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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Consultant on Facilitator – Humanitarian, Negotiation and Mediation in Peace Support Operations Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict Course Centre For Strategic Research and Studies National Defence College Nigeria

Location: Abuja

Type of Contract: Individual Contract

Job Field: federal jobs

Post Level: National Consultant

Starting Date: 12-Oct-2020 (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

Duration of Initial Contract: 5 Days

Expected Duration of Assignment: 5 Days

Background

  • Violent conflicts in many countries of the world and particularly in Africa have continued to increase both in complexities and numbers.  This violence which are mostly due to lack of good governance and citizens inability to access essential services of life have resulted in political instability, wanton destruction of lives and property, mass displacement of the civil population and destruction of key development infrastructure.
  • Citizens displeasure is often ventilated through violent extremism, radicalization, and violent mass protests.  The upsurge in the level of criminalities and violence around world has engaged the attention of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and necessitated the engagement and deployment of UN-mandated peace missions to protect life and property, ensure peace and stability, and guarantee internal security with the attendant needs for effective national capacities in protection of civilians, promote civil-military relations, prevention of violent extremism and deradicalization, camp management, amongst others.
  • The reality to build and strengthen mass capacities of military and para-military forces, civil security agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to respond to the global and domestic needs of peacemaking.
  • The project aims to enhance the capacities for Peace Support Operations (PSOs) in West Africa through training conducted by the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, National Defence College (CSRS / NDC). The project output is “Regional capabilities for multi-dimensional PSOs for military, police and civilian personnel improved”.

Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of Consultancy:

  • The Course aims to build participants’ capacity to implement Protection of Civilians (PoC) mandate in PSO. It will enhance participants understanding of the threats and vulnerability of civilians in conflict zones and how to respond and address their protection needs.
  • The PoC Course will provide participants with practical knowledge, tools and skills to conduct humanitarian negotiation and mediation processes to protect civilians caught up in armed conflict, including ensuring the protection of displaced communities and facilitating humanitarian access.
  • The role of the Facilitator is to assist participants assimilate the course learning outcomes in preparation for deployment into multidimensional PSOs under United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) or ECOWAS mandate.
  • The facilitator is expected to achieve these through lectures, personal examples, advice, guidance and tutoring

Specific Tasks

  • Focus all participant discussion relative to the aim of the PoC course in general and specifically, the learning outcome of the Module on Humanitarian, Negotiation and Mediation in Peace Support Operations.
  • Ensure all participants remain focused on the tenet that all components in a multidimensional mission must strive to achieve. These include communication, coordination, cooperation and consensus among all personnel
  • Facilitate lecture activities and syndicate discussions and where appropriate, provide additional guidance and examples.
  • Where requested, to present central module(s) and participate in central panel discussions as a subject matter expert.
  • Engage course participants in conversation during course breaks and social activities about various experiences in PSOs.
  • Attend Course Directing Staff review sessions to analyze course progress and offer suggestions to improve the Course content and conduct for current and future PoC Courses.
  • Provide a written critique of the PoC Course and submit it within 14 days of the completion of the course.

Outcome / Output Deliverables

  • Assessment of Participants’ performance during the course.
  • Plenary and break out syndicate training of all participants for deployment in an integrated and multidimensional PSO.
  • Building networks among different components for smooth PSO.
  • Pre-course evaluation.
  • Post-course evaluation.
  • Detailed course narrative.

Contract Conditions and Payment

  • The consultancy is deliverable-based and the fees shall be paid by the UNDP upon successful completion of the assigned Module and submission of consultancy report

Management & Reporting:

  • The Facilitator shall work under the direct supervision of the Course Director and the Course Sponsor who is the Provost, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies (CSRS), National Defence College (NDC). The Course timetable shall be prepared by the Course Director for joint review and approval by CSRS, NDC.

Duration and Venue:

  • The conduct of the course shall be for 5 days, from 12-16 October 2020. The Facilitator will stay for the number of days assigned to the module in the Course timetable. The venue is the CSRS, NDC.

Required Skills and Experience
Qualification and Experience:

The preferred candidate for this consultancy must possess:

  • At least a first Degree in Social Science, Law, Peace and Conflict, Psychology, Political Science, International Relations, and Humanities.
  • Candidates must also possess at least 10 years cognate experience in training and facilitation of PSO related courses in general and PoC in particular.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the workings of UN/AU/ECOWAS and mission experience is required.
  • A mixture of practical and theoretical experience working under UN, AU or regional missions will be an added advantage. Other experiences include excellent knowledge of PSO, especially that of the AU.

Evaluation Criteria, Language Requirements and Payment Terms:

  • Minimum of a first degree in Social Sciences or Humanities preferably Peace and Conflict, Political Science, Law or International Relations – 25 points
  • At least 10 years’ cognate experience in training and facilitation on PSO related courses) – 30 points
  • Knowledge and understanding of conflict and conflict analysis, skills in mediation and negotiation -10 points
  • 7 years’ experience in the workings of AU / ECOWAS and mission experience working under UN, AU or regional missions – 25 points
  • UN or international organization experience – 10 points

Competencies:
Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Management and Leadership

Excellent Interpersonal Skills:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates capacity to communicate effectively; capacity to plan and organize programmes effectively
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness, initiative and mature judgment

Languages Required:

  • English

Application Closing Date
1st October, 2020. (Midnight New York, USA)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • 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.