UN Youth Volunteer in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in Ukraine




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.

1. Type of Assignment: International UN Youth Volunteer 2. Type of Assignment Place: Non-Family Duty Station

3. Assignment Title: UN Youth Volunteer in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution

4. Link with UNV Strategic Framework: Peacebuilding

5. Duty Station, Country: Kramatorsk, Ukraine

Type of Assignment Place: Youth Volunteers assignments are always without family 6. Duration (in months): 9 months

7. Expected Starting Date: April 2017

8. Host Agency/Host Institute: UNDP Ukraine

9. Organizational Context/Project:

UNDP has been active in Ukraine since 1993 and is one of the largest international development organizations in the country, with almost 250

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).national and international staff working all around Ukraine. Through partnerships with national, regional, and local governments, civil society and the private sector, UNDP has been

supporting Ukraine in its efforts to eliminate poverty, develop people’s capacity, promote

energy-efficiency, sustain the environment, and advance democratic governance.

The Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme or RPP is managed and implemented through

UNDP’s Project Office based in Kramatorsk. UNDP is now leading international efforts to

address the impact of the ongoing conflict on communities and vulnerable groups in eastern

Ukraine through restoration of critical infrastructure and social services, stabilization of

livelihoods and socio-economic recovery, as well as strengthening community security and

social cohesion via peacebuilding activities.

Component III of RRP “Community Security and Social Cohesion” aims to reach some of its

goals through enhancing community security; civic mobilization and empowerment of

communities; reconciliation and restoration of social cohesion.

The component is responsible for a number of peacebuilding-related activities, planned to be

implemented by the end of 2017. The activities, including a pilot initiative “Insider mediation in

Eastern Ukraine”, to be assigned to a specialist in the field of mediation, conflict resolution and

prevention. For this purpose, the Programme is seeking a highly qualified international UN

Volunteer in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution.

10. Description of tasks:

Under the direct supervision of the Social Cohesion Advisor in Donetsk region, the UN Youth

Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Coordinate the implementation of the activities to ensure the delivery of the results planned in the work and implementation plans;
  • Coordinate activities related to the Programme implementation with other stakeholders. Ensure the development of cross-project linkages with other relevant UN projects and pro- grammes and other stakeholders’ projects for mutually reinforcing impact;
  • Coordinate the communication and collaboration with key partners, ensuring that all the data on the initiatives is gathered, translated and stored;
  • Collect, analyze and interpret data on insider mediation locally, regionally and globally. Ensure availability of up-to-date information on all critical issues related to social cohesion and peacebuilding;
  • Contribute with up to date quantitative and qualitative information to the supervisor about implementation of the activities;
  • Participate in preparation of relevant project activities (meetings, round tables, confer- ences, other public activities), implementation and follow up;
  • Participate in data collection, analysis and maintenance of projects related data base and files in support of Monitoring and Evaluation efforts, as well as Communications;
  • Assist in preparing the interim and final reports on results of implementation of the activi- ties;
  • Ensure timely reporting on the initiatives and activities and its consistency with RPP Pro- gramme and Components plans;
  • Conduct other duties as required by the Supervisor.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Furthermore, UN Youth 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;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including par- ticipation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publica- tions/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Youth 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.

11. Results/Expected Outputs:

  • Effective support provided to timely and well organized events organized by various pro- gramme components;
  • Quality reports drafted on peacebuilding and conflict resolution-related project events;
  • Timely and quality communication products developed, with an emphasis on peacebuilding and conflict resolution;
  • Substantial inputs provided for analytical products and information initiatives;
  • Project ideas initiated for promoting volunteerism in peacebuilding and conflict resolution;
  • 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 development and peace during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities partic- ipated in and capacities developed.

12. Qualifications/Requirements (including competencies, values and skills):

The UN Youth Volunteer on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution must be a pro-active,

dynamic and multi-functional person, with the following essential qualifications and abilities:

  • A graduate university degree, in Conflict Studies, Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, Me- diation or other related field;
  • Knowledge in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, gender equality and social inclusion;
  • Familiarity with UN system, including UNDP activities and main partners in the country desirable,
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

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  • Knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Office, social media platforms; and

UN Volunteer in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution must be between 18 and 29 years for

the whole duration of their assignment.

13. Learning expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take

place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse

opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and

competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:

  • Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-re- lated abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job search- ing.
  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural aware- ness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.
  • Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, UNDP will support knowledge and

capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s

assignment. UNDP will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to

participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.

14. Language:

Fluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian is a strong


15. Living Conditions:

International UN Youth Volunteer on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution will be stationed

in Kramatorsk with frequent travel to the field, including the programme implementation in

targeted hromadas (communities). Kramatorsk is a safe duty station from the security

perspective. Ukraine has reasonable health, education and transportation facilities.

16. Conditions of Service for International UN Youth Volunteer

The duration of the assignment is 9 months.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).A volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) per month and is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs.

The VLA can be computed by applying the Post-Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base

rate of: US$1257 The VLA base rate is a global rate, while the PAM is country-specific and

fluctuates on a monthly basis according to the cost of living. This method ensures that

international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty stations

irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by the International Civil Service

Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on the ICSC website

(http://icsc.un.org). For example, if the PAM for the current month is 54.6%, then the VLA for

that month will be: US$1257X1.546=US$1943. The current VLA for International Youth

Volunteer is US$1586 (as of February 2017).

In non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC,

international UN Volunteers receive a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the

assignment (if the volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to

taking up the assignment) and also in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty


UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annual

leave, full integration in the UN security framework (including residential security


UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight

tickets for the final repatriation travel (if applicable). A resettlement allowance is paid for

satisfactory service at the end of the assignment.

UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service,

including Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.

15. How to apply:

Eligible candidates, i.e. candidates aged between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the

entire duration of their service, whose previous work experience in areas relevant for the

assignment does not exceed two years, should do the following:

If you are not a candidate in the UNV database, please apply by registering your profile

through the following link:

http://ereta.unv.org/html/index.php?module=myprofile&ad=YTH17UKR_PEACE. Important:

Once you have created your UNV account and after validating your email address, please

complete all sections of your profile and make sure the correct advertisement code

“YTH17UKR_PEACE’’ is selected in the ‘Special Recruitment’ tab of MyProfile. Your

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).application can only be considered once you have clicked on the green ‘Submit My Profile’ button. As a confirmation of your successful registration, you will receive an email with your

UNV roster number.

If you already are a candidate in the UNV database, please update your profile through:

http://MyProfile.unv.org and select the code “YTH17UKR_PEACE” from the drop down list in

the ‘Special Recruitment' tab.

Closing date: Profiles of interested applicants must be fully registered in the UNV database

of candidates not later than 12 March 2017.

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 and culture.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Kiev
  • Grade: International Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social studies
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-12

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