UNDP is a key implementer of peacebuilding initiatives to support Nepal’s peace process. Nepal is amidst an important transitional phase after a decade long internal conflict claiming more than 16,000 lives. Although the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in November 2006 brought a halt to the immediate violence there are still many issues to be resolved and new challenges are emerging as Nepal’s post-conflict evolution continues to unfold. At the national level, there is a lack of consensus among key stakeholders on many complex and challenging issues. At the district and local levels, there are multiple drivers of tension including social and identity issues, as well as multiple difficulties related to creating consensus on developmental and other priorities.
In 2010 UNDP established a Conflict Prevention Programme (CPP) that is designed to run through the current UNDAF cycle (2013-2017). The programme currently has three thematic pillars:
1. Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue (CLD): This pillar promotes the use of collaborative leadership and dialogue to promote consensus-building on key issues and prevent the escalation of social and political tensions. It works with Nepali leaders at the local and national level, focusing on government authorities, political party representatives and civil society figures, and giving special attention to women, youth and vulnerable groups. The programme provides training on conflict analysis, dialogue design and facilitation, and provides technical and logistical support to ongoing and emerging dialogue efforts. The pillar utilizes a six-member Senior Facilitation team, comprised on distinguished national figures, as well as regional training/facilitation teams to support these efforts.
2. Mainstreaming Conflict Sensitivity into United Nations and Government programming, policy and processes (CS): This pillar promotes conflict sensitive approaches for development policy and practice with the government and the UN Country Team. It does so by mainstreaming conflict sensitivity into the design, implementation and monitoring of development projects and programmes, and integrating conflict sensitivity principles into relevant policy frameworks.
3. Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) to localized conflict: This pillar works to support a government-led, civil society supported EWER system to enable a move towards pro-active, inclusive, dialogue-based prevention engagements. Such a system will involve building accurate, timely conflict detection and analysis capabilities among relevant local and national government and civil society stakeholders and a mechanism to share these effectively with responders and to plan action. It will also build appropriate types of conflict response capacity among local government and civil society leaders and link such capacities into local and national mechanisms for their effective, coordinated deployment.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Programme Manager, the Admin/Finance Assistant will provide support to the effective and efficient management of the programme through a range of actions contributing to administrative and financial management of project activities.