Jan 262018

Organization: UN Volunteers
Country: Mali
Closing date: 29 Jan 2018

General Information
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
possibility_of_extension Yes
Expected Starting Date Immediate
Duty Station Bamako, Mali
Assignment Place Non-Family Duty station
Assignment Place Remark Assignment is non-family.
Initial contract from Entry on Duty (EOD) until 30 June 2018. Duration of initial contract as well as subsequent extensions are subject to the mandate of the Mission and satisfactory performance.

Living Conditions
Bamako 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, but security instructions need to be strictly complied with. Adequate housing is available for rent at US$ 500-1500 per month. The national currency is the Franc CFA (February 2013 exchange rate was 1 US$ = 490 FCFA). 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 Staff 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.

Assignment Details
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

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Investigations Unit and the overall supervision of the Director of MINUSMA/Human Rights Division, 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;
  • Conduct of fact-finding missions;
  • Participate in monitoring activities;
  • Carry out investigations into abuses/violations of human rights or humanitarian law;
  • Carry out screening and prepare profiles in light of due diligence and the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy;
  • Carry out researches on open sources;
  • Perform data collection, data entry and data analysis in the various databases used by the HRD;
  • Prepare analytical reports on the application of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy;
  • Liaise with other data collections components in the mission as well as meet with communities to gather and cross-check information;
  • Perform other related duties as required by the Director of the HRD;
  • Use the OHCHR database to enter cases and document allegation sand violations of human rights violations;
  • Any other related duties as may be required;

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.

Results/Expected Outputs
-Compilation of reports pertaining to screening, due diligence and the HRDDP;
-Supervisor is kept abrest of the human rights situation and is well advised;
-Good relations with other components of the mission as well as communities are developed; Report on the outcome of investigations, fact-finding missions and trials monitored by the unit;
-The databases used by HRD are updated and information is regularly documented; Activities are carried out to gather and verify information;
-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.

Required experience: 24 months
Experience Remark:
Experience in drafting various documents, including reports on human rights issues, and in research will be an asset;
Experience in using databases Field experience, including working on issues of protection of human rights defenders/victims or other groups at risk, will be an asset;

Language Skills: English (Mandatory) , Level – Fluent AND – French (Mandatory) , Level – Fluent

Area of Expertise Requirement:
Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook.
Knowledge of international human rights instruments and rules for the protection and promotion of 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;
Experience in using databases Field experience, including working on issues of protection of human rights defenders/victims or other groups at risk, will be an asset;
Willingness to work in difficult field locations; Sound security awareness; Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian relief, post-conflict situations, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Need Driving Licence: Yes

Condition 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
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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 procedure

Application Code MLIR000629-2429

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Application deadline: 29 January 2018

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