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Senior Mediation Adviser

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Last update: Jun 10, 2022 Last update: Jun 10, 2022

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Deadline: Jul 29, 2022
Location: Home Based Home Based
Sectors: Social Development, Security, Conflict, Democratization, Justice Reform Social Development, Security, Conflict, Democratization, Justice Reform
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
Languages:
English English
Work experience: From 10 years
Date posted: Jun 9, 2022

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Informations générales - UNOPS

L'UNOPS soutient la mise en œuvre réussie de projets consolidation de la paix, humanitaires et de développement de ses partenaires dans le monde entier. La mission de l’UNOPS consiste à aider les personnes démunies en renforçant la capacité des Nations Unies, des gouvernements et de ses autres partenaires à mener leurs activités en matière d’infrastructures, d’achats et de gestion de projets de manière durable et efficace.

L’UNOPS intervient dans des contextes parmi les plus difficiles au monde et sa vision consiste à améliorer les pratiques de mise en œuvre durables dans les domaines du développement, de l’aide humanitaire et de la consolidation de la paix, tout en satisfaisant ou dépassant systématiquement les attentes de ses partenaires. 

Comptant plus de 7000 membres du personnel dans plus de 80 pays, l'UNOPS apporte à ses partenaires les connaissances logistiques, techniques et de gestion dont ils ont besoin, peu importe l'endroit où ils en ont besoin. 

Sa structure flexible et sa portée internationale permettent à l'organisation de répondre rapidement aux besoins de ses partenaires tout en générant des économies d'échelle.

Background Information - Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio

Based in New York, the UNOPS Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. The portfolio manages the operational support to the Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers (SBT) mechanism, along with the provision of project management and implementation services. 

Informations générales - Groupe de Développement UNOPS

Basé à New York, le portefeuille développement et d’initiatives spéciales de l’UNOPS (UNOPS Development Group) soutient divers partenaires dans la réalisation de leurs opérations de consolidation de la paix, humanitaires et de développement. La division Groupe de Développement gère le soutien opérationnel l’équipe de réserve de conseillers seniors en médiation, ainsi que la fourniture de services de gestion et de mise en œuvre des projets.

Background Information - Job-specific

Established in 2008, the SBT mechanism is a service of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) situated in the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) of the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD). It is a specialized resource that can be rapidly deployed into the field on a temporary basis to provide technical advice to UN officials and other key stakeholders engaged in conflict prevention or mediation efforts. The services of the SBT mechanism are available to United Nations envoys, political and peacekeeping missions and country teams, as well as to regional organizations and partners with whom the United Nations works closely in conflict mediation and good offices world-wide.

Further information on MSU and the SBT mechanism is available on the Peacemaker website, available at http://peacemaker.un.org/mediation-support  

Full-time members of the SBT mechanism must be permanently available for deployment on short notice.

Functional Responsibilities

Selected experts will work in one or more of the following areas of specialization:
  1. Design and Conduct of Mediation, Facilitation and Dialogue Processes;

  2. Security Arrangements (emphasis on ceasefires);

  3. Constitution-making;

  4. Power-sharing;

  5. Gender and Inclusion;

  6. Climate Change and Natural Resources;

  7. Transitional Justice and Reconciliation.

1. Adviser on Design and Conduct of Mediation, Facilitation and Dialogue Processes

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on the conduct and design of inclusive mediation, facilitation and dialogue processes to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks at all levels, including national dialogue processes, subnational and local mediation efforts, and post-agreement follow-up mechanisms. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation at all phases and levels and modalities for multi-track engagement with youth, civil society, and other Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage capacity-building seminars for the mediation team, parties or other key stakeholders on inclusive and multi-track mediation, facilitation and dialogue;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the mediation team;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone, online engagements, and written materials, technical expertise and advice on inclusive mediation, facilitation and dialogue to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices in the area of expertise;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials in the area of expertise;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

2. Adviser on Security Arrangements

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on inclusive security arrangements, particularly on ceasefire and cessation of hostilities issues, as well as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration matters and/or security sector reform to clients of the MSU as well as to conflict parties or other key stakeholders, as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks on security arrangements issues, including post-agreement follow-up mechanisms. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation at all phases and levels and modalities for multi-track engagement with youth, civil society, and other Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the security-related discussions of the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process, including addressing violations against women in criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, and reparations programmes, addressing conflict-related sexual violence, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage capacity-building seminars for the mediation team, parties or other key stakeholders on security arrangements;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone, online engagements, and written materials, technical expertise and advice on inclusive security arrangements to the mediation team in the field, parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices on security arrangements issues;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials on security arrangements issues;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

3. Adviser on Constitutional Issues

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on inclusive constitution making, constitution drafting and consultation processes to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks on constitutional issues, including constitution-drafting exercises, national dialogue processes and post-agreement follow-up mechanisms. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation at all phases and levels and modalities for multi-track engagement with youth, civil society, and other Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation talks on constitutional and transitional institutional arrangements, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements, including language prohibiting gender discrimination, securing women’s representation and protection, preventing civil and customary law to discriminate, and requiring institutions to advance women’s rights;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage capacity-building seminars for the mediation team, parties or other key stakeholders on constitutional and transitional institutional arrangements;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in constitutions-related efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone, online engagements, and written materials, technical expertise and advice on constitution making, constitution drafting and consultation processes to mediation teams in the field, the parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices in the area of expertise;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials related to constitutions;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

4. Adviser on Power-sharing 

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on power-sharing, regional autonomy, and federalism arrangements to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks, including national dialogue processes and post-agreement follow-up mechanisms. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation at all phases and levels and modalities for multi-track engagement with youth, civil society, and other Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation talks on power-sharing issues, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements, including supporting special temporary and other measures to ensure women’s representation in politics;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage capacity-building seminars for the mediation team, parties or other key stakeholders on power-sharing issues;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone, online engagements and written materials, technical expertise and advice on power-sharing, including regional autonomy and federalism arrangements, to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices on power-sharing;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials on power-sharing;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

5. Adviser on Gender and Inclusion

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on gender, Women, Peace & Security, and inclusion issues to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of inclusive pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks, including national dialogue processes and post-agreement follow-up mechanisms. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation at all phases and levels and modalities for multi-track engagement with youth, civil society, and other Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process, and contribute to discussions of gender dimensions in the drafting of substantive aspects of peace agreements;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage capacity-building seminars for the mediation team, parties or other key stakeholders on gender, Women, Peace & Security issues;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone, online engagements, and written materials, technical expertise and advice on gender, Women, Peace & Security, and inclusion to the mediation teams in the field, the parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices in the area of expertise;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts; 
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials in the area of expertise;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Build, manage, and contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

6. Adviser on Climate Change and Natural Resources 

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or other key stakeholders, as appropriate, on: the current and projected effects of climate change on the conflict context and stability, including the impact of current or projected climate stressors on the environment, communities, infrastructure, economies, and governance; conflict sensitive adaptation and mitigation measures; natural resources management and wealth-sharing, and  climate sensitive conflict analysis;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks, including national dialogue processes and post-agreement follow-up mechanisms to address the adverse effects of climate change on conflict or disputes, including over natural resources. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation at all phases and levels and modalities for multi-track engagement with youth, civil society, private sector and other Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process on the impacts of climate change, disputes over natural resources, and wealth-sharing, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements, taking into consideration relevant gender dimensions, and potential challenges and opportunities related to the integration of climate considerations;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage capacity-building seminars for the mediation team, parties or other key stakeholders on the effects of climate change and climate-related security risks, including relevant adaptation and mitigation measures, natural resource management, and wealth-sharing;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone, online engagements, and written materials, technical expertise and advice on current and projected effects of climate change on conflict dynamics, natural resources and wealth-sharing to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices in the area of expertise;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials in the area of expertise;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

7. Adviser on Transitional Justice and Reconciliation

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on issues of transitional justice, accountability for past crimes, and reconciliation to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks, including national dialogue processes and post-agreement follow-up mechanisms. This should include advice on how to promote accountability and victims’ rights, and/or on context-specific approaches for a society to move towards reconciliation, with a focus on the strategy, design and participation modalities of peace talks in relation to these issues. It should take into account methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation at all phases and levels, and modalities for multi-track engagement with youth, civil society, victims and Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation talks on issues of transitional justice and reconciliation, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements, including from a gender perspective;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage capacity-building seminars for the mediation team, parties or other key stakeholders on transitional justice and reconciliation issues;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone, online engagements and written materials, technical expertise and advice in this domain, to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or other key stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices in this domain;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Female Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates with no United Nations or UNOPS experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Education

Advanced university degree. A BA or first level degree with two additional years of experience is accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. A technical degree or military degree with four additional years of experience is accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Required Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in fields related to promoting peace and conflict resolution - mediation, facilitation, dialogue (design) issues, academia (research and/or teaching), and/or related fields.
Desirable experience (the following experience is optional, candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply.)

Significant and prolonged field experience in conflict, post conflict or other transitional situations.
A significant part of the ten years of professional experience overall should be in one or more of the thematic areas.
Direct experience in mediation, negotiations, facilitation, and dialogue situations, and/or experience in mediation advice to chief mediators, senior envoys, and/or conflict parties is an asset.
Experience in delivering mediation capacity-building or training activities is an asset.
Significant experience in engaging with civil society in peace processes is an asset.
Language

Working knowledge of oral and written English is required. Application materials must be submitted in English. The cover letter may be submitted in French, accompanied by a translation in English. Working knowledge of at least one other official UN language is highly desirable, in particular Arabic and French.