Job Description

The trajectory of violent conflict in Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands and Hela provinces over the last 30 years is concerning. As of end 2017, there were anecdotally 40 separate ongoing internecine conflicts across Hela Province which had led to more than 300 deaths and an estimated 100,000 people displaced without accounting for the extent of human rights abuses including gender-based violence and sorcery accusation-related violence and the entrenched marginalisation of women and youth. Exacerbated by weak local governance, these conditions pose a multi-dimensional challenge to economic and human development in both provinces. This highly fragile situation, compounded by the presence of a large and highly lucrative extractive project and the proliferation of firearms, places incredible pressure on the realisation of human rights, social and structural stability and human development.

Having identified the unique drivers of conflict in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces, UNDP (as lead agency), together with IOM, UNFPA and UN Women, will jointly implement a 30-month PBF-funded project (“PBF Highlands project”) within the framework of the UN’s Highlands Joint Programme (HJP). As a key pillar of the HJP, the PBF Highlands project will focus on implementing critical peacebuilding interventions. These include: strengthening the infrastructure for peace through establishing networks of community mobilisers with a focus on young women; establishing peace centres as neutral spaces for interaction and mediation; youth hubs for empowering youth complemented by capacitating youth leaders in peacebuilding; and enhancing the capacity of traditional/local leadership in Conflict Management. The project will also enhance intra/intergroup dialogue and mediation through directly supporting community-level conflict mediation, supporting the role of women mediators, and facilitating local peace conferences. Through training local and provincial leadership in conflict sensitive development, local level governance and decentralisation, the project will facilitate the development and implementation of community ‘peace for development plans.’ This will be assisted through small grant projects, facilitating access to basic services, supporting provincial-level conflict-sensitive development planning, and establishing feedback mechanisms to enhance institutional accountability. The project will also monitor conflicts and map these for early warning and early action, and aim to strengthen local governance and post-conflict recovery efforts.

The PBF Highlands project builds on evidence and growing consensus globally, but also borne out through the UN’s recent experiences in the Highlands, that humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding efforts are complementary and need to reinforce each other. All three are critical in addressing the current state of volatility and fragility in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces and highlight the importance of engaging earlier to prevent violent conflict and reduce humanitarian need. Beyond complementing and harmonising ongoing efforts across the peace-security-development nexus, the project aims to catalyse further investment in urgent local peacebuilding efforts from government, bilateral and multilateral donors, and the private sector.

The PBF Highlands project will target priority locations in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces as identified by the Highlands Joint Programme, with community-level activities in Hela focused on five priority LLGs of Komo Rural LLG, Hulia Rural LLG, Tagali Rural LLG, Hayapuga Rural LLG, South Koroba Rural LLG. In Southern Highlands, Kagua-Erave, Nipa-Kutubu, and Mendi-Munihu districts have been prioritized with target LLGs to be determined in consultations with provincial authorities and development partners.

Apart from implementing key interventions, UNDP will serve as the lead agency and will be also be responsible for Coordination of project activities, narrative reporting and facilitating the overall governance of the PBF Highlands project.

In this context, UNDP is seeking a Governance Technical Specialist with strong experience in peacebuilding and/or fragile state contexts. Working directly with the PBF Highlands project’s other participating UN agencies (IOM, UNFPA and UN Women) and in close coordination with the provincial governments of both Hela and Southern Highlands, the position will lead UNDP’s implementation of its planned PBF Highlands project activities. It will further support interagency coordination of PBF Highlands project activities in the field particularly with the HJP’s Programme Coordination and Management Team.

Directly responsible to UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (or their designate) for the effective implementation of UNDP’s planned PBF Highlands project activities, the position will provide direct technical inputs to specific project activities and oversee the implementation of component activities by technical experts where relevant while providing overall management of the project and supervision of UNDP project staff and personnel.

The position will also work closely with project implementation focal points of the PBF Highlands project’s other participating UN agencies to ensure technical coherence and greater impact. The position will support joint planning of work plan activities to optimize the potential for cooperation, co-creation, mutual support, economies of scale and complementarity of joint action. Where required, the position will also represent the PBF Highlands project in the field on behalf of all four participating UN organizations.

The position will be based primarily in the UN’s Highlands Joint Coordination Office in Mendi (Southern Highlands) with significant time spent in Hela Province (including at the UN’s Highlands Joint Coordination Sub-Office in Tari) as well as some time in Port Moresby.

Duties and Responsibilities

1)Ensures the effective implementation of the Highlands project, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Creation and coordination of partnerships, consultations, and engagement with provincial and sub-provincial stakeholders (particularly provincial and local government) in the inception and subsequent implementation of UNDP-related project activities.
  • Development of quality annual planning of UNDP-project components, with related work plans, procurement plans, financial planning, etc.
  • Recruitment and supervision of technical expertise to implement UNDP’s specific component activities. Management of personnel, goods and services, training and low-value grants, including drafting terms of reference and work specifications, and overseeing the work of contractor.
  • Implementation of UNDP-led project activities against annual work plans and delivery targets and recommending course corrections when needed, within project tolerances.
  • Direct supervision of UNDP project staff and personnel including the project’s Operations Associates.
  • Risk management, and selection of responsible parties to provide inputs for the delivery of project results. Identify partners’ strengths and weaknesses and to build, if needed, appropriate capacities to effectively implement UNDP-led component activities.
  • Provide regular field updates to UNDP management.
  • Coordinate joint project inception including developing and conducting baseline assessments, and coordinate data collection efforts to set project baselines, targets and assess performance.
  • Coordinate the development of annual joint project work plans and contribute as required to Highlands Joint Programme joint annual work plans.
  • Contribute to biannual Highlands Joint Programme Steering Committee meetings as required.
  • Coordinate joint project communications and visibility efforts including the development a range of core communication content including reports, briefings, infographics, case studies and presentations.
  • Coordinate requests for the provision of UNDP financial resources through funding advances, direct payments or reimbursement using the FACE form. Monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure the accuracy and reliability of financial reports.
2)Ensures the provision of Technical peacebuilding advice for the implementation of the project, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Direct implementation of UNDP-specific component activities including establishing an inter-community small grants facility and conducting post-conflict needs assessments;
  • Peacebuilding advice and oversight of technical project consultants and contractors on the implementation of UNDP-specific component activities including: training of traditional community/tribal leaders, and provincial and district authorities; monitoring, Mapping and Analysis of conflicts; conduct of district peace conferences, and sub-national integrated development planning.
  • Dialogue with partners, UN agencies, local government counterparts, civil society, private sector, etc.  on conflict mediation and peacebuilding, for the coordination of activities and project results.
  • Other tasks as directed to support UNDP’s Country Office.
3)Ensure Interagency Coordination with UN Agencies, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Provide support to the Programme Coordinator on interagency coordination with focus on cross-cutting programmatic issues.
  • Directly support all Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs) to ensure synergies between the project components.
  • Coordinate and facilitate regular interagency project implementation coordination and planning meetings at field-level with PUNO focal points.
  • Ensure PUNOs’ adherence to and application of the Joint Programme guidelines and principles, and ensure project cross-cutting principles including maintaining neutrality and impartiality, and do-no-harm.
  • Establish and strengthen project linkages with partner provincial governments through respective Provincial Coordination and Monitoring Committees in close coordination with HJP’s Programme Coordinator.
  • Maintain situational awareness of the evolving operational environment including through establishing and maintaining an informal information network to facilitate information sharing.
4)Ensure Monitoring and Evaluation for the project, by focusing on the following results:
  • Implementation of project monitoring and evaluation frameworks in close coordination with PUNOs (particularly PUNOs’ monitoring and evaluation specialists/focal points).
  • Interagency development and conduct of baseline assessments to inform the finalisation of the project results framework in close consultation with PUNOs.
  • Ensure the finalisation and monitoring of a detailed results framework with a focus on agreed indicators and targets in close consultation with PUNOs.
  • Monitor and report annual targets and results in close coordination with PUNOs and HJP joint annual reporting in accordance with the project results framework.
  • Coordinate effective project response and adjustments following Community Engagement following feedback and lessons learned during project implementation.
  • Ensure joint design and implementation of the mid-term/annual reviews and end-line assessment/evaluations.
  • Coordinate the conduct of an independent evaluation, audits, spot-checks, project monitoring visits to responsible parties etc.

Competencies

Core Competencies

Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

  • Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow
  • Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
Delivery - 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
Technical/Functional Competencies

Project Management - Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  • Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Relationship Management - Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships.

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Risk Management - Ability to identify and prioritize risks, and organize action around mitigating them.

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Development Planning and Monitoring - Ability to develop business and planning processes at the national and local level and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
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Team building - Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals.

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Communication - Ability to effectively communicate intensions and requirements to internal and external stakeholders
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Sustainable Development - Knowledge of sustainable development concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, covering the economic, social and environmental dimensions
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Recovery Support and Implementation - Ability to support and implement mechanisms, processes, resources in response to disaster/crisis.

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Conflict Analysis and Risk Assessment - Knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

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Violence Reduction - Knowledge of violence reduction concepts and techniques and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

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Rehabilitation and Reintegration Knowledge of community-based rehabilitation and reintegration programmes and ability to apply in post crisis situations.

  • Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Gender Issues & Analysis - Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective.

  • Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation - Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development.

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Social Cohesion Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility.

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Infrastructures for Peace - Knowledge of mechanisms, methods to and the ability to contribute through dialogue and consultation in preventing conflict.

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Civic Engagement Knowledge of frameworks and dialogue processes for effective and transparent engagement of civil society, women’s and youth groups, indigenous peoples and other excluded groups   in national development and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

  • Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political or social science, international development, peace and conflict, conflict studies, Humanitarian Action, international relations, or related fields.
Experience
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in complex settings dealing with Governance, peacebuilding, humanitarian affairs, Crisis Management, political affairs, operational planning and coordination, programme management and development or related fields.
  • Professional experience in Governance, peacebuilding and/or political affairs and/or programme management.
  • Experience in project management, and familiarity with UNDP programmatic and operational rules and regulation, is an advantaged.
  • Professional experience in facilitation and preparation of strategies, development plans, analysis, coordination mechanisms and programme delivery (in particular within the UN system); and
  • Experience in challenging and/or fragile contexts and/or Papua New Guinea.
  • Certification on PRINCE 2 or other project management certification would be an advantage.
Language Requirements:
  • Native proficiency (or equivalent) in written and spoken English.
  • Basic knowledge of Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinea pidgin) would be a benefit.

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