Job Title: Technical Advisor Roster-Volunteer Advisory Services - Global
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme
Closing Date: 30 September 2020
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Not Stated
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by supporting Member states to leverage volunteerism as a means of implementation and people’s engagement to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNV makes the case for the integration of volunteerism into peace and development broadly and UN programming specifically.
To this effect, Outcome 1 of the UNV Strategic Framework 2018-2021 consists of support to the efforts of Member States to deliver on the 2030 Agenda through volunteerism as an effective means of implementation and people engagement. This will be achieved through the provision of advisory services to Member states in creation of enabling environment for volunteerism through the development of policies, legislation and programmes that measure, promote and evaluate volunteerism and volunteer action.
Role and Responsibilities
UNV would like to establish a roster of experts. It will be centrally managed by the UNV Volunteer Advisory Services Section in collaboration with the UNV Procurement Unit. It is intended to facilitate the identification and selection of experts potentially suitable and with a demonstrated track record. The experts will work alongside the UNV Programme Specialists in Regional Offices and/or at Headquarters to respond to requests from Member states and other organizations on support to setting up or integration of volunteering in development.
The roster will be established based on the following areas of expertise related to volunteerism: a) Legal and/or Policy analysis and drafting b) Measurement of the contribution of volunteerism and volunteers to national and local efforts c) Capacity development d) Programme and strategy development e) Evaluation and impact assessment
Below is an indicative list of tasks to be performed in the respective areas of four above mentioned advisory services. Area of expertise
Legal and/or Policy analysis and drafting List of indicative tasks:
To review and analyze existing laws and policies to identify legal issues that may impact volunteerism law and policy
To lead the drafting of law and/or policy on volunteerism
To provide assessment and analysis on the advantages and disadvantages of the law or the policy
To review and advise on legal documents to ensure compliance with other legal provisions and clauses
To facilitate national and local policy dialogues on volunteerism
To structure policy problems, forecast policy outcomes and advice on where volunteerism can provide solutions to identified issues
To lead the formulation of volunteer policies that consider opportunities and trade-offs for volunteer-based responses to development objectives
Measurement of the contribution of volunteerism and volunteers to national and local efforts List of indicative tasks:
To apply the ILO Manual on the measurement of volunteer work to carry out independent research, including designing methodologies and synthesizing findings on the contribution of volunteerism for and by marginalized groups (especially minorities and women).
To advise on the criteria and variables relevant to volunteerism in sector surveys, national development plans, SDG frameworks and studies undertaken by Member states
List of indicative tasks:
To assess the technical and functional capacities of volunteer schemes, networks and coordinating bodies, online platforms, etc.
To formulate capacity development responses to identified capacity needs and gaps, especially with a gender lens.
To design and deliver training on leadership and management for volunteer schemes, networks and coordinating bodies.
To design solutions that use technology to increase the performance of volunteer schemes, networks and coordinating bodies
Programme and Strategy Development List of indicative tasks:
To scope and assess national volunteer contexts
To advise on the design and implementation of feasible volunteer programmes with special emphasis on inclusion of marginalized groups (especially women).
To advise on the design and implementation of Corporate Volunteer Programme
To design onsite and online institutional arrangements and policy instruments to support volunteerism
To develop incentive packages for volunteers, including a special focus on marginalized groups (with a priority on women).
To design the organizational structures and operational processes of volunteer schemes, networks and coordinating bodies.
To advise on application of new technologies in the design and management of volunteer schemes and mechanisms of knowledge development and knowledge sharing on volunteerism.
Evaluation and impact assessment List of indicative tasks:
To conduct evaluation of volunteer programmes
To develop evaluation methodology for volunteer programmes
To conduct analysis of legal and policy enabling environment on volunteerism
To conduct cost-benefit analysis of volunteer interventions
To undertake best practice research to demonstrate the value of volunteerism and volunteer practices in achievement of SDGs, including for and by marginalized groups (especially women), and advise on their replicability and scalability
To conduct impact assessments and performance evaluations of volunteerism interventions for the Sustainable Development Goals with a special focus on impact on marginalized groups (especially women)
Experience and Qualifications
Education: Masters Level Degree in one of the following fields: law, international development studies, political science, public administration, statistics, evaluation, public policy studies, governance, management, organizational management or other closely related disciplines or Bachelors Degree with an additional 5 years’ experience.
7 - 10 years of experience working in the area of expertise under which the advisory service is demanded (legal and/or policy analysis and drafting, outcome/impact measurement, capacity development, programme or strategy development, evaluation)
Track record of performance in similar past assignments at international level.
Demonstrated experience of working on volunteerism and/or the Sustainable Development Goals is an asset
Experience in consultations with key stakeholders (the relevant governmental institutions, independent experts and non-governmental organizations)
Familiarization with South-South and Triangular cooperation principles is an asset
Direct experience with implementation / design of volunteerism schemes is an asset
Experience in working with government institutions, UN entities and/or NGOs in the country/region of the assignment is an asset
Understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as UN gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and women’s empowerment priorities
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from different backgrounds to deliver quality products within a short timeframe
Demonstrates flexibility in the event adjustments are required based on the findings, both at the organizational and technical levels, for successful implementation of the assignment
Language requirement: Written and spoken proficiency of the language of the assignment location e.g. English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian. Working knowledge of English is desirable. Working knowledge of a local language of the country of assignment will be an asset.