Organizational Context & Project Description:
The Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes (SELP) project seek to develop more inclusive, and accountable governance institutions, systems, and processes. It improves the supply side of governance by enhancing the capacity of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Senate and Provincial Assemblies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan. Moreover, it supports the demand side by developing the capacity of civil society in advocacy and civic engagement. Increasing the representation of women, youth, and minorities informs all aspects of programming. The two main activity strands are to provide support to the ECP and strengthening the legislative institutions. The project is structured around two key strands: Electoral Cycle Support to the Election Commission of Pakistan and Strengthening Legislative Institutions.
UNDP’s project is based on the concept of the electoral cycle which addresses both one-off and resource-intensive election support and capacity development for democratic institutions based on a longer-term development agenda within the broader context of democratic governance. This approach, therefore, emphasizes institutional capacity building for the ECP, and other governance institutions; encourages sustainable electoral policies and the participation of traditionally disadvantaged groups. Of particular importance to the post-election period, the electoral cycle approach promotes stability and accounts for the critical post-electoral phase which sets the stage for the next election thereby strengthening the democratic process.
Apart from its support to ECP, the project seeks to strengthen the core functions of the Senate of Pakistan and the two Provincial Assemblies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan by providing support to Parliamentary committees, developing the capacity of the Members and Secretariat staff, improving linkages with the public. The project also technically assists to effectively and proactively oversee the country’s progress on development goals closely working through SDGs Taskforces, Women’s Parliamentary Caucuses, Young Parliamentarians’ Forums (YPF) and Minority Caucuses.
Under the direct supervision of the project’s Liaison Officer, the UN Volunteer will work with the Provincial Assembly and Provincial Election Commission of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to undertake the following tasks:
- Provide support in implementing all the project activities related to the Provincial Assembly and Provincial Election Commission of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa;
- Provide legislative and research support to the selected Committees, Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC), Young Parliamentarians’ Forum (YPF), Provincial Minority Caucus (PMC) and Provincial Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Assist in preparing high quality weekly and progress reports of the project;
- Maintain a work calendar/schedule and undertake necessary follow-up actions;
- Provide support in administrative as well as financial matters (on need basis) for organizing meetings, training, seminars, conferences and other events under the project interventions;
- Support in preparation of briefings, presentations, training materials, handouts, and background information;
- Ensure all logistic arrangements including participants’ travel & transport, accommodations, and security clearance, are in place before any events;
- Maintain physical and electronic files of all activities and record of the relevant files, documents, invoices, press clippings, and media coverage;
- Assist in coordinating meetings, including circulation of invitations, confirmation of participants and drafting minutes of the meetings; and
- Perform any other related duties as assigned by the Liaison Officer.
- The efficient, timely, responsive and high-quality programme, management, coordination and operational services rendered to the project;
- Provide legislative and research support to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and;
- Prepare timely and good quality activity/event and progress reports for the project and Donors.
Qualifications / Requirements
Bachelor’s degree preferably degree of Law, Political Science, Economics, Development Studies, Communication, Governance and Public Policy or related field from HEC recognized institutions.
Required Experience: Minimum of two years of experience in related field preferably in INGOs/UN, CSOs). Good understanding and interest in the governance, parliamentary business, research, report writing and outreach approaches and ability to travel across Pakistan.
Fluency in English and Urdu is required. Knowledge of the Pashtu language is an asset.
Additional Requirements for Area of Expertise:
- Good analytical and report writing and research skills;
- Effective communications and interpersonal skills;
- Effective organizational, coordination and time management skills;
- Be able to work independently and as part of a team;
- Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Urdu;
- Proficiency in Microsoft applications and standard computer use;
- Previous experience of working with the Parliament and Election Commission will be considered an asset;
- Commitment to UN core values of integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity;
- Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
- Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
- Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions.
Conditions of Service: The contract lasts for a nine-month period with a possibility of extension subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.
A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of PKR 52,827 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Well-being differential of 15% (WBD-A) or 30% (WBD-B) of the VLA will apply, paid on a monthly basis, depending on the ICSC classification of the duty station.
Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included as well as resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.
The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) and United Nations Development Programme promote equal opportunities for all, and welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. Equally qualified females and physically challenged candidates, in addition to candidates from the newly-merged districts, are particularly encouraged to apply.