Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
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.
Sri Lanka, a country in transition after a 26-year-old protracted civil war and is presently threatened by the gradual spread of both ‘acute’ and ‘chronic’ forms of violent extremism and prevalence of online and offline hate speech. According to some studies since the end of the war there had been more than 600 cases of extremist violence targeting minorities culminating in the April bomb attacks which killed over 290 people and wounded at least another 500. In the meantime, the spread of hate speech has been targeting ethnic or religious groups, their beliefs, culture, economic engagements etc. and has undermined the delicate post-war peacebuilding process. Online social media, in particular, has been identified as a tool used to incite violence, spread fake news, myths, anger and hatred. The current COVID-19 crisis, political and societal reaction to some of the government response may further conflagrate existent underlying conflict dynamics between ethnic and religious groups.
UNDP Sri Lanka has partnered with the Crisis Risk and Early Warning team (CREW) in the UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) Sri Lanka to build a Crisis Risk Dashboard that will provide data analytics on trends across several dimensions of vulnerability specific to the Sri Lankan context. However, more detailed insights are needed regarding the dynamics of conflict within the region. Specifically, UNDP Sri Lanka needs more information regarding the type, intensity, location, and drivers of conflict through mulit- dimensional risk analysis to further understand sub-national drivers and guide more context and conflict-sensitive interventions to mitigate conflict risks.
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
The analyst will be based in Colombo and work under the overall supervision and guidance of the Technical Specialist (Reconciliation and Peacebuilding). He/she will work closely with two research assistants, the UNDP CREW team in New York and the UN RCO colleagues led by the Reconciliation and Development Advisor. The analyst’s primary responsibility will be to support data analysis and generation of knowledge products through the CRD’s datasets.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
The prospective consultant should have: