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 supports in designing policies and programmes for the empowerment of young people, in addition to interventions aimed at improving health and wellbeing of young people. The focus is on addressing vulnerabilities of adolescents from marginalized communities especially from the rural, tribal and urban poor communities in line with the principle of leaving non behind.
Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. As of 2011, the city had a population of 3.1 million, making it the tenth most populous city in the country. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City, due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings. Jaipur has a hot semi-arid climate. It receives over 63 cm of rainfall annually. But most rains occur in the monsoon months between June and September. Temperatures remain relatively high during summer from April to early July having average daily temperatures of around 27.6' C (82' F). During the monsoon, there are frequent, heavy rains and thunderstorms, but flooding is not common. The winter months of November to February are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 18' C (64' F) and with high humidity, but with occasional cold waves. Jaipur, like many other major cities of the world, is a significant urban heat island zone with surrounding rural temperatures occasionally falling below freezing in winters.
Conditions of Service for national UN Youth 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. 33,978.67 (Rupees Thirty-Three Thousand Nine-Hundred Seventy-Eight 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 NUN Youth Volunteer - State Programme Associate – Youth & Gender will perform the following tasks:
- Keep abreast of new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, State plans and development frameworks and provides inputs to programming in these areas In collaboration with State Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners work towards integrating youth, disability and gender dimensions in UNFPA programming, monitoring and evaluation and ensure that youth and gender issues are considered in addressing population issues.
- Provides technical assistance within the framework of agreed work plans for successful implementation of the Youth and Gender component of the State Programme.
- Supports the State office in implementing and monitoring various programmes for adolescents and youth and work towards establishing convergence with health and other sectors on ground in collaboration with key stakeholders.
- Engages with implementing partners and also undertakes field visits to project sites to facilitate timely and efficient delivery of project inputs.
- 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 Youth and Gender projects.
- Help to create and document knowledge about current and emerging youth and gender 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 through field visits and analysis of progress 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:
- Supported institutionalization of Adolescence Education programme in the existing state school system.
- Youth and Gender mainstreamed in all the State office interventions
- 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:
- Bachelor's degree in social science or a related field
- Since this is a NUN Youth Volunteer position, professional work experience is not required. However, relevant programme implementation and monitoring experience will be an added advantage
- Fluency in spoken and written English and Hindi is Mandatory.
- 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