Consultancy in Knowledge Management for the HSU

By Gwenith Cross

Essentials

  • Objective: To assist the HSU in developing a tool for more systematic knowledge management of evidence gathered from UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) programmes to support outreach efforts, resource mobilization, and the strategic positioning of the UNTFHS as a component of the reformed prevention, development and peace architecture of the UN system, in line with the vision of the Secretary-General and the priorities of the international community.
  • Interested candidates should create a Personal History Profile (PHP) on the Inspira website. To visit the website please click here
  • Applications must be sent to Sarah Aguirre (aguirres@un.org)
  • Deadline: 26 January 2018

Summary
TERMS OF REFERENCE
1.0 Overall Objective
To assist the HSU in developing a tool for more systematic knowledge management of evidence gathered from UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) programmes to support outreach efforts, resource mobilization, and the strategic positioning of the UNTFHS as a component of the reformed prevention, development and peace architecture of the UN system, in line with the vision of the Secretary-General and the priorities of the international community.

2.0 Background
In the context of complex and protracted challenges to peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, the Secretary-General has defined a wide-ranging and ambitious reform agenda to strengthen the UN system’s support to Member States to prevent the outbreak of crises that take a high toll on humanity, and to advance progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The reform agenda recognizes that important structural, strategic and operational changes are necessary in order for the Organization to mainstream prevention in all its actions and to better deliver results for people, particularly those most in need of assistance. This includes breaking down and bridging the siloes that penetrate all aspects of UN system operations, from strategic decision-making, to analysis, programming, and resource mobilization across and within entities, and between Headquarters and the field. It includes shifting from a reactive to proactive stance, and towards more field-up, country-led and localized responses.

The reform agenda clearly echoes the fundamental principles that underpin the human security approach, and which are the foundations of UNTFHS programmes over the last decade. In this regard, the human security approach as applied through the UNTFHS can be a valuable mechanism for strengthening the UN system response to complex challenges.

3.0 Added value of human security for implementing priority agenda
Human security and its application through the UNTFHS promote a more unified and targeted response, cutting across sectors and pillars, developing contextually relevant solutions, and adopting multi-stakeholder partnerships to deliver results in an effective and efficient manner.

Since its establishment in 1999, the UNTFHS has gained extensive experience and proven results in advancing comprehensive and integrated approaches across sectors, mandates and institutions that are people-centred, context-specific and prevention-oriented.

A focus on human security strengthens the interlinkages between peace, development and human rights, and stimulates more meaningful partnerships by combining tools and drawing on the expertise and resources across the United Nations system, Governments, the private sector, civil society and local communities to accelerate delivery, limit duplication and maximize the reach of scarce resources.

Risk, prevention and resilience Prevention is the core objective of human security. It addresses the root causes of insecurities and creates conditions for sustainable development that are inclusive and sustainable. It focuses attention on emerging risks and emphasizes early action to minimize the negative impacts of threats. It strengthens local capacities to build resilience, and promotes solutions that enhance social cohesion and advance respect for civic engagement and shared responsibility.

Localisation and ‘leaving no one behind’ Recognizing that the root causes and manifestations of challenges vary significantly across countries and communities, human security promotes responses that are grounded in local realities. It helps localise international and national agendas to ensure that no one is left behind. This helps ensure that all people benefit from advances in development, peace and security, and human progress.

From coordination to integration Human security underscores the deeply interlinked causes of crises and insecurities within a given context. As both an analytical lens and a programming framework, the human security approach has shifted the way we conceptualise, plan and implement strategies and programmes, thereby bolstering operational effectiveness and strengthening impact through joint analyses, planning and implementation.

Promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships With its emphasis on the interconnectedness of risks and vulnerabilities, human security calls for the development of a network of diverse stakeholders, drawing on the expertise and resources of a wide range of actors from across the United Nations system, Governments, private sector, and civil society. This helps identify areas of alignment, seize synergies, and transform responses into collective outcomes with greater impact and sustainability.

4.0 Way forward
The UNTFHS was established as a tool to address the many challenges which we continue to grapple with and which are of great priority to the Secretary-General. Therefore, at this critical juncture, when the organization is reviewing the work of the United Nations across its three pillars, we should not reinvent the wheel. Instead, we should build upon the valuable lessons and experiences of the UNTFHS and consider how best to position the Fund as a component of the reformed prevention, development and peace architecture of the Organization. Such positioning should broaden the base of the UNTFHS and bring to scale the notable programmes supported by the UNTFHS based on its proven framework and added value. In addition, it should support efforts to mainstream lessons learned and best practices from UNTFHS into the work of the UN system as well as the national Governments.

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