The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Opportunities at UNICEF | Deadline: 10th March, 2019
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.
Country of Assignment Tanzania
Host Institute UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Volunteer International Specialist
Number of Volunteer Volunteer 3
Duration 12 months
Expected Starting Date Immediate
Duty Station Kasulu [TZA] Assignment
The incumbent is expected to live in a remote, isolated location with basic and minimal facilities. Due to limited accommodation space within the UNHCR compound, the incumbent will share a house with another IUNV and or secure other accommodation outside the UNHCR Compound. His/her duties and responsibilities entail traveling between the office in Kasulu and the Nyarugusu refugee camp to conduct interviews which is a one and a half hour drive each way. The R&R cycle is 12 weeks ( 3 months) and the duty station is not conducive for families (particularly families with children).
Organizational Context & Project Description
The Office of the UNHCR was established on 14 December 1950 by the UN General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country (www.unhcr.org).
Conduct casework by interviewing identified refugees for resettlement. Assess the resettlement
needs and complete RRF (Resettlement Registration Forms) and refer cases for review to the
Research country of origin information to support and strengthen resettlement cases;
Support and assist in the preparation of and facilitation of resettlement country missions;
Assist Resettlement Officer with the organizing of training workshops and seminars on resettlement
related issues for UNHCR staff;
Manage in a fair manner refugees’ resettlement expectations through information sharing, outreach and counselling;
Regularly liaise with Protection, Community Services and other relevant Units to individual case
processing within the Office;
Regularly update ProGres database with resettlement events and maintain own statistical data for reporting purposes;
Participate at the Resettlement Unit, Protection Section and Office meetings when requested;
Undertake support resettlement missions to the field when required.
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 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 reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application-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.
Cases are referred for resettlement in accordance with existing SOPs;
Participation at office meetings to discuss cases identified for possible resettlement consideration;
Resettlement events in ProGres database are properly updated and cases are tracked;
Resettlement country missions and refugee departures from (country) are facilitated;
Resettlement counseling is provided to refugees;
The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
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 development during the assignment,
such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
Additional information on Results/ Expected Outputs would appear here ....
The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
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
Education - Additional Comments
Type of Degree: University degree in Law, Social Sciences, Sociology or related field
Required experience 24 months
Minimum 2 years of work experience with refugees and/or other people of concern in a protection capacity required, especially in conducting RSD (Refugee Status Determination) and resettlement interviews.
Desirable Qualifications and Skills:
Knowledge of UN policies and procedures;
Flexibility and ability to provide support and oversight to numerous projects at once and willingness
to undertake some related administrative tasks;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural setting;
Ability to complete tasks within a set time frame;
Good analytical skills;
Ability to work effectively and with minimum supervision.
Experience reviewing RRFs is ESSENTIAL.
Computer skills: General computer literacy (word, email, internet) and good knowledge of the basic data management programs; Excel, Access, ProGres (asset).
English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent
AND - Swahili (Optional) , Level - Working Knowledge
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