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.
Organizational context and brief project description
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled ensuring rights and choices for all. The three transformative results for UNFPA are ending preventable maternal deaths, ending unmet need for family planning and ending gender-based violence and all harmful practices including child marriage. UNFPA’s India Country Programme 9 focuses on empowering young people with critical life skills and invests in adolescent health and well-being; ensuring universal access to high quality sexual and reproductive health and rights; addressing gender discrimination and harmful practices such as gender-biased sex selection and child marriage, and using population data to maximize the demographic dividend.
UNFPA has a focus on promoting Reproductive Health and Rights and works in close collaboration with government and non-government agencies. UNFPA applies a system strengthening approach for improved planning, monitoring and implementing Quality RH Programmes. The emphasis is to improve the reach and range of services to the most marginalized within the government’s Programme framework. UNFPA also extends technical assistance to aspirational districts to strengthen RMNCH+A services.
As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan.
Bhopal is the capital city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and the administrative headquarters of Bhopal district and Bhopal division. The city was the capital of the former Bhopal State. Bhopal is known as the City of Lakes for its various natural as well as artificial lakes and is also one of the greenest cities in India. It is the 17th largest city in the country and 131st in the world. Bhopal has a humid subtropical climate, with cool, dry winters, a hot summer and a humid monsoon season. Summers start in late March and go on till mid-June, the average temperature being around 30 °C (86 °F), with the peak of summer in May, when the highs regularly exceed 40 °C (104 °F). The monsoon starts in late June and ends in late September. These months see about 40 inches (1020 mm) of precipitation, frequent thunderstorms and flooding. The average temperature is around 25 °C (77 °F) and the humidity is quite high. Temperatures rise again up to late October when winter starts, which lasts up to early March. Winters in Bhopal are cool, and not very much comfortable like summers, with average daily temperatures around 16 °C (61 °F) . The winter peaks in January when temperatures may drop close to freezing on some nights. Lowest temperature ever recorded was 0.3C. Total annual rainfall is about 1146 mm (46 inches).
Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers
- The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.
- Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event the duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of Rs. 42,473.67 (Rupees Forty-Two Thousand Four-Hundred Seventy-Three and Paise Sixty-Seven only) 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.
- Furthermore, in non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, a Well-Being Differential (WBD) will be provided monthly.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative, the oversight of the Assistant Representative and the direct supervision of the State Programme Coordinator, the NUNV State Programme Associate will perform the following tasks:
- Analyze and interpret the political, social and economic environment relevant to population and development, and reproductive health and identify opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention. Keep abreast of new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, State plans and development frameworks.
- In collaboration with State Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners contributes substantively to integrate reproductive health and rights dimensions in UNFPA programming, monitoring and evaluation and ensure that reproductive health and rights issues are considered in addressing population issues.
- Provides technical assistance within the framework of agreed work plans for successful implementation of the Reproductive Health and Rights component of the State Programme.
- Assist in monitoring progress on quality of contraceptive services and providing technical support to strengthening quality assurance systems
- Assist in strengthening provision of integrated SRH services in selected districts
- Support efforts to strengthen maternal health initiatives such as SBA, Emergency Obstetric and New born Care (EmONC) and Maternal Death Surveillance and Reporting (MDSR) .
- Support in preparing briefs on selected priority areas and project / research briefs on the basis of systematic analysis of processes and outputs derived from the UNFPA supported RH projects.
- Help to create and document knowledge about current and emerging reproductive health and rights issues, by analyzing programmes, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and shares with the Country office team for use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies.
- Assist in monitoring of ongoing programme and projects implemented by partners, through field visits and analysis of progress reports.
- Assist in preparing background documents for programme reviews and evaluation exercises, and reports.
- Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
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.
- As an active team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNFPA State Office and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
- Support provided to strengthening access and quality of reproductive health services in the State
- Support provided to strengthening access and quality of maternal health services in the State
- Technical support provided to implementing partners for the implementation of their Annual Work Plans
- 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
Required Skills and Experience
- Master's degree in Public Health or other directly related field.
- At least 3 years of relevant professional work experience in programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation
- Fluency in spoken and written English and Hindi is mandatory. Fluency in Odia language is mandatory for those applying for a position in the State of Odisha,
- Strong team skills including ability to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those relevant to the team members
- Resourcefulness, efficient in taking initiative, maturity of judgment, tact;
- Good analytical, organizing and planning skills;
- Good communication and negotiation skills;
- Ability to work independently;
- Knowledge of the region;
- Willingness to travel to project sites and other areas as needed