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National UNV Writer in Somalia

Mogadishu (Somalia)


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.

General Information

Country of Assignment Somalia

Host Institute

United Nations Development Programme

Volunteer Category National Specialist

Number of Volunteer 1

Duration 6 months

Expected Starting Date Immediate

Duty Station Mogadiscio [SOM]

Assignment Place Non-Family Duty station

Assignment Place Remark

The Position is open to Somali Nationals only

Living Conditions

Mogadishu is situated on the Indian Ocean coast of the Horn of Africa, in the Banaadir administrative region in southeastern Somalia. Mogadishu has a relatively dry climate. It is classified as hot and semi-arid. The mean temperature in the city year round is 27 °C, with an average maximum of 30 °C and an average minimum of 24 °C.

Assignment Details

Assignment Title Writer

Organizational Context & Project Description

18 Jun 2018 Page 1 of 4 Innovation for development is about identifying more effective solutions that add value for the people affected by development challenges – people and their governments, our users and clients. For example, new approaches include setting up innovation labs

with governments to re-design public service delivery; embracing data innovation to implement and monitor the Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs); exploring emerging and alternative sources of financing to deepen and diversify the resourcing and

implementation of the SDGs, from social impact bonds to pay-for-success and crowdfunding avenues or using behavioral insights to

facilitate policy-making.

The National Development Plan in Somalia set the bar high – aiming to realize an ambitious set of development objectives in a

three-year period. Major problems continue to bedevil the economic and development front. For example, high youth

unemployment, weak development of business in the agriculture sectors (fisheries, farming, livestock), unsustainable forest and

water management, very large numbers of IDPs coming to the urban centers and limited public service provision. The traditional

ways of working will not be sufficient to realize the NDP objectives nor to achieve the Agenda 2030 principle of “leaving no one

behind.” Innovative approaches are needed to turn these challenges into serious social and economic ventures that can make a

positive impact that ripples across the country, including for those most marginalized and at risk, like low-income women, youth, and


UNDP Somalia in collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic

Development and the Ministry of Trade and Industry launched the “Innovate for Somalia” project in July 2017 and successfully

organized the first ever Social Innovation Camp in Somalia in September 2017. This present project builds upon the lessons learnt

during the I4D pilot activities undertaken through the UNDP capacity development programme, while further strengthening the initial

approach, the project seeks to tap into the potential of all sectors of Somali society to innovate and design solutions that will help

address the development challenges the country is facing.

Sustainable Development Goals

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

UNV Focus Area Securing access to basic social services

Task description

Draft stories, articles and blogs, tweets to capture the work of the I4D Portfolio,

identify target audiences and develop and implement strategies for engaging them;

produce monthly blog posts and participate online discussions about the project

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.

Results/Expected Outputs

Key impact of results will include Write blogs, press releases, talking points

produce documentation on the project activities, lessons learned and successes

• 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


18 Jun 2018 Page 2 of 4 Required Degree Level Bachelor degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments

bachelor’s degree in social studies, art, urban design/planning, innovation, technology or any related field;

Required experience 12 months

Experience Remark

Language Skills

Somali (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent

AND - English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent

Area of Expertise

Public information and reporting Mandatory

Community participation and development Optional

Area of Expertise Requirement

Need Driving Licence No

Competencies & Values


Commitment and Motivation


Planning and Organizing

Working in Teams

Conditions of Service and other information

Condition of Service Click here to view Conditions of Service

Conditions of Service:

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.

Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event the duty station is not within commuting distance

from the place of recruitment. 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), as well as final

repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

18 Jun 2018 Page 3 of 4 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.

For UN Volunteer entitlements, kindly refer to the link Calculator

Application Code SOMR000410-2870

Application procedure

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all

sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special

Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like

to apply.

Application deadline:25 June 2018


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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  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Mogadishu (Somalia)
  • Grade: International Volunteer - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
    • Volunteerism
  • Closing Date: 2018-06-30

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