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Programme Assistant - UNV
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Praia, CAPE VERDE|
|Application Deadline :||23-Mar-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||FTA Local|
|Post Level :||GS-5|
|Languages Required :||English Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
As part of the UNV field unit, the UNV Programme Assistant is assigned to the UNDP Country Office to work with his/her supervisor to provide support to UNV activities in the country. The UNV Programme Assistant is responsible for the administrative requirements related to the UNV inputs/assignments.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
UNV engaged 6,351 UN volunteers in 2013, on a total of 6,459 assignments. With an average age of 37 years and the requisite professional skills and qualifications of some 5 to 10 years relevant experience, UN volunteers served in 129 countries in 2013 and came themselves from 152. The majority – 81 per cent – come from developing countries themselves. One third of UN volunteers served in their own countries, with the others carrying out international assignments. The financial equivalent of programme activities exceeds US$219 million annually. In addition, as the focal point in the United Nations for the International Year of the Volunteers (IYV2001), UNV is active in the follow-up to the Year, for which the key objectives are the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteerism.
As one of the key pillars, the Peace and Development Portfolio Team is responsible for implementing UNV’s programme strategy including volunteer management at global, regional and local levels. The team is responsible for the following task: performs strategic planning and programming in the portfolio of countries based on the UNV programme strategy; builds and strengthens relationships with main partners within the UN system and with external partners on operational and programmatic matters; ensures effective communications between UNV HQ and the UNV field presence for quality programming and volunteer management; monitors the implementation of programming and volunteer management at the macro level; provides substantive focus area inputs and support to cross-unit and corporate initiatives related to programming and volunteer management activities.
Under the general guidance of the respective Portfolio Team at UNV HQ, the UNV Programme Assistant works under his/her direct supervisor through whom he/she reports to the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative. To function effectively, it is essential for the UNV Programme Assistant to maintain close working relations with other staff in the UNDP office, in both operations and programme divisions, and be well integrated as a member of the UNDP team.
Duties and Responsibilities
Functions / Key Results Expected
Ensures effective programme-related support, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures effective volunteer-related support, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures effective administrative and logistical support, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Perform other administrative duties as may be required.
Impact of Results
Achievement of key results has an impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the UNV field unit, and strengthens the capacity of the office to promote the image of UNV/UNDP as an effective contributor to the development of the country.
Competencies Functional Competencies:
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Promoting Organizational Change and Development
Required Skills and Experience
All applicants are required to submit an application and resume, and also must complete and upload a signed UNDP personal History Form (P.11). Certification in administration, accounting or finance desirable.
Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Selection process will be conducted thought CV analysis, written test and interview.
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.