Experts for Support to Peacebuilding Fund Programming, Multiple positions

Partner UNPBF
Job categories Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2020/B5004/19831
Level ICS-10
Department/office NYSC, SDC, Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration ASAP -31 December 2020 with the possibility of extension (Retainer)
Application period 18-May-2020 to 01-Jun-2020


Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.



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The UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund is the organization’s financial instrument of first resort to sustain peace in countries or situations at risk of being affected by violent conflict. It addresses critical gaps for sustaining peace before, during and after conflict.

The PBF’s Strategy for the period 2020-24, sets a higher level of ambition than previous strategic plans. The aim is to invest $ 1.5 billion  million in 40 countries over this period.

This new objective is driven by increased demand and the context of the Secretary-General’s reform efforts, in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Financing will retain a critical role to improve coherence across the Development, Peace and Human Rights Pillars. The PBF will build on its unique role as a timely, catalytic and risk-tolerant financing instrument to reinforce the reforms in three ways: i) driving cohesion of UN strategies in conflict situations in support of nationally-led efforts, through joint analysis, planning and implementation; ii) enabling strong integrated support from the broad set of organizational tools at HQ and in the field; and iii) strengthening partnerships, particularly with the Peacebuilding Commission the World Bank, the European Union, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS) and other (sub-)regional organizations.

In order to provide the best quality and most timely support to UN teams in PBF focus countries, in 2019 the PBF set up a surge mechanism. As demands increase and objectives become more ambitious; and in order to achieve the objectives of the 2020-2024 Strategy, the PBF is hiring additional experts to its surge mechanism to broaden the mechanism’s deployable expertise. In support of the PST Mechanism, UNOPS will recruit experts under retainer contracts based on their expertise and experience in peacebuilding, for example: monitoring and evaluation, programme development experience, knowledge of PBF and thematic expertise. The experts are the backbone of the PBF PST Mechanism and are deployed to the field upon needs and/or demand from the field.

The team of experts contributes to ensuring that the following four attributes of the PBF are continued:

  1. PBF support is timely and flexible. The experts will provide timely programme development support in selected priority countries by providing additional capacities in conflict analysis, priority setting, project developments and overall thematic expertise.
  1. PBF support is catalytic. The experts will help ensure that the Fund will further expand its role as investor of first resort ensuring all its investments are catalytic. This means supporting programmes that enable peace processes to become unblocked, accelerate existing efforts, or kick-start longer-term change.
  1. PBF is willing to be risk-tolerant. The experts will support the project development teams and in close coordination with the relevant Resident Coordinator work to strengthen the national risk-management system.
  1. PBF support is adequately monitored and evaluated, ensuring downward accountability of entities implementing projects and programs; and results-based evaluability assessments of PRF packages and PBF evaluations

The experts will be tasked and deployed for assignments based on their skills, capacities, experience and thematic expertise. Experts may work in teams of two or more, where a senior PST expert leads and guides the team.


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