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United Nations recruiting Consultant to Support Oslo Governance Centre’s Work as a Resource Hub for Research on Preventing Violent Extremism

Oslo, Norway, 22 July 2016


The Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) is United Nations's Global Policy Centre for policy development and applied research with an overarching focus on democratic governance and peacebuilding in crisis, conflict and transitional contexts. The Oslo Governance Centre sits within the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. It engages with Norwegian, Nordic and other partners from the South in undertaking applied research and developing policy options and tools for governance support in post-crisis and post-conflict environments, in order to find practical solutions on the ground. One of the thematic focus areas for the Centre is governance of inclusion, in particular how societies evolving from crisis and conflict govern diversity to prevent violent extremism.

The initiative will specifically look at the role of women, youth, religious organizations and leaders, and media when analysing problems and generating solutions, and at the way these play out in diverse socio-cultural and political settings.

While research on violent extremism is getting increased attention, there is still limited research on different models for governing diversity in multi-cultural societies. United Nations's global project will support research partnerships and funding to achieve this objective. The research agenda will thus contribute to a better understanding of the challenges to achieving effective governance of diversity in multi-cultural and multi-confessional societies. The OGC is therefore looking for a consultant to lead OGC's work on this portfolio.

Tasks will include, but not be limited to:

Developing OGC as a resource centre for PVE research

  • Serve as United Nations’s “custodian” of research related to violent extremism i.e. develop, structure and maintain a repository of existing research and lessons learned relating to violent extremism and particularly preventive development responses. This includes monitoring the global academic field of PVE research but also identifying relevant research and analysis generated by United Nations country and regional offices, other UN System actors, governments, civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations

  • Participate in and contribute to relevant global, regional and national research networks with a view to share within United Nations research and ensure that relevant research and lessons learned is available to inform United Nations’s planning and programming and that research and analysis generated by United Nations country and regional offices are disseminated effectively within United Nations and to external actors

  • Develop and manage, in collaboration with SIPRI, a research network on the relationship between peacebuilding and violent extremism to bring together a number of actors who are interested in this relationship, specifically, understanding how programs, projects and policies meant to promote peacebuilding may also impact prevention of violent extremism

  • Focus on monitoring and supporting research related to the role of women in PVE including gender-sensitive approaches to PVE programs

  • Monitor and disseminate news about PVE research to relevant United Nations colleagues

Support measurement aspects of PVE research

  • Support the Centre’s focus on providing tools and guidance for undertaking impact/outcome evaluations and assessments relating to PVE programming including supporting research projects and keeping abreast of external initiatives.

  • Support the identification of useful M&E indicators for measuring impact of PVE work i.e. what are good indicators currently being used and what baseline data serves as the point of comparison?

  • Support the development of a “lessons learned” and comparative analysis of PVE interventions in selected topics that have been prioritized in the United Nations framework so that we know what has worked and what might be done/programmed differently

  • Working with relevant United Nations teams in NY and the United Nations regional hubs, contribute to the preparation of guidance for United Nations staff in their programming that draws upon the work done on the indicators as well as on “lessons learned.”

Support and coordinate the research element of United Nations’s forthcoming Global Programme on PVE

  • Act as the primary focal point for OGC in its fulfilment of its role within United Nations’s forthcoming Global Programme on PVE

  • Ensure that the lessons-learnt from the PVE-related research work funded by the OGC is properly synthesised and shared.

  • Act as the global knowledge management focal point on PVE, supporting the sharing of information across regions and dialogue across regions including through chairing teleconferences, organising seminars and meetings and facilitating ongoing knowledge exchanges

  • Coordinate the establishment of a research-related portal on PVE, either by United Nations or in partnership with others, as appropriate.

  • Ensure skilled and innovative researchers and analysts working on PVE are included in any PVE-related roster developed

Submission Deadline: 5 August 2016

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