Peace & Development Advisor (NDjamena, CHAD)

There are a number of challenges to Chad’s peace, stability, and development, including those that can be considered internal, external, and a combination of both (transboundary) in nature. The major risks stem from volatility in neighboring countries, which could spill over into Chad. The ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic continues to have regional ramifications, as does the continued instability in Libya, Sudan, Northern Nigeria and the Sahel region. The more recent “front of de-stabilization” as a result of the activities of Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria has led not only to large population movements but also to severe economic downturn due to the border closure. Moreover, Chad’s active participation in the fight against Boko Haram has increased the risk of retaliation by Islamist extremists on Chadian territory. The group also has the potential to appeal to disenfranchised populations in Chad and to exacerbate existing regional, ethnic and religious divisions. Persisting volatility in the region has resulted in Chad currently hosting over 700,000 people in forced displacement from Sudan and CAR as well as IDPs, including the forced return of Chadians from Libya (in 2011), Darfur and Northern Nigeria. Given that Chad is approaching a period of elections, the country could witness a rise in political tensions.

Given this context, it is critical that the UN Country Team be supported with the requisite capacities to analyze, understand, and adapt to a continuously and rapidly changing context. The deployment of a Senior Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) through the Joint UNDP/DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention offers an important contribution in this regard. Working under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Resident Coordinator, and in close collaboration with UN Headquarters, the Senior PDA will play an important role in ensuring the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team are supported with the requisite analytical and strategic capacities needed in such a complex context and, importantly, build on such analysis to support the UN Country Team and national stakeholders develop effective responses that help to mediate, resolve, and transform ongoing conflicts and tensions at sub-national and national levels, including those with regional dimensions. The Senior PDA will, moreover, help support relevant ministries, other national institutions, associations, municipalities and civil society to advance a conflict transformation system at local and national levels and ensure that informal mechanisms for dialogue and dispute settlement, including mediation, are also available to local communities.  The PDA will provide guidance to UNCT in the context of UNDAF and joint programming in close coordination with UNDP and DPA because of its focus on governance to promote a conflict-sensitive approach in different programme interventions. The Senior PDA will also be responsible for pursuing partnerships with key national and international partners on issues relating to peace and development, including supporting high-level discourse pertaining to mediation, dialogue, and early warning/ early response. Recognizing the cross-border nature of many of the threats to Chad’s peace and stability in the immediate and medium term, the Senior PDA will work in close collaboration with UNDP Country Offices in the sub-region, as well as UN country teams (UNCTs), the PDAs in the region, the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), DPA and UNDP at Headquarters. He/she will also liaise with senior government officials, multi-lateral and bilateral donors, the private sector, traditional, religious and women’s organizations, other civil society organizations and political leaders.

Required Skills and Experience
·        Master’s Degree (BAC+5) in social sciences, conflict resolution, international relations, or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in conflict analysis, policy, and strategy development, in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
  • Experience and specialist knowledge in building national capacities in good governance and building national reconciliation;
  • Extensive experience in research and project development, preferably in the area of peacebuilding; national reconciliation or governance;
  • A proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience with senior officials of government or the United Nations;
  • Sound skills and demonstrated experience in processes and negotiation;
  • Work experience in the United Nations and in the region will be considered an asset.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and French;
  • Knowledge of Arabic will be an asset.
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