Volunteer Opportunity from the UNV for Iraqis: Livelihoods Support Assistant

Deadline : 08 Mar 2020

Nonprofit organization: UN volunteers

Study level: Undergraduate

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Volunteer Opportunity from the UNV for Iraqis: Livelihoods Support Assistant

The United Nations Volunteers Program is offering a volunteer opportunity as a Livelihoods Support Assistant for 6 months with the possibility of extension.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Minimum age: 22 years old. 
  • The applicant must be an Iraqi citizen or legal resident of Iraq.
  • Holds a master’s or bachelor’s degree in economics, development economics, political science, agriculture, international development, social sciences or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience for Master's degree holders and 4 years for Bachelor degree holders in the design and implementation of employment/livelihoods recovery projects/program.
  • Proven experience of working with national or international-development NGOs or UN agencies is required.
  • Proven experience of livelihoods programming in post-conflict contexts is required. Experience in the Iraqi context would be an asset.
  • Solid knowledge of result-based management and project implementation is an asset.
  • Good analytical, writing and communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Sound security awareness.
  • Have affinity with or interest in UNDP’s work, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
  • English proficiency.

The Following Skills are Preferred:

  • Adaptability and Flexibility.
  • Commitment and Motivation.
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning. 
  • Planning and Organizing.
  • Professionalism.
  • Respect for Diversity.
  • Working in Teams.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of projects with partners, including by writing TORs, prepare internal cost estimates for livelihood activities, and support the work of bid evaluation panels.
  • Contribute to preparation of Responsible Party Agreement (RPA) packages, Request for Proposals (RFPs) or other bidding documents.
  • Work with NGO and government partners to contribute to improved planning and implementation of their activities.
  • Monitor the implementation of ongoing projects to ensure quality, timely progress, and meeting of targeted outputs.
  • Monitor the implementation of ongoing projects to ensure quality, timely progress, and meeting of targeted outputs. This includes field visits to projects implemented throughout Iraq, preparing monitoring reports, and contributing to donor reporting, as well as support to the Monitoring & Evaluation requirements of ICRRP livelihood component activities.
  • Liaise closely with implementing partner focal points to schedule and update the component team on quality assurance activities.
  • Review implementing partners’ reports to ensure on-time, quality reports so that beneficiaries can be accurately counted/tracked, and reports can be produced for donors.
  • Conduct impact assessments and assist with data analysis for impact reports.
  • Maintain and update the livelihoods database and datasheets monthly.
  • Support various assessments (needs assessments, market assessments) related to the ICRRP livelihoods component.
  • Support the Emergency Livelihoods Cluster activities as needed.
  • Coordinate with partner UN agencies on livelihoods related subjects.
  • Undertake tasks related to the development and implementation of ICRRP livelihood component activities.

About the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program:

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program 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 societies 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.

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