The UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) is UNDP’s Global Policy Centre for policy development and applied research with an overarching focus on democratic governance and peacebuilding in crisis, conflict and transitional contexts. It engages with Norwegian, Nordic and other partners from the South in undertaking applied research and developing policy options and tools for governance support in post-crisis and post-conflict environments, in order to find practical solutions on the ground. One of the priority areas for the OGC is the advancement of the research agenda on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE). UNDP's approach to PVE aims to address two related trends: the rise of violent extremism, and the governance of increasingly diverse and multi-cultural societies. At the heart of UNDP's approach is a belief that better governance in diversity will lead to societies better prepared to deal with violent extremism as outlined in UNDP's strategy on 'Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion of Tolerance and Respect for Diversity'. The Relationship Between PVE and Misogyny Research on the intersection between misogyny and other forms of extremism is limited. We do not know if misogyny is a useful predictor of other forms of violence or if it is so widespread that is not useful in raising red flags. Nor do we have sufficient knowledge about the effects of on-line misogyny or effective policy responses to it. Misogynist attacks do not fall under accepted legal definitions of terrorism, but they are clearly political in that they are about pushing women out of the public sphere. Online misogyny is clearly having widespread effects on the place of women in public life and that may limit the role of women in preventing violent extremism. What should be the role of regulation on an international and national level and what should private social media platforms be doing to ensure we understand and limit the harms that come from online misogyny? This forward-looking UNDP research should:Apply Now
- Examine the links and inter-relationships between violent extremism and misogyny;
- Examine the legal, political and policy framework; and
- Entry points and barriers to programming.
- CV or P11 and a statement of interest indicating all past experience for similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references (the template can be downloaded from this link: http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc;
- Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability which also includes a brief description (not more than 300 – 500 words) of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
- Submit two recent relevant writing samples in English.
- Experience of working in the areas of development and/or preventing violent extremism. (20p)
- Work experience in gender, conflict and or violent extremism across different regions (20p)
- Proven track record in producing conflict and peace building research and policy papers, including for UNDP. (20p)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (10p)
Duties and ResponsibilitiesScope of Work The consultant will provide support to OGC’s PVE work in the areas of Research: Research will be split into 20 days desk-based research and writing:
- Conduct desk research to collect secondary data and identify existing gaps;
- Conduct interviews, meetings, and gather relevant information for research;
- Drafting research paper on agreed PVE area of interest to UNDP;
- Provide policy recommendations, based on the research, that are in line with UNDP principles and approach to PVE;
- Initial concept note which will include proposed methodology, data sources, interviewees and focus area (to be approved by OGC before continuing)
- Forward looking 10 page policy brief on the relationship between violent extremism and misogyny (Font in Calibri size 11; using UNDP referencing style);
- Transcript of key interviews and meetings conducted at distance during research;
- List of policy recommendations based on research;
- 700-900 word blog/op-ed on main research paper and findings
- Direct on the ground experience in researching issues related to conflict/extremism/development/security/human rights;
- Knowledge and understanding of the UN’s work on preventing violent extremism;
- Excellent analytical, communication, writing and editorial skills.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, and partner organizations;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Knowledge of the UN system;
- Excellent understanding of international development and preventing violent extremism issues.
Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:
- Master’s degree in international development, communications, political science or a related field.
- At least 10 years' of working in the development and/or counter extremism field;
- Mix of academic and practical experience in working on violent extremism;
- Excellent knowledge of the political, economic, social and security situation in different regions;
- Proven ability to write papers that straddle the academic and implementation worlds;
- Ablility to produce conflict and peace building research, policy papers and training materials conflict dynamics and peace and security capacities;
- Excellent writing and communications skills;
- Work with UNDP an advantage.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.