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United Nations Youth Volunteer - English/Spanish translator
|Location :||Florencia, COLOMBIA|
|Application Deadline :||29-Dec-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||UNV|
|Post Level :||UNV|
|Languages Required :||English Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 meses|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 Months with possibility of extension|
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations. It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.
In the context of the Colombian peace process, with the current emphasis and challenge of the peace agreement’s implementation lying on reintegration efforts of the ex-combatants, UNMAS has been tasked to implement a project combining reintegration and demining. The principal component of the project is the support to the formation of Humanicemos DH, a Colombian organization for humanitarian demining composed of FARC ex-combatants. The project is designed to assist the consolidation of the peace process.
In the framework of this project UNMAS will support demining operations of the organization with international expert capacity. This international capacity is only English-speaking which is a critical obstacle to seamless training and skills transfer to the organization for effective capacity-building. The UNV will be a key element in this skills transfer, breaching language and potential cultural barriers.
The impact of the project is to a) consolidate the peace process, b) create an effective demining organization with very specific competencies in the Colombian context, and c) contribute to increased and more efficient national capacity of the Colombian demining sector in its endeavour to free Colombia of mines.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the UNMAS Training and Operations Officer in the field, the Volunteer will be responsible for interpreting and translating training material and courses effectively facilitating the capacity building and skills transfer to the nascent humanitarian demining organization providing rapid turnaround. She/he will be assigned to a specific mine action training area, managed by an international expert. Specific responsibilities will be as follows:
Ensure efficient translation and interpretation services, focusing on achievement of the following result:
Required Skills and Experience
Required Degree Level Bachelor degree or equivalent
Education - Additional Comments
Area of Expertise
Conditions of living in any of the UNOPS PSC/ UNMAS Duty Stations are generally good. There are a variety of activities to encounter while in these cities, from sightseeing to theaters, cinemas, cultural and sport activities, and restaurants that offers typical local and regional food as well as international cuisine.
Medical services in main cities (private clinics and hospitals) are available. Visitors are advised that some clinics request a down payment before they admit a patient, even in emergency situations. Visitors should take medical precautions and advice should be sought before travel. Travelers to Urabá, Choco, Córdoba, Putumayo, Vichada, Guainía, Guaviare, Meta, Amazonas, Casanare, Vaupes, Norte de Santander and Caquetá must have yellow fever, malaria, measles and varicella inoculation certificates since some airlines require passengers to carry current health documents.
Rural areas continue to be affected by activities of illegal armed groups (ELN, and newly emerging armed groups) and by confrontations between them and the Colombian Armed Forces. Upon arrival to Bogotá, all visitors must contact the UN Department.
Conditions of Service:
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, age and culture.
Only applications that contain the signed P11 format will be considered (Under no circumstances will applications be considered that do not correctly attach the file in question). You can find the P11 format at http://www.co.undp.org/content/dam/colombia/docs/Operaciones/P11_Personal_history_form-en.docx
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.