Deadline Extended: 2 March 2019
Guided by the principle that youth are key actors to achieve peace and prevent violent extremism, as stated by UN Security Council resolutions 2250 and 2419 and the United Nations Secretary General’s Plan of Action on Preventing Violent Extremism, UNAOC develops educational programming to enhance the ability of young civil society leaders to foster mutual respect, understanding and long-term positive relationships between peoples of different cultures and religions.
The Young Peacebuilders programme will engage young women and young men from the MENA region in an intercultural dialogue and peacebuilding experience. The aim is to support the growth of networks of young peacebuilders who are equipped with the tools to address stereotypes, prejudice and polarization in order to build more inclusive and peaceful societies.
During the programme, 20 selected participants will:
- Learn about negative stereotypes and how to critically analyze them to reduce their prevalence;
- Understand different perspectives in identity-based conflict and gain tools to develop solutions at local, national and regional level and transform conflicts peacefully;
- Identify push and pull factors creating conditions conducive to violent extremism;
- Develop competencies to use different forms of media or expressive arts as a way to create
alternative narratives, reduce polarization and promote social inclusion;
- Learn how to successfully design and run your project.
- Part 1: online phase (2 months). Participants access the course through an online collaborative platform provided by UNAOC. UNAOC and other trainers facilitate the first few modules of the curriculum, giving an opportunity to participants to get to know each other prior to their first inperson meeting. They also start getting exposed to tools and concepts, engage in discussion and start reflecting on their peace actions. Time commitment: 2 to 3 hours per week to complete the modules (some work can be completed offline);
- Part 2: face-to-face workshop (6 days + travel). All participants travel to complete the training and experience how peacebuilding is successfully implemented through 1 or 2 local field visits. They also work on the development of their own action plan. Time commitment: 6 working days + 2-3 days for travel, arrival and departure activities;
- Part 3: applied learning (3/4 months). Implementation of a personal peace initiative: participants are guided by UNAOC’s professional trainers and stay connected with other participants through the online platform, while reporting on the implementation of their projects;
- Part 4: results sharing symposium (2 days + travel). Participants are invited to participate in a symposium during which they share their experience, lessons learned, achievements and recommendations with a broader audience of practitioners, policymakers, media and the general public. They also engage with this audience on topics related to intercultural dialogue, peace and security. Time commitment: 2 working days + 2 days for travel, arrival and departure activities.
Duties, responsibilities and timeline: Trainer
In close collaboration with the UNAOC Project Management Specialist – Youth and Education, as well as the broader curriculum development team, the trainer will:
- Review and analyze information provided to customize the content of the curriculum to the
trainees’ needs, the current international peace (education) frameworks and UNAOC’s mandate
(end of March 2019);
- Develop content and educational materials for the online modules, face-to-face workshop,
implementation phase and symposium in order to meet the session’s proposed objectives and the learning needs of participants (April-May 2019). All content and materials are subject to UNAOC’s approval. UNAOC will be responsible for assembling and sharing consolidated participants’ training package. This training package will be shared as a resource with all participants, free of costs, for further use in their activities, including the possibility to share the package’s content with their organization and beneficiaries;
- Facilitate the online modules on the interactive learning platform: posting assignments, motivating participants, respond to questions, provoke online discussions, etc. (May-Jul 2019);
- Facilitate the face-to-face workshop (Jul-Aug 2019, at a location to be determined), and participate in debrief sessions with UNAOC;
- Mentor and guide the participants through the implementation of their action plans (Aug-Nov
- Contribute to the final symposium and attend if required (Nov-Dec 2019, at a location to be
- Submit a post-training report summarizing the workshops conducted, lessons learned and recommendations.
- A relevant degree in peace and conflict, international relations, development studies or a related field;
- 5-6 years of relevant experience in peacebuilding and facilitating workshops for multicultural youth.
- Assets are experience in: online training, intercultural and interfaith dialogue issues,
media/communications as a medium for generating positive narratives and other relevant
- General knowledge or understanding of peacebuilding, youth-led organizations, capacity
development and/or international UN policy frameworks related to these fields;
- Exposure to the MENA region is considered as an asset;
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English (Arabic is an asset);
- Able to use a gender and intercultural approach;
- Be able to work in a team.
- USD 1,000 will be disbursed following completion of the online modules and report.
- USD 2,800 will be disbursed following completion of the final report.
Expenses covered by UNAOC
- Round trip economy airfare to locations of face-to-face workshop from trainer’s designated departure city, to be arranged by UNAOC;
- Accommodation during trainer’s approved stay at locations of face-to-face, to be arranged by UNAOC;
- Any visa fees paid as a requirement to travel to locations of face-to-face workshop as part of this assignment (reimbursed upon presentation of receipts);
- Additional teaching aides/materials (training room will include flip charts, markers, a laptop and projector. If the trainer requires additional teaching aides, he/she should send a list of required items. Upon approval of this list, UNAOC will cover their expenses);
- Airport transfers (round trip) for trainer’s designated departure city (to/from airport);
- A shuttle or vehicle will be provided at locations of face-to-face workshop from airport to hotel and back;
- Partial Daily Stipend Allowance to cover for meal expenses during trainers’ approved stay at locations of face-to-face workshop;
- Same expenses as described above if travel to final symposium would be required.
Interested applicants should submit a résumé and a cover letter which explains how their skills and work experience match the required needs for the project.
Interested applicants are requested to send their applications to BramVH@unops.org as soon as possible. The job is open until filled but will permanently close on the 2 March 2019.
Applicants will only be contacted if they are under serious consideration.
Candidates from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.