INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT POSITION
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Consultancy Opportunity: International Consultant connected to the Joint Analysis, Collection and Early Warning Cell (JACE)
Requesting Section: O/DSRSG Ops & ROL
Position: One (01)
Initial Duration: Initial duration of Six (06) months with a possibility of renewal
Date posted: 20th April 2018
Dead line for Applications: 30th April 2018
Duty Station: Beni, North Kivu.
Under the supervision of the Head of Office and within delegated authority and in coordination with the JACE Board, the consultant will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following duties and responsibilities:
- Design and draft a research program aiming at arriving at an in-depth understanding and analysis of the current conflict(s) in Beni Field Office AOR, and on the other, developing an innovative approach to improving activities and programs of Beni FO, while taking into consideration the Mission mandate and strategic priorities. To this end, he/she should build a good working relationship with the JACE, the FIB and other Mission components. The above mentioned research plan will include a communication strategy on how to ensure that the research results are disseminated within Beni FO, especially the JACE, taking into account programming and activity needs as well as confidentiality issues.
- Provide policy advisory to the field mission leadership on strategies to be undertaken by the Beni FO and the wider MONUSCO mission for an enhanced implementation of the mandate in Beni AoR.
- Develop a broad ranging network of organizations, institutions and individuals with the goal of facilitating collaboration, improving information sharing and enhancing opportunities for effective actions; Develop partnerships and participate to bilateral consultations with external researchers who are also active in the region.
- Work closely together with the SSU in Goma, as well as all other entities in the Mission working on research (JMAC, UNPOL, ODSRSG Political Adviser, FHQ G2) to ensure that research efforts are complimentary and synergies are found.
- Ensure the integrity, classification, categorization and archiving the materials obtained in the course of research.
- Undertake report drafting and presentations including on sensitive issues intended to Mission Leadership, mission components and high level visitors.
- In the first two weeks of the assignment, the consultant will liaise with the various FO and mission components, and formulate a research plan. This plan will consist of a short analysis of the conflicts, listing the main factors causing it (e.g. Hutu migration, land issues, customary chieftaincy disputes, recruitment patterns, illegal commerce, etc.) and determining what is still unknown about these factors. An appreciation will be given of what is possible to research, given the time and resources available, security issues and availability of researchable facts. Lastly, the plan will clarify which factors are most relevant for MONUSCO in relation to its mandate, programs and strategies. The above would result in a list of research priorities. For each of these priorities, an approximate assessment of time and resources needed, will be added. The plan will be adopted by the JACE board.
- For each of the research priorities, a thematic report in English (reports must be readable for FIB) will be drafted. Each of the reports will be presented to Beni FO (JACE, relevant sections).
- The environment in Beni FO AOR is highly volatile. Therefore, the FO may, in good cooperation with the consultant, decide to change the research priorities during the consultancy period.
- Education: Advanced university degree (master title or equivalent) in the area of development, conflict, or international relations.
- Experience: At least seven years of conflict-related research and analysis experience, preferably in the Great Lakes region.
- Language: Fluent in French and English.
- Excellent writing skills: The consultant must be able to write, in English and in French, in such a way that people from different backgrounds (military, police and civilian) will be able to understand and digest the information provided.
- Good networker: The consultant must be able to reach out to local stakeholders in the conflict and build up a good network of contacts.
- Excellent analytical skills: The analysis of the conflict in Beni FO AOR is the most important element in this consultancy.
- Good Communicator: Needs to be able to give presentations to different audiences and to reach out to people from different backgrounds.
- Independent worker and team manager: The consultant needs to support Beni FO in its search for the truth about the conflicts in its AOR. A considerable amount of initiative is therefore required from the consultant, and an ability to find his own way and organize his own work.
F. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
- For any queries about this position, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- All applications are to be received by e-mail only. Interested applicants should submit their PHP or CV and a cover letter to email@example.com.
- Application should be received within 07 days, i.e. on or before 30 April 2018.
- Applications received after the deadline will NOT BE ACCEPTED.
- In line with the UN police on gender balance, FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
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