Peace and Development Specialist, Phnom-Penh, Cambodia

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Cambodia

City: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Office: UNDP Cambodia

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Job ID: 33257

Practice Area - Job Family: Peace Building

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 11/11/2020

Duty Station: Phnom-Penh, Cambodia

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree - 7 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Khmer

Grade: P4

Vacancy Type: FTA International

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Asia & the Pacific

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

‚Qualified female candidate is strongly encouraged to apply.‘

Background

Peace and Development Specialist (hereafter PDA) work with national stakeholders to build, strengthen, and sustain nationally owned and driven efforts to prevent violent conflict and build just and peaceful societies. The range of countries to which PDAs are deployed vary considerably, with some deployed to countries emerging from conflict, others where violence is escalating, and others to countries where there is no violent conflict but underlying structural causes of conflict are present. PDAs are also deployed in countries where political and developmental challenges exist around issues related to elections and constitutional processes, exclusion and inequality, environment, climate change and natural resource management.

PDAs are deployed through a partnership between the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), under the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention. PDAs support Resident Coordinators (RC) and UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in their efforts to work with national partners on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. They support early warning and risk management measures, and ensure that UN assessments, frameworks (mainly UN Cooperation Frameworks), strategies and programmes are conflict-sensitive and informed by high quality analysis. They are located in the Resident Coordinators‘ office, with a direct reporting line to the RC, and a secondary reporting line to the UNDP Resident Representative and DPPA-DPO regional divisions.

In 2020, PDAs are deployed to more than 50 countries through the Joint Programme. While most PDAs are deployed at country-level, there are a number of PDAs who cover multiple countries. In some contexts, PDAs are part of a small Peace and Development Advisory team composed of a PDA and a substantive national or international officer/analyst. PDAs also receive additional support from a Joint Programme secretariat based at UN Headquarters in New York, from UNDP and DPPA technical advisors/specialists globally, and from a cadre of regional programme specialists supporting their regions from Amman, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Dakar, Istanbul and Panama.

Given the broad range of skills and experience required by PDAs, the Joint Programme encourages applications from individuals with a combination of expertise spanning sustainable development, political affairs, peacebuilding, sustaining peace, conflict prevention/resolution, community engagement, justice, reconciliation, dialogue, mediation, and humanitarian-development-peace nexus among other relevant areas. While UN experience is a major asset, it is not a requirement for this position. Moreover, the skills of diplomacy, dialogue and facilitation, analysis, advocacy, networking, capacity development and coordination are critical elements of a PDA’s work.

Cambodia’s Context

Cambodia has achieved a remarkable transformation over the past two decades. Cambodia became a middle-income country in 2025, buoyed by a 15 year average of 7% GNI. The government has set its vision for future development of the country through the Fourth Rectangular Strategy, and aims to bring Cambodia to a high middle-income status by 2030, with good governance as a central pillar supporting development that emphasizes private sector development and employment, physical infrastructure, and capacity building and human resources development. The current UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2019-2023) supports national priorities in economic and social development, including contributing to improvements in good governance and human rights, and towards an inclusive, democratic and peaceful society. The UNCT is working closely in support of the Royal Government as it responds to the COVID19 pandemic, and through the UN’s socioeconomic response and recovery framework is coordinating support across UN agencies, including on issues of governance and social cohesion.

The UNCT has also been supporting national authorities, civil society and other stakeholders in sustaining peace, promoting a culture of dialogue and building national capacities to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 18 Cambodian Sustainable Development Goals (including SDG 18 on Mine Action).

Duties and Responsibilities

While the nature of the PDA role varies according to country and regional context, there are three broad functions of the position:

1. Undertake or update conflict analysis and provide strategic advice to the Resident Coordinator (and where appropriate and necessary the UNCT Heads of Agency) in his/her engagement and communication with high-level government officials, academia, civil society including youth and women’s networks, UN Country Teams, HQ, and other relevant stakeholders.

2. Identify opportunities to build national capacities for context-sensitivity, conflict prevention and social cohesion strengthening, including areas of strategic, programmatic and policy engagement with national stakeholders, and support the RC and the UNCT action in areas of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, electoral support, human rights, humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus, Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) among others.

3. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners on issues related to Sustaining Peace and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

PDAs have a primary reporting line to the Resident Coordinator, and secondary reporting lines to the DPPA-DPO regional division and the UNDP Resident Representative. Under their guidance and agreed workplan, and in close collaboration with the country team, the PDA will:

1. Undertake or update conflict analysis and provide strategic advice to the Resident Coordinator (and where appropriate and necessary the UNCT Heads of Agency) in his/her engagement and communication with high-level government officials, academia, civil society including youth and women’s networks, UN Country Teams, HQ, and other relevant stakeholders.

Submit the analysis and reporting to the RC, UNDP RR and DPPA-DPO Division (when appropriate - and in consultation with the RC - share analytical reports with UNCT).

Using a risk informed lens, analyse the local and regional context and provide ad hoc and monthly reporting to the RC and the broader UNCT as well as the UN Headquarters (and regional level as relevant) on political, human rights and socioeconomic developments, and conflict dynamics. The analysis should also identify appropriate ‚entry points‘ for conflict prevention, strengthening social cohesion and sustaining peace, and propose concrete, actionable and timely recommendations for consideration by the UN leadership;
Strengthen and support the capacity of the UNCT, including through training, to undertake conflict, context and political economy analysis, to integrate Do-No-Harm principles in UN activities and ensure that gendered and human rights dimensions are reflected in both analysis and programming;
Manage and coordinate the use of UN online risk monitoring dashboards and inform early warning and scenario-based response mechanisms;
Provide briefings and updates to the UN Headquarters (and regional level as relevant) in line with the Joint Programme’s reporting guidelines with advice on political and socioeconomic developments and conflict dynamics.

Support the regular update of the Common Country Assessment (CCA), which informs the design and implementation of the UN Cooperation Framework, including lead the political, climate security and conflict prevention aspects of the CCA;
Provide regularly briefings to the UNCT on political developments, and provide strategic advice on integrated approaches across the UNCT in the context of SDG 16 - Peace Justice and Strong Institutions;
Supporting RC and UNCT politically-sensitive communications;
Facilitate the linking of political economy considerations, conflict and political analysis and strategies as well as risk-informed approaches to the UN’s programmatic and policy engagement at the country-level; and

Engage with academia and think tanks in research and analyses on peace and conflict related themes, including areas such as climate-related security risk.

2. Identify opportunities to build national capacities for context-sensitivity, conflict prevention and social cohesion strengthening, including areas of strategic, programmatic and policy engagement with national stakeholders, and support the RC and the UNCT action in areas of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, electoral support, human rights, humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus, Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) among others.

Provide strategic and technical advice, and support the design and initiation of UN peace-promoting initiatives, projects or engagements in areas such as conflict prevention and sustaining peace; infrastructures for peace; dialogue processes; confidence-building measures, electoral violence prevention; social cohesion; reconciliation;
Support the design and facilitation of national multi-stakeholder processes, building national and local capacity for negotiation, mediation and dialogue; and strengthening networks of mediators and facilitators (including female mediators) at national and local levels;
Identify opportunities and options for UN preventive diplomacy engagement as required;
Support connecting local and national level conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts, as well as regional and/or cross-border initiatives as appropriate;
Identify and engage civil society actors in the peace and development agenda supported by the UN and work with other UN entities, including OHCHR and UN Women, to protect human rights and expand civic space;
Support the UNCT in their efforts on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and gendered dimensions of peacebuilding and SCR 1325 (and related resolutions) as well as Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and SCR 2250;
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Support the design and implementation of strategies for identifying entry points for mainstreaming of conflict prevention and conflict sensitivity in the work of the UNCT (including within the CCA, Cooperation Framework, Country Programme Documents (CPD), etc.); and where relevant, support UN’s resource mobilization efforts for conflict prevention;
Initiate and develop the engagement strategy with the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and provide strategic guidance and quality assurance to the design and implementation of PBF-funded programmes, where applicable, and engage closely with PBF governance mechanisms; as well as with DPPA regional divisions and UNDP Country Offices and HQ on the implementation; and

Build UN staff and management capacity in conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity, strengthening social cohesion, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding.

3. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners on issues related to Sustaining Peace and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Establish and maintain networks and strategic partnerships for sustaining peace related strategies and initiatives and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and national SDG plans;
Liaise closely with national, regional, and local stakeholders including civil society, academia, think tanks, women’s and youth networks and key international actors (including International Financial Institutions and regional organizations) to identify entry points, foster dialogue and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships on conflict prevention, trust- and confidence-building, and reconciliation initiatives;
Maintain close liaison with relevant development partners, the diplomatic corps, regional organizations and other actors supporting the UN’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts;
Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Headquarters as well at the regional level including relevant focal points at UNDP, DPPA-DPO, DCO and work closely with the regional programme specialists based in the region;
Liaise with the DPPA-Peacebuilding Support Office together with the respective DPPA-DPO regional division in countries where PBF activities are being developed and/or implemented; and

Contribute to the results-based management efforts of the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme, including through setting up mechanisms to assess and measure impact of peace and development initiatives and providing the Joint Programme secretariat with inputs on progress at the country level.

When applicable, manage staff in the Peace and Development Team (National PDA and UNVs)

Competencies

Core Competencies:

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions

Technical/Functional Competencies:

Social Cohesion

Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Conflict-Sensitive Programming

Ability to use methods and tools to monitor conflict triggers and determine impact of various dynamics in conflict-prone situations

Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Conflict and Political Economy Analysis

Knowledge of the interaction of political, social and economic processes in a society; including distribution of power and wealth between groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time, and how these dyanmics both affect, and are affected by, UN’s development support

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management

Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Relationship Management

Ability to engage with other parties and forge productive working relationships

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Gender

Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in conflict resolution, peace studies, political science, human rights, sociology, international relations, economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences. In lieu of an Advanced degree, a Bachelor university degree with 2 additional years of experience may be considered.

Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in conflict analysis, strategy development, risk informed/conflict sensitive development and/or conflict prevention and sustaining peace in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
Proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior officials, such as in the United Nations, government and external partners;
Experience in programming and project management, such as programme design and results monitoring, in areas related to conflict prevention, peacebuilding and/or development;
Experience in national and community level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and programming; with experience in gendered dimensions of peacebuilding being an asset;
Experience working within a UN Agency/Fund/Programme or Department and field experience would be a major asset;
Proven experience in working on the Southeast Asia subregion and/or substantive knowledge of Cambodia would be an asset.

Fluent written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Khmer is an advantage.

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