Violent conflict has been ever-present in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It has been on an increasing trajectory over the last 30 years seeing thousands of deaths, large numbers of displaced persons and widespread damage to property. This is placing substantial pressure on social stability and human development. Protracted conflicts have resulted in weak social systems, rudimentary service delivery and civil unrest. The political economy is deeply polarized and has undermined the legitimacy of Government and confidence in public institutions. Ultimately, these challenges have reinforced a culture of violence and threatened sustainable livelihoods. Exacerbated by poor governance, these highly fragile conditions pose complex challenges to achieving broad-based development in a country with systemically low development indicators overall.
The United Nations in PNG has designed a three-year Highlands Joint Programme (HJP) for Peace and Development. This programme will pursue three objectives. These are to:
The HJP will initially target locations in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces. Activities will be implemented in Enga subsequent to available resources. In Hela, communities in five priority LLGs identified in the Road Map will be targeted. These are:
In Southern Highlands Province, Kagua-Erave, Nipa-Kutubu, and Mendi-Munihu districts have also been prioritized.
The HJP will be coordinated by UNDP. It will be delivered in close partnership with other UN agencies under the leadership of the United Nations Country Team and the UN’s Resident Coordinator. The Highlands Joint Programme is convened and implemented under overall strategic guidance from the UN Resident Coordinator through the Steering Committee and other relevant mechanisms. UNDP will be accountable for the coordination of programme activities, delivering a range of technical inputs, and reporting and administrative functions where necessary. The Programme Coordinator (Interim) will support a Programme Steering Committee which will be convened to provide strategic oversight of the HJP. To support these functions, UNDP is seeking a Programme Coordinator (Interim). This consultancy will provide limited specific inputs for a short period to allow the HJP to proceed following a range of operational and administrative disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Working directly with the HJP’s participating UN organizations (PUNO) and in close coordination with the Provincial Governments of Hela and Southern Highlands, the Programme Coordinator (Interim) will lead the field-based Programme Coordination and Management Team (PCMT). This team will facilitate the joint planning of activities, their delivery and the governance and monitoring of the overall HJP.
This consultancy will be based at the UN’s Highlands Joint Field Office in Mendi (Southern Highlands) with significant time spent in Hela province as well.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Programme Coordinator (Interim) will among other tasks, be responsible for the following as a minimum:
UNDP will provide office accommodation. The Consultant shall provide his/her own working equipment (hardware and software) except in situations where specialized equipment is required in-country (e.g. satellite phone, office printing). In such instances, this will be provided by UNDP.
– High level planning, organizational and time management skills, including flexibility, attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure to meet challenging deadlines.
– Fluency in Tok Pisin and a working knowledge of local dialects and/or languages is highly desirable.
– Analytical and problem-solving skills of a high order, including the ability to formulate recommendations and advise senior management on tackling difficult scenarios.
– Demonstrates integrity by modelling UN values and ethical standards.
– Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
– Displays sound judgement and strategic analysis.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and experience
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