Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus Specialist

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The two-year conflict in Northern Ethiopia has triggered a major humanitarian crisis in Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions with profound adverse effects on Ethiopia’s ambitious economic and governance reforms. The conflict resulted from significant loss of lives; displacement of millions needing humanitarian assistance; and large-scale damage to infrastructure and services. On 2nd of November 2022, an agreement for lasting peace through a Permanent Cessation of Hostilities was signed between the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (GoE) and the TPLF. Led by the AU, the Peace Agreement has ended active combat in Northern Ethiopia and raised hope for a gradual restoration of services and humanitarian operations in the region. This wide-ranging agreement committed, among other things, to an immediate and permanent cessation of hostilities, the creation of an interim administration in Tigray region pending regional elections, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants (XCs), resumption of unhindered humanitarian access, the restoration of essential services, reintegration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returning refugees, transitional justice, social cohesion and reconciliation, and recovery and reconstruction. The peace agreement also paves the way for the restoration of peace, security, and stability in the Afar, Amhara and Tigray Regions.

It is in this context that UNDP has developed a ‘Peace Support Programme/Facility (PSP/F)’ nested within the Federal Government’s Resilient Recovery and Reconstruction Framework (3RF) but focused on urgent actions over a period of 24 months to stabilise conditions, restore a sense of normalcy, and deliver a first peace dividend to conflict-impacted populations. The approach is to fill the gap that is likely to open between the urgency of addressing a wide range of priority needs quickly to consolidate peace and stabilise conditions and the time it will take for the larger, longer-term and more comprehensive 3R Framework to kick-in meaningfully, possibly in late-2024, at the earliest. Moreover, the PSP/F is designed flexibly, so that it could potentially be scaled-up to become the foundation of a larger UN-wide effort in the same direction. In line with this approach, the PSP/F is being implemented already in Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions.

The strategic goal of the PSP/F is to contribute toward an irreversible peace process in Northern Ethiopia. This will be pursued through an actionable set of measures that can build trust between communities and legitimate Ethiopian authorities and lay the foundations for recovery, peacebuilding, and sustainable development, founded upon country leadership and ownership.

Working within the broader framework of 3RF, the PSP/F will focus on the following windows:

Window 1: Local Governance, Human Rights and Social Cohesion Window 2: Basic Social Services (health, nutrition, education, WASH, protection) Window 3: Economic Revival (enterprises and agriculture, demining) Window 4: Demobilization and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants
Window 5: Solutions to Internal Displacement

Geographic Focus: Afar, Amhara and Tigray (Northern Ethiopia); Window 4 Demobilization and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants (8 regions) Target conflict-impacted populations: 10 million

• Contribution to the advancement of the HDP nexus approach in Ethiopia o Provide support to the overall coordination functions of the triple nexus with a particular emphasis on enhancing inclusive synergies and participation of government institutions and the private sector. o Take part in the context analysis to timely document any risks, opportunities and good practices that could hamper or enable the operationalization of the triple nexus. o Contribute to the integration of the Peace element and other crosscutting aspects in the overall HDP nexus programming cycles. o Support field operational teams on the activity monitoring in convergence areas. This may include assistance in the conception or update of tools to track among others, the level of community accountability and engagement across HDP nexus cycles.

• Advocacy, Outreach and Resource mobilization o Assist the Peace Support Facility in the mobilization efforts of required resources for the operationalization of HDP nexus in Ethiopia. This may include but not limited to contributing to the finalization of a Trust Fund proposal while also keeping an eye on any potential funding opportunities. o Contribute to the acceleration of the SDG Localization Agenda in Ethiopia by support the process of mainstreaming HDP nexus principles into local development plans. o Assist the HDP nexus Coordinator and UNDP Peace team on any other functional aspects deemed necessary.

• Accountability • Adaptability and flexibility • Creativity • Judgement and decision-making • Knowledge sharing • Planning and organising • Professionalism • Self-management • Working in teams

multi-sectoral coordination of operational activities in preparedness and response, or project/programme management, reporting, documentation and monitoring and evaluation, or other relevant programmes; experience working with the Government is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization; • Experience and track record of engagement with and coordinating activities and initiatives that involve senior levels of government, United Nations, and donors. • Capacity for responsible problem-solving and troubleshooting. • Experience in the field of post-conflict coordination and proven analytical capacity, especially for issues relating to local development. • Familiarity with programmatic issues related to local governance, peacebuilding needs, conflict assessment, stabilization, social cohesion, and relief to recovery transition processes. • Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to peacebuilding, reconstruction, and development, and a good knowledge of the United Nations System and the multi/bilateral cooperation. • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; • Working knowledge of Amharic, Tigregna and Afar is desirable

Addis Ababa is the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The population is estimated at about 4 million or so. The climate is sunny and temperate, but it can be very cold at night, with freezing temperature at times. It is therefore advisable to bring warm clothing and foresee using heaters and/or log fires when necessary. Addis Ababa is the headquarters for the UN Economic Commission for Africa as well as the African Union (ex-OAU). Thus, there is a very large community of expatriates from all over the world. There are some 80 embassies/diplomatic missions. Housing is most of the time readily available and the rents are, on average, reasonable. Most foodstuffs, beverages, household goods, furniture and clothing, mostly imported from the Middle/Far East, South Africa and Europe, or local brands, can be found, although they can be expensive. Meat, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables are cheap and abundantly available. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing, other living essentials and will already be fully conversant with the living conditions in Ethiopia.

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