Application closing date: 3 June 2019
Cambodia’s landmine contamination is the result of a protracted sequence of internal and regional conflicts that affected the country from the mid-1960s until the end of 1998. The northwestern regions bordering Thailand have some of the highest concentrations of anti-personnel (AP) mines in the world. Other areas of the country, mainly in the east, have been impacted primarily by the presence of explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munitions. More than 64,700 human casualties can be attributed to mines and ERW in Cambodia since 1979.
With support from the international donor community, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has made great efforts over the past 26 years to remove landmines and ERW throughout the country. In 2000, the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) was established under the Royal Decree No. 177 to better plan, regulate, coordinate and monitor the mine action sector and responsibly contribute to the priorities stipulated in the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP).
The current 4-year project, Clearing for Results Project, Phase3 (2016-2019): Mine Action for Human Development, is a multi-donors project implemented by CMAA with technical and financial support from Australia, Switzerland, Canada and UNDP. It has a total budget of US$11,210,599. The project aims to further enhance CMAA’s role in planning, regulating, coordinating and monitoring the mine action sector with the project outputs outlined below:
Output 1: Align mine action policies and strategic frameworks to national and sub-national sectorial policies and planning strategies;
Output 2: Develop and manage a CMAA mine action performance monitoring system that delivers quality evidence linking mine action and sustainable development outcomes/impact; and
Output 3: Release at least 27 square kilometres of the total mine/ERW contaminated areas in Cambodia for human development.
Build on the CFR3, the Phase 4 (2020-2025), the Mine Action for Local Development Project is developed at the request of the Royal Government of Cambodia. This project is the transition phase of the Clearing for Results project, which has been the flagship project of support from UNDP to the RGC in the mine action sector beginning in 2006. With the government’s target of seeing Cambodia mine free by 2025 based on the National Mine Action Strategy 2018-2025, this project presents final phase of the CfR project, serving as a transition strategy from the mine action sector by consolidating results to date and linking those results to the longer-term development vision of Cambodia.
The project will have the following outputs:
Output 1: The prioritized mine-impacted communities in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pailin provinces are deemed mine-free
Output 2: NMAS 2018-2025 is implemented and responsibilities for mine action transferred to relevant government institutions
The Mine Action Specialist will support CMAA to implement the final year of phase 3 and the phase 4. S/he will focus on the provision of technical assistance and policy advisory support.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
- Provision of strategic technical, policy and advocacy advice/inputs to CMAA and wider government stakeholders on mine action;
- Management guidance and advisory support for effective and timely project implementation;
- Be responsible for the overall delivery of UNDP’s advisory and capacity development support to the CMAA for the implementation of the project;
- Provide technical support and advice to the Government-Donor Technical Working Group on Mine Action;
- Conduct Resource Mobilization efforts and support UNDP Country Office and CMAA in resource mobilization and lead the implementation of the knowledge management strategy.
1) Provision of strategic technical, policy and advocacy advice/inputs to CMAA and wider government stakeholders on mine action:
- Provide technical guidance and strategic advice to CMAA on the implementation of the NMAS and provide reasonable adjustment to the changing policy and technical needs of CMAA as it moves from Phase 3 to Phase 4 of NMAS 2018-2025 implementation;
- Support the capacity development and provide strategic advice to CMAA leaders and development Capacity Development Plan for the implementation of NMAS 2018-2025; so that Cambodia can fully take on the demining work after 2025;
- Provide strategic advice on the preparation of a residual threats strategy;
- Advise and support the transition to a sustainable and Government led mine action beyond 2025;
- Provide technical support to the National Project Director and Manager to develop and implement strategies, plan and roadmaps for the project and to ensure that project activities are fully aligned with the project objectives and the targets and that the plan meets required standard of quality, is result-based and within the specific constraints of time and cost.
2) Management guidance and advisory support for effective and timely project implementation:
- Provide management support to the National Project Manager to develop workplan, to coordinate its implementation, and to monitor and report on progresses;
- Provide close and regular technical backstopping to the Project Manager and guidance to the project team and other implementing entities of CMAA for the effective and timely implementation of various components of the project;
- Prepare Terms of References (TORs) and concept note, mobilize expertise, and provide advice to ensure quality reports and products;
- Supervise and provide quality assurance for the works conducted by international and national consultants, project staff, and other project partners
- Support the project to ensure that the project board meets on regular basis and that the board’s decisions and recommendations are implemented;
- Contribute to project audit, spot-check, and evaluation exercises and support the management to prepare management responses as needed;
3) Be responsible for the overall delivery of UNDP’s advisory and capacity development support to the CMAA for the implementation of the project:
- Coordinate and manage UNDPs overall advisory and capacity development support for the implementation of the project by the CMAA. This shall encompass support to the CMAA in planning, budgeting, managing, monitoring and reporting on all project activities as defined in the project document and/or endorsed by the Project Board in Annual Work plans;
- Support the CMAA in the procurement and management of demining contracts including defining the scope of work, formulating Statement of Work (SoW), advising on procurement processes and contracting modalities, jointly monitoring the implementation of the contracts so as to ensure UNDP’s core principles such as best value for money, transparency, fairness and accountability are being applied;
- Oversee and support the work of UNDP project team to ensure that strong partnerships are established between the project team and their Government counterparts, contributing to national capacity development;
- Assist the CMAA in monitoring risks and issues affecting project implementation, predefine preventive actions and recording lesson learned;
- Support CMAA capacity development as the institution transitions from measuring landmine release to measuring the impact this has on human development;
- Ensure CMAA coordinates well with other government bodies to link land release and livelihoods activities that benefit the poor and vulnerable;
- Coordinate the delivery of support services from the UNDP Country Office as per the workplan;
- Provide advisory support to the CMAA in preparing and reporting to the project board on a quarterly and annual basis;
- Ensure that gender mainstreaming is prioritized in the implementation of all project activities, and overall strategic and operational planning of the mine action sector.
4) Provide technical support and advice to the Government-Donor Technical Working Group on Mine Action:
- Advise the Mine Action Technical Working Group (TWG) on prominent Mine Action issues, including funding channels and funding levels for the sector, monitoring of relevant mine action indicators and throughout the process of signing, implementing and monitoring the Partnership Principles;
- Provide support to the Chair of the Technical Working Group and develop the capacities of the TWG Secretariat to efficiently prepare and lead the TWG meetings on behalf of Government;
- Assist in coordination of donor financial and technical support to the Mine Action sector; and
- Provide advice to the Chief of Secretariat of TWG as required.
5) Conduct Resource Mobilization efforts and support UNDP Country Office and CMAA in resource mobilization and lead the implementation of the knowledge management strategy:
- Provide advisory support to CMAA in mobilizing resources for the sector as a whole by creating opportunities to meet donors, report on achievements and raise awareness on the needs of the sector and support effective and timely resource mobilization in close collaboration with UNDP country office;
- Report in a timely manner to the UNDP, Government and cost-sharing donors on the status of resource mobilized and assist the CMAA in reporting on progress and achievements, against agreed Results, Output and Outcome indicators;
- Provide advisory support to CMAA in mobilizing resources for the sector as a whole by creating opportunities to meet donors, report on achievements and raise awareness on the needs of the sector to implement the NMAS and the Article 5 Extension Request;
- Coordinate the implementation of, and substantially contribute to, the knowledge management strategy and activities on South-South Cooperation with ARMAC;
- Provide technical inputs for communication materials such as the website, social media and newspapers;
- Promote communication and coordinate programme activities with other UNDP initiatives as well as with other United Nations agencies and donors, to develop inter-agency synergies;
- Raise visibility of the programme strategies through knowledge sharing and well-developed communication materials;
- Oversee and coordinate the development of any concept notes and full project proposals;
- Oversee the development of CMAA capacity in procurement and finance management to allow the CMAA to progressively take over responsibilities in line with progress realized in these areas.
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced university degree in Conflict Studies, International Relations, Development, Social Sciences, or other relevant disciplines.
- Minimum 5 years of relevant experiences in mine action sector;
- Experiences working with and advising governments and other stakeholders on mine action related policy and on the implementation and formulation of relevant strategies and action plans;
- Experiences in programme and project coordination and management and in providing management advisory support to national counterparts;
- Solid knowledge and experiences in advocacy, partnership building, knowledge management and South-South Cooperation;
- Experiences working with international organizations, including UNDP;
- Solid knowledge of international mine action related standards, policies, etc. and in UNDP policies and procedures;
- Experiences working in South-East Asia is a plus.
Proficiency in English (both spoken and written). Knowledge of Khmer language is desirable.
Technical Specialist, Research and Survey Analysis – PTIB Project
Application closing date: 3 June 2019
In August 2017, an escalation in violence and human rights abuses in Myanmar prompted hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to seek shelter in Bangladesh. When combined with previous cohorts of refugees, UNHCR estimates a total refugee population of 878,596, IOM estimates the population at 905,418, while the Government’s biometric registers counted 1,114,386 refugees in Cox’s Bazar district alone. The rapid influx of refugees into districts which already face significant levels of poverty and environmental fragility has put immense strain on infrastructure, the local economy, and contributed to a rise in tensions in the region.
Many Bangladeshi host communities remain nearly as poor and open to exploitation as the refugees themselves. The scale and visibility of the international response (though still insufficient) has led to widespread perceptions of unfair or preferential treatment for Rohingya refugees. The prospect of inter-communal tensions, recently between Rohingya themselves, or along the complex religious and ethnic lines which further divide both groups, could have negative implications, including for women and children caught in the middle.
The international community and national stakeholders would benefit from a clearer understanding of the complex drivers of tensions among the Rohingya and their host communities, and the potential ramifications, to contribute to early warning and prevention. UNDP proposes to explore these by focusing on four key outputs implemented by a research & survey unit in Cox’s Bazaar:
1: Bi-Monthly Updates on Drivers and Trends: Identify and assess the intra- and intergroup dynamics prevalent among various Rohingya refugee and host community groups, and update stakeholders (including the ISCG and humanitarian agencies in Cox’s Bazar) on developments; 2: Perception Surveys: Conduct quarterly public perceptions surveys to better understand Rohingya and host community perceptions on issues which may impact social cohesion in Cox’s Bazar; 3: PEAs: Building on themes identified in the monitoring reports and perceptions surveys, these analyses will pair insights from the relevant global literature to specific developments in the region; 4: Scenario Planning and Annual Review: Share and review the information gathered with key partners, and receive feedback that can strengthen and direct future research, policy and programming.
The research & survey unit forms a part of UNDP’s broader “Partnerships for a Tolerant, Inclusive Bangladesh” (PTIB) project, which promotes diverse and constructive narratives already present in the country in support of tolerance. UNDP partners with research groups, universities, government agencies and international donors to maximize the capacity and appeal of local organizations supportive of peaceful development. The unit will provide key inputs to UN and international programming addressing the Rohingya crisis. Key partners will include the UN Rohingya Inter-Sectoral Coordination Group (ISCG), civil society and national and local authorities.
The Technical Specialist is supervised by UNDP Project Manager PTIB and has secondary reporting line to the UNDP head of -sub-office in Cox’s Bazaar. With the support of the RCO Peace & Development Advisor and the UNDP Assistant Country Director for Democratic Governance, the Technical Specialist will provide expert recommendations for research methodologies in the area and help build the capacity of national staffs and local partners to investigate drivers and dynamics in affected communities.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide Quality Leadership;
- Provide Expert Technical Inputs and Advice on Research and Analysis;
- Research, Learning and Knowledge Management;
- Advocacy and Capacity Development Support;
- Strategic Partnerships and Coordination
- Any other functions or responsibilities which may be assigned by UNDP management.
1. Provide Quality Leadership
- Lead and provide necessary technical support to the national staffs and consultants in the research unit in developing all reports and research/survey documents in accordance with key deadlines;
- Be responsible for final products before final approval;
- Ensure effective communication and coordination between unit members, stakeholders, government agencies and UN counterparts from other agencies;
- Ensure quality control mechanisms are sufficient to ensure superior quality of activities, outputs, research products, publications, as subject to the review and approval of the UNDP Country Office;
- Provide sound analytical direction to the unit to help identify key opportunities and knowledge gaps;
- Contribute knowledge and experience of relevant research/survey best practices from other countries and contexts, and propose means of integrating these and ensuring complementarity with the unique Bangladeshi context;
- Provide strategic advice to the UNDP CO senior management involving strategies for successful implementation;
2. Provide Expert Technical Inputs and Advice on Research and Analysis
- Lead the implementation of the research and survey unit;
- Provide expertise and advice on research and analysis activities, including: design of repeatable survey on issues related to peace and tolerance, regular monitor and report on trends, drafting of in-depth analyses and research products, and contribute to the contingency planning process in the region;
- Ensure top quality analysis and substantive inputs to unit documents, reports, concept notes and other strategic documents, considering national and global trends on policies and development issues as well as international best practices of peacebuilding and the promotion of tolerance;
3. Research, Learning and Knowledge Management:
- Lead and guide the unit for capturing best practices from the field and document the lessons learned from implementation;
- Build partnerships with relevant practitioners, academics and civil society organizations including think tanks;
- Organize internal and external networks covering prominent experts in government, non-government, think tanks, private companies, international development organizations and the UN system;
- Facilitate knowledge creation, dissemination, documentation of lessons learnt etc.
- Assist in identifying areas where technical assistance will be required, prepare TORs for short-term consultancies, and provide technical support to the advisors.
4. Advocacy and Capacity Development Support
- Lead and promote synthesis of the best practices including active participation in UNDP global and regional network;
- Lead effective adoption and implementation of a capacity development strategy that responds to the Bangladeshi cultural and institutional context;
- Share and troubleshoot any issues or challenges in implementation of agreed activities and ensure proper mitigation strategies;
5. Strategic Partnerships and Coordination
- Actively engage development partners in the field and provide guidance on research and analysis that contributes to deeper understand on social cohesion and peace in Cox’s Bazaar;
6. Any other functions or responsibilities which may be assigned by UNDP management.
- The Technical Specialist should expect to periodically provide inputs to other UNDP projects, especially as relate to UNDP’s Democratic Governance portfolio and UNDP’s work in Cox’s Bazaar.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in a relevant field, including international relations, social science research, or related discipline.
- At least 7 years of work experience in social cohesion, Peacebuilding and complex emergencies in developing countries;
- Previous experience producing Risk Analyses and PEAs;
- Experience designing data collection and research methodologies on sensitive thematic subjects required;
- Excellent written English and capacity to provide high-quality reports in a professional and timely manner;
- Previous experience within the UN system, and with UNDP specifically, strongly preferred;
- Experience in South Asia is desirable;
- Experience in Bangladesh will be an added advantage.
Excellent spoken, writing and presentation skills in English.
Humanitarian Specialist – Asia and Pacific Region
|Location :||Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||03-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||18d 13h 1m|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)||19-Aug-2019|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year extendable depending on performance and budget availability|
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women’s Humanitarian Unit consolidates and supports the entity’s existing humanitarian work, including disaster risk reduction, through its headquarters, regional and country offices, working closely with other divisions within the organisation. The aim of UN Women’s engagement in humanitarian action is to ensure consistency and sustainability in addressing gender equality concerns across the humanitarian-development continuum as well as to improve awareness and commitment, enhance capacity and strengthen partnerships with national entities, civil society, regional institutions and the international humanitarian system. UN Women supports coordination and accountability efforts in line with the IASC Policy and standards and collaborates with humanitarian partners to ensure determined and consistent response to women’s needs in humanitarian emergencies. Likewise, UN Women also actively engages in supporting regional and national governments in meeting the Sendai Commitments on DRR through regional partnerships including the UN, Government and CSOs.
Reporting to the Deputy Regional Director, the Humanitarian Specialist will oversee the development of humanitarian programmes, provide capacity building and technical assistance to Country Offices (CO) and Multi Country Offices (MCO), establish and strengthen partnerships, and develop relevant knowledge products on humanitarian action across the Asia-Pacific region. The specialist will also be responsible for overall management of the regional portfolio on humanitarian response and DRR, including through regional programme development and implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Provide technical leadership and strategic planning support on Gender Equality and Humanitarian Response, including in the area of recovery and resilience
- Provide technical leadership and policy support to UN Women Offices in Asia and the Pacific on gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action;
- Provide technical guidance and support to the Inter-agency standing committee (IASC) regional network for Asia and the Pacific through the formulation of high-quality gender equality programmes for capacity development and knowledge generation;
- Provide technical support through gender mainstreaming into inter-agency sector coordination mechanisms, governmental mechanisms and other relevant sectoral level processes focusing on humanitarian action, such as relevant Inter Sector Working Group, sector coordination mechanisms and working groups, cross cutting thematic working groups, UNDAF processes, and similar exercises related to the R/HC system ensuring that gender perspectives are clearly reflected and mainstreamed in process;
- Advise, support, guide and provide substantive inputs to ensure the formulation of high-quality gender responsive country level humanitarian programmes and projects from an inter-agency perspective;
- Provide substantive inputs to the interagency coordination mechanisms on humanitarian action and other strategic humanitarian financing mechanisms –Emergency Response Fund (ERF), Central Emergency
- Response Fund (CERF), Consolidated Appeals Processes (CAP)- thoroughly analyzing and researching the contextual issues at county and national levels through the Working Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action;
- Provide technical support to GenCap, RedR and other gender advisers, gender focal points, and GBV managers/focal points in other agencies and organisations (including governments, UN, INGOs, local NGOs, community and women’s groups), and other key actors at country and regional level as needed;
- Provide technical guidance to country humanitarian clusters in setting up or adapting existing systems to monitor the progress in gender mainstreaming by using inter alia the framework and checklists in the IASC
- Gender Handbook and other resources;
- In close collaboration with priority UN Women country offices and/or programme presences, particularly in crisis/disaster-affected countries in the region, provide technical assistance and oversight support to the development and expansion of UN Women’s humanitarian portfolio, including for programme and partnerships development as needed.
2. Oversee the advocacy of humanitarian action through inter-agency coordination
- Coordinate the design and implementation of strategies for the Working Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action including ensuring proper linkages with disaster risk reduction, relief, and recovery and development efforts;
- Coordinate the strategic thinking and policy decisions on mainstreaming gender into humanitarian response and influence agenda and priority setting in relevant UN system-wide inter-agency task forces and governmental coordination mechanisms;
- Coordinate and provide technical support for the delivery of training activities for UN Country teams as needed;
- Work closely with and provide advice to regional/ national bodies and interagency groups that influence national policies related to humanitarian action and where necessary represent UN Women;
- Lead specific efforts in mainstreaming gender and protection in disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts of other clusters and relevant working groups, including inclusion and participation of under-represented groups in accordance with Commitments on Accountability to Affected Populations;
- Advocate for the engagement and participation of local organizations and civil society networks in humanitarian coordination mechanisms;
- Coordinate and mobilize partnership for engendering the DRR in the region, including through IAP Gender Stakeholder Group and other intergovernmental processes.
3. Oversee Programme formulation and results-based management of the regional humanitarian and DRR portfolio
- Guide the implementation of UN Women programmes in the region in disaster preparedness and humanitarian response and recovery context, analyze progress on achievement of the objectives and results, proposing adjustments and solutions where necessary;
- Lead the formulation and development of UN Women’s humanitarian programme and projects in partnership with other implementing partners as necessary, including specific technical projects in line with global flagships;
- Prepare technical guidelines, documents, briefs and other strategic papers and materials for use in the development and presentation of a coherent country level strategic plans;
- Provide technical inputs to the conceptualization of the country-level annual work plan and strategic plans and ensure lessons learnt are captured to further guide recommendations and formulation of future humanitarian programme planning;
- Coordinate proper monitoring and reporting for humanitarian action in collaboration with programme teams;
- Supervise staff and manage performance; ensure compliance to the performance management cycle
4. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships and resource mobilization for humanitarian action in the region
- Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of humanitarian action;
- Build and maintain close liaisons with relevant donors and other actors supporting efforts towards humanitarian action;
- Produce periodic updates and briefs on regional/country development situation to be used by stakeholders, CO and HQ;
- As designated, participate in and support relevant regional inter-agency and inter-governmental forums and UN system-wide inter-agency tasks forces in the region;
- Implement, monitor and ensure periodic updating of resource mobilization strategies to facilitate UN Women’s long-term engagement in humanitarian response and DRR in the region; maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Women HQ;
- Provide technical support to field-based presences in the region in mobilizing resources for the implementation of humanitarian action and DRR;
- Research and analyze information on donors; prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation.
5. Oversee Advocacy and communication of humanitarian action and DRR
- Facilitate flow of information between the Country Offices, the Regional Office and UN Women headquarters by putting in place mechanisms to ensure the region and Country Offices know about humanitarian action related activities undertaken by UN bodies and major global and regional actors and that good practices and lessons learned from the field are shared with HQ and relevant UN system assessments and compilations (such as by CC: Learn, ISDR, and OCHA, etc.);
- Promote the use and improvement of knowledge management mechanisms to share information about gender and humanitarian action and DRR related initiatives;
- Identify relevant lessons learnt to be disseminated between countries and identify and develop linkages between countries in the region as appropriate;
- Promote awareness and understanding of the UN Women mandate, mission and purpose and focus on Sustainable Development with special emphasis on gender and humanitarian and DRR.; Undertake research, develop and present analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, corresp
- ondence, and knowledge products on gender equality and humanitarian action from across the AP region which could help present data and practice in a cohesive manner and strongly position UN Women in humanitarian work as needed;
- Participate in community of practices and facilitate cross-regional exchange of best practices and lessons learned;
- Contribute to the development of the UN Women regional and global knowledge hub.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, international relations, international development, gender studies, international law or other related field is required.
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage
- At least 7 years’ progressively responsible experience in designing and managing programmes on humanitarian preparedness and response, gender and development, and/or related fields, ideally with experience in conflict or post conflict or disaster settings;
- Substantive and technical experience in inter-agency coordination and response, including gender and protection related coordination, and/or ProCap/GenCap in humanitarian context;
- Experience in policy analysis and strategic planning;
- Experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors and civil society organizations internationally and in the field;
- Experience working with the UN is an asset;
- Experience working in Asia and the Pacific is a significant asset.
- Fluency in English is required;
- Knowledge of other UN official working languages is an asset.