UNV DRR Advocacy Officer

United Nations Pakistan

Job Details:
Industry: N.G.O./Social Services
Category: National UNV
Total Position: 1
Job Type: UNV
Department: UNV
Job Location: Sukkur
Gender: Doesn't Matter
Minimum Education Bachelors
Degree Title: University degree, preferably in social sciences or related field, or equivalent experience
Career Level: National UNV
Minimum Experience: 2 Years
Work Permit: Pakistan
Apply By: Jul 29, 2012
Posted: Jul 23, 2012
Job Description:

2 months withpossibility of further extension


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 advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.

In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.

Brief Project Description:

The overall objective of this project is to support early recovery activities undertaken by UNDP Pakistan through the mobilization of UN Volunteers and the promotion of volunteerism, by applying UNV’s business model which is built on the three main thrusts of (i) advocacy for volunteerism for peace and development globally, (ii) integration of volunteerism into peace and development programming and (iii) mobilization of volunteers for peace and development.

The specific objective of this project is to support UNDP’s “Early Recovery and Restoration of Flood-Affected Communities in Pakistan” project by (a) deploying international UN Volunteers to support UNDP Islamabad’s flood response operations, (b)support some of UNDP’s main governmental counterparts in this effort; and (c) deploying teams of national UN Volunteers in severely flood-affected districts in Pakistan’s Sindh province.

Organizational Context:

Under the overall supervision of the UNDP Country Director, guidance and supervision of the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit Chief, and in direct supervision of the UNV Project Coordinator and Field Team Leader, the UNV Field Information Management Officer is responsible for providing district level Disaster Risk Management support to PDMA Sindh through the “Early Recovery and Restoration of Flood-Affected Communities in Pakistan” project.

Description of tasks:

Within the terms of the organization’s delegated authority, and under the direct supervision of PDMA Sindh and the UNV Project Coordinator, the UNV DRR Advocacy Officer will undertake the following tasks:

Support to DDMA(s):

· Work with DDMA(s) to put coordinate and activate a District Level Disaster Response Force to support the work of DDMAs in case of a disaster. The work would involve bringing on board existing members of civil defense and registered local volunteers to strengthen the work of District Administrations in case of a disaster. The designed task force will be provided with basis disaster risk management trainings as well.

· In collaboration with PDMA Sindh and DDMA(s), design a basic district level logistics management system to ensure a smooth supply chain of relief goods in case of a disaster. This will involve putting together a list of pre-approved warehouses, transporter providers, vendors and other service providers working close to the vulnerable areas.

· Provide Monitoring & Evaluation support to PDMA Sindh and DDMA(s) as per the assignment given by PDMA Sindh

· Support DDMA(s) to track and report District Level Disaster Preparedness measures as identified by the Provincial Level Contingency Plans.

Note: The DRR Advocacy Officer is required to conduct all activities in close coordination with the assigned District Disaster Management Authority(s) and its members including the DCO. All the activities being conducted by him/her will be informed to the DDMA(s) and reported to PDMA Sindh. A dotted reporting line will also go to UNDP. They should also work in close collaboration with One UN DRM coordinators operating in the district(s).


· Support the UNV/UNDP Early Recovery Project in flood affected areas;

· Perform any other related tasks as assigned by the PDMA Sindh, UNDP Country Director/CPRU Chief/Project Coordinator/Field Team Leader.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to:

· 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; network and build relationships with local organizations, groups or individuals, and support and/or participate in local volunteering initiatives; reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;

· Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; initiate and/or participate in local volunteer groups, including assisting them in submitting stories and experiences to the World Volunteer Web site;

· Promote or advise local groups on the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible;

· Encourage, mobilize and support co-workers, fellow UN Volunteers and members of the local community to play an active part in peace and development activities on a voluntary basis;

· Discuss with supervisors how volunteerism for peace and development can be mainstreamed in the assignment and integrate activities promoting volunteerism for peace and development into work plans;

· Assist with the UNV “buddy programme” for newly arriving UN volunteers.

Results/Expected Outputs:

· Efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality information management services rendered to the project;

· A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during your assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Settling-In-Grant and travel grant is provided when duty station is different from place of residence/recruitment. Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA), which is intended to cover housing, utilities, and normal cost-of-living expenses, is PKR 32,000. Hazardous duty station supplement (HDSS) amounting to PKR 8,000 per month is also applicable. Life, health and permanent disability insurances are included and resettlement allowance is paid at the end of assignment.

Living Conditions:

As this is a national UNV assignment, the volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

Conditions of Service:

Conditions of Service:

Settling-In-Grant and travel grant is provided when duty station is different from place of residence/recruitment. Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA), which is intended to cover housing, utilities, and normal cost-of-living expenses, is PKR 27,200. Life, health and permanent disability insurances are included and resettlement allowance is paid at the end of assignment.

UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates.

Although main duty stations have been identified as above, each main duty station has designated second beats where the officers will be required to work as and when needed

Sukkur---- Shikarpur

Skills Required
Qualifications, skills, experience

The incumbent must be a dynamic, multi-functional person, who supports UNDP with professionalism, dedication and client orientation. The following qualifications are required

Previous experience in information management, preferably in humanitarian aid activities;

Fluency in English and Urdu, with strong oral and written communications skills; knowledge of local languages would be a plus;

Hands-on experience in information management systems, databases and web applications;

Proficiency in advanced computer hardware and software, including databases;

Valid national driving license;

Effective organizational skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan and coordinate own work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;

Ability to work harmoniously with people of different backgrounds and national staff; experience in a multinational working environment would be an asset;

Must be able to work effectively in a politically sensitive environment and exercise discretion, impartiality and neutrality;

Ability to work under pressure, flexibility, and willingness to live and work in hazardous conditions involving physical hardship and little comfort;

Sound security awareness;

Commitment to UN core values of integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity.

Competencies and values

Integrity and professionalism demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment;high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;

Accountability mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations;

Commitment to continuous learning initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment;

Planning and organizing effective organizational and problem-solving skills;

Teamwork and respect for diversity ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;

Communication proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff, volunteers, counterparts, beneficiaries and local interlocutors coming fromdiverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;

Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote or potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;

Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.