Output lead – Social Cohesion

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    $64,121 - $85,921 / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    6 months ago
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    Social and Inclusive Development
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UNDP is working rapidly to respond to the crisis in Libya by undertaking projects to help stabilize the country and instill trust and confidence amongst communities, and between communities and the government. The UNDP Libya Country Office (CO) has made strong commitments to international donors and its Libyan counterparts to help restore and improve public services; enhance the effectiveness and reach of existing public institutions; expand civic engagement and participation in political and development processes; increase economic opportunities in a more diversified economy; strengthen social cohesion, reconciliation and transitional justice initiatives; and contribute to stability throughout the country to ensure development gains.

“Strengthening Local Capacities for Resilience and Recovery” (SLCRR) is a multi-year and multi- phase action funded by the EU aiming at supporting local authorities in Libya to respond to the many conflict and human mobility induced challenges that impact negatively people’s access to essential services, sustainable livelihoods, social cohesion and community security.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improving the living conditions and resilience of vulnerable populations (including migrants, refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities) in selected municipalities and communities across Libya.

The project is built around three specific objectives:

  1. Strengthening responsiveness of local institutions in delivering essential public services to crisis-affected populations and in leading recovery processes;
  2. Enhancing communities and local stakeholders’ capacity to improve social cohesion and community security;
  3. Strengthening economic opportunities for youth and vulnerable groups (including women) through inclusive and participatory local economic recovery.

As part of the new are-based Local Peacebuilding and Resilience efforts, social cohesion interventions are expected to further expand in the South and East of Libya.

The project encompasses large and complex project implementation arrangements, and it requires additional support to kick-start/implement activities as well as expand partnership/engagements with implementing partners.

Position Purpose

Under the overall supervision of the  Project Manager, the Output Lead –Social Cohesion will support the management of the social cohesion output, including by developing and implementing strategies, plans and activities, developing and maintaining partnerships and knowledge management.
Duties and Responsibilities
In this section list up to five primary functions/accountabilities of the position (Typically one sentence each) and examples of duties that must be performed to successfully accomplish key responsibilities:

1)  Facilitates identification and implementation of strategies and activities on social cohesion and peacebuilding by carrying out the following tasks:

  • Contribute to design of programme strategies to guide the project work on social cohesion/peacebuilding/conflict prevention/mediation in line with the local context in target areas.
  • Ensure synergies of the activities under the Social Cohesion Output with other UNDP programmes in order to optimize positive impact of UNDP’s interventions;
  • Provide technical advice to implementation partners to ensure their activities are in line with the planned objectives of UNDP.
  • Develop detailed annual work plans for the Social Cohesion Output, including assurance plans in accordance with UNDP’s rules and regulations.

2)  Supports day-to-day management of Social Cohesion Output in line with the results-based-management approach and the Programme Operations, Policies and Procedures (POPP) guidelines through the following tasks:

  • Coordinate processes to sub-contract responsible parties/implementing partners for implementation of the output activities, including by designing TORs, Request for Proposals, capacity assessment of parties, evaluation of bids, preparation of procurement packages and issuing of contracts.
  • Day-to-day monitoring to ensure the project activities are implemented in line with the planned schedule and agreed targets.
  • Keep regular track of budget, expenditures, and balances to identify any financial issues and address them in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with the M&E staff to set-up a system to gather, collate and analyze data.
  • Provide inputs for result-oriented progress reports, information materials, and publications on the output activities in line with UNDP and donor requirements.

3)  Contribute to facilitating partnerships with key actors, including government counterparts, civil society, and academia, for successful implementation of the Social Cohesion Output, policy advocacy and resource mobilization:

  • Analyze donor priorities to identify resource mobilization opportunities for social cohesion and peacebuilding and prepare substantive concept notes and project proposals as required.
  •  Establish and maintains partnerships with relevant actors at the national and international level as well as national and international organizations to build synergies and achieve greater impact of the UNDP interventions.
  • Participate in UNDP and UN wide task forces and working groups on cross-cutting themes as requested.

4)  Lead the coordination of the Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Platform to be set up by UNDP and any other tasks as required by the Project Manager.

5)  Knowledge Management and Innovation:

  • In partnership with the Communication Teams, contribute to producing knowledge management and comms/visibility products.
  • Ensure comprehensive documentation, reporting of the implementation of social cohesion strategies in the identified municipalities.
  • Capture and adequately communicate lessons learned on social cohesion and peacebuilding
Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: N/A
  • Core Competencies:

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: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with 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 and  Technical Competencies:

Business Direction & Strategy – Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.

Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.

Business Development – Knowledge Creation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.

Business Management-Results Based Management : Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Business Management – Risk Management : Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks.

Partnership Management – Strategic Engagement: Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level vision and objectives.

Business Direction & 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 Management-Portfolio Management: Ability to select, prioritize and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimizing return on investment.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in peacebuilding, social cohesion, conflict prevention, social sciences, political sciences, international development or other related fields.
  • or
  • Bachelor’s degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying work experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the Master’s degree.
  • 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) of prior working experience in design and implementation of social cohesion/peacebuilding/conflict prevention projects/programmes is required.
  • 2 years’ experience in similar functions in crisis and post-conflict environment is an asset.
  • Past experience with UN/UNDP Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding guidance and implementation methods is an asset.
  • Experience and knowledge of development and peacebuilding issues and challenges in the MENA Region is an asset.
  • Experience of mainstreaming gender into project implementation is an asset.


  • Proficiency in oral and written English Language is required.
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