Recrutement de 01 Peace Building Specialist

Localité : Gambie /
Domaine : Sociologie
Niveau : BAC + 5
Entreprise recruteur : PNUD

Recrutement de 01 Peace Building Specialist
Niveau d'études: Bac + 5 ou plus
Expérience: 5 ans
Expire le: 09-10-2022

Banjul, Gambia
Peace Building Specialist (IPSA 10)

Banjul, Gambia

Job Identification

Banjul, Gambia

Posting Date
08/25/2022, 04:12 PM

Apply Before
09/10/2022, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule
Full time



Vacancy Type
International Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area
Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions

Regional Bureau for Africa

Contract Duration
1 Year

Education & Work Experience
Master's Degree - 5 year(s) experience OR Bachelor's Degree - 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages

Vacancy Timeline
2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility
no mobility required

Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Following two decades of autocratic rule in The Gambia, as well as the worrying trend of democratic backsliding in the sub-region, the Governance Unit aims to create the necessary conditions for sustainable peace and development by employing a multi-level, broad and people-centered approach to governance. Democratic state building is a long and complex process, particularly in The Gambia where overlapping sensitive reform processes on transitional justice, constitution building, security sector and legislative reforms continue to unfold. Most recently, the COVID 19 pandemic and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has applied unprecedented pressures on already limited global resources, calling into question The Gambia’s prospects of realizing its National Development Plan, or globally, the Sustainable Development Goals. This in turn is reflecting in the overall decline in terms of national development, poverty reduction index, deepening inequalities and a significant reduction in opportunities for youth employment and women economic empowerment. Yet, against this backdrop, The Gambia continues to undergo a unique opportunity to achieve transformative change characterized by people-centered, human rights based, inclusive and participatory governance and peacebuilding systems in The Gambia.

The Governance programme is designed to promoting good governance, rule of law, justice and human rights and peace building by, inter alia:
Supporting the consolidation of democratic governance targeted at institutional strengthening across national and decentralized levels.
Deepening social cohesion in The Gambia through a programmatic interaction between government, partners, and citizens within the framework of an infrastructure for peace.
Supporting the CO resource mobilization efforts.
In this context, the Country Office (CO) is seeking a Peacebuilding Officer to join its dynamic Governance Unit and support the reimagination of its peacebuilding interventions in The Gambia. Lead by the Ministry of Interior, the Government has already initiated a process to establish a Peace and Reconciliation Commission as recommended by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission. This is a bold move towards strengthening the trust and social contract between state and citizens, and move the national peace and reconciliation agenda forward. These developments are happening at a time when the CO is developing its 2023-2027 Country Programme Document in alignment with The Gambia’s new National Development Plan (NDP) and their integration with the next UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist/Head of Governance, the Peacebuilding Officer will:
Contribute to strategic policymaking on peacebuilding - providing peacebuilding advice to the government, develop and/or support the development of peacebuilding and reconciliation policy related strategies;
Support the government in the implementation of national and international activities on peacebuilding;
Enhance coordination and forester collaboration at the policy and strategic levels;
Provide oversight in the annual outcome review reports and other reports on peace and reconciliation at the country programme levels;
Support the training of key partners in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict management, conflict sensitivity development and related topics;
Liase and support the Ministry of Interior towards the establishment and operationalization of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission in The Gambia.

a. Coordinate and facilitate the implementation of peace and social cohesion related activities:

Maintain regular communication and coordination with relevant partners, CSOs and local and national Government counterparts to ensure timely implementation of peacebuilding activities;
Facilitate and provide technical inputs for the implementation of peace and social cohesion (PaSC) related activities, enabling delivery of high-quality outputs and activity results;
Strengthen synergies with/between PaSC activities and work of other UNDP projects/UN Agencies/other relevant partners to ensure the achievement of integrated results;
Support local peace partners in the coordination of local level peacebuilding activities and facilitate the coordination with relevant state level actors
Participate in relevant events and networks related to the specific scope of work.

b. Support the strengthening/capacity development of national and local peace infrastructures and civil society partners:

Facilitate the strengthening of national peace infrastructures, such as peace committees, Council of Traditional Authorities and Leaders to encourage joint, inclusive and gender sensitive peacebuilding approaches at the local level;
Monitor and provide technical inputs /advice to the CSOs implementing the UNDP's components of the Peace and Social Cohesion related work to ensure the achievement of results that are aligned to human rights, gender and conflict sensitivity;
Identify capacity needs of local peace partners/structures and support the design and implementation of capacity development initiatives;
Support strengthening capacities for local conflict early warning reporting and response system.

c. Support gender conflict mapping and analysis, monitoring, evaluation and lessons learned studies:

Promote community-led participatory conflict and context analyses to inform project programming;
Monitor and assess progress on activities as against project Annual Workplan targets and indicator;
Ensure lessons learned and best practices are captured, documented and periodically shared;
Support identification of new entry points for PaSC activities that contribute to social cohesion.

d. Partnership building and resource mobilization:

Advocates for UNDP’s work and represent UNDP with national authorities, development partners and international financial institutions, where requested.
Engage with senior government officials at the national, regional and local levels to promote the expansion of peacebuilding programming;
Liaises regularly and forges close linkages with other UN programs, agencies and entities, as well as other international and national stakeholders concerned with or providing assistance to peacebuilding in The Gambia.
Institutional Arrangement
The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the DRR and the direct supervision of the Head of Governance.


Core Competencies

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 Direction & Strategy

Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.

Business Direction & Strategy

Strategic Thinking: Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.

Business Development

Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.

Business Management

Portfolio Management: Ability to select, prioritize and control the organization’s programme and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimizing return on investment.

Business Management

Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
Business Management

Partnerships Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Required Skills and Experience
Education :

Advanced University Degree (master’s or equivalent) in Development Studies with a specialization in Peace Studies, Political Sciences, the Politics of Alternative Development, International Relations or related field.
A first-level university degree or Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies with a specialization in Peace Studies, Political Sciences, the Politics of Alternative Development, International Relations or related field with additional 2 years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the Master’s degree.

Experience :

A minimum of five years with a Master’s degree or seven years with Bachelor’s degree of progressively responsible experience in peacebuilding, conflict mediation and democratic governance at national or international level, providing policy and management advisory services, oversight and quality reviews, hands-on experience in programme design and project formulation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of development projects;
Proven programme and project management experience at a middle management to senior level with UNDP or another UN Agencies;
Demonstrated expertise in conflict prevention and the facilitation of mediation and dialogue processes;
Proven experience in supporting oversight institutions, such as parliamentary strengthening programmes especially in West Africa;
Experience of working with an international organization, nongovernmental organization, or within the United Nations common system (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programs) is an added advantage;
Strong background in programme/project cycle management in the areas of peacebuilding and the promotion of democratic governance is an added advantage.
Proven multi-cultural/multinational/multi-stakeholder working experience;
Experience in designing and delivering capacity building/training for different groups of audience and stakeholders.


Fluency in written and spoken English.


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