Policy Research and Data Specialist
Posted on Mar 24th, 2020 in Humanitarian Aid and Development Aid
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Salary: Competitive Salary
Deadline: days, hours
Africa Borderlands Programme
Africa’s borderland regions have attracted international attention in recent years due to fresh waves of conflict linked to violent extremist organizations including Boko Haram and Al Shabab as well as ongoing crisis in the Great Lakes, Horn of Africa and the Sahel. These regions have had to deal with multiple challenges, including violent conflict, climate change, persistent poverty, marginalization, poor governance, demographic pressure and under investment in basic services and infrastructures. The challenges of borderlands can only be understood through a regional and cross border perspective: the case for approaches to development programming and planning in Africa that are more explicitly cognizant of dynamics at a regional level is becoming critical. These ‘complex conflict clusters’ and large movement of people across borders highlight not only the security risk of instability, but also the impacts of the developmental deficit in these regions. Additionally, development partners face constraints in responding to sub-regional issues and dynamics, being closely tied to developing country government partnerships. UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks are focused on national development planning as a starting point and, as a result, they are geographically bound to state borders, when the challenges and, more importantly, the solutions are increasingly regional in nature. Many challenges facing Governments require a sub-regional and cross-border response.
In response to this, UNDP has developed an Africa Borderlands Programme Project Initiation Plan (PIP). This PIP is related to the RPA 2018-2021 Outcome 3: Regional institutions sustain peace and build resilience to crises and shocks. The PIP will focus on ensuring that the Africa Borderlands Programme has operational capacities to ensure a coordinated and sustainable approach to borderlands development efforts. The programme team will be based out of UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa’s (RBA) Thematic Hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The Africa Borderlands Programme is expected to be fully operational by July 2020. To ensure effective operation and achievement of its objectives, the Africa Borderlands Programme will consist of three units, reporting to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), with the following responsibilities:
- Policy, Research and Data Unit: The PRDU will lead on policy development on borderlands for UNDP RBA and will commission research and studies to fill significant gaps in knowledge and understanding of border areas. The Unit will host a Borderlands Innovation Lab and Sahel Lab to test and deploy innovative initiatives in the borderlands areas and support their replication and scaling up. The Unit will have dedicated capacity for conducting multi-dimensional analysis, collect data and manage a platform for managing and collaborating on data and analysis. The unit is expected to produce new ideas, tools and methodologies to device solutions to the multi-dimensional challenges facing borderlands.
- Partnership and programme unit: The unit leads on the strategic positioning of the Africa Borderlands Programme and develops and implements the partnership and engagement, advocacy and resource mobilization strategies for the programme. The Unit leads on establishing partnerships with the African Union, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), International Financial Institutions (particularly World Bank and African Development Bank), the wider UN System (particularly the PBF) and key donor partners (particularly the European Union). The Unit provides substantive thematic advice on key focus areas of the Africa Borderlands Programme, including Sustaining Peace, Stabilization, Climate-Security and Youth Employment and collaborates closely with UNDP’s Global Policy Network and RBA to identify deployable technical expertise.
Reporting to the Africa Borderlands, CTA, the Policy, Research and Data Specialist will be based in the PRD-Unit responsible for the following core functions:
- Research and Innovation
- Policy Development and Advice
- Data management
- Knowledge Management
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
Research and Innovation
Policy Development and Advice
Supports knowledge management related to Policy Research, data analysis and management.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant social science, administrative science discipline, with a substantial development component is required;
Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 4: Collaborates and integrates.
Ability to persuade others to follow Level 4: Empowers individuals and teams to act independently
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 4: Creates specialist integration and strategic alignment.
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 5: Represents organization, inspires, influences and changes intractable positions.
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 4: Builds trust and creates lasting partnerships.