National Consultant (Conflict Sensitivity and Analysis Expert)

Kabul, Afghanistan

About Project: COVID 19 Response& Social Cohesion project started in 2020 observing the critical situation in Afghanistan due to spread of the COVID 19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on social life of Afghan people.   Under this project UNDP aims to improve health system responses, integrate, and address communication and information gaps on the COVID-19 threat in Afghanistan. This project is intended to extend support to difficult-to-reach areas where the threat of COVID-19 spread is high due to lack of access and limited availability of basic health packages and preventative measures through the following five outputs. Output 1: The front-line COVID-19 defense and health sector response is strengthened; Output 2: Collective solutions on COVID-19, social, economic, and environmental crises is offered, through data modelling, socio-economic analysis and incentives to vulnerable groups; Output 3:  Enhanced social protection coordination framework in place on COVID 19 and beyond; Output 4:  Local governance institutions are strengthened to deliver services during Corona pandemic.; Output 5: Societal risks with different gendered impact posed by COVID-19 in the targeted communities are reduced through strengthening social cohesion and addressing issues related to COVID-19 stigma and discrimination.

Job Summary: Under the overall supervision of the  Project Manager of Covid-19 Response and Social Cohesion Project and under the guidance of Assistant Resident Representative Peace Pillar, the individual consultant is expected to deliver capacity building programme on conflict sensitivity and help agencies/CSOs to monitor the impact of their work on existing conflict . The consultant should also support/train the agencies/CSOs on how to develop conflict and COVID 19 sensitive programmes and projects.Responsibilities

Responsibilities 

  • 1.       Ensures provision of training workshop to agencies including CSOs, CBOs and NGOs working in development and humanitarian sector and the achievement of training targets and results, by conducting the following activities and results: 

    ·       Identify CSOs, CBOs and NGOs working in development and humanitarian sector in the targeted districts/ provinces. 

    ·       Asses the existing capacity of the agencies in terms of the subject matter to identify the gapes or weakness.    

    ·       Develop training package on conflict-sensitivity, conflict analysis and monitoring tool/s helping agencies to monitor the impact of their work on conflict. 

    ·       Conduct training workshops on the pre-approved topics related to conflict sensitivity and DO No Harm (DNH) approaches and its monitoring procedures and tools. 

  • 2.       Ensure training beneficiaries uses training learnings practically during projects and programs implementation.   

    ·       Establish linkages between SCOs, CBOs and NGOs working on peacebuilding, development and humanitarian sectors.  

    ·       Practically work with agencies to jointly conduct conflict sensitive monitoring to identify the impact of their work on conflict.  

    ·       Support agencies to develop and design conflict and COVID 19 sensitive projects and programmes; 

    ·       Help the agencies to think out of the box in terms of using the crisis as an opportunity for peacebuilding. 

    ·       Help agencies to develop future action plans 

    ·       Support agencies to forge strong community engagement and intra-agencies partnership or intra-peacebuilding actor partnerships to prevent conflict-sensitivity and address people’s vulnerability before, during and after the COVID-19 crises and promote conflict-sensitive development. 

    ·       Do any other subject matter required and relevant activities suggested by project team.  

  • 3.       Ensure submission of effective and inclusive documents and reports. 

    ·       Develop and submit training packages on subject matters. 

    ·       Conduct gape assessment and submit the report  

    ·       Develop and submit training reports by the end of each round of the training.

    ·       Submit a final report including recommendation for follow up and future action plan. 

    ·       Submit training pictures and other means for verifications of activities. 

    ·       Any other documentation as required by the program Unit.

Qualification

  • Skills:

    Language:

    • Excellent written and oral English skills a necessary requirement.

    • Excellent spoken and verbal skills of Pashto and Dari languages required.

    Corporate Competencies:

    • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.

    • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

    • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

    Managerial Competencies

    ·       Excellent team-playing, diplomatic and interpersonal skills.

    ·       Able to involve other and believe on participatory approach  

    ·       Able to establish trustful relationships with governments, donors, non-government and international development organizations.

    ·       Resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgment.

    Behavioral Competencies

    ·      Strong communication and advocacy skills, in particular ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a wide range of actors, within the UN system, with Government officials, traditional structures and civil society.

    ·       Ability to work in a complex environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors. 

    ·       Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact and diplomacy. 

    ·       Excellent analytical, organizational and negotiation skills and excellent networking skills.

    ·       Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

  • Qualifications

    Academic Qualifications:

    Master’s Degree or equivalent in social sciences with a focus on peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, development studies or a related field

    Years of experience:

    ·      5 -7 years of progressively responsible experience in designing and implementing local level and/or national level conflict sensitivity, conflict analysis mechanisms and peacebuilding and early warning programs related to conflict affected environments.

    ·       Extensive experience in training and workshop facilitation of CSOs, particularly in the field of conflict sensitivity and conflict sensitive programming. 

    ·       Extensive experience in strategy and programme development; Experience working with CSO’s and communities; In-depth experience and understanding of conflict-sensitivity in Afghanistan.

    ·       Excellent analytical and writing skills, including political/conflict analysis skills.

    ·       A high degree of political and cross-cultural sensitivity; Understanding of the political, social, and cultural background of the country is greatly desirable.

    ·       Experience in enhancing women’s and youth participation in conflict analysis processes; Ability to speak in Pashto and Dari and English. Knowledge and understanding of the civil society dynamics in Afghanistan; Familiarity with relevant government policies, interventions, and structures in P/CVE.

    ·       Submission of Training final report including recommendation for follow up and future action plan.

  • Logistic and Administrative Support

    The consultants will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment. 

    The consultant will be responsible for providing his/her own working station (i.e. secretariat, laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection.

    The consultants are expected to be available for consultations and be in reliable email contact for a set number of hours that align with Government/UNDP business hours.

  • Confidentiality and Proprietary Interests

    The Individual Consultant shall not either during the term or after termination of the assignment, disclose any proprietary or confidential information related to the consultancy service without prior written consent. Proprietary interests on all materials and documents prepared by the consultants under the assignment shall become and remain properties of UNDP.

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Contract Duration: 3 Months 
  • Salary: AS Per Company Salary Scale
  • Job Location: Kabul (specifically Sarobi District), Herat (specifically Shindand and Ghoryan districts) and Balkh (specifically Balkh and Dawlatabad districts)

  • Extension Possibility: No