Peace and Development Specialist

Deadline: 11 November 2020
Open to: individuals with a combination of expertise spanning sustainable development, political affairs, peacebuilding, sustaining peace, conflict prevention/resolution, community engagement, justice, reconciliation, dialogue, mediation, and humanitarian-development-peace nexus among other relevant areas
Duty Station: Phnom-Penh, Cambodia


Peace and Development Specialist (hereafter PDA) work with national stakeholders to build, strengthen, and sustain nationally owned and driven efforts to prevent violent conflict and build just and peaceful societies. The range of countries to which PDAs are deployed vary considerably, with some deployed to countries emerging from conflict, others where violence is escalating, and others to countries where there is no violent conflict but underlying structural causes of conflict are present. PDAs are also deployed in countries where political and developmental challenges exist around issues related to elections and constitutional processes, exclusion and inequality, environment, climate change and natural resource management.

PDAs are deployed through a partnership between the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), under the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention. PDAs support Resident Coordinators (RC) and UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in their efforts to work with national partners on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. They support early warning and risk management measures, and ensure that UN assessments, frameworks (mainly UN Cooperation Frameworks), strategies and programmes are conflict-sensitive and informed by high quality analysis. They are located in the Resident Coordinators’ office, with a direct reporting line to the RC, and a secondary reporting line to the UNDP Resident Representative and DPPA-DPO regional divisions.

In Cambodia’s context, the current UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2019-2023) supports national priorities in economic and social development, including contributing to improvements in good governance and human rights, and towards an inclusive, democratic and peaceful society. The UN Country Teams (UNCT) is working closely in support of the Royal Government as it responds to the COVID19 pandemic, and through the UN’s socioeconomic response and recovery framework is coordinating support across UN agencies, including on issues of governance and social cohesion. The UNCT has also been supporting national authorities, civil society and other stakeholders in sustaining peace, promoting a culture of dialogue and building national capacities to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 18 Cambodian Sustainable Development Goals (including SDG 18 on Mine Action).


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in conflict resolution, peace studies, political science, human rights, sociology, international relations, economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences. In lieu of an Advanced degree, a Bachelor university degree with 2 additional years of experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in conflict analysis, strategy development, risk informed/conflict sensitive development and/or conflict prevention and sustaining peace in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
  • Proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior officials, such as in the United Nations, government and external partners;
  • Experience in programming and project management, such as programme design and results monitoring, in areas related to conflict prevention, peacebuilding and/or development;
  • Experience in national and community level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives and programming; with experience in gendered dimensions of peacebuilding being an asset;
  • Experience working within a UN Agency/Fund/Programme or Department and field experience would be a major asset;
  • Proven experience in working on the Southeast Asia subregion and/or substantive knowledge of Cambodia would be an asset.
  • Fluent written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Khmer is an advantage.


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