Senior Mediation Adviser, Multiple Positions

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Home Based
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International Public Sector
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Senior Mediation Adviser, Multiple Positions

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Application closing date: 31 July 2018

Background Information

Established in 2008, the Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers (SBT) is a service of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) situated in the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) of the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD). It is a specialized resource that can be rapidly deployed on a temporary basis into the field to provide technical advice to UN officials and others engaged in conflict prevention or mediation efforts. The SBT is 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.

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 (with an emphasis on ceasefires);
  3. Constitution-making;
  4. Power-sharing;
  5. Gender and Inclusion;
  6. Natural resources.

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 mediation, facilitation and dialogue processes to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or others 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 the inclusion of women, civil society and Track II actors, in relevant processes;
  • 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 training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on inclusive mediation, facilitation and dialogue;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the Mediation Support Unit, as requested;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on mediation, facilitation and dialogue to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or others 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 the Department of Political Affairs or other United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

2. Adviser on Security Arrangements

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on security arrangements, particularly on cease-fire 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 others, 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 the inclusion of women, civil society and Track II actors, in relevant processes;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the security­-related discussions of the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process, including on conflict­-related sexual violence, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on security arrangements;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the Mediation Support Unit, as requested;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on security arrangements to the mediation team in the field, parties or others 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 the Department of Political Affairs or other United Nations staff
  • Prepare reports on field deployments
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

3. Adviser on Constitutional Issues

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on constitution­ making, constitution drafting and consultation processes to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or others 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 post­agreement follow-up mechanisms.
  • This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting the inclusion of women, civil society and Track II actors in relevant processes;
  • 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 mechanisms to ensure respect for women’s rights;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others 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;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on constitution ­making, constitution­ drafting and consultation processes to mediation teams in the field, the parties or others 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 the Department of Political Affairs or other United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • 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 others 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 the inclusion of women, civil society and Track II actors, in relevant processes;
  • 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 temporary special measures for women, where relevant;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others 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 Mediation Support Unit, as requested;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on power­sharing, including regional autonomy and federalism arrangements, to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or others 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 the Department of Political Affairs or other United Nations staff
  • Prepare reports on field deployments
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise
  • 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 others 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, to facilitate women’s inclusion. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting the inclusion of women, civil society and Track II actors, in relevant processes;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process, and contribute to discussion of gender dimensions in the drafting of substantive aspects of peace agreements;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on gender/women, peace and 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;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on gender, Women, Peace & Security, and inclusion issues to the mediation teams in the field, the parties or others 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 the Department of Political Affairs or other United Nations staff
  • Prepare reports on field deployments
  • Build, manage, and contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

6. Adviser on Natural Resources

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on natural resources to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or others 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 the inclusion of women, civil society and Track II actors, in relevant processes;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process on natural resources and wealth-sharing issues, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on natural resources and wealth-sharing ;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the Mediation Support Unit, as requested;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on natural resources and wealth-sharing to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or others 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 the Department of Political Affairs or other United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

Requirements

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other relevant field.
  • A BA or first level degree, or military degree with two additional years of experience is accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree
  • A technical/Professional diploma with four additional years of experience is accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in one or more of the following fields related to promoting peace and conflict resolution – mediation, facilitation, dialogue (design) issues, academia (research and/or teaching), or related fields
  • 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 is an asset, and 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.

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