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Programme Assistant, UNV
|Location :||Bogotá, COLOMBIA|
|Application Deadline :||28-Jan-16 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||FTA Local|
|Post Level :||GS-5|
|Languages Required :||English Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Based in the Country Office of UNDP, the UNV field unit generally consists of a UNV Programme Officer and a UNV Programme Assistant/Associate. In some cases, the field unit consists of only a UNV Programme Assistant or a UNV Programme Associate. The field unit is an integral part of the UNV HQ Portfolio Team. The UNV field unit is responsible for the day-to-day management of UN volunteers, UNV-managed programmes, responding to appropriate local demands and seeking out new opportunities for UNV.
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 7,545 UN volunteers in 2009, on a total of 7,716 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 128 countries in 2009 and came themselves from 158. The majority – 79 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 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
Summary of Key Functions:
1. Ensures effective programme-related support, focusing on achievement of the following results:
2. Ensures effective volunteer-related support, focusing on achievement of the following results:
3. Ensures effective administrative and logistical support, focusing on achievement of the following results:
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
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Level 1.1: Basic research and analysis
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Level 1.1: Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures
Promoting Organizational Change and Development
Level 1.1: Presentation of information on best practices in organizational change
Required Skills and Experience
Only on-line applications which contain a signed UNDP P11 form will be considered. You can find P-11 form at http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form-es.docx
Only nationals from Colombia are elegible to apply.
UN/UNDP internal candidates may be applying for this position.
We strongly encourage qualified women to apply.
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.