United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Governance & Peacebuilding Analyst

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  Organization Context: UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Africa, UNDP supports countries in building their resilience, by strengthening the capacities of national and local authorities to build political will and governance systems that foster positive engagement and stimulates innate capacities of communities and individuals to address multidimensional drivers of risks. In doing so, UNDP Resilience Hub’s approach is guided by UNDP renewed strategic offer for Africa: the Africa Promise. Its central goal is to enable countries across Africa to accelerate their progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UNDP Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa 2020 aims to ‘strengthen UNDP’s position as Africa’s premier enabler and integrator for the Agenda 2030 and the AU 2063 Agendas.’ The Africa Promise and its Implementation Plan commits UNDP to support Africa’s people, its governments and institutions as they seek to consolidate recent gains and effectively address the challenges that remain such as weak governance institutions, persistent inequality, rapid population growth, rising violence, stalled industrialization and climate change.

UNDP manages a regional programme that seeks to address cross-border regional risks and opportunities and seeking supports to build the development of the capacities of regional institutions and economic communities to manage them and leverage opportunities to promote sustainable development. The regional programme for Africa has contributed to regional development by addressing challenges facing Africa and amplifying opportunities related to priorities and aspirations articulated by the African Union and other regional entities.

The UNDP Resilience Hub for Africa in Nairobi provides cutting edge data Analysis, policy and programming support on resilience building in Africa.  The Hub provides capacity strengthening support on governance and peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction and recovery, climate resilience, and migration and displacement. It leverages its capacity on digital partnership, SDG integration and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus as enablers of resilience-building policy and programming. Through the Africa Borderlands Center, UNDP offers specialized, expert knowledge and technical advice to design, implement and adapt development programs for border regions across Africa.

The Hub delivers on the Africa Governance and Peacebuilding portfolio through the GPN/Crisis Bureau Governance and Peacebuilding team and the Regional Programme for Africa providing support to COs, supporting UNDP’s partnership with the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and supporting regional programmatic initiatives in the Great Lakes region, the Horn of Africa, and Lake Victoria. Governance and Peacebuilding are part and parcel of UNDP’s approach to resilience and important components of UNDP approach to resilience in Africa.

UNDP’s work in the Great Lakes Region:  Since the launch of the UN Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework (GLRSF) in 2016 by the UN Security Council, UNDP has served as co-champion and Joint Secretariat with the World Food Programme (WFP), and co-chair of its Management Board with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General in the Great Lakes Region (OSESG_GLR). UNDP also co-convened Pillar 2 (Economic integration, cross-border trade, food security); and pillar 6 (Justice and Conflict Prevention) of the GLRSF.

Under pillar 6 of the GLRSF and in collaboration with the OSESG-GLR, UNDP supports the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and Member States on strengthening ICGLR capacities in Insider Mediation for Disarmament, Demobilization, Repatriation and Reintegration at local level, especially engaging women, youth, civil society and non-governmental actors. UNDP support to ICGLR on Insider Mediation for DDR is supported financially by the European Union.

A New UN Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes Region has been developed led by the OSESG-GLR that will guide future UN interventions in the region. UNDP, in consultation with relevant stakeholders in the region, especially the AU, RECs, ICGLR and Member States, are in the process of developing an Action Plan on strategic interventions to support the implementation of the New Strategy.

UNDP is developing a strategic offer on the GLR that will build upon its past and ongoing support to the GLRSF which will also be aligned with the New Strategy. The offer will be developed in a participatory and consultative process with UNDP Country Offices in the region and other relevant stakeholders, especially other UN agencies, OSEG-GLR, the AU, ICGLR, SADC, GLR Member States, think tanks and civil society actors. In February 2020, UNDP Country Offices in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda held a workshop, in Goma, to explore entry points for enhanced regional and cross-border collaboration between the offices. This process represented a key window of opportunity to explore joint and integrated strategic and programmatic responses in the Great Lakes region, beyond their country-specific national programming instruments in order to continue playing an integrator role through the development of innovative, multi-dimensional, cross-border and sub-regional approaches and solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Governance and Peacebuilding Analyst will work under the primary supervision of the Resilience Hub Manager, in Nairobi, and the secondary supervision of the Regional Peacebuilding Adviser, based in the UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa in Addis Ababa. S/he will also collaborate and work closely with colleagues in the Resilience Hub, Regional Service Centre in Addis Ababa, Regional Bureau for Africa in New York and UNDP’s Global Policy Network. The Governance and Peacebuilding Analyst will be part of the Africa Governance and Peace Building team.

The Governance and Peacebuilding Analyst will provide analysis and policy and programmatic support to the UNDP portfolio on the Great Lakes Region, in close collaboration with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, including  the development, implementation and tracking of results of the UNDP Offer for the GLR; s/he will also provide support for the implementation of the EU-funded project on Insider Mediation for DDR.

Summary of Key Functions:

  1. Programme Support and Policy Advice;
  2. Policy Development;
  3. Policy Positioning and Representation;
  4. Knowledge Management and Innovation.
Duties and Responsibilities:

1.Programme Support:

  • Provide programme support in the development and implementation of the Great Lakes region portfolio, including UNDP offer in the GLR;
  • Deliver policy analysis and programme support, with a specific focus on the GLR, in collaboration with other teams in the Resilience Hub, the RSCA and HQ/GPN, that responds to country office and regional programme’s needs, including through the provision of Capacity Building and backstopping;
  • Identify and recommend to management new opportunities for programme support and analysis in the region;
  • Support the implementation and tracking of impact and results of the governance and peace building strategic priority interventions of the UNDP GLR Offer, in close coordination with other implementing entities and relevant stakeholders;
  • Provide advisory support on policy gaps and opportunities for development of overall team priorities and workplans from the regional perspective on the governance and peace building strategic interventions of the UNDP GLR Offer.
2.Project Management:

  • Provide Project Management Support to the Insider Mediation for DDR project, including ensuring the timely and effective implementation of the workplan;
  • Participate in the project’s core group meetings to develop and deliver capacity development support on IM for DDR and provide substantive inputs to for the effective implementation UNDP capacity development support;
  • Work closely with UNDP partners in the Office of the Special Envoy Office for the GLR, WFP and other UN agency, GIZ and other partners, to ensure coordination and coherence with the new UN Strategy for the Great Lakes region;
  • Coordinate and support ICGLR Peace and Security Department and support the organization of consultations and strategic planning meetings;
  • Work closely with the MPTF, UNFPA, UN Women, the O-SESG-GLR on joint monitoring and reporting of initiatives contributing to the implementation of the GLRSF and the new UN Strategy for the GLR.
3.Knowledge Management and Innovation:

  • Coordinate and contribute to knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned in the specific thematic area, ensuring that knowledge sharing, and content management is in line with guidelines and performed using corporate tools;
  • Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice, particularly the UNDP Communities of Practice on Crisis Prevention and Resilience and on Governance as well as the UNDP COP for the partnership with the Peacebuilding Fund;
  • Coordinate and support cross-regional exchange of knowledge by collaborating with policy teams in HQ and Regional Hubs to research, develop and share knowledge-based tools and guidance to help influence/advance policy dialogue in the thematic area;
  • Support the development and adoption of innovation and new technologies for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in UNDP Africa.
4.Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:

  • Under the guidance of the Nairobi Resilience Hub Manager and the Regional Peacebuilding Adviser, support the mobilization, fostering and strengthening of strategic partnerships with UN entities, particularly WFP, PBF, the Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes , UNHCR and other relevant regional bodies and provide substantive inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives;
  • Provide substantive support to the Resilience Hub Manager and the Regional Peacebuilding Adviser to engage with partners and in resource mobilization initiatives, including through preparation of funding proposals, briefing notes, timely corporate and donor reporting, advocacy and information-sharing requirements;
  • Provide operational support and manage stakeholders’ relationships, consultants and partners engagements, dialogue and convenings.
  • Contribute to UNDP engagement in UN interagency coordination, as well as in other fora, such as the R-UNSDG Opportunities and Issue-Based Coalitions (OIBCs) with the aim to advance UNDP’s strategic agenda in the Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding area;
  • Advocate for policy and positioning of the Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding area in various fora and through programme efforts, including academia and civil society.




Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

  • Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.

Ability to persuade others to follow.

  1. Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others.
People Management:

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

  • Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

  • Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis.

Ability to get things done.

  • Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services


Conflict Prevention

Knowledge of conflict prevention and ability to apply in development and crisis situations.

  • Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in conflict prevention.
Recovery and Peacebuilding

Ability to establish mechanisms, processes, resources in readiness to disaster/crisis response.

  • Level 4: Knowledge of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration and ability to apply in post crisis situations

Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.

  • Level 4: Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.
Knowledge Management:

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.

  • Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise.

Crisis Assessment

Ability to use methods and tools to determine impact of various elements for crisis and post crisis situations.

  • Level 4: Knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Project and Programme Management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

  • Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise.
Report and Brief Writing 

Ability to prepare quality reports and briefs.

  • Level 4: Ability to write clearly and concisely.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law, political science, development studies, public Administration and public policies, governance, social sciences or related disciplines.

  • 2 years of professional work experience providing policy analysis and programme support in the general area of Governance, Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention;
  • Experience with working with UN/DP and/or government in developing country settings is preferred;
  • Experience of working in Africa and in/on the Great Lakes Region would be an asset;
  • Experience with working with the AUC, RECs and other regional institutions and bodies would be considered an asset.
Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English both written and oral. Working knowledge of French would be an asset.


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