Candidates are sought in the following areas of specialization:
- Design and conduct of mediation, facilitation and dialogue processes;
- Security arrangements (including ceasefires, DDR & SSR);
- Gender and inclusion;
- Natural resources.
The UN Department of Political Affairs, through its Policy and Mediation Division, maintains a Mediation Support Unit (MSU) which provides support to senior UN envoys and partners engaged in mediation and peacemaking efforts, and serves as a repository for expertise and knowledge in this field. The Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers (SBT), managed by MSU, consists of experienced mediation practitioners who can be deployed within 72 hours to support the conflict prevention, good offices, and mediation efforts of senior envoys and representatives of the UN and its partners.
DPA’s goal is to establish a team of advisers with significant mediation experience and a wide range of regional knowledge, technical skills and language abilities. All applicants are expected to have some mediation process design skills, and are expected to demonstrate competence in mainstreaming gender into their work. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Speakers of Arabic and/or French are also strongly encouraged to apply.
Interviews with short-listed candidates are expected to take place in October 2018, although the date may shift. The exact composition of the team will be defined depending on the requirements of the United Nations at the time of recruitment.
Expert positions on the Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers are full-time appointments; experts are home-based and deploy to the field on short notice, as needed. Members of the 2019 Standby Team are expected to take up their functions in late January 2019.
The deadline for all applications is Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at 18:00 Eastern Daylight Time Midnight Central European Time.
Applicants should take note that positions on the Standby Team are consultancies, not UN staff positions.
Read more on UN Peacemaker website here
- More information on the work of the Mediation Support Unit can be found here.
- More information on the 2018 Standby Team can be found here.