The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programmeis 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.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
The Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) based in Nairobi, Kenya, provides oversight and guidance to UNICEF’s work in 21 countries. Led by the Regional Director (RD), ESARO provides oversight, policy advice, programme and operational guidance, management and technical support to the 21 UNICEF Country Offices (COs) in the region. ESARO also coordinates UNICEF's engagement at interagency level and in representation of the organisation in the region, and guides country office humanitarian preparedness and response, partnership and resource mobilization efforts.
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 5,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP.
The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the Youth Advocate would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate.
Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers
A 12 months contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.
Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of KES 80,541 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of Regional Advisor Gender, the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:
Required Skills and Experience
Duties and Responsibilities
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES.
The UN Women’s Humanitarian and DRR work in Kenya seeks to support government and key stakeholders in the development and implementation of gender responsive humanitarian policies, strategies and programmes to promote women leadership and participation in key decision making, build the capacity of key stakeholders including women and men to ensure their equal participation in the humanitarian and DRR work and to strengthen and coordinate gender mainstreaming amongst different stakeholders including the UN System.
UN Women, through the Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection in Crisis Response (LEAP) programme seeks to provide and strengthen technical, coordination and capacity support to humanitarian stakeholders working in the Kakuma Refugee Camp as well as the surrounding drought and conflict affected host communities. UN Women will leverage ongoing work, including the development of a localized Gender and Gender-based Violence Humanitarian Training Manual and strengthening the use of IASC gender Marker.
War and displacement heighten women and girl’s vulnerability to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), in particular sexual violence, as physical and social systems for protection break down and norms regulating social behavior are weakened. Women and girls are at risk of SGBV during forced migration and within camp settings, with newly arrived females and female headed households particularly vulnerable. Further, the widespread practices such as blaming the survivor, shame, stigma, fear of reprisals and threats of rejection by families and the community are powerful deterrents to reporting. This leads to a situation where the majority of survivors do not receive appropriate health care with potentially life-threatening consequences. A lack of knowledge about the health consequences of SGBV also limits reporting and access to appropriate and timely health care. Violence against women and girls is pervasive and the exact nature and scope of SGBV cases in Kalobeyei Settlement and host community is difficult to capture accurately as the majority of cases remain unreported. In view of the refugee influx from South Sudan there is need to scale up life-saving services to respond to SGBV related incidents and cases. The integration of host communities in the settlement also requires heavy investment in awareness creation on SGBV, men and boy’s engagement, peaceful coexistence and reporting of SGBV cases.
It is in this context that UN Women’s Peace & Security and Humanitarian Action unit seeks to hire an expert to undertake a research study and document the impact of SGBV in Kalobeyei camp and the surrounding host communities. The study findings will shade more light on the magnitude of SGBV cases in the camp, the existing referral mechanisms and services provided and challenges encountered in accessing services. The study will inform programming and the adoption of targeted strategies to strengthen the available services and referrals assistance required by the SGBV survivors.
SPECIFIC TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITY:
Under the overall supervision of the Women Peace and Security Specialist and in close consultation with UNHCR in Kakuma Refugee Camp, the Consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks:
The research methodology will include as a minimum:
Core Values / Guiding Principles
Required Skills and Experience
Remuneration will be based on experience and qualifications using UN Women Rules and Regulations.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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