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VMAM Code BIHR000470-8858

Junior Peace and Development Coordination Officer

International Youth
Bosnia and Hercegovina
Sarajevo (BIH)
14 June 2021
12 months with possibility of extension
15 March 2021

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Peace and Development Adviser in the RCO, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide overall support to the Peace and Development Unit (PDU) in daily work;
  • Support in the monitoring of and coordinating with the UNCT on relevant peacebuilding aspects of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for BiH, the 2030 Agenda, the COVID-19 response and other relevant programming work;
  • Support the Peace and Development Adviser (PDA) in ensuring coherence and strategic links with work of the Human Rights Adviser (HRA) and RCO economist, with a focus on SDGs, gender issues, and the Peace-Development Nexus;
  • Assist the PDU in monitoring and summarizing key peacebuilding and political events, conferences, reports and analyses being generated by Balkans experts, think thanks, etc that are not in B/C/S;
  • Support the PDU in monitoring the peacebuilding work of key UN counterparts in BiH (e.g. OSCE, CoE, EU and various Embassies);
  • Support with work related to the on-going (and newly emerging) UN joint projects on peacebuilding and social cohesion;
  • Support the PDU in mainstreaming the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, with a focus on the linkages between the SDGs and peacekeeping in BiH;
  • Assist the PDU in performing gender analysis and gender impact assessment in projects and activities, mindful of the linkages between gender equality and promotion of social cohesion;
  • Support the PDU in helping the RCO develop and implement UN global actions targeting the Western Balkans at the country level;
  • Support the PDU in implementing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda at the country level;
  • Contribute to advocacy and communication activities related to the work of the PDU;
  • Perform other related duties as may be required or assigned by the PDA.
Bachelor degree or equivalent

Political science, international relations, law, international cooperation for development, gender studies or other related field.

  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in peacebuilding, conflict analysis or conflict prevention in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
  • Previous experience and/or demonstrated interest in the Western Balkans would be highly regarded.
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Other development programme/project experience

Learning Expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:

  • Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.
  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.
  • Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, the host agency will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. The host agency will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.


Accountability, Building Trust, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

This assignment is funded by the Government of Sweden, therefore only Swedish nationals are eligible to apply. Moreover, candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the assignment.

Please apply via the link below. You can then either log in if you already have an account or register via ‘Candidate Signup’. You may apply to a maximum of three assignments per advertisement and indicate your order of preference in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile.

Application deadline: 15 March 2021

Selection process

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity between 29 March and 16 April. Usually these interviews are competency-based.

Assignment Preparation Training

Prior to deployment, the selected candidate will be required to attend a mandatory preparation training from 7 to 11 June 2021 organized by Sida.

COVID-19: In case of travel restrictions, assignments may start remotely or start dates may be postponed.