Joint Project Associate (Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future in Kosovo)
|Location :||Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo, UNSCR 1244 (1999)|
|Application Deadline :||07-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-3|
|Languages Required :|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months with possibility of extension|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months with possibility of extension|
|The “Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future in Kosovo” (EYPPSFK) project, funded by the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund, is an 18-month joint initiative implemented by UNDP-UNV, UNICEF and UN Women, under the strategic guidance of the UN Development Coordinator in Kosovo, that will directly engage positive influencers of a shared future, namely young women and men from communities divided by perpetuation of conflict dynamics, who have been under-represented in leadership to work together on issues of shared interest and concern and become more active changemakers who will catalyze peace and trust-building efforts in Kosovo.|
Building upon the success of existing youth-led initiatives in Kosovo supported by United Nations and its partners, this project is also an effort to catalyze the United Nations trust-building framework for Kosovo. In doing so, the project will focus on establishing and consolidating a “habit” of cooperation, providing empirical challenge to divisive narratives. The project is time-sensitive, targeting the rising dissatisfaction, frustration and anxiety that results from stalled political process and a noted increase in community-level distrust in public institutions in both majority and non-majority communities. Moreover, the project is innovative and human-centered because it focuses on direct community mobilization and facilitated cooperation between people and institutions. Its modular design allows for easy scale-up, and where appropriate replication across different geographical target areas. Finally, the project will be catalytic, because it results in the participants themselves being empowered as advocates for positive change, embedded at community level.
The project theory of change is that if young women and men can be brought together to work jointly on issues of shared concern and implement their efforts in cooperation with the institutions of service delivery, and if their capacity and influence to be more active changemakers, in particular that of young women, can be enhanced, then persistent prejudices between communities and mistrust between communities and the institutions will be challenged and diminished by empirical observation, and those young women and men will become effective advocates for a shared future.
The outcome of this project will be that the influence of conflict narratives and prejudice has decreased through improved social cohesion resulting from local populations working together and with local institutions on contemporary issues of shared interest to jointly develop solutions for a common future.
The joint project will implement activities under three core outputs:
Output 1: Young women and men from communities polarized in the current political environment have established the practice of jointly addressing issues of shared interest and concern.
Output 2: Trust in public institutions/service providers and confidence in gaining employment opportunities has improved through direct engagement based on responsive, transparent and participatory interaction.
Output 3: Leadership capacity and influence of women and young girls to engage in peacebuilding has been increased.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Under the direct supervision of the Joint Project Coordinator of the EYPPSFK joint project, and in close cooperation with the participating UN Agencies, the Joint Project Associate will execute duties and responsibilities outlined below:|
Execution and compliance of administrative, logistics and finance activities in line with the UN rules, regulations, policies and strategies is ensured:
Impact of Results
Required Skills and Experience
|UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.|
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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