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Background

The post-election crisis in Côte d'Ivoire with its corollary of deaths estimated at more than 3000 according to the government, 63,729 internally displaced persons (IDPs), 69,591 refugees (OCHA, February 2012), has resulted in looting and destruction of public and private properties; it has undermined the fundamentals of the economy, disrupted the functioning of the public administration and has exacerbated the political and social tensions and tensions within communities, already latent since several years . At the social and economical level, the majority of the population continues to suffer from the disintegration of the national and local economy. Each day it sinks further into poverty which rate rose from 38.4% in 2002 to 48.94% in 2008, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
More than a year after the post-election crisis, the country faces many challenges as it endeavours to drive the reconstruction and post-crisis recovery process and pursue its national development agenda. Some of these include: security, demobilization, reintegration, social cohesion and national reconciliation, economic recovery, the humanitarian situation in the west and poverty. The international community and development partners have been committed to supporting the Government in addressing these challenges.
The efforts of the Ivorian government to merge the national defense forces and stabilize the security situation have also yielded some results, but the overall situation remains fragile. The threat of insecurity is still a major concern throughout the country. Abidjan and Western Cote d'Ivoire are areas of special concern where recently, a number of significant security incidents took place involving armed elements as well as clashes between armed civilians. The Government has initiated a comprehensive Security Sector Reform (SSR) strategy, but one of the major challenges in Cote d'Ivoire is DDR. This is one of the flaws singled out by observers following the recent attacks. On 8 August 2012, the National Security Council (Conseil National de Sécurité - CNS) and a new DDR national agency (Authorité pour le DDR - ADDR) had been created by presidential decree. The ADDR replace the various agencies that were previously in charge of DDR issues.
The DDR process in Côte d'Ivoire is now based on the “Lettre de Politique DDR” which expounds the general intents and orientations of the new DDR vision. This incorporates many elements of the former DDR process and some new elements such as the extension of the programme to benefit the community level. However, the community level emphasis is still very oriented towards the reintegration of individual ex-combatants consisting of a larger group of beneficiaries than previously defined, with unclear selection criteria.
There is an urgent need for the Government and the ADDR to “translate” the Lettre de Politique DDR into a concrete strategy of intervention, with a developed and detailed Plan of Operations to cover the different phases of the process, in line with the other National Development Plan (NDP). This plan of operations for DDR needs to link to the SSR process, especially in term of “integrating” the demobilized targeted groups in the new national security format.
It is in this context of post-crisis recovery that the UNDP supports the government by focusing particularly on the revitalization of the economic activities at the local level, poverty reduction, local and national capacities building in planning, economic development, good governance, reconciliation and the social cohesion, areas in which the UNDP Côte d'Ivoire has invested and in which it has a well-known comparative advantage. Taking advantage of the community rehabilitation, UNDP will support the ADDR by contributing to the social, economic and political reintegration of the former combatants and vulnerable groups.
Under the authority of UNDP Resident Representative/Resident Coordinator and the supervision of the Country Director and the Deputy Country Director for Programme, the Senior Reintegration Technical Advisor will work in straight collaboration with the Senior CPR Advisor and the Poverty Unit Chief in order to enable UNDP to support to ADDR for the translation of the “Lettre de Politique DDR” into a national DDR strategy and action plan, with focus on sustainable reintegration and in close co-ordination with UNOCI DDR team and other development partners. He/Her will be posted at ADDR

Duties and Responsibilities

Policy advice and strategic technical guidance on the DDR process, with focus on sustainable reintegration
  • In collaboration with the ADDR as well as UNDP the Country Office programme, external partners and stakeholders, including the national counterpart, local authorities, bilateral partners, World Bank European Union, and CSOs, identify entry points and develop concrete strategies and activities for strengthening reintegration through community recovery, and community security;
  • In collaboration with the ADDR and under the leadership of the Reintegration Team Leader, assist in working out transitional strategy from the short-term support of the ADDR reintegration process to medium and long term development support within a broad framework of inclusive community-based recovery process;
  • Support the UN presence in developing a cross UN strategy and approach regarding its engagement in DDR including addressing division of labour issues. (BCPR-DDR with UNOCI DDR), and participate in the various workshops on DDR/SSR for the formulation of the criteria and procedures for the reintegration of the former combatants through community recovery support.
Programme Planning and building strategic partnerships
  • Establish the action plan, including activities, targets, budget, standards for measuring progress and results and determine the processes, tools and methodologies to be used to ensure effective and efficient programme implementation and operations. Monitor progress and identify risks for timely action and early resolution.
  • Provide authoritative advice and technical guidance on DDR programme implementation and delivery. Initiate strategic discussions and contribute to senior level government debate to advocate and promote organizational issues, and agenda. Advise ADDR and UNDP senior managements on the direction, strategies and technical issues of the programme.
  • Maintain dialogue with partners and stakeholders to advocate, promote and advance organizational issues, priorities, interests and competencies for a successful programme planning and implementation.
  • Contribute to the development of a strategy and plan of action for resource mobilization to achieve optimum interests and funding.
  • Contribute to any task that can be assigned by ADDR in consultation with UNDP CO related to reintegration

The key results of the Senior Reintegration Technical Advisor must have an impact on the national reintegration

Competencies

Skills related to the organization:
  • Show integrity by putting forward the values and morals of the United Nations
  • Show flexibility and adaptation to differences related to culture, gender, religion, race, nationality and age.
 
Skills related to the function:
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Good knowledge of the country and/or region of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions, and their relation to the main engines of instability and conflict.
  • Sound knowledge and exposure to a wide range of post-conflict, peacebuilding, good governance, human rights and development-related issues.
  • Ability  to lead strategic planning, and results-based management.
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
  • Ability to advocate and provide timely policy advice.
  • Ability to identify issues and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability  to  establish  and maintain  contacts with  senior-level  officials  of  the  host  government required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are essential part of the job.  Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, for effective advocacy and influence on policy makers.
  • Ability  to  perform  a  variety  of  specialized  tasks  related  to  Results-Based  Management, including  support  to  design,  planning  and  implementation  of  programme.
  • Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to reintegration, recovery and development issues, peace and security and sound knowledge of the institutions of the UN system.
  • Ability to analyze is required to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents. 
  • Ability to develop a strategic planning, the management based on achievement and reporting
  • Ability to formulate, implement and ensure the monitoring and the evaluation of projects / programs of development and resources mobilization
Management and leadership
  • Develop strong relationships with customers, focus on results for the customer, respond positively to the feedback
  • Develop a work approach with energy and a positive and constructive attitude. Ability to implement new systems and have a positive impact on the change of the staff attitude
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style.
  • Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines.
  • Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications.
  • Very good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations.
  • Very strong leadership capacities to work in a multi-cultural team in difficult circumstances. Demonstrates openness to the change of ability to manage complex situations.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • An advanced university degree in any of the following: Economics, political science, sociology, international relations, public administration, development studies or other relevant fields
Experience:
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience, including working directly in post-conflict environments;
  • Demonstrated practical experience in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration at the senior management level is essential;
  • Solid experience in the design and implementation of successful DDR programme
  • Proven capacity for technical and advisory function at a senior level at government or the UN agencies and in a complex transitional and politically sensitive environment
  • Having worked in West Africa is an advantage
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
 
Technical Proposal:
  • Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct
  • Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references
Financial:
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).  
 
For further information please contact: procurement.ci@undp.org

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