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Project Coordinator

East Jerusalem (Palestinian Territory)


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.

The UN Volunteer will reside in Jerusalem and will be seconded to the United Nations Development Programme- UNDP/ Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. 

UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) was established through a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 December 1978, calling upon UNDP “to improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people”. In partnership with Palestinian institutions, civil society, communities and donors, UNDP’s goal is to empower the Palestinian People to establish a viable State that is able to realize the right to development for its people and support their socio-economic resilience. Since its establishment, UNDP/PAPP has delivered over USD 1.5 billion in development assistance to the Palestinian People.

UNDP/PAPP places empowerment, resilience and sustainability at the centre of its operation and focuses on three priority areas: the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank, where the needs are the greatest. UNDP/PAPP is active in four thematic areas: democratic governance and the rule of law; economic empowerment and private sector development; environment and management of natural resources; and public and social infrastructure.

The UNDP/PAPP with the support of the Islamic Development Bank are launching a comprehensive programme for supporting Civil Society Organizations in East Jerusalem-Phase III. The Programme has the following intended outcomes:

  • Resilience of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem increased;
  • Empowerment of youth and women promoted;
  • Capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in EJ strengthened;
  • Access by Jerusalemites to Palestinian local and grassroots organizations enhanced;
  • Gender equality improved;
  • Synergies and confidence building among stakeholders in East Jerusalem promoted.

The establishment of strong, sustainable and enabling partnerships with civil society organizations (CSOs) in East Jerusalem is critical to the realization of these six outcomes and to the overall success of the upcoming Programme. UNDP/PAPP recognizes that CSOs have an extremely important role to play in increasing the resilience of Palestinians in East Jerusalem: inter alia, by providing critical services to vulnerable groups; delivering awareness programmes; and by striving to leave no one behind especially young females; in addition to increasing confidence and synergies between stakeholders and communities through diverse activities and advocacy initiatives.

In light of the programme launching, UNDP/PAPP seeks to recruit a national UN Volunteer project coordinator for its readiness and preparatory support project with CSOs. The UN Volunteer will follow up day to day management of the project, technically and contribute to delivering the project results, revise all incoming documents from CSOs and draft donor reports.

As is the case for UN staff and partners, the volunteer will make his/her own arrangements for housing and transportation to and from work

Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of ILS 4,641 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of UNDP/PAPP’s Program Analyst for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Empowerment Team as a primary supervisor, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Coordinate and monitor the Project Implementation activities; 
  • Facilitate the day-to-day management of the project; responsible for the timely delivery of all project activities and achieve the intended outputs
  • Liaise with CSOs, and UNDP/PAPP to assure the overall direction and integrity of the project
  • Support delivery of high quality project outputs through preparation of annual work plan and budget in consultation with the Program Analyst; 
  • Prepare and ensure implementation of the annual action and procurement plans; 
  • Monitor project activities, including financial matters, prepare quarterly and annual  technical and financial progress reports
  • Manage technical services and financial resources to achieve results in line with the outputs and activities outlined in the project document;
  • Provide communication support on the project to all stakeholders, and logistic support to project activities when required
  • Arrange for field trips for national and international consultants
  • Prepare regular budgetary and financial monitoring reports, as requested by UNDP/PAPP
  • Manage project financial resources in line with UNDP requirements, ensuring accountability and transparency
  • Undertake project monitoring in line with the monitoring plan and against the approved work-plan and budget
  • Manage and monitor the project  risks
  • Capture lessons learned during project implementation and make sure to include them in the progress reports.

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;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • 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

  • The intended project results are Successfully delivered as per the project implementation plan
  • A final report, that includes among others: Background, Introduction, Main Activities Implemented, Requested Follow Up, Summary and Recommendations is prepared
  • All project deliverables are achieved with good quality and milestones as defined in the project implementation Plan which includes: Coordination Mechanism, Operational guidelines, no objection procedures, Gender policy note, Country program, Accredited entities priority working areas, and private sector framework.
  • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all reports and activities throughout the assignment;
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.


  • Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
  • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Required Skills and Experience

EducationRequired Degree Level: Bachelor's degree

Type of degree: Bachelor's degree in English, communications, development studies,  Political Science, or any relevant Social Science fields

Required Experience: minimum years of experience 3 years

Experience Description: Experience in project management, communication and coordination and/or monitoring and evaluation

Language Skills:  Fluent in English and Arabic

Areas of Expertise:           

  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to maintain a network of contacts and remains up-to date on partnerships related issues,
  • Demonstrate excellent knowledge of information technology and applies it on work assignments,
  • Has the ability to prioritize and organize work schedule to meet work needs and deadlines.
  • Valid driving licence, and able to drive in Jerusalem
  • Experience in coordinating projects


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.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

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.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: East Jerusalem (Palestinian Territory)
  • Grade: National UN Volunteer - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-27

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