Reintegration Specialist

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Job Description

Background

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The insurgency driven conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, including Northeast of Nigeria has been longstanding and has caused undesirable consequences in terms of loss of lives, created multi-tiered intergenerational grievances, destroyed socio-cultural and socio-economic systems, and remains a threat to immediate, medium and long-term transformation of the affected territories in Nigeria, including Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. Borno has seen a significantly higher impact and the insurgency there has gone through a variety of phases and is marked by cycles that are connected with several factors.

By September 2021, the insurgency in Northeast of Nigeria had taken an unprecedented turn leading to large number of individuals exiting the conflict and presenting themselves to security authorities, largely in Borno State, but also in neighboring countries. Moreover, sustaining this momentum of exits presents challenges to effective process of handling and treatment of the individuals led by government authorities and ensuring their reintegration of ex-associates and former fighters into communities amidst an ongoing conflict, an internal displacement situation and significant intergenerational grievances stemming from the longstanding conflict.

As a response to the mass exits, in November 2021, the State Government of Borno, passed a “Policy on Community-Based Reconciliation and Reintegration” premised on the Vision for long term transformation of the State to contribute to peace and stability. This is a multi-pronged process, featuring State and Federal Government cooperation’s (Including with Military and Security Institutions) in receiving, processing, managing the caseload of those in the hands of authorities. The policy presents several mutually reinforcing directions for a State-driven process namely: a) a locallydriven political process; b) screening, profiling deradicalization and rehabilitation; c) a community-oriented reintegration process and d) reconciliation, healing and the long-term transformation plan and regional priorities under the Regional Stabilization Strategy for the Lake Chad Basin.

UNDP is supporting the Federal and State Government to make operational these approaches through various channels aligned with implementation of the Regional Stabilization Facility – Nigeria window, which is operating in some of the locations that have been identified for reintegration. Additionally, it is also aligned and guides the implementation of the UN Peace Building Project (UN PBF), EU Funded SD3R and recently approved Joint UN Offer Programme. Thus, at the same time supporting alignment with the national/international principles and UNDP policy orientations for effective implementation of community-based reconciliation and reintegration. To this background, the UNDP seeks to recruit an international Reintegration Specialist to support the Reconciliation and Social Cohesion (RSC) Unit to provide technical and advisory support in community- based reintegration and reconciliation programming across the various programs implemented by RSC Unit and UNDP Sub Office in the NE Sub-office.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the RSC Unit Portfolio Manager, the Reintegration Specialist works to enhance the development and effectiveness of UNDP comparative advantage in reintegration and reconciliation in war affected communities in the Northeast. Specifically, the Reintegration Specialist will focus on enhancing the effectiveness of UNDP as lead player in community-based reintegration and reconciliation in North-East Nigeria. S/he will support the implementation of policies and strategies across programmes and projects; management of risk through designing and implementing risk management mechanism, support effective planning, implementation and follow up to ensure the Unit adopts global best practice in community-based reintegration and reconciliation.

The Reintegration Specialist, will work in close collaboration with the RSC Unit Team, UNDP Sub Office and Program Units. S/he will also work with implementing partners and Government counterparts about reintegration programme planning and development in the Northeast. The Specialist will work closely with RSC Unit team and UNDP SO teams to ensure that reintegration and reconciliation issues are mainstreamed at the highest standards in line with UNDP global best practice in community-based reintegration.

The incumbent will accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment within all implementations and promote UNDP’s mandate as a gender-responsive organization with zero tolerance to any kind of discriminatory and abusive behaviour, including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse

Duties And Responsibilities

The Specialist is expected to provide technical, advisory and capacity development support to RSC Unit on all issues related to reintegration and reconciliation programming. More specifically, he/she will provide the following support to the unit:

  • Develop and implement the overall reintegration strategy and related plans/SOPs/mechanisms
  • Develop a comprehensive reintegration strategy in line with the RSC Unit overall objectives;
  • Develop implementation plans for implementation of the reintegration strategy;
  • Develop reintegration SOPs/mechanisms for facilitation of sustainable reintegration;
  • Closely monitor and periodically review the reintegration process implementation and propose strategic adjustments as and when required.
  • Provide technical in the development of innovative reintegration initiatives for implementation as part of RSC Unit and UNDP Sub office niche in the Northeast
  • In line with the reintegration strategy and plans, come up with innovative reintegration initiatives that fit well within the local context;
  • Regularly review the ongoing reintegration initiatives and document lessons learnt for future;
  • Undertake study of local contexts of BAY states in order to take proactive actions vis a vis reintegration initiatives.
  • Provide Technical, Advisory and Capacity Development to RSC Unit and Partners
  • Advise and support RSC Unit on implementation of reintegration and reconciliation related programme components of the PBF, SD3R, RSF and Joint UN Offer;
  • Ensure that project standards and policies are maintained and communicated appropriately to RSC unit and UNDP SO Staff and Units, State government and implementing partners;
  • Provide technical assistance to staff, counterparts and relevant stakeholders to enhance their understanding of reintegration and reconciliation requirements and identify other opportunities for programme development;
  • Facilitate capacity and training needs assessments of staff, community-based platforms, Government and implementing partners and support the preparation and implementation of a capacity development strategy and plan for the unit on reintegration.

Expected Outputs and deliverables

  • Community based reintegration policy and strategy developed and approved
  • Reintegration SOPs, manuals, guidelines etc. developed and approved
  • Report on training of RSC Unit staff, Government and implementing partners prepared and approved
  • Reintegration best practices documented and shared with relevant donors and stakeholders

Institutional Arrangement

The Reintegration Specialist will report and work directly under the direct supervision of the RSC portfolio Manager.

Competencies

CORE

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: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt to Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

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 & Technical Competencies

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

Business Development: Knowledge facilitation

  • Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally

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

Technical: Reintegration and Reconciliation programming

  • Ability to prepare concepts, projects and analytical reports Reconciliation, socio-economic reintegration and social cohesion: concepts and practical application

Education

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in peace building, conflict management, development studies or related fields is required. OR
  • First-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years (with master’s degree) or 9 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level preferably in the areas of DDR, community based reintegration and reconciliation and social cohesion is required;
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working on peace-building and conflict prevention issues, including but not limited to the field of community security, cross-border issues is desired;
  • Demonstrable experience in UNDP’s community-based reintegration and reconciliation approaches and a variety of peace-building and conflict prevention/transformation practices in Africa is desired;
  • Practical knowledge on community-based reconciliation and reintegration approaches will be of added advantage;
  • Experience working with governmental and non-governmental organizations in addressing challenging problems in conflict and post conflict environments and building capacity in Africa is desired;
  • Demonstrable experience in designing, implementing, monitoring a variety of UNDP (or UN) initiatives responding to community-based reconciliation and reintegration or related peacebuilding interventions is desired;
  • Collaboration and Partnership building: Ability to engage with other UN agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships;
  • Trends and emerging areas analytics: Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design;
  • Knowledge management and communication: Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge. Ability to capture, synthesize, communicate and disseminate knowledge and information in a clear manner;
  • Global/Regional programming: Ability to adapt and replicate global best practices on community-based reintegration programming especially within the context of SPRR and UN peace building frameworks in Lake Chad Sub region.

Language Requirement

  • Fluency in English required.

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