UNV Research Assistant

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018

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Zambia has received funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for the project Strengthening climate resilience of agricultural livelihoods in Agro-Ecological Regions I and II in Zambia. This project aims to increase the resilience of smallholder farmers in Agro-Ecological Regions I and II in Zambia in view of climate change and variability. The project will achieve this aim by taking a value chain approach, addressing risks posed across key stages of the value chain – planning, inputs, production and post-production. The very high co-finance ensures that this project will shift public financing on agriculture towards climate resilient agriculture through strong partnership with GCF and UNDP. GCF funds will only finance the activities that have a clear climate change additionality like climate information and early warning systems, access to water for smallholder farmers and linkages with rural agricultural markets. The project will make targeted interventions to capitalize on opportunities to strengthen and promote viable climate-resilient value chains relating to smallholder agriculture in the target regions, specifically targeting value chains that are gender sensitive and provide viable economic opportunities for women. This includes three interrelated outputs: 1) strengthening capacity of farmers to plan for climate risk; 2) strengthening resilient agricultural production and diversification practices (for both food security and income generation); and 3) strengthening farmers’ access to markets and commercialization of introduced resilient agricultural commodities.

It is with this background that qualified and self-motivated professionals are being sought to fill the 16 positions of UNV Research Assistants.


UNV Research Assistants will report to the Project Manager (PMU). Their tasks will be divided into the following core areas: 

Support Research and Monitoring and Evaluation activities on the Project

  • Support project implementation at district level;
  • Perform research activities to characterize specific groups in terms of different indicators of well being;
  • Performing background research assistance (qualitative and quantitative) on project activities;
  • Provision of research assistance activities for all Unit initiatives;
  • Provision of support on preparation of different types of executive documents derived from the advisory activities provided by the Unit to the Directorate;
  • Support preparation of district level reports;
  • Support the development of knowledge management and news articles for publication;
  • Any other duties assigned by PMU.

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 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 Output:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research conducted;
  • Project implementation supported;
  • Strategic documents and district level reports prepared;
  • Support provided to knowledge management and news articles produced;
  • Assistance provided to all Environment Unit initiatives;
  • 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.


  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environment, Climate Change, Agriculture, Development Studies or related development field;
  • At least 2 years of progressive processing and alternative livelihood operations;
  • Knowledge in research and research methodology;
  • General knowledge of political and economic context in Zambia;
  • General knowledge of UNDP work in Zambia is desirable;
  • Some experience in research work is added 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.

Contract Duration: 12 months

This vacancy is archived.

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