The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programmeis 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.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UPDB builds on the heritage of the Urban Environment and Planning Branch, which was created in September 2008 when the Urban Environment Section was upgraded to the level of a Branch, with the mandate to serve as the agency’s focal point branch for urban environment and urban planning. The Branch has three Units which are closely related: (1) Regional and Metropolitan Planning, (2) City Planning, Extension and Design, and (3) Climate Change Planning.
City Planning, Extension and Design supports the increase in residential and economic densities with compact communities while guiding new redevelopment to areas better suited for urbanization. This type of intervention would also free more land for development, thus reducing speculation and increasing accessibility for the poor, as well as local revenue. Services related to UN-Habitat’s work include adaptation of tools for extension and densification planning at national and local levels; capacity-building for planners; development of extension and densification plans; support of implementation and development of financial solutions to implement these plans.
- Availability and arrangements of accommodations at the work-site within the UN compound, for the UNV: - Housing available on demand.
- Not a family station.
- Conducive conditions and readily available access to commodities, safe drinking water and sanitation.
- Availability to basic goods and services, and to markets at the place of assignment
- Public transport not available – use of UN-Habitat vehicle only. Telecommunication and banking services available
- Socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in (main economic activities, religious groups, special customs and events etc):- National and International community of diverse backgrounds.
- Prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment: - High security.
- Topographic and climatic features of the assignment location: Arid climate.
Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers
A 12 months contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.
Travel to duty station is ensured by the Agency and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance Ksh 76,779 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
- Document the activities of the field office in an organized manner, including maintenance of data base of activities, including reports of project processes, mission reports and contribution to the donor reporting when requested;
- Collect and analyze information from diverse sources to enhance the local knowledge base for settlements planning and management in Kakuma-Kalobeyei area;
- Contribute to the development and implementation of community training and capacity development tools;
- Contribute in preparing concept notes, project proposals, reports, and inputs to publications;
- Contribute to the development of effective and innovative awareness materials of UN-Habitat approaches, documented case studies and analysis of good practices;
Support the provision of technical support to Regional Office, other UN agencies in the field, national governments and local authorities, implementation partners, and other relevant partners as required;
Support the provision of technical inputs to internal documents, project documents as well as field missions.
Support the identification and development of activities and projects pertinent to the Kakuma-Kalobeyei sustainable settlement development.
- Represent UN-Habitat in inter-agency meetings and other meetings organized within the project framework;
- Represent UN-Habitat in One UN meetings at the County Level;
- Ensuring an effective and efficient implementation of the project on the ground with appropriate technical support, field visits, training, organization of meetings and other events;
- Support the development and implementation of a project monitoring system, and following up with partners on their reporting and feedback;
- Support the preparation of activity reports, including support in financial reporting and activities report and liaise with partners as required.
- Liaise with project partners involved or relevant for the project such as government institutions; UN agencies and implementation partners, other NGOs and private sector for the purpose of advancing the development and implementation of the project activities;
- Assist in organizing missions, meetings and workshops; identify local training needs and capacity demand by working with key local stakeholders as required;
- Support outreach activities and the production of visibility and awareness materials and knowledge products for the project.
- Perform other related duties in support of the CPEDU, Branch and Agency as required.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required 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 IVD);
- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
- 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 UNVpublications/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.
- Normative products reflecting field experience and best practices developed and available for UN-Habitat staff and partners;
- Substantive and technical inputs available to partners and donors, effective organization and delivery of work, reports and monitoring information
- Partners are well informed and acquainted with programme activities and objectives and new partnerships are developed
- Data base and documentation of the field offce projects and activities
- Project visibility and communication strengthened
- A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
- Strong networking, team work and management skills
- Ability to work under pressure in diverse environments
- Demonstrable effective written communications skills including the ability to prepare and present reports, proposals, and procedures
- Effective public relations and public speaking skills
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or higher) in urban planning and design or urban studies. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least three years’ experience in urban planning and development in an organizational environment or private sector on spatial planning.
- Proven knowledge and understanding of urban planning theories, concepts and approaches relevant to urban planning and urban policy development.
- Proven and demonstrable experience in design research and implementation of design projects related to urban planning issues preferably in developing countries will be an added advantage.
- Experience with national or local government urban planning departments or project implementation is an added advantage
- Demonstrable experience in designing, developing and implementing advocacy materials in urban planning fields
- Good writing and speaking skills in English and/or French is required. Additional UN language (s) a definite advantage
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.