Job Opening

Posting Title: Individual Contractor on Regional stakeholder mapping and engagement for East and southern Africa
Department/Office: Office of Counter-Terrorism
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 02 June 2022 - 12 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Office of Counter-Terrorism-181557-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Support provided to the UNOCT Human Rights Unit, notably on the project "Training and Capacity Building of Law Enforcement Officials on Human Rights, the Rule of Law and the Prevention of Terrorism"

Work Location


Expected duration

42 days over two months with a possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background Info – Job Specific

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017 (A/RES/71/291). The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact Task Force (former CTITF) entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.

The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (the Strategy) (A/RES/60/288) was adopted by Member States on 8 September 2006. The Strategy is the cornerstone of a global multilateral response to terrorism, offering a comprehensive, integrated and preventive approach to countering terrorism under four Pillars. The four pillars of the Strategy span the whole spectrum of measures through which the international community can prevent and combat terrorism and protect the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.


This individual contractor (IC) assignment is home-based with reporting to the UNOCT Programme Office in Nairobi. Under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Strategic Coordination Section, the IC will report directly to the Head of the UNOCT Programme Office in Nairobi.

The specific deliverables for this consultancy include the following:

• Mapping, by country and thematic, of international and local CT/PCVE actors in eastern and southern Africa, including civil society.
Timeline: by the end of month 1 have completed a draft stakeholder mapping exercise for 20 countries in East and southern Africa.
• Development of a plan for stakeholder engagement, including supporting briefing materials.
Timeline: by the end of month 2 have completed a plan for UNOCT stakeholder engagement for the region, and finalized the stakeholder maps for 20 countries.
• Support, if required, with preparing for and convening stakeholder meetings, and consolidating feedback and perspectives gathered.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to complete in-depth studies and analysis of global policy issues relevant to all major pillars of work of the United Nations. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of counter-terrorism analysis; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in international relations, political or social science, development studies or other directly relevant field. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive practical experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of five years experience in synthesizing large volumes of information into concise and professional reports, briefs and other written products is required. Ability to triangulate information to ensure accuracy is required. Proven ability to meet short deadlines and work autonomously is required. Knowledge of the United Nations system, East Africa and/or southern Africa, and peace and security, specifically counter-terrorism and violent extremism, is highly desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. The ability to work in French is desirable.

Additional Information

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Candidates should list all work experience and diplomas in the relevant part of the application. Work experience and diplomas only mentioned in the cover letter will not be considered for screening purposes. Statements must include concrete start and end dates, detailed description of tasks and achievements and whether the experience was obtained in full-time or part-time. Candidates should note that eligibility and fees will be decided based on their submitted application only. There is no option to revise an application after submission.

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