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Coordination Specialist – P3  

United Nations Development Programme

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP:  we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

 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.

Yemen has over the last eight years experienced one of the world’s worst protracted political, humanitarian and development crises. The crisis has left 23.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Following the Stockholm agreement in December 2018, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2452 (2019), establishing the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) to facilitate the ceasefire agreement. Following the Stockholm agreement, UNDP’s Peace Support Facility (PSF) for Yemen was established in 2019. The PSF aims to accelerate the implementation of the agreements reached by the parties during negotiations led by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Yemen. PSF implements initiatives in direct support of priorities discussed during peace consultations to build confidence in the peace process and improve the lives of people affected by the conflict. The aim is to demonstrate concrete alternatives to conflict, create local demand for peace and incentivize parties to deepen their engagement in the Yemeni peace process under UN auspices. The PSF recently entered its second phase, to which donors reconfirmed past commitments and UN senior management has renewed ambition. 

Yemen is at a crossroad due to the changing geopolitical circumstance and the likelihood of a peace settlement between the warring parties in Yemen after eight years of fighting. In April 2022, a two-month UN negotiated truce was entered between the warring parties, it was subsequently extended on a two-month basis twice till October 2022. While the truce was not officially extended beyond October, hostilities decreased significantly, and the parameters of the truce were largely kept in place. Recent efforts by regional actors to support the reaching of an agreement have intensified and which has the potential to lead to the establishment of a nation-wide ceasefire and the holding of a peace process. 

As part of UN-led efforts to support the peace process, OSESGY has tabled a proposal for the continued halt of all offensive operations and the creation of a ceasefire mechanism, to effectively and reliably implement a sustainable nationwide ceasefire. The Yemen Ceasefire Mechanism is proposed to include the Military Coordination Committee (MCC) that was set up during the truce, a proposed Joint Coordination Room (JCR) to report to MCC and Local Ceasefire Teams in priority intervention areas in Yemen that would report to the JCR. The Yemen Ceasefire Mechanism would be implemented in a phased approach as a robust and party-led trust-building mechanism engaging in strategic dialogue on ceasefire implementation, coordination, de-escalation, incident response and management, and communication. It would aim at increasing meaningful participation of the diversity of Yemenis through local-level mechanisms of inclusion. The PSF has continuously supported OSESGY will ICT solutions to the ceasefire, and now wishes to increase OSEGSY’s capacity with technical coordination support to ensure an effective ceasefire mechanism.

 

Position Purpose:

Under the direct supervision of the Peace Support Facility’s Manager and in support of the Special Envoy’s Principal Military Advisor (PMA), the Coordination Specialist will play a pivotal role in providing substantive support and coordination for planning and implementing ceasefire and transitional security arrangements in Yemen. This role involves active engagement with the Military Coordination Committee (MCC), preparation of essential materials, and coordination of ceasefire-related meetings and events. The Coordination Specialist will also focus on ensuring the broad inclusivity of ceasefire mechanisms and work on generating options for implementation. Furthermore, this position will undertake comprehensive research and analysis to support decision-making and address relevant issues. Ultimately, the Coordination Specialist’s work contributes to the overarching objective of fostering peace and stability in Yemen through effective ceasefire management.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Support Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements

  • Supports the operations and coordination of related to planning and implementation of ceasefire and transitional security arrangements, including dialogue and consultation processes with a focus on the Military Coordination Committee (MCC).
  • Prepares substantive talking points for senior staff, and related input for reports, and security council briefing inputs related to the efforts of the MCC.
  • Actively prepares options on achieving inclusion, to ensure that the ceasefire mechanism includes broad participation from Yemeni society.

 

Substantive Preparations and Event Organization

  • Supports the substantive preparations of the MCC through the preparation of talking-points, options on ceasefire and transitional security arrangements, and process design strategy.
  • Provides substantive and planning support to the organization of other ceasefire-related meetings, seminars, and other events including by proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents, and presentations.

 

Research and Analysis

  • Organizes and/or undertakes research on various aspects of ceasefire arrangements; analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
  • Identifies problems and issues to be assessed and proposes corrective actions and/or a way forward.
  • Provide monthly synthesis of any research/analysis on ceasefire arrangements and preparations.
  • Produce a report with recommendation for future initiatives that the PSF could undertake in support of the ceasefire and peacebuilding.
  • Performs any other assigned duties.

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that:

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions.
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP.”
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production.
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered.
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created.
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: None 

Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact.
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems.
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences.
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 4: Proactively initiate/lead organizational change, champion new systems/processes.
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results.
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.

 

Cross Functional and  Technical Competencies:

Business Direction and strategy – Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win-win’ situations.

Business development – Integration within the UN: Ability to identity, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations.

Business Development – Collective Intelligence Design: Ability to bringing together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions.

Business Management – Partnerships management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

2030 Agenda: Prosperity – Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility: Forced Displacement, incl. Durable Solutions.

2030 Agenda: Prosperity – Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility: Reintegration (refugees/IDPs).

Business Management- Portfolio Management: Ability to select, prioritise and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimising return on investment.

Business Direction and strategy – System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social sciences, defense-security, management, international economics, international relations, law, development or a related field.
  • OR
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelors) in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Masters degree.

 

Experience:

  • 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) progressively responsible experience in security sector reform or a similar field is required. 
  • Experience in coordination and political engagement with national stakeholders in a conflict setting is required. 
  • Experience in working on issues of inclusion, WPS or similar issues is required.
  • Experience working in the Middle East is required. 
  • Experience of analysis and policy advisory is an asset.
  • Experience working for or with the UN is asset.

Language:

  • Proficiency in oral and written English Language is required. 
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

 

Disclaimer

Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders) 

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

 

Non-discrimination

UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

 

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Working hours (%): 80-100%

Type of contract: Staff (Permanent and Fixed Term)

Macro-area: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Level of experience: Senior Professional, more than 5 years

Area of work: Political Affairs, Conflict and Peacekeeping

Type of organisation: Multilateral Organisations

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