Social Cohesion and Peace-building Specialist – UNICEF


Job Description

Social Cohesion and Peace-building Specialist, P3, TA, Khartoum, Sudan, (364 days), Req. # 540206

Job no:540206
Contract type:Temporary Appointment
Categories:Communication for Development (C4D)
Advertised:30/05/2021 E.Africa Standard Time
Deadline:13/06/2021 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. Supports the development of the UNICEF Sudan social cohesion and peacebuilding programme portfolio including in the development of the joint mechanism between UNITAMS and UNCT (particular focus on the Two Areas and Darfur.)
  2. Supports the implementation of capacity building activities, most notably on peace building and conflict sensitivity with UNICEF staff and partners to mitigate conflict drivers and to strengthen social-cohesion and conflict sensitive programming.
  3. Guides and supports sectoral teams, Field Offices, the humanitarian team as well as Planning Monitoring and Evaluation in the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on peacebuilding initiatives. This includes specific support to the Peacebuilding Fund programme (PBF) initiative and EU funded IcSP initiative in eight States.
  4. Liaises with UNICEF’s regional and HQ team to identify and support best practice examples of strengthening social cohesion across the sectors of education, health, WASH, child protection, adolescent participation, early childhood development, C4D and nutrition.
  5. Provide technical guidance to the Field Operations and Emergency section in developing a comprehensive multi-hazard risk informed programming analyses by mapping the causal relationship between conflict, climate change, natural hazards and man-made exigencies and by creating UNICEF appropriate and related risk mitigation strategies.
  6. Promotes programming, with and for, adolescents in peacebuilding including in line with UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative (GYPI).
  7. Produces analytical, background, and program concept notes and proposals for UNICEF
  8. Provides inputs to inter-agency integrated strategy documents and response plans geared towards creating social cohesion and promoting peace in Sudan.
  9. Working collaboratively with the Peace Building and Social Cohesion Adviser provide technical assistance 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…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in international relations, social sciences, peace-building, development or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted, in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of Five years of relevant professional experience in the humanitarian and development sector in NGOs or international organizations. Field or related area experience at the international level is required in peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction, peacebuilding or the triple nexus (humanitarian, development and peace).
  • Experience in collaboration and designing interventions with Member States, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes or comparable international organization.
  • Experience in the community based interventions.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English as well as knowledge of Arabic 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.

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (3)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (3)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)

Functional Competencies

  • 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.

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