National UN Volunteer opportunity with UNDP –
Project Officer – Southern Thailand Empowerment and
Participation for Sustainable Development Goals (STEP for SDGs)
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- Country of Assignment: Thailand
- Agency Name/ Host Institute: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Volunteer Category: National UN Volunteer
- Number of Volunteer: 1
- Duty Station, Country: Bangkok (Thailand)
with frequent travel to Deep South of Thailand
- Duration (in months): 12 Months
- Expected Starting Date: 15 September 2018
- Living Conditions: -
- Assignment Type: Family Assignment
10 Assignment Title: Project Officer – Southern Thailand Empowerment and
Participation for Sustainable Development Goals (STEP for SDGs)
- Organizational Context & Project Description:
The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand, in collaboration with the Royal Thai Government and local partners, has implemented the project entitled Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation (STEP) since 2010 in order to support the Government and people of Thailand to transform the conflict in the Deep South. The project focuses on activities covering the following: strengthening local institutional and community capacities for peace and improving socio-economic opportunities for vulnerable communities, with a focus on SDG 16.
UNDP in Thailand is in planning process of extending its work in the deep south, through the ‘Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation for Sustainable Development (STEP for SDGs) Project. UNDP will now focus more sharply on strengthening local institutions and local actors to prevent conflict and promote peace. UNDP will also aim to empower youth to promote peace through innovation and communication through both traditional and non-traditional media.
Against this context, UNDP in Thailand is looking for a Project Officer (PO) for the STEP project. The Project Officer will assist the Project Manager in the results-based management of the project. He/she will work closely with government, civil society, academia, NGOs and donors.
The PO will directly report to the Project Manager of Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation project and come under the overall supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative. He/she will work closely with the UN Peace and Development Advisor in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO); and the UNDP programme and operations teams in Bangkok.
- Sustainable Development Goals: 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
13.UNV Focus Area: Peace building
Under the direct supervision of a team leader of UNDP, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
- Support day-to-day project implementation. Specifically, support the operationalization of project outputs and activities outreaching youth leaders and youth organizations, including those that develop young people’s capacities for conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustaining peace
- Ensure effective coordination between Field Office, UNDP Thailand Office, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, and the Peace and Development Advisor.
- Outreach to traditional and non-traditional media and seek partnership to provide public understanding of the role of youth to promote peace.
- facilitate trainings/workshops to bring together diverse groups, to develop communications campaigns and content to prevent conflict, sustain and build peace, as well as encourage and enable target groups to develop and promote their own positive narratives to promote values of pluralism.
- Support youth and women activities aimed at creating innovation activities to promote sustainable development and sustaining peace.
- Liaise and facilitate discussion with other national volunteers in the other countries to coordinate, collaborate and streamline regional activities to the national level, including through the use of best practices aimed at sustaining peace.
- Ensure the timeliness and quality of the outputs as well as timely preparation of reports on achievements and challenges faced within the project.
- Ensure the development of cross-project linkages with other relevant projects and programmes for mutually reinforcing impact.
- Support, establish and maintain an effective partnership with all stakeholders (youth organizations, universities, UN agencies, NGOs, CBOs, government and donors).
- Perform other duties/functions as assigned by Project management.
All tasks will be implemented using a conflict-sensitive approach to develop and build peace among local authorities, youth, women, and communities:
- Ensuring a deep understanding of the context.
- Understanding the potential interaction between any planned action/intervention and the context: how interventions will affect the context, how the context will affect interventions.
- Designing/revising/adapting planned interventions in order to minimise negative and maximise positive impacts on conflict and peace.
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
- Quarterly reports on progress and completion of activities assigned
- Mission reports including activities, findings and recommendations
- 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
Qualifications / Requirements
- Education – Required Degree Level: Bachelor's degree
Education - Additional Comments:
- Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Development or related field
- Type of degree: Bachelor’s Degree
- Required Experience:
- At least 2-3 years of relevant professional experience
- Experience Description:
- Experience working with different stakeholders in government and civil society;
- Previous work in building online content is an asset; Experience of working in the southern Thailand provinces is an asset
- Language Skills:
- Good English and Thai; knowledge of Malay language an asset
- Areas of Expertise: Community and civil society development Please click the hyperlink here for the details
Additional Requirements for Area of Expertise: N/A
- Need Driving License: No
- Competencies and Values:
- 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.
Conditions of Service and other information
A 12 months contract; monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of 47,507THB intended to cover basic needs, accommodation and utilities. In addition, the UN Volunteer will receive a settling in grant (if applicable); life, health and permanent disability insurance, and end-of-assignment allowance will also be provided, along with travel to and from the duty station (if applicable). All UN Volunteers follow the Conditions of Service for National UN Volunteers.
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This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, therefore only Thai nationals and legal residents in Thailand with the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply.
Application deadlines: 9 September 2018
Application code: THAR000261-3079
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