PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (Social Cohesion and Development Advisor to the UN Country Team)

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Org. Setting and Reporting Following close to 30 years of rather stable development, the Republic of Belarus enters the third decade of this century in a rapidly changing political and economic situation. Recent political developments, ongoing economic recession connected with the global COVID-19 pandemic made it more challenging to ensure continued progress towards the SDGs. Obviously, the Human Rights agenda becomes a central theme of development partnerships in the country. The UN country team has reconsidered the current situation, has engaged with development partners and donors, with the government as well as with the civil society partners to define the priorities stemming from the current context. A number of internal processes have also started to ensure closer adherence of the UN operations to the UN human rights norms and standards.

Conflict analysis and the analysis of the multi-faceted impact of the ongoing crises on local stakeholders will be very important for the UN system’s proper response. To provide consistent, impartial and high-quality analysis and to facilitate conflict-related re-assessments as well as to start identifying entry-points and local capacities for conflict analysis and prevention and political processes that may occur, additional capacities are needed in the RCO in Belarus. A short-term assignment is sought by the RCO to support the office in this process to better manage and coordinate the various aspects of the ongoing conflict-related processes, plan and execute a UN Country Team strategic reflection on the current situation and support identification of joint priorities, including the establishment of a new setup of human, technical and financial resources as well as internal operating procedures that need to be put in place for conflict-sensitive management of the UN Belarus’s joint partnerships with the national partners.

The Social Cohesion and Development Advisor will work under the supervision of the RC, and in close coordination with the Head of the RCO, also with the Senior Human Rights Advisor (OHCHR), the Data, Monitoring and Reporting Officer, Development Coordination Economist and with the regional PDA in Istanbul who is supporting the RCO in Belarus. The Social Cohesion and Development Advisor will supervise the processes and deliverables of the RCO staff on actions related to the conflict-specific analysis, communication, coordination with other agency conflict focal points. The Advisor will also participate in meetings of the Belarus Working Group and will be the main focal point for coordination and cooperation with agency-specific counterparts.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) in Belarus, and in close cooperation with members of the UN Country Team, and in close coordination with DPPA/DPO and UNDP/IRH and other members of the UNCT, the Social Cohesion and Development Advisor will be responsible for the following duties: 1.Provide strategic and analytical support to the UN leadership at country level in their relations with government officials, academia, civil society, including women’s and youth networks, and with the wider political and civic leadership 1.1.Guide regular conflict analysis, including on the current conflict dynamics. That entails providing advice on the conflict-sensitive strategy, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and proposing concrete, actionable and timely recommendations for consideration of the UN leadership at country level; 1.2.Identify and provide regular analysis on patterns, trends, windows of opportunity related to the conflicts, including national and sub-regional dimension, and propose scenarios and actionable recommendations for consideration of the UN leadership at country level; 1.3.Provide periodic analysis of the over-arching sub-regional trends, agendas, policies and interests in relation to the sub-regional and broader regional stability; 1.4.Contribute to analytical, strategic and contingency planning, early warning and preparedness capacity of the RC Office and UNCTs in Belarus; 1.5.Support the regular conflict-related analysis and update of the Common Country Analysis (CCA).

2.Identify opportunities to build national capacities for conflict prevention, transformation and resolution, including areas of strategic, programmatic and policy engagement with national stakeholders, and support the RC, and the UNCT action in areas of peacebuilding, conflict prevention/transformation, Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) among others

2.1.Lead, support and provide strategic guidance to the process of stakeholder analysis and conflict analysis. Flag entry points to design and implementation of national and regional peace-promoting initiatives 2.2.engage with DPPA/DPO regional divisions, PBF governance mechanisms and other UN entities, as appropriate; 2.3.Lead, support and provide guidance on UNCT engagements in areas such as building constituencies for peace, dialogue processes, conflict transformation and sustaining peace, infrastructures for peace, confidence-building measures, reconciliation and social cohesion; 2.4.In close consultation with the RC, propose strategic and actionable guidance for enhancing the United Nations’ approach in support of social cohesion, dialogue, long-term reconciliation, governance, human rights, development and other opportunities; 2.5.In close consultation with the RC of Belarus, propose concrete steps, for enhancing the United Nations’ approach to sustainable development which is grounded in human rights agenda 2.6.Facilitate a better understanding of the implications, pitfalls and opportunities of key domestic developments for UN programming in Belarus, including as it relates to issues of governance, peacebuilding, economic development and human rights; including on areas related to gendered dimensions of peacebuilding and WPS (SCR 1325, etc.); 2.7.Facilitate networking across UN agencies for identifying opportunities of technical cooperation and programmatic support in areas of work, including governance, etc. that could indirectly contribute to conflict prevention, early warning and/or confidence-building; 2.8.Support the RC and UNCT in the integration of conflict-sensitive principles into the work of the UNCT, including humanitarian, recovery and development programming at the local, national and sub-regional level. 2.9.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, etc.);

3.Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders, regional and international actors, development partners as well as with the UN actors

3.1. Develop strategic partnerships with national and international partners in the area of social cohesion, development and confidence-building; 3.2. Liaise and coordinate with UN HQ and non-resident actors regarding the further development of the overall strategy and concrete (programme) interventions. 3.3. Provide strategic and technical support regarding conflict prevention programming and work to strengthen their capacity to undertake conflict analysis and mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming;

Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Establish and maintain relationships with UN Country Team, DPPA/DPO and UNDP/IRH, government officials, civil society representatives, media and think tank staff members.

Results Expected: •Clear, comprehensive and regular strategic conflict-related analysis on national, sub-regional and regional developments and advice leading to enhanced UN leadership actions on social cohesion, conflict prevention, conflict transformation and towards conflict resolution, including early warning/early action programming in Belarus; •Effective programmatic engagement with national and sub regional stakeholders related to building constituencies for peace and dialogue, promotion of consensus building, conflict prevention/transformation/resolution and reconciliation, including effective design and implementation of social cohesion initiatives; •Close liaison maintained with relevant donors and other actors supporting social cohesion and development efforts; •Improved understanding of the sub-regional situation and programmatic opportunities by relevant staff in UN Headquarters; •Increased capacity of the UN RCO and UNCT in Belarus to respond to existing challenges.

Competencies Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Integrity: Upholds the principles of the United Nations Charter; Demonstrates the values of the United Nations, including; impartiality, fairness, honesty and truthfulness, in daily activities and behaviours; Acts without consideration of personal gain; Resists undue political pressure in decision-making; Does not abuse power or authority; Stands by decisions that are in the Organization's interest even if they are unpopular; Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Education Advanced degree in social sciences, with a focus on international relations, political science, development studies, conflict resolution, or equivalent field or a first-level university degree, combined with qualifying work experience.

Work Experience •Substantive international experience (minimum 7 years of progressively responsible work experience) in the field of conflict prevention, peace building and conflict sensitive development is required. At least two years experience in providing political analysis and political advice is desirable. Experience in multi-stakeholder facilitation and consensus building, preferably in fragile and conflict situations is desirable. Experience in the development of national conflict prevention and resolution capacities and programming on a national and local level is desirable. Prior work experience related to the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia is greatly desirable.

Languages Fluency in English required; working knowledge of Russian or Belarussian is a major advantage

Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice - This position is temporarily available until 31 March 2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

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