JPO - Sub-Regional Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus Programme Analyst

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Category:NGO, Community & Social Devt
Job Type:Permanent
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Job Purpose:

As an integral part of UNDP’s Regional structure in Africa, and in line with the New Way of Working the East and Southern Africa Sub-Regional Platform (SRP) has been established as an anchor for strategic sub-regional initiatives and strategic support to and representation of UNDP in the Regional UNDG Team.

Sub -regional Initiatives

The sub-region is confronted with significant development challenges, most prominently visible in the Horn of Africa drought and the continued peace and security challenges in the Great Lakes Region. Both sub- regions need great attention towards strong linkages between peace and security, development and humanitarian approaches   within a new way of working and early recovery approach. There is a crucial need for both humanitarian and development actors to address structural inequalities and reducing underlying risks. There were strong calls from the World Humanitarian Summit process to ensure that there is closer joint collaboration, between these two communities to reach the most vulnerable within a humanitarian-development nexus, by working towards clear and measurable collective outcomes, based on comparative advantages and over multi-year timeframes. Since coming into office, the new Secretary- General has emphasized the critical importance of a conflict prevention approach focusing on sustaining peace.  He has underlined the importance of a nexus approach linking peace and security – development – humanitarian approaches within his overall conflict prevention focus.

Great Lakes (Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, Burundi and Rwanda)

The UN Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework (GLRSF) brings together the UN political and development actors in the core countries of the Great Lakes Region (Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, Burundi and Rwanda) through a strategic framework focusing on 6 thematic pillars to support the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region. The GLRSF addresses regional conflict drivers through a cross pillar approach rooted in the conflict prevention and sustaining peace agendas. The UN is increasingly acting as ONE in the Great Lakes region. UN cooperation under the GLRSF and the already operational GLR Multi Partner Trust Fund will strengthen the UN’s performance, and enable a coordinated Peace and Security, Humanitarian and Development nexus. For more information about the UN Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework (GLRSF) please follow this link

Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda)

Multiple analyses demonstrate that resource scarcity, combined with rapid population growth, poverty, underdevelopment and high numbers of displaced people exacerbates both communal conflict and civil wars. There is also evidence that underdevelopment in borderlands in the Horn of Africa especially in Somalia is fueling discontent, radicalization and violent extremism among youth. Many governments are developing or strengthening decentralization and devolution strategies to facilitate better governance and basic service delivery across their countries, including in border areas. Within the R_UNDG WFP and UNICEF have been leading on the humanitarian response. With the immediate famine crisis of 2017 contained there is renewed commitment in 2018 to take a humanitarian – development nexus approach. In March 2018 the Secretary General decided to develop a comprehensive regional prevention strategy for the Horn.  

Reporting structure and partners

The Sub Regional Platform is an integral part of the Regional Service Centre Africa (RSCA)and reports to the Director of the RSCA.

The key partners for this work are the Regional UNDG, relevant country offices, governments as well as regional organizations such as IGAD, ICGLR, ReDSS, World Bank. International development partners will also be critical to implementation of sub regional initiatives. On the Great Lakes the position will work closely with the R_UNDG Programme Coordination Specialist for the Great Lakes.  Technical supervision will be provided by the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster, Climate Change - DRR – Energy Cluster of the RSCA and DDR Policy Adviser. 

Content and methodology of supervision:

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
  • Easy access to the supervisor
  • Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Performance Management Document (PMD)
  • If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties


As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:

  • Participation in a two-week long Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course in New York within the first 3 to 6 months of assignment
  • Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA), as per the online DTTA guide
  • Other training and learning opportunities, as presented in the UNDP JPO Orientation Programme

Practical information concerning the selection process

  • Selected applicants will be expected to partake in face-to-face Interviews planned to take place in Copenhagen in first week of June 2018
  • Applicants will need to shoulder travel cost should he/she be travelling to Denmark for the interviews
  • Selected candidates are expected to participate in an induction course conducted by DANIDA at Danish MFA premises planned for the last week in July/first week in Aug18.
  • Assumptions of duty will be expected Aug-Sept. 2018 at the latest


1. Programme Management and Technical Support (80%)

  • Contribute to the overall implementation of the UN Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework and Horn of Africa Regional Initiative ensuring a Humanitarian / Development/Peace and security nexus approach
  • Assist together with the R-UNDG Programme Coordination Specialist for the Great Lakes and the Pillar Leads in preparation of the work plan, activities, targets, budget, standards for measuring progress and results for Pillar 3 (Mobility) and Pillar 6 (conflict prevention) as well as for the Horn of Africa Regional Initiative work on displacement;
  • Assist in the implementation of the Cross-border project: Preventing conflict and building peace through addressing the drivers of conflict and instability associated with forced displacement between Burundi and Tanzania.
  • Raise awareness and promote the integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues (People Centered Approach) in sectoral needs assessment and contribute to the development of appropriate strategies to address these issues.
  • Assist in situations of fragility in the inclusion of development and stabilization efforts including resilience building issues at the onset of humanitarian response and in humanitarian strategies and plans
  • Assist in monitoring progress and identifying risks for timely action and early recovery and durable solutions
  • Contribute actively to ensuring appropriate UNDP programmatic response to Regional Refugee Response plans drawn up for the sub regions.
  • Support inside mediation efforts with armed groups in selected situations in the Great Lakes;
  • Track results, conduct evaluation of the localized, insider mediation to engaging armed groups in DDR/RR with a view to developing an approach/guidance on using insider mediators in DDR/RR.
  • Provide support on project implementation and delivery to Country offices and regional technical advisers;
  • Assist in identifying ongoing constraints towards sustainable livelihoods and job creation for refugees and host communities in the sub regions
  • Assist in promoting additional partnership within regional coordination mechanisms on durable solutions to displacement
  • Assist in achieving proper coordination with the country support team and BPPS Governance and Peacebuilding and Climate and DDR teams in the Regional Service Centre
  • Contribute to the assessment of programme impact and assist in providing accurate monitoring of progress and results

2. Knowledge Management (20%)

  • Assist in knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned, on the peace and security, development and humanitarian nexus in the sub -region, ensuring that knowledge sharing and content management is in line with guidelines and performed using corporate tools
  • Support horizontal sharing of good practices between Country Offices and the two regional initiatives to increase the efficient implementation of the programmes 
  • Support the development of a knowledge sharing platform in support of Resident Coordinators /Resident Representatives, leveraging existing capacities, lessons learned and best practices in the sub-regions
  • Access UNDP’s worldwide and regional knowledge, best practices and lessons learned, from both BPPS and CRU -  distil best practices and ensure its dissemination for organizational and stakeholders learning and sharing
  • Contribute to joint guidance notes and lessons learned with UNHCR, IOM, ReDSS on displacement issues
  • Support a regional online community of practice among the insider mediators focused on DDR/RR


Core Competencies

Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work 

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow              

Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction 

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform            

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement     

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

Technical/Functional Competencies

Reporting - Ability to structure reports and write with clarity

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

Strategic Planning - Ability to draft strategic frameworks and log frames

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

Policy Development - Ability to adapt corporate guidance on governance, peacebuilding, resilience, humanitarian/development/peace nexus. to regional context

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

Knowledge Management - Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

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



  • Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in a public administration, political or social sciences, international studies, management and development related field of expertise


  • Minimum of least 2 years and max 4 years of relevant and remunerated work experience - Preferably experience from UN system or other international development assistance
  • Previous experience in project/programme management
  • Previous work experience on policy, programming and operations in the areas of peace and security, conflict and crisis prevention and management, recovery and development, peace building and/or sustainable development, in particular on the humanitarian /development /peace nexus. This includes experience gained in a governmental, multilateral, and/or civil society setting, at the national or preferably international level.
  • Experience working in developing country settings would be an asset in particular in crisis contexts.
  • Knowledge of the Africa region including the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region an advantage.
  • Knowledge of displacement and DDR issues an asset

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Danish and English both oral and written
  • Understanding of written French


This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of Denmark and is addressed exclusively to Nationals of Denmark. For further details on the eligibility, please visit:


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