Organization: UN Volunteers
Closing date: 29 Jan 2018
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 longestablished, 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.
Country of Assignment Mali
Host Institute United Nations Multidimensional Integr. Stab. Mission in Mali
Volunteer Category International Specialist
Number of Volunteers 2
Duration Until 30-06-2018
Expected Starting Date Immediate
Duty Station Gao, Kidal – Mali
Assignment Place Remark Assignment is non–family.
Duration of Assignment: Initial contract from Entry on Duty (EOD) until 30 June 2017. Duration of initial contract as well as subsequent extensions are subject to the mandate of the Mission and satisfactory performance.
Kidal is a non-family duty station with a difficult security and working environment. Mali is a non- family duty station. Living conditions are acceptable in Bamako. Adequate housing is available for rent at US$ 500-1500 per month. The national currency is the Franc CFA. Visa credit cards are accepted in some hotels and larger shops. Mali is a country prone to malaria, so mosquito nets are highly recommended. Basic medicines are available from pharmacies, but provision needs to be made for specialized medication. Security recommendations from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) must be followed by all UN personnel in the course of their assignments in Mali. For the sake of rewarding experience, UN volunteers in MINUSMA carry out their duties with flexibility, commitment, and a willingness to live and work in challenging conditions including heat and limited water and electricity supply.
Organizational Context & Project Description
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political process in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. The Mission has been asked to support the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country and implementation of the transitional roadmap, focusing on major population centers and lines of communication, protecting civilians, human rights monitoring, the creation of conditions for the provision of humanitarian assistance and the return to displaced persons, the extension of State authority and the preparation of free, inclusive and peaceful elections.
The mandate of the Human Rights Division, following Security Council Resolutions 2100, 2164 and 2227 and 2295 is (i) To assist the Malian authorities in their efforts to promote and protect human rights, in particular in the areas of justice and reconciliation, including to support, as feasible and appropriate, the efforts of the Malian authorities, without prejudice to their responsibilities, to bring to justice those responsible for serious abuses or violations of human rights or violations of international humanitarian law, in particular war crimes and crimes against humanity in Mali, taking into account the referral by the transitional authorities of Mali of the situation in their country since January 2012 to the International Criminal Court; (ii) To monitor, help investigate and report to the Security Council and publicly, as appropriate, on violations of international humanitarian law and on violations and abuses of human rights, including all forms of sexual and gender based violence and violations and abuses committed against women and children throughout Mali and to contribute to efforts to prevent such violations and abuses.
Sustainable Development Goals: 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
UNV Focus Area Peace building
Under the overall supervision of the Director of MINUSMA/ Human Rights Division and the direct supervision of the Planning/Program Officer, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
- Gather information and report on the human rights situation in a designated geographical area, including through close cooperation with other United Nations actors and the community;
- Keep the supervisor regularly informed on developments concerning the human rights situation;
- Visit and monitor detention centres for compliance with international human rights norms;
- Monitor trials for compliance with international human rights norms;
- Conduct fact-finding missions; Participate in monitoring activities;
- Carry out investigations into abuses/violations of human rights or humanitarian law;
- Prepare case files for submission to the authorities and for inclusion in the OHCHR data base;
- Assist in the designing and the delivering of capacity building activities;
- Participate in the establishment and maintenance of contacts with local authorities as well as international organizations operating in the country and civil society;
- Perform other related duties as required by the Director of the Human Rights Division;
- Use the OHCHR database to enter cases and document allegations and violations of human rights violations;
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:
- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerismby reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNVactivities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)
- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms ofvolunteerism in the host country- Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they areundertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities
- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNVpublications/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, orencourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV OnlineVolunteering service whenever technically possible.
Contribution to the improvement of human rights situation is done;
Capacities of local institutions and NGOs for the protection of human rights enhanced; Individual cases are addressed, investigated and documented;
Fact-finding missions are carried out;
Planning and implementation of capacity building activities are carried out;
Supervisor is kept abreast of the human rights situation and well advised;
Good relationships and advocacy with the local authorities developed;
• 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 dur-ing the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
Required Degree: Level Bachelor degree or equivalent Education
Additional Comments Law, political science or social sciences; international specialized studies on human rights preferred.
2 years of relevant experience in human rights.
Knowledge of international mechanisms to seek redress for Human Rights violations an asset. Experience in drafting various documents, including reports on human rights issues, and in research will be an asset.
Language Skills: French (Mandatory) , Level – Fluent AND – English (Mandatory) , Level – Working Knowledge
Need Driving Licence Yes
Competencies & Values Accountability
Adaptability and Flexibility
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Ethics and Values Integrity
Planning and Organizing
Respect for Diversity
Working in Teams
Conditions of Service Click here to view Conditions of Service Conditions of Service for International Specialist: The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment. A UN Volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) which is composed of the Monthly Living Allowance (MLA) and a Family Allowance (FA) for those with dependents (maximum three). The Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs. The VLA can be computed by applying the Post-Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate of US$ 1,587. The VLA base rate is a global rate across the world, while the PAM is duty station/country-specific and fluctuates on a monthly basis according to the cost of living. This method ensures that international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty stations irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on the ICSC website http://icsc.un.org. For example, kindly enter the link Calculator
In non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, international UN Volunteers receive a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to taking up the assignment) and in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty station. UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annual leave, full integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reimbursements). UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for periodic home visit and for the final repatriation travel (if applicable). Resettlement allowance is paid for satisfactory service at the end of the assignment. UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.
How to apply:
Application Code MLIR000631-2431
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Application deadline: 29 January 2018