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.
UNV programme is looking for motivated national volunteer to work for UNFPA. UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency country programme was developed based on the Palestinian National Plan and sectoral development plans within its mandate areas. The country programme was developed in synergy with the joint UN framework “UNDAF” especially within the frame to strengthen the institutional capacity and resilience of people in Palestine, in pursuit of the statehood agenda and sustainable human development. Furthermore, the country programme was developed in line with the UNFPA Strategic Plan promoting the implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Palestine.
UNFPA works to:
- End unmet need for family planning; End maternal death; and End violence and harmful practices against women and girls
- UNFPA`s mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
- UNFPA would like to hire a UN Volunteer Communications Assistant to enhance the visibility of the work of UNFPA in Palestine and support rolling out the new UNFPA branding strategy, new strategic plan and the 6th country programme 2018-2022. More specifically, the UNV Communications Assistant will support the creation of digital content for different purposes including donor`s visibility and advocacy on social media platforms.
The duty station for the assignment will be Gaza, which is a non-family duty station.
As is the case for UN staff and partners, the volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan.
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 (VLA) of ILS 3,630 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. A wellbeing differential amount ILS 1,089 (30% of VLA) is also provided for UN Volunteers serving in Gaza.
Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative, Head of Gaza Sub-Office and the day to day supervision of the Programme and Communications Associate in Gaza, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:
- Assist in the implementation of the UNFPA Palestine communication strategy;
- Support documentation of best practices, lessons learned and success stories directly linked to country program goals and activities;
- Assist in the planning, storyboarding, and editing for high-quality digital content production;
- Shoot and edit the footage into a variety of video messages and deliverables intended for broadcast, web, social media outlets, and UNFPA internal use;
- Edit field footage into short branded videos about UNFPA initiatives;
- Support in the uploading and publishing of digital content on appropriate sites, e.g. YouTube/Vimeo, UNFPA website and sharing on social media;
- Capture high resolution images of UNFPA’s various programme/project activities in Palestine, and maintain a photo library on Google Drive.
- Organize and maintain up-to-date e-filing system of general reference materials, including videos, features stories, and photographs.
- Draft reports on UNFPA’s communications activities as required.
- Provide support for all Communications-related admin/logistics requests.
- Assist Gaza office in administrative work
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 International Volunteer Day);
- 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 UNV publications/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.
- UNFPA branding strategy is updated and rolled out
- A digital content for enhancing the visibility of the work of UNFPA Palestine by communicating results and impact is produced.
- Resource mobilization and partnerships efforts is enhanced.
- The internal communication towards improved program integration and synergies, coordination, knowledge sharing and unified communication is improved.
- The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
- Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
- A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
- 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, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; 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 and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
- 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 (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; 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 and 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.
Education – Required Degree Level: Bachelor's degree
Type of degree: BA Degree in Journalism, communications or any related fields; or diploma degree combined with 4 years’ experience.
Required Experience: minimum years of experience 2 years
- Demonstrated interest and/or experience in in professional video production and editing (film-making, direction, and shooting) required.
- Professional video editor/producer with demonstrated expertise in video production relating to humanitarian and development issues with experience using professional video editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere or similar;
- Experience with different video format conversions for download and online streaming;
- Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
- Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
- Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
- Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
- Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
Language Skills: Fluency in English and Arabic is required
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.
Contract Duration: 12 months