NUNV COORDINATOR ( POST - 2015 CONSULTATION)
||Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA
|Application Deadline :||14-Sep-12|
|Additional Category||Millennium Development Goals|
|Type of Contract :||UNV|
|Post Level :||UNV|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 Year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 Year|
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners’ to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.
In most cultures, volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.
In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
Duties and Responsibilities
The UNV National Coordinator will be responsible for delivering key tasks in the following areas:
a) Support the RC and the UNCT with multi-stakeholder country consultations on the post 2015 Development Agenda including post RIO + 20 follow up and MDG review related activities.
b) Facilitate contributions to national MDG reporting by identifying and sharing good practice on demonstrating the impact of volunteerism/community engagement on MDG achievement.
c) Develop capacity of volunteer involving organisations to demonstrate volunteerism and MDG achievements and facilitate civil society and volunteering organizations’ participation in the consultation process at the national level.
More specifically, s/he will:
a) Advise and support the UNCT through the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Tanzania through the following activities:
- Promote, facilitate, and/or convene volunteering stakeholder gatherings to support national level consultations on the MDGs and the post 2015 agenda
- Act as the focal point for volunteering and the post-2015 Agenda in Tanzania, in liaison with, and direct supervision of the UNV Programme Officer in consultation with the UNDP CC Advisor/UNDAP Programme Working Group Lead.
- Liaise with national and international volunteer involving organisations (VIOs), national volunteer committees, NGOs, grass roots organisations, academia and the broader civil society organisations, to strengthen the constituency to participate in national consultations on the MDGs and the post 2015 agenda
- Augment UNV’s role at the national level in contributing to building momentum for MDGs and the post 2015 discussions
(b) Gather and share MDG-related practices and approaches:
- Collect data/information through national and regional level consultations to inform MDG reports and recommendations and to input into the global MDG national report by civil society and volunteer organizations for the 2013 MDG Summit.
- Disseminate information on good practices, volunteer stories and audio visual materials on the impact of volunteering on MDG achievement.
- Monitor and report on planned UNV initiatives related to national consultations on the MDGs and the post 2015 agenda.
(c) Participate in relevant capacity development activities through:
- Facilitating capacity development activities for volunteer involving organisations to better capture and demonstrate the impact of volunteerism on MDG/SD achievements.
Furthermore, UNV National Coordinators are encouraged to:
- Strengthen the knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications, taking active part in UNV events
- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the country.
- Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in on-going reflection activities.
- Contribute articles/write-ups on volunteering experiences and submit them to the team at UNVHQs for consideration, and input to the UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.
- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service
- Sound experience in working with volunteer programmes, NGOs, CSOs, and VIOs
- Sound knowledge of MDGs and role of volunteerism, community voluntary action and citizen participation.
- Knowledge of advocacy/policy making process.
- Fluency in spoken and written English and Swahili.
- Experience in internet and social networking tools (i.e. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) an asset.
- Ability to use standard computer applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree preferred, minimum Bachelors,in social sciences or development-related fields.
- At least 3 years of professional experience in development, coordination, or community mobilisation.
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.