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VMAM Code BOLR000674-8856

Junior Specialist in Peace and Security

International Youth
La Paz (BOL)
14 June 2021
12 months with possibility of extension
15 March 2021

Under the direct supervision of Peace and Development Advisor the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) and the team in the mainstreaming of conflict prevention and peacebuilding approaches and strategies.
  • Assist the PDA in providing quality information in the form of background notes, talking points, briefings and reports to the UN Resident Coordinator related to the relations in the peace and development arena with government officials, academia, civil society, and with the wider political and civic leadership, including religious and traditional leaders.
  • Support the PDA and RCO carrying out research towards identifying relevant areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders and support the preparation of reports of the UN response to government requests, related to social cohesion, dialogue, democratic reform, rule of law and strengthening of institutions, conflict prevention, consensus building and the peaceful management of natural resources in Bolivia.
  • Support the PDA and the team of the peace initiative programme in the activities to be implemented as needed.
  • Work with the team to establish stronger working relationships towards creating programmatic linkages with relevant stakeholders, agencies; non-state actors, UN Agencies, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society, and universities.
  • Sharing of good practices on conflict prevention and peacebuilding, as well as monitoring and evaluation function, including collecting, processing, and analysing data in the framework of peace and development team workplan.
Bachelor degree or equivalent

Bachelor's degree in law, political sciences, social sciences or related areas to conflict resolution and mediation, dialogue, and reconciliation processes, peace affairs, risk management, security, and related areas.

  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in peace and security
  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e., studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.
  • Experience working in programmes and projects.
  • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development, especially through gender equality, and to serve others.
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills.
  • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team.
  • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences.
  • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions.
  • Computer skills (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others).

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Spanish(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
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, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, 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.