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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.

  1. UNV Assignment Title: Facilitator Pacific Enable Project
  2. Type of Assignment: National UN Volunteer
  3. Project Title: Pacific Enable
  4. Duration: until June 30, 2015
  5. Location, Country: Suva, Fiji
  6. Expected Starting Date: September 2014
  7. Brief Project Description:
The programme Pacific Enable will provide a range of activities with the overall objective to improve the lives and opportunities of persons with disabilities in selected Pacific Island Countries.
  1. Host Agency/Host Institute: Pacific Disability Forum (PDF)
  2. Organizational Context:

The programme Pacific Enable is a joint programme of UNICEF, UNESCAP, ILO, WHO, UNV, the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat and the Pacific Disability Forum, implemented over the period 2013-2014, and supported by the United Nations Programme on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD). It addresses four thematic areas of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD): strengthening legislative and regulatory frameworks (Articles 4, 5 and 12); improving education outcomes for children (Article 24); increasing work and employment opportunities (Article 27); and strengthening national-level data collection processes (Article 31). All aspects of the programme capitalize on and enhance current work undertaken by the UN participating agencies, their government counterparts and Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPOs). The activities are targeted to meet the existing gaps and to act as catalyst for further work that will be undertaken by government and development partners. The National UN Volunteer will be based at the PDF office. He/ she will support for 50 % the PDF providing additional human resource capacities to the programme, and for 50 % fulfill an important administrative and monitoring function for the advancement of activities under this proposal.

  1. Type of Assignment Place: assignment with family
  2. Description of tasks:

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer of the PDF, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Technical assistance to PDF to analyse and report on a study on The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(CRPD) Ratification in the Pacific and other PDF work;
  • Facilitate 3 quarterly Steering Committee Meetings between September 2014 – June 2015 and ensure the channelling of appropriate information to project partners;
  • Leads and delivers - with the support of participating (UN Focal Points) and partners (PDF and PIFS) in the UNPRPD Steering Committee;
  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities under the Pacific Enable programme until June 2015;
  • Prepare narrative and financial progress reports to the UNPRPD in collaboration with UN focal points
  • Facilitate dialogue between the PDF, PIFS, UN other and agencies at all levels, in order to achieve mutual understanding and ensure the successful implementation of the project;
  • Network with local organizations, groups or individuals to support local collaboration and advocacy on behalf of the rights of persons with disabilities in the region;
  • Support and provide narrative & financial progress reporting on the Pacific Enable programme in December 2014.
  • An integral part of every UN Volunteer assignment is promoting volunteerism for peace and development (V4D). Therefore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to:
  • Strengthening their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and taking active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Discussing with supervisors on how volunteerism for development can be mainstreamed through the assignment and integrating activities that promote volunteerism for development into work plans;
  • Contributing articles/write-ups on field experiences and submitting them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Encouraging relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

12. Results/Expected Output:

  • Delivered substantial contribution to the submission of the Study on the CRPD Ratification in the Pacific;
  • Facilitated and strengthened Steering Committee mechanism to oversee implementation of Pacific Enables’ activities (quarterly meetings);
  • Narrative and financial progress reports on the implementation of the Pacific Enable program; Facilitated and conducted several ‘Brown Bag’ sessions, targeting information sharing on UNPRPD and discussions on development issues related to disabilities in the Pacific.

13. Qualifications/Requirements:

  • At least Bachelor Degree in Communication, Social Science, Administrative Management, or another relevant area;
  • 5 years’ of experience in relevant tasks such as project coordination, management and research;
  • Experience and familiarity with monitoring and evaluation practices;
  • Familiarity of working with people with disabilities or at People with Disability agencies;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Strong research and writing skills with attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of disability issues preferred;
  • Experience working with Disabled Persons Organizations preferred;
  • Volunteer experience, locally or internationally preferred.

14. Conditions of Service

Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) intended to cover housing, basic needs and utilities is 1,144 $FJD; additionally they receive settling-in-grant (if applicable); life, health, and permanent disability insurance; return airfares (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for each month of satisfactory service. The National UN Volunteer assignment follows the regulation stipulated in the Conditions of Service for National UN Volunteers.

Deadline of application: 18th August, 2014. Kindly send your resume and application letter to: alesi.ali@undp.org, or send it to the UNV Field Unit, Fiji, Level 8 Kadavu House, 414 Victoria Parade, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji



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