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Youth Volunteer Coordinator
 Vacancy No: SDNR000174-2649
 Section/Unit: United Nations Development Programme
 Grade Level: UNV
 Supervisor: Programme Manager, Darfur Livelihoods and Recovery Programme
 No. of Post: 3
 Duty Station: El Daein, Nyala, Zalingei
 Duration: 12 months
 Closing Date: 24 April 2018


Long-standing conflict and protracted displacement has robbed a whole generation of youth in Darfur of their access to employment, education and development opportunities; forcing majority to move towards urban and peri-urban dwellings. Many of these youth live in rural and peri-urban areas of Darfur with limited or no access to basic services and sustainable livelihood opportunities. Young graduates lack employment opportunities, as well as access to professional development, microfinance services and markets, through which they can establish their own businesses; nor skills to gain formal employment. These youth, desperate to make a living, represent a destabilizing risk to the region as they have high propensity to join rebel and violent groups.

UNDP Sudan has been working in Darfur since the war started in 2003 and have since been making efforts to stabilize the region, find lasting solution to the conflict and to facilitate sustainable recovery and development. To this end, in 2011, UNDP introduced livelihoods and economic recovery interventions to its existing activities in Darfur, focusing on the promotion of livelihood and economic recovery, collectively known as the Darfur Livelihoods and Recovery Programme (DLRP). In 2018, the DLRP consists of three inter-connected and mutually reinforcing components;

  • The Pro-Poor Value Chain Integration Project
  • Promotion of Sustainable of Return of IDPs and Refugees Project
  • Youth Volunteers Supporting Peace and Recovery in Darfur (YOVORED) Project.

This UNV position will work directly under the Youth Volunteers Supporting Peace and Recovery in Darfur (YOVORED) Project which aim at building the capacity of graduate through a volunteering modality to facilitate socio-economic recovery and peace in their communities whilst availing themselves opportunities for employment and self-empowerment. The Project which started its first phase in 2012 is now in fourth phase and have since supported more than 33,000 vulnerable community members and 379 youth volunteers to date. In the current phase IV, the Project was re-designed and new elements that further reinforce youth employment and the involvement of youth in peace and decision-making processes. The project covers over 45 communities within the 5 States of Darfur. The DLRP consist of 15 staff, of which 6 staff currently work under the YoVoReD project. The YoVoReD project team work from field offices in Darfur located in El Fasher, El Genina, Zalingei, Nyala and currently working on an office in Edaen from where they cover all Darfur. The incumbents will be based in either Nyala, Zalingei or Ed Daein.


 Duties and responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Planning and Implementation:

  • Provide support for planning and implementation of the day-to-day activities of the project in the respective state/locality;
  • Provide inputs from the field to the Programme Manager for project initiation, drafting of project proposals and other technical documents;
  • Maintain good relations and partnerships with stakeholders including UN mission, agencies, Government counterparts, the private sector, implementing partners;
  • Support the recruitment, training, orientation and deployment of youth volunteers;
  • Participate in monitoring, mentoring and support of volunteers at the community level in collaboration with the State Youth Volunteers Coordination Unit, relevant Government Ministries and other stakeholders;
  • Attend State Technical Coordination Committee meetings and other related Coordination meetings with UN agencies and other local stakeholders;
  • Provide support for effective volunteer training including inputs to improve curriculum, training quality;
  • Support and facilitate the organisation of events; including specialised celebrations and voluntary community initiatives;
  • Mainstream environmental management, voluntarism and gender equality into youth activities;

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Support the drafting of Annual Work plans and Budgets for the project
  • Develop, implement and update action plans, M&E plans in line with the project document;
  • Perform regular data collection, monitoring surveys ensuring key results are tracked and documented;
  • Prepare regular briefs and updates of key achievements for Programme Manager and the project team for briefings and donor meetings;
  • Organise regular review exercises to identify lessons learned, best practices and detect problems on timely basis;
  • Monitor the performance of serving volunteers through field visits to their duty stations, discussions with their supervisors and counterparts and follow-up on their periodic reports;
  • Regularly organise joint field visits to project locations with Government counterparts and implementing partners;
  • Provide support for the conduct of project evaluations; facilitate donor field visits and provide support to short-term consultants;

Knowledge Management and Sharing

  • Working closely with the communications unit, identify and draft personal and success stories, taking quality photos and ensure they are communicated widely through appropriate media;
  • Draft success stories using appropriate social media platforms
  • Provide high quality media inputs for publications, presentations and reports including high resolutions photos and videos from the field.
  • Develop and update lessons learned log for the project;

Financial Management

  • Develop action plans and budgets for DIM working advances and ensure advances are utilised and liquidated on timely basis;
  • Provide support for the implementation of sub-grants -drafting MCGAs, LOAs (agreements with implementing partners), track and follow-up on the implementation, liquidation and reporting of all sub-grants on timely basis;
  • Ensure that IPs are informed of their obligations for documentation, schedule of activities and payments and reporting;

Project Operations Support and Coordination

  • Provide support in monitoring security situation within the state and their impact on the project and UNDP’s operations;
  • Participate in relevant state coordination meetings and forums where necessary;
  • Any other duties deemed necessary by the Programme Manager.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • 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 IVD);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/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, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Output:

The purpose of this position is to provide technical and operational support for the implementation of the Youth Volunteers Supporting Peace and Recovery in Darfur Project in the Darfur Region with particular focus on the respective state/locality.

The contributions of this assignment will impact the overall capacity of the UNDP team and implementing partners to effectively deliver the Project, as per the project document and the annual work plan, including the following:

  • Improved technical support for project implementation at the state level;
  • Project planning, implementation enhanced for timely achievement of project targets.
  • Efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to stakeholders on diverse issues.
  • Effective and high technical and administrative capacity building provided of State Project Coordination Units in the respective states.
  • High quality training provided to youth volunteers and community members;
  • Vulnerable community members increased income earning and entrepreneurial capacity as a result of this project;
  • Accurate and reliable information generated for the monitoring, evaluation and further improvement of the project;
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities 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

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Master degree or equivalent.
Minimum of Master’s Degree is required preferably in social sciences, Business Management, Development studies, International Relations, Youth Development, Entrepreneurship or other relevant area.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in development-related field, management capacity and organizational development, Youth Development and / or volunteer management is required.
  • Knowledge on the country socio-economic situation, cultural dimensions and political structure particularly knowledge of the Darfur region and it context
  • Previous knowledge and or working experience in the Darfur would be highly rated
  • Knowledge of the UN system and particularly UNDP-managed programmes/projects is favourable.
  • English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent
  • And One of these - Arabic (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent

Area of Expertise Requirement

  1. Project Planning and Implementation
  2. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
  3. Knowledge Management and Sharing
  4. Financial Management
  5. Project Operations Support and Coordination


Darfur is located in the western-most region of Sudan. The main cities and towns in Darfur include El Fasher, Nyala, Ed Daen, Zalengi and Geneina. The region has been in a state of humanitarian emergency since 2003. However, since the last two years, peace and security has tremendously improved across Darfur paving way for the much needed recovery and development interventions.

The security situation in Darfur is unpredictable, though has generally been calm and improving which requires a mature level of security and cultural awareness. Risks to personnel are reduced by strict adherence to UN security guidelines, instructions and mitigating measures. Crime rate, has been reduced to minimum even though the situation require monitoring and vigilance. It is mandatory for all personnel to receive a security briefing upon arrival and to observe local as well as UN security regulations.

The cost of living in Darfur is relatively reasonable. The markets and shops are generally stocked with local and common cereals, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and other common food items. Local restaurants hardly serve continental dishes but one can find fairly good quality food locally. Telecommunications are appreciably reliable in Darfur. There are three main international telecommunication companies in Darfur which provide mobile phone, internet and other telecom services.

Assignment Place REmarks:

A 12 - month 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 942.00 USD 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.


Please note that only applications made through VMAM will be considered.

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* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the assignment (special call) to which you would like to apply. please follow the below link to apply or search for assignment number SDNR000174-2649


Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please also note this is a National UN Volunteer post.

Deadline for applications: 26 April 2018

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