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Category Host entity Country
Communication for Development Officer (Polio) 15 May 2021 Nat. Specialist UNICEF Afghanistan
Kabul (AFG)
8 months with possibility of extension
15 May 2021

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Job organizational context: The Communication for Development Officer will support the polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan through managing a network of polio social mobilization and community engagement personnel, including Immunization Communication Network, Female Mobilisers Vaccinators, and Social mobilization and monitoring facilitators.

10. Description of tasks:

Under the direct supervision of Communication for Development Specialist, the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the field offices in conducting community engagement meetings, training and polio awareness sessions in line with the regional communication plans.
  • Compile the data on the community engagement activities based on developed and agreed M&E indicators and draft the analyses of the conducted interventions.
  • Contribute to development, review and quality assurance of C4D materials and training materials to ensure optimum impact within politically and culturally sensitive context.
  • Verify and monitor the recruitments of the social mobilization personnel.
  • Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.
  • Support financial management and reporting of the third-party social mobilization contractors in the regions by monitoring, reviewing and verifying financial documents, providing quality assurance, and working with the regional teams to ensure timely submission of payment documentation.
  • Develop and maintain a tracking system of the monthly salary payments and allowance (living allowance, travel allowance, etc) for the social mobilization contractors
  • Prepare human interest stories, case studies and briefs on community engagement interventions for polio eradication.
  • Perform other tasks to facilitate community engagement for polio eradication as requested by the supervisor.
Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, communication, public relations or another relevant field.
24 Months
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: communication for development, public relations, communication, advocacy, information management.
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
  • Dari(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Pashto(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Other communications related experience
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: communication for development, public relations, communication, advocacy, information management.

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Field Assistant 23 May 2021 Nat. Specialist UNHCR Guyana

Field Assistant

National Specialist
Georgetown (GUY) (GUY)
01 July 2021
until 31 December 2021
23 May 2021

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Associate Protection Officer or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Field Assistant will:

Assist in administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports, meeting authorized personnel and assisting them during field missions.

· Facilitate Interpretation when required by local authorities in support of registration, extension of stay permit, medical assistance, COVID measures, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.

· Assist in the reception, registration, and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.

· Provide functional and administrative support in implementing participatory approaches, needs assessments, monitoring, reporting and case management.

· Assist in drafting reports, routine correspondence, and compiling statistics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).

· Identify vulnerable Persons of Concern and refer them to UNHCR and/or to relevant Government services.

· Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services.

· Provide counselling to persons of concern in need of protection assistance and support and ensure proper feedback is provided to persons of concern.

· Assess the needs of vulnerable persons of concern, identify assistance and propose relevant solutions as required.

· Plan, organize and undertake distribution of food and non-food items in accordance with guidelines established by UNHCR and compile relevant reports of distribution activities.

· Assist in exploring opportunities for mainstreaming persons of concern into available local services, particularly health and educational services.

· Conduct and support regularly community outreach meetings, participatory assessments, and other mechanisms for consultations with persons of concern.

· Contribute to age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in all activities undertaken.

· Support in the identification of persons of concern for Livelihood’s activities as per established SOPs;

· Identify, document and report challenges faced by persons of concern to UNHCR in accessing services and in exercising basic rights.

· Support the preparation and implementation of monitoring activities of UNHCR programmes in the AoR, including post-distribution monitoring exercises.

· Maintain contact with relevant local authorities or non-state actors (Toshous, leaders within the Venezuelan and local and indigenous communities, government authorities, etc.) ensuring that UNHCR vision, approach and activities are well understood and accepted.

· Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

· 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 self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.

· 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.

Secondary education

Required: High School diploma and/or certificate/license in Development Studies, Human Rights, Community Development/Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, international law.

12 Months

Essential: At least 1 year of relevant professional work experience with a High School Diploma,

· Desired: 2 years of previous work experience relevant to the function with Bachelors, equivalent or higher degree at the national and in social work or activities targeting vulnerable populations, or other relevant programmes; experience with protection of refugees, asylum seekers and other displaced populations is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization.

· Excellent oral and written skills.

· Accuracy and professionalism.

· 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.

· Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.

· Have affinity with or interest in refugee protection, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Spanish(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Protection of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs

Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

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Please 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: 23 May 2021 at 23:59hrs, Germany time