On 16th October, the Secretary-General, responded to the Government of Sudan’s request the month earlier and declared Sudan eligible to the Peace Building Fund (PBF) for a period of five years. The request had followed a year of profound changes in Sudan with the fall of the old regime, in April 2019, which followed months of street protest. On 17th August, the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) signed a Constitutional Declaration agreeing on transitional arrangements for the forthcoming 39-months. The Constitutional Declaration, which governs the transition period, envisages the completion of a fair and comprehensive peace in the Sudan no later than six months from its signing, and addresses the root causes of the conflict and its effects with the peace process launched with the signature of 11 September 2019 and parties agreeing to the signature of a peace agreement within six months. (Consultations have been widely held with women in Darfur, but they are not represented formally as mediators or negotiators in the peace process). As part of the peace processes, the Declaration also commits to applying UN Security Council resolution 1325 and the relevant African Union resolutions regarding participation of women at all levels and apply regional and international charters regarding women’s rights. While that timeline has since slipped, negotiations are continuing. In this context, in the request for eligibility, the Prime Minister asked that funding be made immediately available in the three priority areas identified for Darfur, namely Rule of Law; Durable Solutions; and Peacebuilding at the community-level. He also pointed to the upcoming establishment of a Peace Commission highlighting that it was his Government’s expectation that this commission, once established, would be at the helm of all peacebuilding efforts in Sudan and that this programming initiative would fall under its remit.
The area-based programme focuses on five key areas Darfur. In the whole of Darfur, there are some 1.6 million internally displaced persons registered in camps. In addition, almost 147,000 South Sudanese refugees are hosted in more than 40 locations in East, North, and South Darfur, and 80 per cent of them live in out-of-camp settlements among host communities. Moreover, there are an estimated 300,000 Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad, some of whom are returning to Darfur. In many parts of the five Darfur states, inter-communal conflict is a main cause of insecurity repeatedly causing displacement and impacts gravely on the rights and wellbeing of women and children; with acts of conflict related sexual violence remaining widespread, underreported and unresolved. In designing the peacebuilding programme, and in stakeholder consultations in Darfur, areas were selected where it was deemed that the peacebuilding programme would have most added value.
Accordingly, in the context of UNAMID withdrawal, this PBF area-based initiatives in Darfur tackle the vexed issue of land and natural resources, which remain at the heart of intercommunal conflicts and constitute the key to durable solutions for internally displaced persons
The Secretariat Coordinator has the primary mission to see the realization of the mandate assigned to the PBF Secretariat while ensuring Coordination and effective implementation of projects financed by the PBF in Sudan. The PBF Secretariat team will comprise the following staff: PBF Programme Coordinator (P5); M&E and Communications Expert (IUNV); 3 IUNV Coordinators to be attached to the three Lead Agencies responsible for implementation of the Darfur State projects (UNDP, UNHCR and UNICEF); a national Communications Expert, Finance Assistant and a driver/clerk. The IUNVs will report to the Head of Office in the field (for accountability, performance) and will have a dotted line to the PBF Secretariat in order to assist with coordination/M&E/reporting, as well as on State Liaison Function coordination under the supervision of the lead agencies. This will help ensure optimal alignment of activities between the two programmes (PBF and the State Liaison Function programming). The PBF Programme Coordinator and the Finance Assistant will be based in the RCO Office, Khartoum. The three Darfur Coordinators, M&E Expert and driver/clerk will be based in Darfur and will form the core PBF Secretariat counterparts.
The PBF Programme Coordinator for Sudan will act as Secretary to the Steering Committee, with overall responsibility for preparation of inter-Agency Annual Work Plans, coordination between PBF Recipient Agencies for project implementation purposes, narrative and financial reporting, risk Analysis and management. Under the guidance of the PBF Programme Coordinator, the PBF Coordinator will take responsibility for the development and implementation of the PBF monitoring and evaluation regime, project reporting, the strategic communications plan and resource mobilisation strategy.
While the UN Resident Coordinator will ensure the overall supervision of the Secretariat activities in terms of substance and quality of results, the Participating UN Organisation (PUNO), in this case UNDP as the hosting agency, will be in charge with the administrative and contractual management of the PBF Secretariat’s staff. Because of the close collaboration that the Secretariat staff will have with PBF the professional staff of the Secretariat will also have a dotted line of reporting to PBF who will be involved in the recruitment process of these staff and will participate in their evaluation appraisal.Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
- Ensure the quality assurance and monitoring of the PBF project portfolio.
- Ensure effective support the Steering Committee and supervise the Secretariat team
- In support of Office of the Resident Coordinator, support initiatives/interagency coordination in peacebuilding, the promotion of social cohesion, the prevention of conflicts; and
- Strategic alignment and resource mobilization support
1- Ensure the Quality assurance and monitoring of the PBF project portfolio:
- Provide technical expertise to ensure the coherence and quality of projects and programmes.
- Coordinate activities to ensure the coherence and synergy between projects.
- Ensure, in liaison with recipient agencies and the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, the diligent follow-up of the execution of the projects.
- Identify implementation difficulties and potential bottlenecks and propose appropriate solutions.
- Put in place, with the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, a system to track the progress of the Fund’s project results, including the collection of data and their analysis.
- Ensure the quality and coordinate the preparation of progress reports (quarterly and annually) submitted by the recipient agencies and ensure their submissions are made in advance of deadlines.
- Coordinate the annual strategic report on the state of peacebuilding in the country.
- Contribute to the drafting of the report of the Secretary General on peacebuilding in collaboration with the Peace and Development Advisor.
- Ensure compliance with the PBF Rules and Regulations in implementation and reporting.
- Carry out field visits and supervise the monitoring and evaluation of projects.
2- Ensure effective support to the Steering Committee and Supervision of the Secretariat:
- Supervise the Secretariat team and strengthen its expertise in peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention, and promotion of social cohesion.
- Plan the work and activities of the Secretariat.
- Organize the meetings of the Steering Committee and submit implementation reports so that it can fulfil its responsibility to monitor and supervise the projects
- As part of the RCO, ensure regular interactions with implementing agencies and reports to the Steering Committee and parties involved in the implementation.
- Liaise between the government, recipient agencies and civil society for effective project implementation.
- Coordinate closely with agencies and NGOs involved in the implementation of peacebuilding projects.
- Coordinate the submissions of UN agencies and Civil Society Organisations to the PBF Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative calls for proposals.
- Organize field visits to monitor the progress and formulate, if applicable, recommendations for more effective project implementation; and
- Support the RCO and the UNCT in the dissemination of the results of projects at the national level.
3- Support coordination in the area of peacebuilding:
- Support the coordination of the technical partners and funders engaged in peacebuilding.
- Support the coordination of interventions in peacebuilding, in synergy with the Peace and Development Advisor.
- Support the RC in peacebuilding matters by exchanging information and analyses based on the monitoring of projects and field studies/surveys.
- Ensure that new projects are based on analyses of specific conflicts, in close coordination with the Peace and Development Advisor.
- Put in place and ensure internal coordination mechanisms for each project involving national counterparts, and non-government organizations.
- Coordinate with the Peace and Development Advisor to facilitate the exchange of information and the dissemination of conflict prevention and peacebuilding tools.
- Put in place a knowledge management system to manage best practices and lessons learned from the results of different projects.
- Ensure that implementation and monitoring of ongoing projects as well as new projects include strong gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment considerations, in close coordination with the Gender Advisor of the PBF Secretariat and the Gender Advisor of the RCO.
- Keep up-to-date mappings of peacebuilding, social cohesion and conflict prevention interventions.
- Facilitate a consultative framework of technical partners and funders on peacebuilding, conflict prevention and the promotion of social cohesion; and
- Reinforce the capacities of partners related to conflict sensitive programming and support the integration (mainstreaming) of a conflict sensitive approach in the programming of the UNCT, in coordination with the Peace and Development Advisor.
4- Strategic alignment and resource mobilization support
- Ensure alignment of the projects with other interventions planned or in progress, such at the State Liaison Functions and/or the Darfur Community Community Peace and Stability Fund (DCPSF) while avoiding duplication and emphasizing the convergence and complementarity of actions.
- Execute, in coordination with the Peace and Development Advisor, regular analyses of the national context in order to guide the programming of the UNCT.
- Suggest strategic directions and entry points for the development of new projects.
- Contribute to the development of new project and programmes for possible financing by the PBF.
- Contribute to periodic reviews of the intervention strategy and its relevance to the context.
- Ensure communication on the progress of projects as catalysts for the consolidation of peace according to the national authorities and in order to mobilize resources and sustain achievements.
- Advocate with national authorities for the mobilization of resources for the Darfur Development Strategy refresh (DDS refresh) or any subsequent strategy.
- Play a role identifying sources of potential funding; and
- Perform all other tasks assigned by the RC or implementing agency representative.
Ability to make new and useful ideas work: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them.
Ability to persuade others to follow: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers.
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others.
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others.
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions.
Ability to analyze the organization’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans. Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and effect staff behavioral/ attitude change.: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Management and Leadership:
Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment.: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Identify and Building Partnerships:
Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, Capacity Development, funding relationships and strategic engagement: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in economics, political science or management, international development or any other equivalent discipline.
- 7 years of relevant experience in the management or coordination of Development Projects and programmes with at least 3 years in the prevention of conflicts and peacebuilding.
- Experience in conflict analysis and conflict sensitive programming, programme management and results-based approaches.
- Experience in the facilitation of consultation with the government and donors, coupled with excellent oral and written communicate skills with high-level interlocutors to facilitate liaison with governments and international organizations.
- Experience in team supervision and leadership.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation.
- Comprehension of the concepts of human rights, gender, and the promotion of the roles of women and youth in peacebuilding is desirable.
- An understanding of PBF procedures is desirable.
- Experience with the UN is desirable, and knowledge of peacebuilding in Sudan an asset.
Proficiency in both oral and written English. Working knowledge of Arabic language desirable.
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.
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
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.