities under the signed UN2UN Agreement in terms of timeliness implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation to deliver as “one JP”. S/he will collaborate with stakeholders including Local Administration of both communities and partners. The level of collaboration includes support to community peace dialogue by the Misseriya, Ngok Dinka, and all other communities to strengthen intercommunal relationships and facilitate stability and reconciliation in the Abyei to foster intercommunal reconciliation, and facilitate the return of displaced persons to their villages. In consultation with the Abyei Administrative governments and the local communities, engage local communities on peacebuilding initiatives, conflict prevention and mitigation and establishment of integrated rule of law support strategy to pave the way for conflict resolution and community stabilization. S/he will ensure UNDP South Sudan’s inputs contributes to Livelihoods and Peacebuilding Working Groups among others in line with UN Cooperation Framework (UNCFSS) and UNDP (CPD 2023-25) thematic areas, as well as needs identified in the Abyei area. A list of potential locations along the disengagement line and the migration corridors to be targeted has been explored during the needs assessment phase and will be validated during the inception period of the programme. Preliminary selection criteria include:
Places of high and/or regular interaction between conflict-affected groups
Limited or unequitable access to basic services for communities
Scarcity of water, grazing land, and other shared natural resources
High number of young people with conflict carrying capacity
High number of vulnerable women, children or other vulnerable groups
Duties and Responsibilities
Leads the design, development, and implementation, monitoring of UNDP South Sudan Workplan for peacebuilding response in Abyei for a coherent, efficient and effective co-ordination and within the procedures on human rights and peacebuilding:
Assist in analysis and research on policies in the areas of programmes support on overall governance, human rights, and peacebuilding response;
Ensure effective support to South Sudan Workplan for Joint Programmes coordination, implementation and resporting protocol for the immediate, and longer-term strategies;
Liaise with JP Coordinators, UNISFA Management and technical counterparts to ensure well-established relationship and functional support to the RCO and the leadership of government in Abyei Administration;
Ensure coherence coordination of AWP activities related to UNDP South Sudan in Abyei within the agreed UN Framework for Socio-Economic and Livelihood Response;
Coordinates with the Task Force under the leadership of RCO regarding UN Framework Response and working in consultations with/and among other Non/UN Agencies in Abyei.
Contribute to joint accountability framework on the Abyei Programme including sharing of information, planning and reporting and further assistance, where required;
Support the identification of strengths and weaknesses in the Abyei JP programmes in the context of Triple Nexus and provide advice/revisions on current strategies and implementation for cost-effective and efficient implementation of the JP programme.
Supports JP Working Groups and RCO Coordination mechanisms:
Support Livelihoods/Peacebuilding Working Groups (WG) on behalf of UNDP South Sudan peacebuilding in Abyei for effective, and timely implementation of peacebuilding activities in coordination with the Abyei JP Teams;
Manage the development of all UNDP South Sudan activities per the approved workplan with RCO/UNISFA leadership;
Support preparation of inputs, where necessary participation in the Abyei JP and UN Humanitarian Coordination Team;
Participate to broader Cluster in relation to the Abyei JP response, Mixed Migration Cluster, Social Protection and Education Clusters, Women and Youth, especially TVET/VTC, and other sectoral and sub-sectoral responses.
Ensures coherent and efficient implementation of resources action and efficient implementation of project agreements (UN2UN) contract:
Ensure coherent resources implementation, and alignment for effective and efficient project execution in terms of timely implementation of all activities being undertaken, including Monitoring and reporting within the RM Partnership with the UN Secretary General Funds;
Support the development of private sector network, where possible, through the use of private sector Resource Mobilization thinking of financing for Abyei JP development;
Assist the development and creation of new project concepts, project documents, any other documents that would be needed by the UNDP South Sudan Management.
Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
Conduct knowledge building and continuously mapping and updates on products in collaboration with the UNDP South Sudan communication and Acclab Unit;
Lead best practices and lessons learnt from the regional Joint Programmes and response.
The results expected include increased access to services for the people of Abyei including for livelihoods as a basis for reducing conflict drivers and grievances and thus remove key obstacles to building peace and social cohesion at grassroot mechanisms. An important component of the programme is to address perceived inequalities of access to services by communities in the Abyei Area. The broader infrastructure for peace and rehabilitation of key communities’ infrastructure should help to reduce intercommunal violence.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative and direct supervision of Strategic Governance Team Leader, the Programme Specialist will lead, coordinate and implement the JP programme in Abyei. The incumbent will manage the preparation and launch of the programme, coordination, implementation and reporting on the JP response, inline with the Secretary General Framework intended to address grievances and human rights violations stemming from long standing history of inter-communal violence and social prejudice that remained unaddressed Abyei.
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact;
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems;
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences;
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands;
Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results;
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter agency collaboration;
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.
Cross functional & technical competencies
Business Management : Communication
Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.
Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.
Human-centered Design: Ability to develop solutions to problems in YolYing the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process.
2030 Agenda: Engagement & Effectiveness
Effectiveness: Programming principles & standards and development effectiveness principles.
2030 Agenda: Peace
Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions: Conflict Analysis and conflict sensitivity.
2030 Agenda: Peace
Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions: Conflict Prevention.
2030 Agenda: Peace
Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions: Community engagement for prevention, response, and social cohesion.
22030 Agenda: Peace
Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions: Crisis Assessment.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree or equivalent in Political or Social Sciences, International Development, Conflict Studies or other related social sciences field.
Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience related to peacebuilding and/or conflict management preferably in post-conflict and communities dialogue and peace agreements to promote peace, reconciliation;
At least 5 years in the field of coordination, project management and technical advisory, preferably in a post-conflict setting;
Experience in coordinating multi-stake UNDP/UN projects and programmes or multi-project platforms;
Experience in coordinating working groups, clusters within the larger frame of UN Coordination system;
Excellent command of Microsoft Office, conflict analysis, research in peacebuilding, and report writing and presentation.
Written and Communication, including Computer skills such as MS Office, especially MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Experience working in Abyei or post conflict countries.
Fluency in English Language. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.
Project Management, Procurement Level 2, IPSAS finance, etc.
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