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Programme Associate, Volunteer Systems

Bonn (Germany)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Bonn (Germany)
  • Grade: GS-7, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
    • Volunteerism
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-13

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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The Volunteer Solutions Section (VSS) ensures provision of high-quality volunteer service offering by UNV, including up to date volunteer modalities, key elements of volunteer management cycle, online volunteering, full-funding volunteer policies, systems and management tools. VSS works in close collaboration with UNV units in headquarters, the Regional Offices and Field Units to provide a wide range of specialized products and tools to support onsite and online volunteer mobilization, engagement and management.

UNV is undergoing digital transformation to better serve its UN partners and effectively support the delivery of the 2030 Agenda by deploying UN Volunteers worldwide faster and at a reduced cost of operations.

The UNV Digital Transformation will lead to new organizational capabilities with new systems supported by frontier technologies. Central to this transformation is development of the ‘Unified Volunteer Platform (UVP)’ which will bring together all aspects of volunteer management, including both online and onsite UN Volunteers.


Reporting to the Programme Specialist, Volunteer Systems, the Programme Associate, Volunteer Systems supports the project team to achieve successful launch and adoption of the Unified Volunteer Platform (UVP).

Duties and Responsibilities

System testing before and after UVP launch

  • Lead the testing efforts for all pre-launch and after-launch development sprints and deployments of new functionalities developed by the Information and Communications Technology Unit (ICTU) and/or external vendors for the UVP;
  • Conduct regression testing as well as ad-hoc UVP testing as required;
  • Lead user testing sessions to observe users’ interactions with UVP, record their feedback and report back to the project team;
  • Participate in development, programming, debugging and implementation meetings of UVP and related volunteer management systems;
  • Support the implementation of the different components and tracks of UVP using innovation, design thinking and prototyping, while ensuring coherence, taxonomy alignment and logical integration.

System demonstrations and training to various audiences

  • Prepare various demonstration and knowledge materials to support adoption of the UVP by all audiences;
  • Conduct demonstration sessions as per demand from internal and external audiences;
  • Organize training sessions for UVP users; arrange for briefings and demonstrations of other corporate and user-developed systems;
  • Conduct online and onsite training sessions to various audiences, including hands-on trainings;
  • Collect user feedback from demonstrations and training sessions in a structured way for further implementation consideration by the project team;
  • Share synthesis of lessons learned and best practices directly linked to systems management;
  • Guide UNV personnel on procedures and actions to be performed in new volunteer management applications related to operational matters, liaising closely with the Programme Specialist Volunteer Systems, UNV Digital Transformation project team and ICTU team.

Service desk tier 1 on UVP systems-related enquiries

  • Closely monitor and respond to user needs, questions and general enquiries using UNV’s corporate service desk platform (salesforce);
  • Provide remote technical support to Regional Offices and Field Unit personnel as required;
  • Provide prompt and accurate technical guidance to client queries. Liaise with ICTU and UNV Digital Transformation project team for specific inputs as necessary;
  • Draft technical notes for general orientation of internal stakeholders;
  • Draft knowledge articles and chatbot intents to increase the share of enquiries responded on the service desk tier 0 level (self-service and chatbots);
  • Generate monthly reports on helpdesk services, classify problems reported, corrective measures taken and cases for critical attention. Propose improvements and system reconfiguration as considered necessary. Identify specific ways to leverage and expedite support.



Core competencies


  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work


  • Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement


Technical/functional competencies

IT Customer Support

  • Ability to support internal customers with IT assistance

Applications Management

  • Ability to develop, support, and maintain applications

Information Systems and Technology

  • Knowledge of IST innovations and concepts and ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations

Quality Assurance

  • Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled

Operational Efficiency

  • Ability to identify and execute opportunities to improve operational efficiency

Relationship Management

  • Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, inter-agency coordination and forge productive working relationships

Required Skills and Experience


  • Secondary education;
  • Supplementary training in information technology, editing/writing/publishing, software testing, and knowledge sharing, and learning provision is considered an asset.


  • 7 years of relevant experience in web development, systems support or systems training provision;
  • Experience in drafting, writing and editing in English.

Language requirements

  • Fluency in English;
  • Proficiency in French and/or Spanish is an asset.


  • Strong writing and editing skills.



•Only short-listed applicants will be contacted;
•The successful candidate will hold a UNDP letter of appointment;
•All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.
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UNDP/UNV reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP/UNV at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
Workforce diversity
UNDP/UNV is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
UNDP/UNV does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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