UN VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT

Preamble: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is 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. 1. UNV Assignment Title: 2. Type of Assignment: 3. Project Title: 4. Duration: 5. Location, Country: 6. Expected Starting Date: 7. Brief Project Description: The World Food Programme (WFP) has been providing food assistance to the occupied Palestinian territory since 1991. The Country Office is located in Jerusalem, and is supported by an office in Gaza, two sub-offices (Nablus and Hebron) and one port office (Ashdod). WFP employs over 108 staff in the oPt, both national and international. WFP currently meets the food needs of the most vulnerable non-refugees in the oPt through two operations: 1) A Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) in the West Bank (2011-2013); 2) An Emergency Operation (EMOP) in the Gaza Strip (2012-2013). WFP operations in the oPt are driven by needs-based analysis performed by the oPt Vulnerability Analysis Mapping (VAM) Unit. The annual Socio-Economic Food Security Analysis is a flagship joint assessment undertaken with FAO, UNRWA and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) which quantifies the nature of food insecurity, identifies the risks to livelihoods and monitors emerging food security problems. WFP would like to complement the already robust data collection with GIS analysis and spatial analysis to better inform WFP decision-making at key points in the design and management of emergency and development/early recovery programmes in the oPt. Spatial analysis tools and methods will allow VAM to integrate various data sources, including M&E data, socio-economic indicators, geographical and satellite information to provide enhanced capacity in food security risk analysis and monitoring for the relevant ministers and to the food security cluster members. This analysis will form the foundation of WFP’s strategic shift from unconditional emergency relief to conditional and targeted support to communities to build up their resilience and protect their livelihoods. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Officer International UN Volunteer Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 1 year, renewable East Jerusalem, occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) Immediate

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This analysis will also inform the location and design of WFP’s new initiatives working closely with Ministry of Agriculture counterparts on activities which support the Palestinian Authorities’ “Greening Palestine” efforts.wfp. design and development of the oPt CO GIS databases to effectively support food security monitoring system and advocacy role in the oPt. Operate and maintain GIS systems. Type of Assignment Place: 11. research and publications. Organizational Context: This UNV assignment is integrated in the Programme Support Unit of the WFP Country Office based in East Jerusalem. NGO services) that can complement WFP operations. infrastructure. Update the socio-economic and Food Security Atlas (FSA) and activate the socio-economic and food security Atlas spatial database. the UN Volunteer will perform the following responsibilities: GIS cartographic production     Play a lead role in the development and production of maps and related mapping documents to effectively support WFP role in the oPt. Ensure that geographic data is available in a compatible format for data sharing with partner agencies and organizations. Ensure that correct metadata is appended to the geographic datasets produced. Host Agency/Host Institute: United Nations World http://www. Link programme data/relevant monitoring data to the monitoring database system (inserting the spatial dimension to the bi-monthly/quarterly monitoring report). Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large-scale early drought monitoring system. Assess spatial data availability and understand the importance of spatial data infrastructure (SDI).org Food Programme (WFP). Prepare and distribute spatial data in maps. 2 . for data sharing by organizations involved in food security. Spatial Analysis        Provide GIS and spatial analysis to support food security analysis. 10. reports and documents in various formats as required. Prepare the thematic analytical maps that support country level operational functions of WFP such as logistics. and prepare maps that provide an inventory of local resources and capacities (e. Use GIS information in planning food security interventions through spatial multi-criteria analysis.8. Create a vector model for targeting to be used during the scale-down of the current School Feeding Programme and for the scale-up of the conditional voucher programme. Contribute to analysis of geographic patterns of food insecurity and vulnerability by integrating primary food security data with other data sources in the GIS environment. Description of tasks: Under the overall guidance of the Head of the PSU and the direct supervision of VAM Officer. personnel. In his/her daily duties. the UNV GIS Officer will assist the CO in linking all the historical socio-economic and food security data to the GIS. this activity can be done jointly with FAO.g. Identify requirements for spatial analysis and products relevant to the activities of WFP CO. see 9. The spatial analysis will also help the CO to understand better the market and enhance understanding and knowledge about the impact of the Voucher programme on the local economy. Assignment with family GIS Database management      Contribute to the maintenance. The combined data (spatial and nonspatial data) will create a powerful tool to help the CO and the food security cluster members to identify the needs and the responses in the most efficient way.

Contribute to the National Spatial Planning Project (land use planning exercise for the Palestinian state). mentoring and formal and on-the-job training. 13. the incumbent is strongly encouraged to set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching. experience: The incumbent must be a dynamic self-starter. UNRWA and FAO) for exchange of food security spatial data and support food security cluster members with spatial food security information. related know-how in Remote Sensing would be an additional advantage. newsletters.. such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized. GPS. in International Volunteer Day). activities participated in and capacities developed. PCBS and MoA). Coordinate with other UN agencies (OCHA. initiate and/or participate in local volunteer groups. Promote or advise local groups on the use of online volunteering. fellow UN Volunteers and members of the local community to play an active part in peace and development activities on a voluntary basis. press releases. mobilize and support co-workers. Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites. 3 . groups or individuals. Results/Expected Outputs:   Efficient. Assist the M&E Database Developer in developing interactive mapping. 2 to 3 years of progressively responsible experience in GIS (GIS systems integration. GIS modeling. Assist with the UNV “buddy programme” for newly arriving UN Volunteers. A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment. who supports WFP oPt with professionalism. Furthermore. timely. dedication and client orientation. remote sensing. Encourage. Profile Requirements: a) Qualifications. geospatial related technologies) with strong presentation capacities. The following qualifications are required:   Advanced University degree or University degree with experience and training/courses in Geographic Information Systems / Science. climate change analysis and the early drought monitoring system (Spatial Decision Support System). Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country. geographic terrain analysis. Assist the PSU in laying out reports and publications for printing and electronic distribution. skills. When working with governmental counterparts. etc. UN Volunteers are encouraged to:   Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take part in UNV activities (e. including assisting them in submitting stories and experiences to the World Volunteer Web site. local and international NGOs information providers on spatial data issues. client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to WFP oPt with regard to Food Security reporting and Geo Food Security information requirements. and support and/or participate in local volunteering initiatives. or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever possible. network and build relationships with local organizations. responsive. mapping.g.      12. Discuss with supervisors how volunteerism for peace and development can be mainstreamed in the assignment and integrate activities promoting volunteerism into work plans.Other responsibilities        Upgrade/convert the FSA from static to interactive web site to be used as entry point to work/engage in the RRD. including participation in ongoing reflection activities. Liaising with governmental (MoP. reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking.

articulate options and positions concisely. see: www. volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development. ability to conduct presentations. capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups. counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds. high degree of autonomy. Interest in humanitarian relief. including ability to prepare clear and concise reports. Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise. ability to establish priorities and to plan.vector integration and analytical techniques. Good communication skills. Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries. which is in security phase 1. Travel into the West Bank is only permitted in a UN vehicle with a UN driver. ability to make and defend recommendations. colour management and software (Adobe Indesign). with conflicting deadlines. Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner. ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations. and no overnight stays are permitted. adaptability. Powerpoint. Communication: proven interpersonal skills. Proficiency in Windows. MS Office (Word. post-conflict situations. ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff). including the knowledge of current GIS software (ArcInfo. Strong practical background in GIS and cartography. Living Conditions: The UN Volunteer will reside in Jerusalem. remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods. Jerusalem is a family duty station. reciprocity and self-reliance. compassion. responsive and clientoriented.        Relevant work experience with a humanitarian NGO or an international organization is an asset. ability to manage Spatial information objectively. For more information about the occupied Palestinian territory humanitarian context. which includes solidarity. Knowledge of Remote Sensing and raster . personal initiative and ability to take ownership.m knowledge of Arabic an asset. accurately and confidentially. while exercising discretion. and the UN System. Ability to collect and analyze spatial data. Travel into Gaza is only permitted in an armoured UN vehicle with a trained driver. and commitment towards the UN core values. volunteers. b) Competencies and values:  Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment. secure hotel. and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere. Outlook. and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities. Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement. Overnight stays in Gaza are strictly confined to an approved. military personnel.        14. the volunteer will make his/her own arrangements for housing and transportation to and from work. Excel. Practical knowledge of graphic design techniques. willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary. good working knowledge in English. ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multicultural. multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender. and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations. As is the case for UN staff and partners. ArcView). Accountability: mature and responsible. Flexibility. 4 .).org. impartiality and neutrality. willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment. ability to adapt to changes in work environment. etc.ochaopt. good spoken and written communication skills. coordinate and monitor (own) work. ability to work under pressure.

as well as periodic home leave.unv. please apply by completing the UNV web application at the following link: http://one. Application If you are not yet registered in the UNV database. there is no expectancy of renewal of the assignment. 5 . depending on the number of primary dependents. availability of funding.org/main/?Lang=en . However. UNV will provide a copy of the UNV Conditions of Service to the successful candidate together with the offer of assignment. and normal cost-of-living expenses – ranges between US$ 2757 and 3207. Hazardous duty station supplement (HDSS) amounting to US$ 640 per month may be applicable in certain duty stations. final repatriation.unv. and resettlement allowance. utilities. If you are registered in the UNV database. Settling-In-Grant is provided. please update your profile at: http://MyProfile. click on the “Special Recruitment” option on the left menu.4 UNV COS. 5.15. operational necessity and/or satisfactory performance). therefore applications from German nationals are expressly encouraged. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Conditions of Service: Contract is issued for 12 months at a time (renewable depending on mandate. This assignment is funded by the Government of Germany. 16. health and permanent disability insurances are included. then click on the “Edit” button and select the advertisement code ““13FFGER_PAL” from the drop-down list. Important: please select the following code from the drop down menu on the first page of the application: “13FFGER_PAL”. in accordance with art. Closing Date: 12 March 2013. Life.org. Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) – intended to cover housing.