Senior Mediation Adviser (Multiple positions, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA))

United Nations
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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Background Information - Job-specific

Established in 2008, the Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers (SBT) is a service of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) situated in the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) of the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD). It is a specialized resource that can be rapidly deployed on a temporary basis into the field to provide technical advice to UN officials and others engaged in conflict prevention or mediation efforts. The SBT is available to United Nations envoys, political and peacekeeping missions and country teams, as well as to regional organizations and partners with whom the United Nations works closely in conflict mediation and good offices world-wide.

Further information on MSU and the Standby Team is available on the Peacemaker website, available at http://peacemaker.un.org/mediation-support  

Standby Team members must be available full­time for deployment on short notice.

Functional Responsibilities

Selected experts will work in one or more of the following areas of specialization:

  1. Design and Conduct of Mediation, Facilitation and Dialogue Processes;
  2. Security Arrangements (emphasis on ceasefires);
  3. Constitution-making;
  4. Power-sharing;
  5. Gender and Inclusion;
  6. Natural resources.

1. Adviser on Design and Conduct of Mediation, Facilitation and Dialogue Processes

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on the conduct and design of mediation, facilitation and dialogue processes to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or others as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks at all levels, including national dialogue processes, subnational and local mediation efforts, and post­-agreement follow-­up mechanisms.  This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation and the inclusion of youth, civil society, and Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on inclusive and multi-track mediation, facilitation and dialogue;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the mediation team;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on mediation, facilitation and dialogue to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or others as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices in the area of expertise;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials in the area of expertise;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

2. Adviser on Security Arrangements

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on security arrangements, particularly on cease-fire and cessation of hostilities issues, as well as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration matters and/or security sector reform to clients of the MSU as well as to conflict parties or others, as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre­-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks on security arrangements issues, including post­-agreement follow-­up mechanisms. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation and the inclusion of youth, civil society, and Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the security­-related discussions of the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process, including on conflict­-related sexual violence, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on security arrangements;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on security arrangements to the mediation team in the field, parties or others as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices on security arrangements issues;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials on security arrangements issues;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

3. Adviser on Constitutional Issues

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on constitution­ making, constitution drafting and consultation processes to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or others as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre­-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks on constitutional issues, including constitution-drafting exercises, national dialogue processes and post­agreement follow-up mechanisms.
  • This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation and the inclusion of youth, civil society, and Track II actors; As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation talks on constitutional and transitional institutional arrangements, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements, including non-discriminatory language promoting gender equality and inclusion;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on constitutional and transitional institutional arrangements
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in constitutions-related efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on constitution making, constitution­ drafting and consultation processes to mediation teams in the field, the parties or others as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices in the area of expertise;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials related to constitutions;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

4. Adviser on Power­sharing

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on power­sharing, regional autonomy, and federalism arrangements to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or others as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre­-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks, including national dialogue processes and post­-agreement follow-­up mechanisms. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation and the inclusion of youth, civil society, and Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation talks on power­sharing issues, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements, including addressing, where relevant, women’s political participation;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on power­ sharing issues;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on power­sharing, including regional autonomy and federalism arrangements, to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or others as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices on power-sharing;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials on power-sharing;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

5. Adviser on Gender and Inclusion

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on gender, Women, Peace & Security, and inclusion issues to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or others as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of inclusive pre­-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks, including national dialogue processes and post­-agreement follow­-up mechanisms. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation and the inclusion of youth, civil society, and Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process, and contribute to discussion of gender dimensions in the drafting of substantive aspects of peace agreements;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on gender/Women, Peace and Security issues;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU, as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on gender, Women, Peace & Security, and inclusion to the mediation teams in the field, the parties or others as appropriate
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices in the area of expertise;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials in the area of expertise;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Build, manage, and contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

6. Adviser on Natural Resources

When deployed:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on natural resources and wealth-sharing to clients of the MSU, as well as to conflict parties or others as appropriate;
  • Provide process expertise for the design, planning and management of pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation frameworks, including national dialogue processes and post­-agreement follow-­up mechanisms. This expertise should include methods and mechanisms for promoting women’s meaningful participation and the inclusion of youth, civil society, and Track II actors;
  • As necessary and appropriate, participate in the mediation, facilitation and dialogue process on natural resources and wealth-sharing issues, and contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of peace agreements, taking into consideration relevant gender dimensions;
  • As necessary, conceive, plan and manage training seminars for the mediation team, parties or others on natural resources and wealth-sharing ;
  • Prepare periodic reports and relevant thematic briefings for the United Nations team involved in mediation efforts;
  • Prepare update reports for the MSU as requested;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

When not deployed:

  • Provide, via telephone and written materials, technical expertise and advice on natural resources and wealth-sharing to mediation teams in the field, as well as to the parties or others as appropriate;
  • Research and coordinate lessons learned reviews of best practices in the area of expertise;
  • Research thematic and comparative briefings to support ongoing or planned mediation efforts;
  • Produce operational guidance notes and related training materials in the area of expertise;
  • Prepare and plan training sessions on area of expertise for United Nations staff;
  • Prepare reports on field deployments;
  • Contribute to MSU’s network of experts in the area of expertise;
  • Ensure that all activities and written products are gender mainstreamed;
  • Any other tasks requested by the MSU.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other relevant field.
  • A Bachelor degree or first level degree, technical degree, or military degree with two additional years of experience is accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree

Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in fields related to promoting peace and conflict resolution - mediation, facilitation, dialogue (design) issues, academia (research and/or teaching), and/or related fields.
  • Significant and prolonged field experience in conflict, post conflict or other transitional situations.
  • A significant part of the ten years of professional experience overall should be in one or more of the thematic areas.
  • Direct experience in mediation, negotiations, facilitation, and dialogue situations is an asset, and experience in mediation advice to chief mediators, senior envoys, and/or conflict parties is an asset.
  • Experience in delivering mediation capacity-building or training activities is an asset.
  • Significant experience in engaging with civil society in peace processes is an asset.

Language

  • Working knowledge of oral and written English is required. 
  • Application materials must be submitted in English. 
  • The cover letter may be submitted in French, accompanied by a translation in English. 
  • Working knowledge of at least one other official UN language is highly desirable, in particular Arabic and French.

Competencies

  • Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Functional competencies

UN knowledge:

Good knowledge of the United Nations’ institutional structure, mandates, policies and roles, and as well as its relationships with Regional Organizations and other international partners. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the values enshrined in the United Nations Charter, as well as to humanitarian and human rights standards and other applicable norms, including Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and successor resolutions.

Other

Capacity to travel frequently and on short notice (within 72 hours’ notice), and carry out extended field assignments (usually 2 to ­5 weeks, and on exceptional occasions longer). Ability to live and work under difficult conditions.

In addition, a strong analytical capacity, substantive knowledge, and direct experience in mediation, facilitation and dialogue, in peace processes and other contexts, and at multiple levels, including processes at the national, subnational and local level. Substantial and demonstrated understanding of conflict mediation dynamics and processes, and direct experience in negotiation, mediation, facilitation and dialogue situations. Ability to work in dynamic and high-pressure situations, and to meet short deadlines. All applicants are expected to demonstrate competence in mainstreaming gender into their work.

Also, depending on the area of specialisation:

  • Security Arrangements: Strong analytical capacity, substantive knowledge and direct field experience in security arrangements in peace processes or other transitional contexts,particularly on cease-fire and cessation of hostilities issues, as well as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration matters and/or security sector reform; or
  • Constitutions: Strong analytical capacity and substantive knowledge of constitutional issues in peace processes or other transitional contexts; or
  • Power-sharing: Strong analytical capacity and substantive knowledge of power-sharing, regional autonomy, and federalism arrangements in peace processes or other transitional contexts; or
  • Gender and Inclusion: Strong analytical capacity and substantive knowledge of gender, Women, Peace & Security, and broader inclusion issues in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA-4/ICS-12
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA - Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements availability of funds and satisfactory performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-of... 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • All candidates should indicate their thematic area of specialization in their cover letters.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified*

*Applicants notified for interviews will be required to travel to New York for face-to-face interviews. These interviews are scheduled to take place in the first week of October. Travel costs (flights and DSA) will be covered by UNOPS in line with its travel policies. Candidates should be aware of this requirement when applying.

The selection and/or evaluation process may involve a combination of the following:

  • Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ)
  • Written test
  • Job simulation
  • Case study assessment
  • Competency Based Questions

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent upon the results of such checks.