UN Volunteers – Programme and Communications Assistant

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The primary and overarching objective of United Nations Development Programme in Kenya is the eradication of poverty in the context of sustainable development, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, and promotion of United Nations fundamental principles. A core dimension to the work of UNDP in Kenya is on Democratic Governance given the national focus on governance reforms. UNDP supports the country’s efforts towards achieving the Vision 2030 Political Pillar, which envisions a democratic system that is issue-based, people-centered, results oriented and accountable to the public. This Political Pillar gears to transform the country’s political governance across five strategic areas; The Rule of Law, Electoral and Political Processes, Democracy and Public Service Delivery, Transparency and Accountability, Security Peace Building and Conflict Management. These strategic areas are anchored in the Constitution, promulgated in August 2010 marking a major milestone in the democratic journey of Kenya and set a new threshold in terms of people-centred development.


UN Volunteers (UNVs) are contributing to peace and development through supporting service delivery and capacity building for institutions, projects and communities where they are posted. In Kenya, the UNV programme is managed by the UNV Field Unit under UNDP CO Kenya. The programme is focused on expansion of UN Volunteers’ input to such priority areas as Youth, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, Governance, HIV/AIDS, Information and Communication Technology, Gender Mainstreaming, Environment, Livelihoods and Urban Planning, Disaster Risk Reduction, Monitoring and Evaluation, Advocacy (for SDGs). The UN Volunteers in the country are mainly attached to respective UN Agencies, governmental institutions, civil society organizations and funded through programmes and projects.

Task Description

Under the direct supervision of the UNV Country Coordinator and the overall supervision of the UNV ESARO Regional Portfolio Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Volunteer Management Support: Support the UNV Country coordinator in liaising with all UN agencies in the country to ensure an understanding of the nature of UN Volunteer assignments, UNV rules, and procedures; Act upon and follow up on requests with partner agencies, and collaborate in the preparation of assignment descriptions; Provide advisory support to serving UN Volunteers on the Conditions of Service during their assignments; Provide support to the UNV Field Unit in the arrangement of UNV activities and events; Facilitate mentoring of UN Volunteers with a focus on UN Youth Volunteers.


Act as the Focal Point (FP) for UNV communications, in liaison with the UNV ESARO Communications Officer; Extend under supervision of the UNV ESARO Regional Portfolio Specialist continued support to national/regional volunteerism coordinating bodies, and the National Volunteerism Policy implementation processes; Produce and disseminate UNV Kenya communications and informational materials; Act as FP within UNDP CO and other UN Agencies for preparation and dissemination of UNV promotional and information materials and publicity; Ensure proper informational representation of UNV in international and national mass media, at web resources and social networks, volunteer and other networks, i.e. UNV online platforms, etc.; Expand and maintain UNV Kenya picture and information libraries; Maintain publications, collect and draft content and update UNV Kenya Social Media Undertake any other tasks assigned.






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