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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.
The Republic of Kenya is an equatorial nation on the coast of East Africa, neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has two levels of Government; National Government and 47 sub-national Governments called Counties. Counties are further divided into sub-counties. Kenya is a multi-party state with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Kenya’s population of more than 40 million is growing at an annual rate of 2.2%. The country’s GNP per capita estimated at purchasing power parity (PPP) is $975, and the GNP is growing at an average rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Kenya’s main food crops are “maize, wheat, pulses, roots and tubers.” (FAO).
Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up-country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP.
Organizational Context & Project Description
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The overall objective of the UNEP’s Ecosystems Division is to support countries in conserving, restoring and sustainably managing their terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, the biodiversity they contain and the products and services they provide for human wellbeing and prosperity. It addresses the environmental causes and consequences of disasters and conflicts. It helps countries reduce pollution from land-based activities, increase resilience to climate change and reflect linkages between poverty and the environment in their development planning.
The secretariat of the Nairobi Convention for the protection, management, and development of the coastal and marine environment of the Western Indian Ocean region is hosted and administered by UNEP within the Ecosystems Division. The secretariat is responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of the Nairobi Convention Programme of Work. The position is located in the Nairobi Convention Secretariat. The national UNV will provide technical support for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of Nairobi Convention, the Programme of Work, strategic action programme and related projects of the Convention.
Sustainable Development Goals
Under the direct supervision of the Head, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, the national UNV will undertake the following tasks:
- Provide technical support to the Head of Nairobi Convention in tasks related to the implementation of the Nairobi Convention Programme of Work.
- Assist in the preparing terms of reference for consultancies assignments and other contracts, for implementation of the Nairobi Convention Programme of Work.
- Support preparation of the Nairobi Convention annual work plans and support their implementation, monitoring, and reporting in synergy with work plans of partners active in the Western Indian Ocean region.
- Participating in the identification of priority areas for development of project proposals for fund raising amongst targeted donors, including GEF, GCF, and other development partners supporting implementation of the Nairobi Convention.
- Support organization of meetings and contribute to the preparation of meeting agendas, meeting concept notes, identifying participants, preparation of background and working documents, meeting reports and where appropriate, handling logistics, and preparing mission reports.
- Undertaking any duties assigned to him/her by the project for the smooth and efficient implementation of programmes and projects.
- 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- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application.
- 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.
- Implementation of the Nairobi Convention, the current Programme of Work, strategic action programme, related projects of the Convention and preparation of follow-up project proposals.
- The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, 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.
Required Degree Level Master degree or equivalent
Education – Additional Comments
- Advanced university degree (Masters) in marine sciences, environmental studies specializing in marine and coastal environment or discipline related to the work of marine biology and/or coastal ecosystems, or related area is required. A first-level university degree with additional technical training in coastal and marine management in combination with additional 3 years’ experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Required experience 24 months
2 years’ experience working in coastal and marine conservation and management, experience on ocean governance, experience on trans boundary management of coastal and marine resources will be an added advantage.
English (Mandatory) , Level – Fluent
Area of Expertise
Chemistry and biology Mandatory
Area of Expertise Requirement
Coastal and marine conservation and management, experience on ocean governance
Competencies & Values
- Adaptability and Flexibility
- Commitment and Motivation
- Planning and Organizing
- Respect for Diversity
- Working in Teams
How To Apply
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Application deadline: 17 September 2021
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