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 at large 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.
Country of Assignment: Zimbabwe
Host Institute: United Nations Development Programme
Volunteer Category: Community UN Volunteer full-time
Number of Volunteer: 4
Duration until: 31-12-2020
Expected Starting Date: Immediate
Duty Station: Bulawayo [ZWE]
Assignment Place: Family Duty Station
Assignment Place Remark
A national UN Community Volunteer assignment is considered to be single status, regardless of the actual civil status of the volunteer.
Zimbabwe is in Southern Africa and has three seasons, cool and dry from May-Aug, hot and dry from Sep-Nov, warm and wet from Dec-Apr. The capital Harare lies at an altitude of 1450m above sea level. The middle plateau is Malaria free and prophylaxis is highly recommended in low lying and hot areas. The currency in use is local Zimbabwean dollar and all basic food and accessories are available. There are public and private health facilities as well as many social amenities available in Harare.
As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.
Organizational Context & Project Description
Launched by UNDP and the Government of Rwanda in 2012, Youth Connekt Africa is a platform which brings partners together, to help empower Africa’s youth in a range of thematic areas which cover a wide socio-economic and political spectrum. So far, eleven other African countries have set up Youth Connekt initiatives with a number of others in the pipeline. Youth Connekt initiatives in
these countries cover a wide range of youth empowerment themes, largely based on a combination of the continental Youth Connekt Goals and the local country context. Overall, Youth Connekt seeks to provide “youth with the skills, networks and information needed to scale their initiatives and gain meaningful employment”.
Taking an evidence-based and demand-driven approach, the development of Youth Connekt Zimbabwe is informed by youth needs as articulated by the youth themselves at the 2019 Youth Indaba. Needs include (but are not limited to): access to funds (ensuring that women have equal access); business incubation; access to markets; skills development; apprenticeships and work experience; bridging the digital divide; equal opportunities for women in the arts; information and networking; and the need to reach rural youth with youth-centred interventions.
This project therefore seeks to empower youth in the important areas of entrepreneurship development, skills development, networking and dialogue, to enable them to make a meaningful contribution to society and to the economy at large.
Youth Connekt Zimbabwe seeks to:
- Connect youth to entrepreneurship
- Connect youth to skills and career guidance
- Connect youth to other youth, and to youth stakeholders
Under its support to the national Covid-19 Response, UNDP Zimbabwe has committed to use the Youth Connekt Zimbabwe platform to bring in youths to be active participants in the response. As such, youths recruited to this initiative will be assigned to lead community engagement and awareness in selected urban food markets to contribute to covid-resilient food supply chain. This
youth awareness initiative will also contribute to the Zimbabwe Urban Resilience initiative,
Sustainable Development Goals
- 17. Partnerships For the Goals
The UNV is hired to support Covid-19 safe markets awareness efforts by NGO partners to the UNDP/UNICEF/Government Urban Resilience Building Project under day-to-day guidance of the implementing partner and co-supervision of the UNDP and UNV delegated officials, the UNV Youth Community Awareness Volunteers will support market rehabilitation efforts in one of food markets in Harare, Bulawayo or Mutare as follows:
- Lead in community awareness raising of COVID-19 in food marketplaces in Mbare, Sakubva or Bulawayo markets
- Deliver and facilitate awareness raising, community engagement, and youth participation activities in the local area with a focus on promoting food safety and COVID-19 prevention
- Support wide dissemination of community awareness-raising information, including briefing materials and press releases in coordination with the supervisor;
- Support, plan community level communication activities ensuring community outreach to the public and adequate promotion of the Project as required;
- Support the development of communication/outreach materials such as leaflets, brochures, briefs, posters, calendars, information packs, content management, norms of publishing, design, etc.;
- Assure community-wide dissemination of the information and lessons learned;
- Document the UNV’s experience for UNV Spotlight, and prepare end of year report on volunteer experience;
- Work closely with municipalities, civil society organizations, community-based organizations and governmental agencies to promote project goals and ensure a wide-range communication outreach over various target groups;
- Interact and collaborate with organizations with similar or complementary initiatives;
- Regularly provide photo updates of the project activities;
- Perform other duties as required.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the
UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers- 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 whenever technically possible.
- Information on safety in food markets and on COVID-19 is disseminated
- Demonstrable impact of behavior change due to interventions
- Demonstrate integrity by modeling Government and UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of Government and UNDP;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
- Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
- Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
- Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development dur-ing the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
Required Degree Level
- Technical/Vocational diploma
Education – Additional Comments
- Minimum Secondary education, Diploma is required
- Individuals with a demonstrated interest in WASH, and or Gender, and or Civil Engineering, and or Food Markets, and or Community mobilization, and or Awareness Raising, and or Youth, Communications are encouraged to apply
- 0 months
- Experience with youth is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;
- Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
- Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
- Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
- Sound security awareness;
- Have affinity with or interest in sustainable development and youth, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
- English (Mandatory) , Level – Fluent
- And One of these – Shona, Sindebele (Optional) , Level – Fluent
Area of Expertise
- Gender equality and the advancement of women Optional
- Community participation and development Optional
- Water, sanitation and environmental engineering Optional
Area of Expertise Requirement
- Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
- Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
- Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
Need Driving Licence
Competencies & Values
- Adaptability and Flexibility
- Commitment to Continuous Learning
- Ethics and Values
- Knowledge Sharing
- Planning and Organizing
- Working in Teams
Conditions of Service:
Note on novel coronavirus – COVID-19.
The rapidly changing nature of novel coronavirus COVID-19 has placed significant and increasing restrictions on the freedom of movement of people, even within countries. Such restrictions may affect the ability national UN Volunteers to begin their assignments at their assigned duty station or limit the ability to enter UN premises. Thus, UNV cannot guarantee assignments will proceed as normal.
Candidates for national UN Volunteer assignments requiring travel to the duty station may be exceptionally granted during this period alternative working arrangements to work from their place of recruitment until restrictions are lifted. Candidates for national UN Volunteer
assignments may also need to begin their assignments remotely in cases where access to UN premises is restricted. These are decisions at the discretion of the host entity. Candidates proceeding to interview are recommended to discuss travel requirements, any restrictions,
and possible alternative arrangements with the host entity. If selected, candidates should carefully consider the circumstances before accepting UNV’s offer.
The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.
The applicable Volunteer Living Allowance is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents).
Furthermore, in non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis will be provided.
As UN Community Volunteers serve in the communities in which they live, they are not eligible for travel, settling in grant or resettlement allowance entitlements.
For UN Volunteer entitlements, kindly refer to the link https://vmam.unv.org/calculator/entitlements
Supervision, induction and duty of care of UN Volunteers (Roles and Responsibilities of Host Entities)
UN Volunteers should be provided equal duty of care as extended to all host entity personnel. Host entity support to the UN Volunteer includes, but is not limited to:
- Introductory briefings about the organisation and project context including security and emergency procedures;
- Structured guidance, mentoring and coaching by a supervisor including a clear workplan and performance appraisal;
- Access to systems and tools required to complete the objectives of the assignment including a host entity email address;
- Access to shared host entity corporate knowledge, training and learning;
- Any necessary security measures, ensuring that UN Volunteers are covered by the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) in line with the UNDSS Security Policy Manual;
- Day to day leave management;
- DSA for official travel, when applicable;
- All changes in the Description of Assignment occurring between recruitment and arrival or during the assignment need to be formalized with the United Nations Volunteer Programme;
- Investigate misconduct: sharing reports with the UNV;
- Provide emergency assistance, e.g. the death of volunteer or medical evacuation, in collaboration with UNV. Accept letters of guarantees or potential liabilities for covering medical costs not claimable under medical insurance in extraordinary situations (e.g. isolation facilities` services during pandemics).
Application Code: ZWER000124-7623
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Application deadline: 26-08-2020
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