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Background

The Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho in partnership with UNDP, OHCHR and UN Women, with funding from the UN Peacebuilding Fund and the Delegation of the European Union and in collaboration with SADC formulated the Lesotho National Dialogue and Stabilization Project (LNDSP) in 2018. Through a transparent, all-inclusive broad-based national and diaspora dialogue process, a national agreement and consensus on the reforms content required to move Lesotho to the next level of peace and prosperity was reached. The national reforms recommendation were publicly validated and endorsed at the National Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue Plenary II of 26 November 2019. The public validation was preceded by 500 in-district and diaspora consultations, 7 National Leaders Forums and the enactment of the National Reforms Authority (NRA) Act, 2019, which established the National Reforms Authority as the legally mandated institution to oversee implementation of the agreed reforms within eighteen months.

The lessons learned from the implementation of LNDSP and management of the national dialogue process demonstrated that there was need for coordinated and comprehensive support to: a) reduce duplication, b) aggregate results, c) enhance complementarity and synergy, d) reinforce Government commitment; e) ensure policy coherence and, d) collectively mobilise sufficient resources to support NRA and reforms implementation. Key to this process was the need for consistent and transparent engagement at the high policy level and at technical and operational levels. Thus, the UN underscored and pursued active consultation with key actors to leave no one behind and ensure that a comprehensive inclusive Project is formulated to guaranteed successful implementation and sustainability of results.

Under this comprehensive programme that involves seven sectors, the security sector reform has been identified as one of the pillars of the reforms process. Based on its analysis of the role of the security sector in conflict dynamics and risks in Lesotho, a project titled ‘‘Effective Implementation of Lesotho National Security Sector Reforms for Peacebuilding (NSSRP)’’ has been developed with the financial support of the UN Peacebuilding Fund and with the implementation responsibility of the UNDP and the OHCHR.

The project is intended to support the security sector reforms process in the Kingdom of Lesotho and contribute to the broader comprehensive reforms programme. The project primarily focuses on establishing the minimum conditions for Security Sector Reform and on initiating its process, which should be continued over the longer term. Within this framework, the project aims at achieving three Outcomes; i) is the development, implementation and effective communication of a national security policy and strategy in line with Lesotho’s international human rights commitments and obligations with the engagement of civil society, sustained commitment of key political and security actors and provide a concrete framework to prevent politicization of security institutions; ii) is strengthened internal and public oversight mechanisms and effectively prevent partisanship within security institutions and enforce the protection of human rights and including women’s rights and the fight against SGB and; iii), enhance citizen participation in implementation of the security sector reform and related peace-building initiatives. UNDP is seeking to recruit a Security Sector Expert/Project Coordinator to provide technical support and project coordination.

Under the overall guidance and reporting to the Deputy Resident Representative with day to day programmatic supervision of the Programme Manager/Team Leader, the Security Sector Expert/Project Coordinator responsible for the technical oversight and delivery of the project outcomes, support day to day management of the project activities, work with broader national reforms Programme Management Unit Team on all project management related responsibilities and reporting. S/he will supervise national and international consultants, provide guidance, support and capacity development to National Reforms Authority thematic committee on security sector and national partners in the security sector to ensure achievement of the project outputs. S/he will ensure that the project implementation is consistent with the project document and implementation agreements and that resources are geared towards the intended results. The Security Sector Expert/Project Coordinator will be accountable to UNDP and will ensure that the project produces the results specified in the project document, to the required standard of quality.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:
Provide technical advice to the leadership of the NRA, national reforms thematic committee on security sector and other key players in the security sector.
Ensure overall management, effective and efficient implementation of the project activities.
Policy advisory and strategic support to UN and national counterparts on security sector reforms.
Knowledge management and dissemination.
Specific Tasks and Responsibilities:

Provide technical advice to the leadership of the NRA, national reforms thematic committee on security sector and other key players in the security sector
Provide policies, regulations and tools for establishing minimum conditions and initiation of long-term implementation of security sector reforms.
Provide the technical support to NRA, national reforms thematic committee on security sector and other key players in the security sector capacity development approaches and measures to scale up security sector reforms.
Engage with the Government. development partners, civil societies and the private sectors to mobilize resources in support of scaling up security sector reforms activities
Provide strategic and technical advice to project team and implementing partners in the security sector
Ensure overall management, effective and efficient implementation of the project activities and the attainment of the project outputs and outcomes through:
Ensure and maintain linkages, coherence and synergies among activities under the different components of the project
Ensure effective strategic coordination among project staff, partners, and other stakeholders
Ensure good coordination and collaboration with suppliers, implementing partners, beneficiaries and other key project stakeholders


Develop initiatives and coordination mechanism to facilitate functional partnerships between CSOs, Government counterparts and other organisation working on Lesotho National Dialogue and reform process
Ensure close coordination with OHCHR and UN-Women in the mainstreaming of human and women’s rights across project activities and interventions
Ensure close coordination with SADC as the Regional Economic Community (REC) in the implementation of the project.
Assist in the development and strengthening of national institutions and processes for national reform
Policy advisory and strategic support to UN and national counterparts on security sector reforms.
Coordinating efforts and engagement on the focus areas of the project and implementation of action plans to support government and civil society debate on security sector reform
Providing training and work place mentoring for project stakeholders, particularly the project beneficiaries in the security sector as required
Planning and formulating evaluation documentation on the implementation of the project, its outputs and outcomes
Provide strategic support ensuring policy coherence and alignment of the security sector reforms with the other six thematic sectors – (parliamentary, justice, public sector, economic, media and constitution) to minimise overlaps.
Knowledge management and dissemination in n coordination with the Programme Team team, national and international consultants, prepare and/or support knowledge product preparation and dissemination in the security sector activities, including:
Preparation of a communication strategy including visibility of the success stories and implement the strategy accordingly
Summarize and synthesize the results of the project and lessons learnt
Prepare best practices documents on security sector reforms
Conduct an impact study (before and after project) with human stories including financial rate of return calculation
Prepare brief information about the project and present to the donors, Community of Practices, and relevant donor, seminars/workshops
Contribute and lead in reporting of strategic results, including documentation of best practices and lesson learnt in the security sector.


Competencies

Core Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others

Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions

Strategic Planning Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Project Management Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Quality Assurance Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Partnerships Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Priority Setting Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Gender Issues & Analsis Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Security Sector Studies and/or Security Sector Reforms along with qualifications in Governance/Public Administration/Public Policy or related discipline.

Experience:
Minimum of 7 years’ experience working with large bureaucracies, especially in justice and/or security sector reform in Southern Africa would be an advantage;
Strategic and/or academic experience working on public policy issues within the security sector, preferably in Southern Africa;
Demonstrated experience in the alignment of development intervention/change management with civil service/public sector management and/or private entities is strongly preferred;
Work experience with UN/UNDP/development partners preferred.
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