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Programme Manager, UNV

Job Description

Agency: UN Volunteers

Title: Programme Manager, UNV

Job ID: 29324

Practice Area – Job Family: Management

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA): 18/03/2020

Duty Station: Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree – 7 year(s) experience

Language required and desired: English, French

Grade: P4

Vacancy Type: FTA International

Posting Type: External

Bureau: United Nations Volunteers

Contract Duration

1 Year with possibility for extension


The UNV Field Unit is an efficient functioning unit with a primary priority focus on Volunteer Mobilization through partnerships and inter-agency collaboration. The UNV FU in the Democratic Republic of Congo has two elements with one presence focused on Agency, Funds and Programmes and one fully integrated in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) to provide full administrative and operational support to the serving UN volunteers into the UN Mission’s functional structure. The UNV FU inside MONUSCO is based in Kinshasa with colleagues outposted in Goma, and in Entebbe.

Reporting to the Manager, Regional Office, the Programme Manager is responsible for the effective strategic planning, programming, advocacy and overall management of the day to day operations of UNV’s programme activity within the context of its programme collaboration with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordination and provision of administrative, operational and programme support to UN Volunteers

Manage and coordinate the region-based UNV Field Units and the UNV Support staff to ensure maximum efficiency and output of UNV involvement in UN activities in field locations, including the administrative and corporative backstopping to the UN Volunteers in MONUSCO. Particular attention is required for the efficient management of the downsizing process which will impact UN Volunteers. In addition, the incumbent is also required to promote gender balance/gender mainstreaming; human-rights based approach and capacity development and transfer of know-how to national staff/counterparts among UN Volunteers;

Conduct regular monitoring visits to the UN Volunteers assigned to locations outside Kinshasa;

Constantly monitor the security situation in the country, liaising with the Designated Official and the Security Staff and efficiently oversee security / safety of UN Volunteers;

Manage and oversee project and programme budgets for all peacekeeping related to UNV activities in the country. This includes regular financial reporting, preparation of project budget revisions and financial tracking of resources external to UNV/HQ, when applicable;

Manage the efficient documentation of UN Volunteers’ contributions to give visibility to their results and achievements in support of the Sustainable Development Goals;

Manage efficiently training and capacity building activities in coordination with the UN Mission’s Training Unit – and the budget provided by UNV Regional Office for the promotion of volunteerism;

Demonstrate leadership in the implementation of the Digital Transformation process that is currently being rolled out within the organization.

Strengthening UNV programme positioning within the UN system in the country

Maintain regular contact and coordinate activities with the UNV Field Unit in UNDP DRC to ensure a coherent and coordinated programmatic positioning of the UNV programme in line with the UNV Strategic Framework, and in the context of the strategic review of MONUSCO;

Develop regular contact with numerous partners at the sub-regional, country and, if required, headquarters level, in order to strengthen existing collaboration and promote/identify new opportunities for UNV in the areas of peacekeeping, peacebuilding, crisis prevention and recovery activities;

Where appropriate, develop and follow up on leads and planning exercises with key partners at the field level, with the view to support UN Volunteers’ involvement in the thematic focus areas of peace building and peace keeping. This includes regular short and long-term programme analysis, preparation of official correspondence, preparation of programming advisory notes, programme strategy papers, and project documents;

Contribute to the creation of a corporative identity for the UN Volunteers and to the promotion of volunteerism through the UN Volunteers in MONUSCO and across the country, in collaboration with the UNV Field Unit in UNDP DRC.

Support advocacy efforts and visibility of the UNV Programme and promote volunteer activities in the country

Promote the visibility of UNV’s contributions to a wide range of audience (within MONUSCO, UN Agencies, DPPO, UNV HQ);

Ensure volunteer participation in public events such as the international celebration days, with particular emphasis on the International Volunteer Day, and MONUSCO/UN corporate events;

Identify, pursue and develop inputs to DPPO, MONUSCO, UNV publications/websites/social media networks;

Prepare working documents for programme development purposes. This includes the preparation of Strategic Country Profiles, MONUSCO-specific case studies, best practices, briefing notes, etc., which capture UNV’s activities/contributions in peacekeeping, early recovery and peacebuilding in the country;

Identify, pursue and develop news stories, case studies, and briefs for publication in DPPO, UNDP, UNV and other publications. This involves close consultation with UNV Communications team;

Provide advisory support on UNV programme and mandate to different stakeholders in MONUSCO and in the whole country, in collaboration with the UNV Field Unit in UNDP DRC.

Integration of UNV programme and volunteerism into corporate and country-level strategic (reporting) documents

Develop innovative approaches to demonstrate the added value of volunteerism in specific country focus areas, as it pertains to MONUSCO’s mandate;

Participate in UN system wide (esp MONUSCO) and UNV corporate and country level discussions and planning, including the preparation of Regional Office reports, contributions to UNV regional work plans and routine preparation of briefing and advisory notes.

Managerial functions

Represent the UNV Programme with UN partners, including senior UN officials, with Government and with civil society and other partners;

Manage the recruitment, performance and career management of the Field Unit personnel to motivate and promote organizational excellence;

Provide guidance to an integrated team in Entebbe and team members part of the MONUSCO FU in Kinshasa and Goma;

Manage learning activities, including establishing Unit learning plans and ensure staff supervised meets their development needs while meeting the needs of the Mission.


Core Competencies:


Ability to make new and useful ideas work


Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Functional Competencies:

Sustainable Development

Knowledge of sustainable development concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, covering the economic, social and environmental dimensions

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development

Relationship Management

Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, inter-agency coordination and forge productive working relationships

Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, motivate, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Knowledge Management

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge

Required Skills and Experience


Master degree in social sciences, public administration, humanitarian, or international relations/development studies.


Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience at the HQ and/or field level, preferably with UNDP/UNV, or in the areas of humanitarian relief, electoral assistance, special operations in UN peace keeping environment and communications;

Work experience as UN Volunteer / Programme Officer in a field location is an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and French.



Only short-listed applicants will be contacted;

The successful candidate will hold a UNDP letter of appointment;

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

UNDP/UNV reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP/UNV at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity
UNDP/UNV is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

UNDP/UNV does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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How to Apply

Resume and cover letter required. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered:

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