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The UNV Project Officer will undertake the following tasks:
- Support the implementation of the project by producing draft work plans, implementation strategies and concept notes in consultation with the Project Coordinator and PUNOs;
- Produce a mapping report on UNCT support to disability with recommendations for upscaling;
- Contribute to the research and development of proposals to mainstreaming disability in implementation of SDGs by PUNOs;
- Develop a SWOT analysis research report on DPOs in Zimbabwe;
- Monitor the status of project outputs are achieved as identified in the proposal, including drafting periodic project status reports;
- Produce visibility products with human stories for UNCT newsflashes website updates;
- Perform any other duties, relevant to the project, as required;
Furthermore, participants in the Talent Programme are required to:
- Strengthen their knowledge on the SDGs and the United Nations Development System
- 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);
- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNDP and UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
- 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;
- UNCT Mapping report on disability;
- Project reports with detailed inventory of support rendered to the project by the UNV;
- Draft work plans, action plans, filed monitoring plans and implementation plans;
- Draft Project Status Reports produced;
- Workshop concepts and logistics notes, produced by the UNV;
- Record system with updated records of project documents tracking progression in implementation of recommendations and resolutions;
- DPOs SWOT analysis;
- Visibility products and human stories;
- Personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
- mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations;
- Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment;
Planning and organizing:
- Effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
Teamwork and respect for diversity:
- ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
- proven interpersonal skills; good communication skills, including with national and international staff, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful but objective, without showing personal interest;
- Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values;
Required Skills and Experience
To be eligible to apply to the UNDP-UNV Talent Programme for Young Professionals with Disabilities, candidates should:
- Be no more than 35 years of age;
- Be a person living with a physical or sensorial (hearing or visual) disability;
Work experience will be an advantage but not a requirement.
Qualifications, skills, experience:
- Hold a Bachelor degree or be enrolled in a university degree at Bachelor or Master level in a field related to UNDP’s work areas;
- Knowledge of contemporary development issues nationally and globally especially on disability rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HRBA, access to justice, and national and global planning frameworks (UNCRPD, SDGs);
- Interest in the UN and adaptability to a multicultural environment;
- Strong commitment to working for sustainable development and human rights.
- Written fluency in English. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an advantage;
The conditions of life in Zimbabwe are permissive to persons with disability. The Zimbabwean community has since debunked disability and more and more discrimination is being alleviated with the private sector taking a lead sometimes for instances there is a huge private sector sponsored initiative to remove discrimination for persons with Albinism.
Policy frameworks to advance rights of persons with disability are in lace and the Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare has since established a disability department in the Ministry as well as a National Disabilities board to provide oversight on disability issues in Zimbabwe. There is political willing ness at high levels and the President has recently appointed a special representative in his office to advice on disability issues. Meanwhile there is a thriving Disability People’s Organisations (DPOs) representing all facets of disability.
Most residential houses are single story and allow for easy access to person with disability. Private transport can also be adapted to ensure it is friendly to persons with disability. Many office spaces have both stairways and elevators to ensure physical accessibility.
The ground floor of the UNDP office in Zimbabwe is accessible for persons with disabilities, including offices, bathroom and meeting rooms. There is a fully equipped health facility in the UN Compound manned by a Doctor with all the relevant support staff while external medical services are available through different doctors and health institutions which the UN has partnered. Further, a project to improve the accessibility of the premises is being implemented to ensure full access to persons with disabilities.
13. Reasonable accommodation
The UN system is committed to creating an inclusive workplace, and commits to taking appropriate measures to enable persons with disabilities to access employment opportunities and benefit equally from employment related opportunities by providing reasonable accommodation. In this context, “reasonable accommodation” means necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure to persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Should applicants may need reasonable arrangements to facilitate their interview and assessment during the recruitment and selection process, please submit your request in your application.
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