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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme Manager provides oversight and strategic guidance to the UNV Field Unit and is mainly accountable for the placement of UN Volunteers mobilized in the context of the Security Council mandated missions. Furthermore, the UNV Programme Manager represents and strategically positions UNV and brings UNV services and solutions closer to its partners from governments, UN entities, civil society and private sector.

Reporting to the Chief of Mission Support (CMS), through the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), and the Deputy Chief of Mission Support, in UNAMA; and the Manager Regional Office (UNV), Asia and Pacific based in Bangkok, and in close collaboration with the UNDP Country Office management, the Programme Manager is responsible for the oversight and management of the UNV presence in Afghanistan.

She/he assumes the overall responsibility and accountability for the work and expected deliverables of the Field Unit.  She/he contributes to the development and implementation of UNV’s Strategic Framework, annual work plans and resource and volunteer mobilization strategies and targets in the region. At the regional level, he/she advocates for UNV, builds strategic partnerships with key regional partners, engages them in relationship management and promotes knowledge creation and sharing.

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Duties and Responsibilities

UN Volunteer mobilization and management

  • Provide oversight and manage the UNV Field Unit the Programme Officer, UN Volunteer Support Officers and national staff (GS – when applicable) to ensure an understanding of UNV’s mandate, key offers and the added value that UN Volunteer assignments bring in support to the achievement of their respective mandates;
  • Identify volunteer placement opportunities and present UNV value proposition and volunteer modalities with the objective of maximizing international and national volunteer presence, including collaboration in the preparation of descriptions of assignment, with UNAMA and other partners;
  • Ensure that incoming and outgoing UN Volunteers are adequately briefed and debriefed and extend personal support and guidance to UN Volunteers serving in the country;
  • Work closely with the UNDSS Field Security Officer and provide support to the UN Designated Official to ensure a detailed understanding among UN Volunteers on all security-related issues;
  • Monitor the well-being and performance of serving UN Volunteers through routine field visits;
  • Manage and ensure administrative and corporate backstopping to the UN Volunteers in the UN Mission (which includes contract management, payroll monitoring leave and attendance monitoring, provision of induction briefings, ensuring appropriate working, living and security conditions, etc.), while ensuring UN Volunteers in the UN Mission are managed on an equal footing with other Mission-associated personnel, and in accordance with the stipulations of the Global MOU concluded between UNV and DPKO/DFS;
  • Oversee and approve UN Volunteers’ entitlements as delegated, authorized, or needed;
  • Provide overall management and administrative support to UN Volunteers;
  • Manage efficiently the training budget of the EOL (i.e.: mission budget) – in coordination with the UN Mission’s Training Unit – and the budget provided by UNV HQ for the promotion of volunteerism.

Advocacy, partnership building, and UNV programme integration

  • Promote UNVs’ field efforts in close collaboration with the UNV Programme Analyst, ensuring key results and delivery of the Strategic Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • In collaboration with UNV regional office, liaise and develop regular contact with relevant partners and colleagues at the sub-regional, country and, if required, headquarters level, to strengthen existing collaboration and promote/identify new opportunities for UNV in the areas of peacebuilding, humanitarian, and crisis prevention and recovery activities;
  • In line with DPKO/DFS policies, position UNV as a partner that can assist the UN Mission in its national capacity development efforts in both substantive and technical support roles;
  • Position UNV as a reliable programmatic and implementing partner in the UN Mission’s quick impact projects (QIPs) when relevant;
  • Identify, pursue and develop inputs to DPKO, UNDP, UNV and other publications and working documents for programme development purposes. This includes the preparation of case studies, best practice guidelines, Peace Programming Section briefing notes, etc., on UNV’s work in peacekeeping, humanitarian relief and electoral support in the country;
  • Identify, pursue and develop news stories, case studies, and briefs for publication in DPKO, DFS, DPA, UNDP, UNV and other publications. This involves close consultation with UNV/HQ’s Communications Unit;
  • Participate in DPKO, UNDP and UNV corporate and country level discussions and planning, including the preparation of portfolio summary reports, contributions to UNV business plans, global programme inputs, project appraisal committees, and routine preparation of briefing and advisory notes;
  • Identify, design and implement volunteer activities/events/projects (including the annual celebration of International Volunteer Day on 5 December), either at request of UN Volunteers, local or international volunteer associations or private stakeholders, or at own initiative, including exploring funding opportunities (both internally, e.g. SVF, and externally), liaison with local volunteer associations to ensure local ownership and local volunteer mobilization, and mobilization of UN partners and international stakeholders for volunteer mobilization, co-funding and logistical support in implementation of activities;
  • Contribute to the creation of a corporate identity for the UN Volunteers and to the promotion of volunteerism through the UN Volunteers in the country;
  • Identify opportunities for the use of Online Volunteers and promote the online volunteer services with partners.

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  • Develop and manage the implementation of the Field Unit’s annual work plan, including management and reporting on UNV support funds and budget;
  • Lead the UNV country-presence to ensure coordinated and effective delivery of services as well as enable a supportive and collaborative work environment;
  • Manage any UNV assigned personnel within the FU including supervision, performance assessment and capacity development; and
  • Establish and monitor implementation of the FU’s annual work plan and set performance indicators. Implement streamlined work processes within the UNV Field Unit through Manage learning activities, including establishing Unit Learning Plans and ensure staff supervised meets their development needs while meeting the needs of the Mission;
  • Implement procurement processes and provide oversight to contract implementation and certification of payments.

Core Competencies:

  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Functional Competencies:

  • Partnerships: Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships
  • Knowledge Management: Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge
  • Client Orientation: Ability to anticipate client needs and contribute to a positive outcome
  • Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results
  • Internal Reporting and Accountability: Ability to create internal reporting and accountability processes and standards

To apply

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Deadline: 22/02/2018 Midnight, New York USA


  • Master degree in social sciences, public administration, humanitarian, international relations/development studies, law, human resources or other relavant field.Required Skills and Experience


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience at the field level, preferably with UNDP/UNV, or in the areas of humanitarian relief, electoral assistance, special operations in DPKO environment and communications;
  • Work experience as UNV Programme Officer in a field location is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English and French.


  • Strong recognition of UNV values and the ability to identify fully with the programme is highly desirable.


  • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted;
  • The successful candidate will hold a UNDP letter of appointment.

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