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Borderlands Programme Specialist

Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Policy, Research and Data Unit: The PRDU will lead on policy development on Borderlands for UNDP Africa 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.
Programme Support Unit: The Programme Support Unit will provide technical support to project formulation, project monitoring and assurance regimes, and resource mobilization efforts. The unit will provide advice and training to Country Offices on integration and operationalization of cross-border programming in their portfolios, as well as ad hoc support to the resolution of programme design and operational issues negatively affecting delivery rates.
Partnership and Thematic Advisory Unit: The Partnership and Thematic Advisory Unit leads on the strategic positioning of the 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, 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 Borderlands Programme, including Sustaining Peace, Stabilization, Climate-Security and Youth Employment and collaborates closely with UNDP’s Global Policy Network and Regional Bureau for Africa to identify deployable technical expertise.


Partnerships & Representation:
  • Develop and implement a partnership and advocacy strategy for the Africa Borderlands Programme and ensure the articulation of UNDP’s value proposition to and support UNDP strategic positioning with partners;
  • Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN entities, particularly the UN Peacebuilding Fund, DPPA, DPO, ECA, DCO and AFP partners;
  • Represent the Africa Borderlands Programme in technical level UN interagency coordination as well as other fora with the aim to advance UNDP’s Africa Borderlands Strategy;
  • Establish partnerships with the African Union and Regional Economic Communities in Africa, monitor AU/REC priorities and policies and identify opportunities for country-level and regional collaboration on Borderlands programming;
  • Facilitate and maintain a close engagement between the Borderlands Programme and key multi-lateral and bilateral International Financial Institutions, particularly the World Bank and the African Development Bank, including ensuring UNDP Africa Borderlands engagement with the IDA 19 FCV Strategy;
  • Promote close UNDP internal coordination and collaboration between the Africa Borderlands Programme and the Regional Bureau for Africa and its regional and country-level presence, the Global Policy Network and the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy;
  • Support the Chief Technical Advisor of the Borderlands Programme with the development of a resource mobilization strategy for the Borderlands Programme, including annual action plans and put in place systems to monitor and oversee commitments/pledges and grants that have been provided to support the Programme;
  • Explore opportunities for partnerships with established and emerging donors and monitor global trends in developed cooperation and resource partner development policies and priorities, particularly with the European Union;
  • Facilitate the building of strategic alliances and partnerships with key think tanks, academia and civil society organizations in partnership with the Africa Borderland’s Policy, Research and Data Unit.
  • Substantive Technical Advisory:
  • Provide substantive thematic support to UNDP and Government partners in the areas of Sustaining Peace, Stabilization, Climate-Security and Youth Employment, collaborating closely with UNDP’s Global Policy Network and Regional Bureau for Africa to identify deployable substantive technical expertise;
  • Provide substantive capacity building and backstopping to UNDP implemented cross-border or sub-regional projects;
  • Promote a close collaboration between the Partnership and Technical Advisory Unit and the Policy, Research and Data unit to ensure that thematic technical advice is based on the latest research and to inform ongoing research through feedback from programming;
  • Ensure that the substantive technical advice provided is gender-responsive and takes into consideration the specific needs of vulnerable groups including youths and people with disabilities.
  • Communications & Innovation:
  • Oversee a communications strategy for the Unit including website, relevant social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook);
  • Supports knowledge building and management led by the Policy, Research and Data Unit and promote innovation and knowledge transfer within the Borderlands Programme;
  • Ensure effective provision of communication services for the Borderlands Programme and to UNDP implemented cross-border projects across Africa;
  • Provide substantive contributions to UNDP knowledge networks and communities of practice, particularly the UNDP Communities of Practice on Crisis Prevention and Resilience and on Governance;
Support cross-regional and Africa-wide exchange of knowledge by collaborating with teams in HQ, Regional Hub.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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