Communications & Advocacy Associate
Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Volunteerism has a rich history in Sri Lanka and it is deeply woven into the socio-cultural fabric of the country. This is reflected in the National Survey on Volunteerism which states that over 40% of the population in each province is engaged in volunteering activities. In 2014 UNV Sri Lanka launched “Sri Lankan Youth: Volunteering to Make a Difference” which captures different dimensions on youth and volunteerism in Sri Lanka. According to the survey, 74% of respondents believe that volunteering contributes to the development of Sri Lanka.
Volunteerism can be a tool to achieve SDGs and volunteers can widen dialogues spaces, design innovative models for stakeholder engagement and support the data revolution by tapping on peoples’ experiences as a new form of data.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organisation that supports sustainable human development globally through the promotion of volunteerism, including the mobilisation of volunteers. It values free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity which are the foundations of volunteerism.
Through the years, UNV Sri Lanka has worked on a number of youth-related projects (e.g. VForce, World Conference on Youth, etc.). UNV along with UNFPA and UN Women developed a project titled “Participation of Youth and Women in the Peacebuilding Process,” which will leverage volunteer networks for community engagement in various peace building activities to support strengthening the role of civil society and volunteerism to foster social cohesion and trust.
The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) was established by the UN Secretary General in October 2006, following a request from the General Assembly and the Security Council. With the primary aim of preventing a relapse into violent conflict, the PBF is currently providing fast, flexible and relevant funding to over 20 countries.
As part of this project, UNV will conduct a series of outreach and visibility activities to raise awareness on the role of youth and volunteers in promoting peace, including V-Awards 2018 as one of the flagship initiative. In 2011, UNV Sri Lanka took a stance to recognize Sri Lanka’s volunteers nation-wide and to host ‘V-Awards’.
V-Awards was initiated in cooperation with the National Steering Committee on Volunteering and one of Sri Lanka’s leading media. The event is organized every two years and aims at recognizing individuals who make extraordinary and selfless contributions to society at large and reward the most outstanding volunteer at national level. This year, V-Awards 2018 will have a Special Award on “Volunteering for Peace” to recognize the acts of volunteerism in peace building in the country.
Duties and Responsibilities
- 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
The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
- Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
- Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
- Grade: National UN Volunteer - Locally recruited Volunteer
- Peace and Development
- Communication and Public Information
- Legal - Broad
- Political Affairs
- Closing Date: 2018-09-28