Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion Adviser – UNICEF


Job Description

Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion Adviser, NO-D, Temporary Appointment, (364 days), Khartoum Sudan

Job no:537793
Contract type:Temporary Appointment
Categories:Communication / External Relations, NO-4, UN and Multilateral Affairs
Advertised:01/02/2021 E.Africa Standard Time
Deadline:13/02/2021 E.Africa Standard Time

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Hope

Sudan is surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan. Positioned next to East, West, and North Africa, it is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high, and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states. 

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Leads and coordinates the development of the UNICEF Sudan social cohesion and peacebuilding programme portfolio. 
2. Supports the development of the joint mechanism between UNITAMS and UNCT (particular focus on the Two Areas and Darfur). 
3. Establish and lead a high-level technical coordination group to guide UNITAMS and other UNCT members on the delivery of an evidence-based conflict sensitive programme design across the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus.
4. Identifies conflict-sensitive and equitable programmatic opportunities, helps the UNCT to increase its peacebuilding portfolio, and continue transition from predominantly humanitarian programming to a broader mix of humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding activities.
5. Produces analytical, background, and program concept notes and proposals for UNICEF.
6. Monitor developments and engagement opportunities of relevance to the Country Representative’s role and to UNICEF ’s mandate and objectives, and recommend opportunities to priorities and to pursue to promote peacebuilding objectives and inform UNICEF decision-making as well as collaboration with the UNCT and TGoS.
7. Anticipate, assess and account for political and reputational risks associated with contested or divergent substantive and/or technical issues.
8. Provide advice to the Country Representative and support the UNCT’s coordination of institutional responses to emergency, high priority, or other sensitive issues.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or higher) in international relations, social sciences, peace-building, development or related area is required.
  • A minimum of eight years or more of progressively responsible experience in the humanitarian and development sector in the INGOs, international organizations, and in senior government positions.
    Field experience or related professional experience in at the international level is required.
    Experience in collaboration and designing interventions with Member States, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes or comparable international organization is also required.
  • Fluency in English and at least oral Arabic is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Analyzing (2)
  • Planning and Organizing (3)

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

No Fees:


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