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VSS Policy Pillar Intern (Telecommuting)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Bonn, GERMANY|
|Application Deadline :||16-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 Months|
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.
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 engages over 8300 volunteer assignments annually. With an average age of 35 years and the requisite professional skills and qualifications of some with 5 to 10 years relevant experience. The majority come from developing countries themselves. Roughly one half of UN Volunteers served in their own countries, with the other half carrying out international assignments. The financial equivalent of programme activities exceeds US$ 235 million annually.
UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has approximately 120 staff positions – with a large presence in Bonn and some positions with different UN peacekeeping and political missions, and in other Headquarters locations (e.g. New York and Tokyo) and Regional Offices (Nairobi, Dakar, Bangkok, Panama, Istanbul, and Amman).
The Volunteer Solutions Section (VSS) oversees the application of standard policies and procedures at all levels of the Volunteer Management Cycle and programme development and management as well as the coordination and facilitation of communication and collaboration with Regional Offices.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Policy Specialist within the Volunteer Solutions Section, the Intern will support the Volunteer Policy Pillar of VSS as follows:
Assist the policy pillar strategy to ensure smooth transition and strengthen Regional Office and Field Unit diffusion of policy changes for proper implementation of the Conditions of Service, through stakeholder centricity and user-friendly design of knowledge management products for utilization at the field and regional level;
Aggregate data for Policy Pillar team to incorporate into reports using data visualization for assessing administrative streamlining impact of Conditions of Service changes and other policy innovation, including organizing policy advice to feed into the artificial intelligence chatbot data fields;
Support drafting of policy advice on interpretation of policies, regulations and rules and on substantive questions related to administration and management of UN Volunteers and participates in meetings or working groups for documentation and notetaking;
Keep abreast of developments in various areas of innovation pertinent to volunteer management with the aims of formulating development of policy research documents as part on ongoing efforts to sandbox proof of concept Special Programme Initiatives within the volunteer management cycle with a view to streamline and consolidate policy implementation digitally and seamlessly;
Assisting background research and drafting, including but not limited to academic studies, private and public sector best practices, UN Innovation Network, and other relevant stakeholder guidance, that have implications for volunteer management through policy innovation tools;
Working with the VSS Communication Focal Point for digital design management of Conditions of Service policy and service offer packages as communication materials for internal and external use;
Assist other assigned activities within the Volunteer Policy Pillar, as necessary
Compiling Policy Pillar consolidated practical guidance document for UN Volunteer Management policy in line with the Conditions of Service changes and global best practice accepted through a UNV peer review.
Research and design assistance provided for evidence-based use case document on global best practice for thematic Special Programme Initiatives into volunteer management policy implementation is drafted and presented at a VSS team meeting.
Assisting Policy Pillar in formulating practitioners guide to assist iterative process for Conditions of Service Review, including implementation with internal and external stakeholders for smooth roll-out is drafted and presented to UNV teams
Support management of translation of critical policy documents for global roll-out and use.
Any other deliverables assigned to the inter as per the VSS annual work plan
Learning opportunities for the intern
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior to the interview the following documents:
Only a successful candidate will be required to submit the following documents: