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Job Land & Conflict Coordinator – UNDP

Job Land & Conflict Coordinator – UNDP

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2020
  • Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • Country: Sudan
  • City: El Geneina
  • Contract Durationone year


The conflict over land and the productive functions of the environment constitute the oldest and most diffused forms of conflict in Darfur, as the livelihoods of the majority of the people is centered on land and the direct utilization of the natural resources. The historical and longstanding conflict between pastoralists and sedentary farmers is an evident example in this case. Environmental degradation and climate change have had additional impacts by reducing the area of arable land and, as such, increased the competition over the scarce natural resources. Land in Darfur, apart from its economic importance and value, has also acquired special symbolic significance linked to identity, history and geography. The returns of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), nomadic corridors, long-term investment, recovery and reconstruction processes all depend on effective management of the land. UNDP has developed a project to look into land rights and land tenure in Darfur under the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) to provide conducive environment for post recovery and development while reducing the natural resource based conflicts through adoption of good governance approaches that reflects deep understanding and incorporation of Darfur long standing legacy in conflict management and organization of land tenure. Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of Darfur Land Project Manager (PM) the Land & Conflict Coordinator for West and Central Darfur is responsible for coordination and management of UNDP activities related to land and peaceful co-existence in West and Central Darfur.  He/ She will also serve as the focal person for the capacity building aspects of the project. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  1. Leads the implementation of project activities related to land and land related conflicts.
  2. Supervises and monitors implementation of the project in West and Central Darfur.
  3. Ensures coordination between FAO, UN-Habitat, UNAMID and other UN agencies as well as development partners.
  4. Ensures quality management services and facilitates Knowledge Building and Management.

1- Leads the implementation of project activities related to land and land related conflicts:

  • Ensures project activities are in line with national priorities and in consultation with all stakeholders, including the beneficiaries (men, women and children as well as vulnerable groups) during the project cycle.
  • Coordinates with the executing/implementing agencies and partners to monitor project progress, delivery and results to ensure effective project implementation.
  • Prepares situation analyses, technical reports project guidance notes in land customary low vs. Statutory law and explore new areas for harmonizing local land tenure system with formal land title system.
  • Keeps record on global development trends particularly in relevant areas to Darfur land issues in relation to national priorities and UNDP mandate.
  • Ensures preparation of project work plans, budgets and resource tracking, monitoring, reporting of project progress and challenges in timely manner.
  • Keeps on resource mobilization and expenditures mechanisms and provides timely input and guidance in project delivery on the ground

2- Supervises and monitors project activities:

  • Monitors and ensures smooth implementation of Darfur Land project to assure results based targets, including compliance to monitoring and evaluation, and other accountability instruments.
  • Assures compliance and reviews the status of project activities and project management on the ground through monitoring field visits, and makes recommendations as required.
  • Monitors and identifies operational and financial problems and makes recommendations for solutions.
  • Produces PBF bi-annual project reports, final project review report by coordinating and utilizing existing expertise, knowledge, and experiences acquired from the project in coordination with Darfur land project manager.
  • Ensures coordination with development partners and various stakeholders.
  • Supports in developing strategic partnerships with various agencies, UN and non-UN system organizations and NGOs to ensure effective management and implementation of the Darfur Land project initiatives in West and Central Darfur.
  • Maintains the network of contacts for information sharing on Darfur Land project progression.
  • Leads/engages in and represents UNDP at coordination mechanisms if required.

4- Ensures quality management services and facilitates Knowledge Building and Management:

  • Provides substantive inputs to the project Governmental partners capacity building plans in the designated states and facilitate knowledge transfer
  • Identifies and documents best practices and lessons learned
  • Supervises the work of the consultants and provides technical guidance to ensure their reports meets expectations of stakeholders
  • Monitors State level information around land/NRM, and summarizes the findings, and uses findings for the project and programming purpose
  • Maintains strong strategic alliances and continuous contacts with partners in government, NGOs, civil administration, local leaders, private sector and academia in the two states.
  • Identifies and develops suitable media partnerships to increase the visibility of project mandate and activities and attract more attention towards its objectives.

Impact of Results:

The key results have an impact on the success of country programme within specific areas of cooperation. In particular, the key results have an impact on the Country Programme Action Plan and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships and effective implementation on the project activities.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • contributes to UNDP Practice Areas and actively works towards continuing personal learning and development
  • Builds knowledge in at least one practice areas, and shares
  • Ability to provide top quality policy advice services on related issues
  • In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation
  • Ability to negotiate with partners and internal units; ability to identify and analyse trends, opportunities and threats to the implementation of the project
  • Excellent drafting and presentation skills
  • Ability to plan and organize work programme
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to apply RM and partnerships building theory to the specific country context
  • Good IT skills

Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback
  • Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation
  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills with diverse culture and traditions
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Science, Law, Politics, Natural Resource Management, or related field.
A first level university degree in relevant academic field with minimum four years relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.


  • 2 years with master’s degree, or 4 years with Bachelors’ Degree of experiences in the sector, including in rural/community development initiatives and Crisis Prevention and Recovery.
  • In addition, the incumbent should have excellent command of MS office suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point) and have experiences on networking and strengthening capacity of CBOs/CSOs and proven ability to lead a team and to plan and organize work productively with the team. Previous working experience in Darfur in issues related to Land is favorable.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in both written and spoken English and Arabic languages.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.



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