UN University Volunteer in Programme Support (Science)
Mission and objectives
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.
The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, established in 1998, contributes to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. UNESCO works to attain quality education for all, focusing on gender equality and adult literacy, to mobilize scientific knowledge and science policy for sustainable development, to preserve cultural heritage, promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, and to empower people through the free flow of ideas and access to information and knowledge. To achieve these objectives, UNESCO actively participates in the work of the UN Country Team in Nepal and closely cooperates with other development partners in the country.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the UNESCO Representative, or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN University Volunteer will: Assist the Science Team in UNESCO Nepal in developing, planning and implementing activities and projects related to Science in Nepal. The incumbent will work within the framework of UNESCO’s Country Strategy (UCS) for Nepal and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Nepal. In particular, the trainee shall: • Support colleagues on a broad range of issues related to environment, climate change, sustainable development, and the management of environmentally- protected areas in Nepal; • Provide assistance to communication and advocacy initiatives related to the implementation of activities in the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme, the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) initiatives and the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Programme of UNESCO. In addition, the Programme Associate will work with the Science team to explore opportunities of collaboration with civil society and the private sector in the aforementioned programmes. • Assist in implementing and coordinating activities, events, and other initiatives related to UNESCO’s projects and activities in Science Policy; • Recommend priorities for future action by building on existing work with key partners, developing new partnerships and mobilizing resources to enhance Natural Science programming in Nepal related to climate change and environmental sustainability, particularly those in favour of youth, women and indigenous communities. • Work with the Science colleagues to further the integration of the Natural Sciences Programme with that of Education, Culture and Communication and Information Units in the Office. • Perform other duties as requested by the Head of Office. 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 in-stance 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. • As an active Science team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNESCO and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: • In-depth knowledge acquired of UNESCO’s Natural Science Sector, including conservation initiatives in Nepal related to MAB, IHP, Protected Areas, and Natural World Heritage sites; • Understanding how to work effectively in an international environment with diverse stakeholders; • Experience in organizing workshops and consultations. • Solid working knowledge of the operations of an intergovernmental organization; • Strengthened analytical, communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills; • Experience in writing professional reports, concept notes and briefings. • Contribution to effective communication materials such as technical reports, donor re-ports, articles, brochures, publications, and/or mission reports. • 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 • 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
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