International Consultant -Strengthening the Integration of Conflict Sensitivity in census Operations

  • Level: Consultant
  • Contract Type: Consultancy
  • Closing date: 26 Feb 2016 10:00 AM (Asia/Bangkok)
  • Duty station: Yangon, Myanmar

Duty Station: Yangon with travel to Nay Pyi Taw and possibly other States and Regions.

 

Closing Date: 26 February 2016 (5:00pm) BKK time

UNFPA wishes to enlist the services of an international consultant with experience in conflict sensitivity, peace and security to ensure that political risks, sensitivities and mitigation measures continue to be integrated and addressed in all aspects of ongoing census work.

The 2014 Population and Housing Census conducted enumeration in April 2014 after more than 30 years without a Census. Main results from the Census were released on the 29th of May 2015, in-print and on-line.

Building trust in the census process and capacity to use the data are a priority focus of UNFPA’s peace and conflict sensitivity efforts. Awareness and capacity building strategies have been guided by recommendations emanating from consultations held in States and Regions of the country by a team of national and international experts. In the next phase of the census project, UNFPA must take into account a range of channels and modalities to disseminate results as part of efforts to build understanding and capacity to use census results. Among these are plans to capitalise on the momentum and networks of engaged CSOs and communities that UNFPA has already established across the country, with the end goal of increasing capacity to use census results for development.

Conflict-sensitivity analysis will be an important aspect in identifying the most effective and locally appropriate modalities to engage local government, civil society and other stakeholders in the dissemination and use of results. Other phases that will require the engagement of an international conflict sensitivity expert include the integration of conflict sensitivity in the preparation of the thematic reports, the analysis of possible entry points to build ownership of census data by local communities in their development, and situational analysis in relation to the release of remaining data. 

Scope of work

1. Based on conflict sensitivity work undertaken to date, provide analysis to further assess and identify current, new and changing risks, opportunities, concerns and sensitivities in relation to ongoing reporting, release and dissemination of census data. This is to be informed by consultations with key stakeholders;
2. Revise and update, with assigned national UNFPA personnel, the risk mitigation matrix and develop scenarios for specific evolving sensitivities;
3. Maintain regular engagements with and further identify a critical mass of actors familiar with the sensitivities and social dynamics on Myanmar in the current context of political reform and peace processes; these will include a broad range of stakeholders and interest groups from civil society, donors, academia, government ministries, local administration, religious groups, politicians, policy makers, and other identified relevant stakeholders;
4. Undertake, together with relevant UNFPA personnel, consultations to identify actions that address concerns and opportunities that could emanate from census data and to incorporate these in the dissemination strategy. While taking into consideration the context of ongoing political reforms, the peace process, as well as communities that could be most affected by the census;
5. In consultation with the census coordinator support sensitisation and awareness raising activities together with UNFPA personnel, partner organisations, Government departments, and local level administration;
6. Attend and contribute to workshops and meetings with data-users, peer reviewers, development partners’ and conflict advisers;
7. Coordinate and work closely with the relevant UNFPA personnel and the UNFPA census programme coordinator;
Expected Deliverables
- Provide a conflict sensitivity update document with the following inclusions: 1) document significant and/or relevant changes in the context (factors, actors, dynamics); 2) detail potential positive or negative consequences to the census as a result of any identified changes; 3) in light of such consequences, provide strategic recommendations and suggested actions to the census programme so as to minimise risks and maximise positive impact.
- Deliver an updated scenario planning and risk mitigation matrix.
- Provide regular updates to UNFPA on political and conflict sensitive analysis relevant to census operations;
- Document notes to file on all consultations and meetings held and provide contact details;

Qualifications and Experience Required

- Advanced university degree in Political Science, Sociology, Peace Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Conflict sensitivity or related;
- Five to ten years of professional experience in the field of social and political analysis including conflict sensitivity, inter-faith work, peace process, social cohesion, local development, community level facilitation and consultation;
- Strong understanding and experience in working with diversity, with strong demonstrated knowledge of and experience with ethnic, socio-cultural, political and historical context, in conflict and post-conflict countries;
- Knowledge and experience working in Myanmar on issues of conflict sensitivity, community level consultation;
- Excellent communication and facilitation skills and fluency in written and spoken English;
- Strong analytical skills;
- Dedication and belief in upholding the highest ethical standards and respect for differences, privacy and confidentiality;
- Adaptability and ability to work with people from different socio-cultural backgrounds and across different managerial levels;
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Remuneration, Estimated total working days and consultancy period

**The assignment covers a paternity leave. The assignment is immediate, latest from the 7th March to 6th May, 2016, for up to 20 days per month.

Payment will be made on a monthly basis. When required, DSA and travel allowances will be paid for field visits outside of Yangon.
Terms and conditions will be in accordance with UN service contract procedures. Remuneration will be based on years of work experience in the area of conflict sensitivity and standard rates for UN consultancy.

Supervision and Working Arrangement

The consultant will work under the overall guidance of the Representative of UNFPA, with close coordination, guidance and support from the census coordinator in Yangon and the Chief Technical Adviser in Nay Pyi Taw. The consultant will work in close collaboration with the national conflict sensitivity adviser and the Department of Population. The consultant is expected to maintain links with relevant government ministries, national institutions and the international development community as needed.

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should submit their application with motivation letter and a updated CV and UN P11 Form, relevant education certificates and the names and contact information of three references.

Here is the link to get the UN P11 form: /resources/p11-un-personal-history-form

Applications should be addressed to UNFPA Representative. Attention: International Operations Manager, Room A07, UNFPA, No.6, Natmauk Road, Yangon.

Email: myanmar.office@unfpa.org

For further details, please refer the attached detailed VAs and also at UNFPA website (http://myanmar.unfpa.org).
Only those candidates in who meet all qualifications and experience will be contacted for further consideration.

 

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