Title: UNV Coordination and Partnerships Officer
Job ID: 20254
Practice Area – Job Family: UN Coordination – COORDINATION AND PARTNERSHIPS
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 03/02/2019
Duty Station: Lusaka, Zambia
Education & Work Experience
G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 1 year(s) experience
Vacancy Type: National Regular UN Volunteer
Posting Type: External
Bureau: United Nations Volunteers
Contract Duration: 12 months
Open only to Zambian nationals with Disabilities and not more 35 years of age.
The UN system in Zambia supports development operations in the country through the activities of UN system agencies represented on the ground. The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) in Zambia is responsible for managing the overall coordination of the UN system’s support to national development objectives. These include support to UN reform efforts towards ‘Delivering as One’ (DaO), UN inter-agency coordination and performance management under the Zambia-UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework 2016-2021 (Partnership Framework) and joint programmes, monitoring, policy analysis and advocacy on the Sustainable Development Goals, engagement on the national development agenda and promoting UN collaboration with relevant state and non-state partners.
The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Zambia decided in 2017 to take a new and strengthened approach on disability mainstreaming, in line with the commitment to Leave No One Behind enshrined in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The approach was informed by the 2016 visit to Zambia, and subsequent recommendations, of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as efforts at national level to strengthen rights of persons with disabilities, such as the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2010, the enactment of the Disability Act (2012) and the approval of the National Policy on Disability (2013). The new 7thNational Development Plan 2017-2021 (7NDP) continues the momentum by placing emphasis on reducing vulnerabilities and inequalities, including for persons with disabilities.
Assignment and Project Description
As a first step to implement the new approach on disability, the UNCT established an inter-agency project to promote disability inclusion in Luapula Province, for which full funding of USD 400,000 was received from the third funding round of the UN Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD). The title of the approved programme is “Promoting disability inclusion in HIV, sexual and reproductive health and social protection in Luapula Province”, and it will be implemented jointly by ILO, UNFPA, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, and UNAIDS. The duration of the project is 30 months and the total budget is approximately USD 900,000, including in-kind contributions from participating agencies. Luapula Province was selected as the focus province because it has the highest disability prevalence rate in the country (9.7%) and overall low human development indicators.
The project seeks to capitalize on the existing normative environment, which protects the right to health and well-being of persons with disabilities to strengthen the structural features already in place and build a sustainable approach to disability inclusion that later can be scaled up to national level. The project will focus on changing attitudes and building capacity within communities, among traditional and religious leaders, service providers as well as organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to provide accessible services in the selected districts in Luapula. The project will also engage with the provincial administration in providing support to broader disability inclusion at the provincial level. A good foundation exists for multiple synergies with other existing or planned interventions, with the UN, central and local government, civil society, the disability sector, the private sector and international organizations. The Luapula project will serve as an entry point for the UN in Zambia to strengthen disability inclusion and mainstreaming across all programmes and operations.
For this purpose, the RCO is looking for a motivated young professional – UNV Coordination and Partnerships Officer – who can support the effective strategic level coordination and communication of the Luapula disability project as well as the conceptualisation and implementation of a coherent UN-wide approach to mainstreaming disability rights. The Coordination and Partnerships Officer will work under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative and as a member of the wider RCO team. The Coordination and Partnerships Officer will also collaborate closely with the Project Coordinator for the Luapula project, based in Mansa, and the inter-agency technical team and other partners in Lusaka. Through the position, the young professional will gain: 1) hands on experience in UN Delivering as One coordination and in promoting multi-stakeholder collaboration in the context of the SDGs and Leave No One Behind, 2) hands on experience in policy and advocacy work in a multicultural environment, and 3) in-depth knowledge of international and national frameworks on rights of persons with disabilities and experience in how to advance their practical realization at the country level.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator, the Coordination and Partnerships Officer will undertake the following tasks:
Coordination, Strategic Planning and Reporting:
Partnerships and Communcations:
Required Skills and Experience
To be eligible to apply to the UNDP-UNV Talent Programme for Young Professionals with Disabilities, candidates should:
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