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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Ramallah
  • Grade: National UN Volunteer - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2018-12-28

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Gender Assistant- Ramallah

Ramallah (Palestinian Territory)

Background

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.

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 is seeking to recruit a Youth UN Volunteer, under the overall supervision of the Community Resilience and Development Programme- CRDP Programme Manager.

The (CRDP) programme will enable Palestinians living in Area C and East Jerusalem to achieve their primary goal of safeguarding their property and source of livelihoods and stay on their land. The development potential of Area C is critical to the viability of the Palestinian State. The CRDP is designed to address the challenges in Area C and East Jerusalem as its objective is to empower local stakeholders, through the most appropriate partners to act with resilience to respond to threats that affect their sustenance on the land. The programme will thus contribute to i) preventing the erosion of Palestinian development capital in Area C and East Jerusalem; ii) protecting Palestinian land and property in Area C and East Jerusalem; and iii) mitigating and ideally reversing migration flow from Area C and East Jerusalem by enhancing human security.

The programme has been implemented by a wide array of partners, including communities, grassroots organizations, local and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), based on their respective merits, and according to locally designed plans. The programme facilitates a complementary approach and a transition process from humanitarian interventions towards development and builds initiatives that are of a development nature, but that are not taking place in Area C and East Jerusalem. To do so, the programme is going to work at four output levels:

  • Output 1: Public and social infrastructure in Area C and East Jerusalem improved
  • Output 2: Access to sustainable livelihood and business opportunities improved
  • Output 3: Governance including human capital knowledge management and public participation strengthened
  • Output 4: Nationally led developmental role in Area C and East Jerusalem supported

During the upcoming period, the programme will mainly focus on support the resilience of Palestinians in Area C.

The duty station for the assignment will be in Ramallah, which is a non-family duty station with frequent field missions and visits to the implementing partners of the project.

As is the case for UN staff and partners, the volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan.

A  6- month contract with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of  ILS 3,712.8   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 the CRDP Program Manager, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Conduct data collection related to conducting gender audits of all CRDP implementing partners in Area C to ensure all necessary data is being captured.
  • Field missions to partner CSOs, to conduct data collection regarding their gender status in preparation for a gender audit for each CSO.
  • Ensure appropriate and accurate data is collected for operational and evaluative purposes and effective organization of data
  • Create and maintain databases and spreadsheets that meet operational requirements.
  • Engage in data management and updating police gender related statistics by utilizing available tools.
  • Support and guide the implementation of gender sensitive indicators, in line with CRDP gender policy and monitoring framework.
  • Provide guidance and advice to CSOs, whenever needed, to make sure partner CSOs demonstrate proper understanding of CRDP inclusive approach to gender equality.

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

  • (Bi-weekly – monthly) visit to partner CSOs; properly documented and standardized by field audit reports, gender assessments, and any other forms/data requested to develop the gender policy.
  • Two focus group discussions with each partner CSO, pre and post intervention, to discuss observations, future recommendation and lessons learnt regarding better gender mainstreaming.
  • The development of Data archiving system to retain all reports, assessments, audit reports and photos.
  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, 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 during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

Competencies

  • 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: B.A degree in social studies, MIS, Women or relevant degree

Required Experience: minimum years of experience 0-2 years

Experience Description:

  • 0-2 Years of Experience in data collection and management, project management and women empowerment.

Language Skills:                Arabic and English

Areas of Expertise:  

         - Development programmes, technical assistance and volunteer management 

         - Gender equality and advancement of women  

Standard paragraph for UN Youth Volunteers:

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-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.
  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness 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, the host agency will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. The host agency will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.

Disclaimer

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.

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