Research and Coordination Assistant (Human Security)
Mission and objectives
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. The priority of UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub is to provide UNDP Country Offices in Asia and the Pacific with easy access to knowledge through high quality advisory services based on global applied research and UNDP lessons learned. The second priority is to build partner-ships and promote regional capacity building initiatives, which allow UNDP, governments and other development partners to identify, create and share knowledge relevant to solving urgent development challenges.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand, in collaboration with the Royal Thai Government and partners, has been implementing projects to accelerate the country’s development for more than 50 years. In line with the Country Programme 2022-2026 for Thailand, UNDP works to enhance human capital, promote an inclusive green economy, and empower the rights of vulnerable groups, especially, those furthest left behind. With the adoption of advanced technology and an innovative approach to strengthening partnership and strong institutions, UNDP aims to support the country’s achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In recent years, to promote and advance SDG16 in Thailand, UNDP advocates and promotes a Human Security prevention-based approach to societal tensions in Thailand, emphasizing a framework for Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE). It is developed in a comprehensive, gender-responsive and multisectoral manner, based on a government and civil society consensus. Two specific results are expected of the project: 1. Thai Government’s preparation and implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) for Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) is informed by a Human Security approach, including the development of Human Security Guidelines by a cross-Government group, fully informed by gender considerations, and validated a multi-stakeholder ‘whole of society’ platform. 2. A Human Security approach to PVE is adopted through outreach at the local level in 2 selected target areas, for replication elsewhere under provisions of a NAP. This aims to mainstream bottom-up gender-responsive responses to challenges, that are not purely hard security-driven but that respond to locally identified drivers of conflict.
Under the direct supervision of the UNDP Project Manager, the Research and Coordination Assistant (Human Security) will perform the following functions: i. Provide research support: a. Conduct desk research in the areas of Human Security and national development plan and others as assigned; b. Produce a comprehensive data set (extract, input, copy, and filing data) from various sources in an electronic file; c. Edit and prepare reports and translate documents; d. Take meeting minutes in program and project meetings; ii. Provide effective and efficient support in coordination, administration, and meeting arrangements: a. Provide organization and coordination support for international and external meetings with other teams and external bodies (UN Agencies, Government, Civil Society, etc.), as well as efficient interpretation/translation (Thai-English and vice versa) when required. b. Liaising and communicating with stakeholders as required to support the operation of an effective and efficient organization of workshop/event/conference/series of meetings and training. c. Maintain an effective filing system to maintain all hard and electronic files, reference materials and confidential records as required; d. Prepare minutes of meetings, write official communications, proof-read outgoing communications, and translate documents; e. Prepare documents, agendas and materials related to meetings and missions; and f. Perform other duties and administrative support as assigned. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: • 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 self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. • 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 • As a UNDP team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNDP and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: o Smooth coordination between UN agencies, Governmental organization, and the UN partners. o Provide technical assistance to align with the project workplan o Promoting the project works to more engagement with the stakeholders. • 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.