Recovery Officer

  • Added Date: Thursday, 07 December 2017
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 16 December 2017

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Recovery Officer

Job ID


Practice Area - Job Family

Basic Social Service

Vacancy End Date

(Midnight New York, USA)


Time Left

9d 19h 16m

Duty Station

Kathmandu, Nepal

Education & Work Experience

G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 3 year(s) experience




English, Nepali



Vacancy Type

National Regular UN Volunteer

Posting Type



Asia & the Pacific

Contract Duration

3 months

This is National UNV position based in Saptari, Sunsari, Danusha, Mahottari, Rautahat, Parsa and Sarlahi.

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Beginning in the second week of August 2017, Nepal experienced a period of sustained, heavy rainfall resulting in widespread flooding across 35 of the country’s 75 districts. Several districts recorded the heaviest rainfall in 60 years, and over 80 percent of land in the southern Terai region was inundated by flood waters. An ‘Initial Rapid Assessment’ (IRA) conducted in 28 districts assessed that 1.7 million people have been affected by the flooding. The death toll due to floods and landslides is at around 160 with more than 21,000 families displaced. Over 43,000 houses have been destroyed and 192,000 houses partially damaged. The southern Terai region is most acutely impacted. The floods and landslides have damaged infrastructure such as roads bridges, culverts, local markets, transport vehicles, livestock, crops, household items and daily consumables.

UNDP has been implementing a number of initiatives to support the flood victims that include humanitarian assistance, livelihood recovery and rehabilitation of community infrastructure.

In order for the flood victims to recover from their lost livelihoods and meet their household needs, UNDP plans to distribute essential non-food item kit comprising of tarpaulin, blanket, mattress, kitchen set, clean cook stove etc. with the essential non-food items in hand. This initiative will reach to 24000 households of seven most flood affected districts. The project has targeted the severely affected districts in Province 1 and 2 (Sunsari, Saptari Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat and Parsa).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Post Flood Recovery Advisor, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support District Program Support Officer (DPSO) to mobilise NGO staff to collect name of beneficiary households and prepare final lists;
  • Support DPSO to monitor day to day operation of NGO in district;
  • Work with NGO to entry beneficiary household data in mobile apps;
  • Monitor progress of app based monitoring, ensure 100% entry of beneficiary households in apps, and provide week update to the management;
  • Support DPSO to maintain regular communication with the management;
  • Support DPSO to communicate with suppliers to deliver non-food items to agreed sites and on agreed dates;
  • Check quality and quantity of delivered goods and maintain records;
  • Monitor data entry and processing of app based monitoring system;
  • Monitor distributions of goods to targeted communities;
  • Support DPSO to prepare progress reports;
  • Performs other duties as needed or instructed by DPSO or the management.

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 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.



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.

Working in team

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;

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.

Knowledge sharing/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.


Mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.

Adaptability and flexability

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.

Required Skills and Experience

3 years relevant experience in community development, program monitoring, reporting and stakeholder management. Experience in disaster relief/recovery programmes and app based monitoring will be preferred.


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.

This vacancy is archived.

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