Policy Planning & Coord. Assis

  • Added Date: Saturday, 12 August 2017
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 12 August 2017

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Following many changes in context in Sri Lanka since 2015, and the universal commitment made in September 2015 to ensure the achievement of sustainable development by 2030, UNDP embarked on a process of re-defining the alignment and strengthening the design of its access to justice/ rule of law, human rights, Parliamentary support and peacebuilding portfolio.

UNDP from 2017 will support Sri Lanka with innovative programmatic and operational design and implementation of priority actions identified in key policy frameworks and plans. To this end, UNDP will work in collaboration with several stakeholders, including government, semi-government, civil society, private sector, UN agency and development partners and through increased engagement with the people of Sri Lanka, on the above mentioned inter-linked and complementary thematic areas of focus, to provide integrated and high quality technical advisory and support services.

Against this backdrop, UNDP seeks to recruit a Research and Policy Assistant to provide research, drafting, planning and coordination suppport for the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation. The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation, is a Cabinet Ministry established under the authority of the President. The Ministry has the aim of “respecting and valuing diversity; managing tensions; reducing future conflicts; promoting integration; facilitating reconciliation and building a pluralistic and inclusive society”, and additionally the Ministry provides support to the Northern and Eastern Provinces Development Committee established by the Government.

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager-UNDP and overall guidance of the Secretary-Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the Ministry with required coordination support, to enable it take forward its planned activities (such as other Government institutions, political party representatives, civil society, the private sector, the media and the international community, including UN agencies);
  • Support the coordination between the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation and UNDP;
  • Assist the efforts to implement initiatives identified by the Ministry;
  •  Support and assist in the drafting of national policies, cabinet papers, relevant legal documents and provide research support on peacebuilding and reconciliation;
  • Support in the identification and development of creative and innovative mechanisms to implement reconciliation activities, especially at the grass roots level;
  • Provide research support to help inform the design of new initiatives and innovative approaches to track the impact of peacebuilding related work including through securing comparative materials from different countries;
  • Assist in coordinating and aligning new projects, programmes and initiatives with the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Seek opportunities to directly engage UNVs and other volunteers in peacebuilding and reconciliation activities within the Government as well as other partner organizations;
  • Assist and participate in activities that promote youth engagement and volunteerism in peacebuilding and reconciliation;

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.

Results/Expected Outputs

  • Effective, timely and high quality support on research, drafting, idea creation and coordination provided to the Ministry;
  • High quality drafting of relevant policy documents (i.e. cabinet papers, sub action plans of the Reconciliation Action Plan, and other legal documents);
  • Effective coordination between the institutions/mechanisms mandated with supporting the reconciliation and peacebuilding process in the country;
  • 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);
  • Volunteerism and youth engagement promoted as a modality to improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding related work in Sri Lanka;
  • Systematic application, integration and documentation of the Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective 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 workingrelations 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.
  • A Bachelor’s degree preferred but not a requirement in Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies, Political Science and Public Administration
  • minimum years of experience 0-2 years
  • Research, coordination, communication/advocacy and/or administrative experience;
  • Demonstrated interest and/or work experience in peacebuilding and reconciliation related activities;
  •  Research, coordination, communication/advocacy and/or administrative experience;
  •  Demonstrated interest and/or work experience in peacebuilding and reconciliation related activities;
  • Strong spoken and written English skills is essential; Sinhala and/or Tamil would be an advantage.

Living Conditions:

Colombo is situated in the Western Province of Sri Lanka and is the commercial capital of the country. Colombo is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to the administrative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte. The climate is fairly temperate all throughout the year but humidity is usually high. From March to April the temperature averages around 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit). The only major change in the Colombo weather occurs during the monsoon seasons from May to August and October to January when heavy rainfalls occur. Sri Lanka became a member of the United Nations on 14 December 1955.

 

Conditions of Service for National Youth Volunteer:

A six-month 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 (if applicable) 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 (VLA) of LKR 47,720 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included, as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service. 

 

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: 6 Months,Full Time

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