Category Host entity Country
Programme Support Associate for Afghanistan Int. Specialist UNV Thailand

Programme Support Associate for Afghanistan

Programme Support Associate for Afghanistan

International Specialist
Host entity
Location, Country
Bangkok (THA)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
4 months with possiblity of extension
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Regional Manager for Asia and the Pacific or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Programme Support Associate will:

Support to UN Volunteer mobilization and management

  • Ensure an understanding of UNV’s mandate, key offers and the added value that UN Volunteer assignments by UN Agencies;
  • Support identification of 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 partner agencies and other partners;
  • Support briefings and debriefings for incoming and outgoing UN Volunteers, including personal support and guidance to UN Volunteers serving in the country;
  • Work closely with the 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;
  • Support the deployment and assignment management of all UN Volunteer modalities;
  • Support the recruitment of national and international UN Volunteers as well as other administrative duties for placement and management of UN Volunteers assigned to the country in line with the conditions of service and in close coordination with the relevant organizational units;
  • Participate in UN thematic forces, conflict and post-conflict needs assessments to identify opportunities for volunteer placement;
  • Support development and implementation of the UNV country programme’s annual work plan, including reporting on UNV support funds and budget;
  • Assist on the logistical and travel arrangements of arriving UN Volunteers and his/her recognized dependents;
  • Maintain up to date contact records of all serving UN Volunteers, including their recognized dependents;
  • In close coordination with the Communications Associate in the Regional Office, support in the preparation, dissemination and presentation of country-specific promotional information on the mandate and work of UNV with relevant development partners and the media.

Emergency Support

  • Ensure regular monitoring of well-being and duty of care of the UN Volunteers;
  • Analyse the situation in the country and suggest respective actions to the supervisor;
  • Act as an emergency contact point for information updates on the safety and whereabouts of the UN Volunteers under any emergency conditions;
  • In close coordination with relevant organizational units and in contact with the Host Entities, update the lists of emergency entitlements and other allowances for the UN Volunteers;
  • Consolidate and update the lists of the UN Volunteers and their whereabouts in case of emergency;
  • Support evacuation and relocation of UN Volunteers, if applicable;
  • Keep updated on the continuity plans of the Host Entities;
  • Collect and analyze information of re-purposing of the UN Volunteer assignments.

Administrative and logistical support

  • Maintain inventories of all UNV-supplied, non-expendable equipment, and ensure records of all items purchased for UNV-executed projects are submitted to UNV headquarters;
  • Maintain general office files and keep information and reference material in a manner that allows easy reference and retrieval.

  • Perform other duties as may be required.
Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments
Required experience
24 Months
Experience remark
  • At least 2 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in programme management support services;
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of volunteerism and previous experience in a volunteer organization is an advantage;
Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Dari(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise
Development programme/project administration, Volunteer programmes and volunteer management, Other development programme/project experience
Area of expertise details
  • Knowledge of volunteerism and previous experience in a volunteer organization is an advantage;
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Desirable: valid national driver’s license and proven ability to drive manual gear 4x4 over rough terrain; (if not applicable, delete)
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System
Driving license
Competencies values
Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? First register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? First update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 26 September 2021