Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant for External Partnership Academia
Department/Office: Office of Counter-Terrorism
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 02 November 2022 - 16 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Office of Counter-Terrorism-193533-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The work of the consultant would help in preparing strategic guidance and technical material on academia, think tanks, and research institutions, partnerships in CT/PVE-related areas, and it will contribute to fostering a common understanding of current trends, opportunities and challenges faced in cultivating partnerships with academia, think tanks, and research institutions which are critical actors in addressing and prevention of terrorism and violent extremism.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

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 Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact 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 Office’s Special Projects and Innovation Branch’s External Partnerships Sections (EPS) is responsible for forging partnerships with academia, the private sector, civil society organizations, regional and sub-regional organizations, and all other relevant stakeholders to implement a “whole-of-society” approach to CT and P/CVE initiatives.

There is a growing recognition of the important academia’s contribution in preventing terrorism and a strong demand from various public and private sector actors for greater understanding of their role and ways to complement governmental counter-terrorism actions. This includes an understanding of the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, especially the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 75/291 which stresses the importance of the role of educational institutions among other stakeholders in the efforts to enhance dialogue and broaden understanding, in promoting pluralism, tolerance and coexistence and in fostering an environment which is not conducive to incitement of terrorism, as well as in countering terrorist narratives.

This consultancy is to provide an expert advice on development of strategy and partnerships with academia, think tanks, and research institutions, and on coordination, engagement, and mainstreaming activities with academia, think tanks, and research institutions to implement a “whole-of-society" approach to CT and P/CVE initiatives.

Result of Service

The work of the consultant would help in preparing strategic guidance and technical material on academia, think tanks, and research institutions, partnerships in CT/PVE-related areas, and it will contribute to fostering a common understanding of current trends, opportunities and challenges faced in cultivating partnerships with academia, think tanks, and research institutions which are critical actors in addressing and prevention of terrorism and violent extremism.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Chief of EPS, the consultant would undertake the following responsibilities:
• Provide expertise and knowledge on best practices related to building partnerships with geographically diverse academia, think tanks, and research institutions in CT/PVE area, including on mainstreaming of academic engagement;
• Provide strategic guidance and support to UNOCT programmes and field offices to value collaborations with academia, think tanks, and research institutions in CT/PVE area in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their initiatives, and to ensure those initiatives are relevant, sustainable and context-specific;
• Provide substantive inputs for the preparation of project documents, strategies, implementation plans, reports, newsletters, and other related written outputs relevant to the Office’s engagement with academia, think tanks, and research institutions, as requested.

More specifically, it is expected from the consultant that she/he would:
• Contribute to strategies, frameworks, training, and tools on mainstreaming of effective engagement and partnerships with academia, think tanks, and research institutions across UNOCT and other materials through the provision of expertise, technical inputs and advice on key strategic issues, growing trends and opportunities;
• Offer advice and technical expertise on risks and mitigation measures, due diligence and verification of academia, think tanks, and research institutions, and conduct wider outreach to geographically diverse academic partners;
• Provide expert guidance in developing and operationalizing modules and training materials including relevant communities of practice on UNOCT’s Connect & Learn Platform;
• Manage, update, mainstream, and enhance a database of information relating to academia, think tanks, and research institutions, relevant to the development and maintenance of partnerships as well as identify expertise when required, including in response to specific calls for research or expertise;
• Provide strategic advice and assume a leading role towards organization and facilitation of events and sessions with academia, think tanks, and research institutions; contribute towards advancing and facilitating new partnerships, through the provision of technical inputs, guidance and advice on key themes, priorities, action points and approaches.

Qualifications/special skills

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a social science discipline such as international relations, public policy, political science, law, business administration, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of experience in developing and advising on partnerships, including with academia, think tanks, and research institutions is required. Experience in counter-terrorism is required. Experience with interagency coordination and supporting intergovernmental processes at the United Nations or in another intergovernmental organization is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

Additional Information

Please apply to Job Opening by the deadline.

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.

No Fee

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