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, UNV 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, UNV 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 UNV volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
Brief Project Description
The Ecosystems Division is responsible for the implementation of the Ecosystem Management and the Disasters and Conflict Management sub-programmes of the seven thematic priorities of UNEP in the medium term Strategy 2018-2021. Ecosystems Division is also the lead Division for UN Environment’s work on adaptation to climate change.
Under these three priority areas, the Division has a portfolio of projects and initiatives implemented through partnerships with public as well as non-governmental organisations across the world. Partnerships are formalized through different types of legal instruments of varying amounts, complexity, and duration; and their processing, and monitoring recorded and tracked through an online database accessible to all registered staff members.
Within Ecosystems Division, the Programme Support Unit (PS Unit) is responsible for providing quality assurance on the implementation of programme of work, the use of legal instruments and monitoring and reporting functions, as well as the focal point functions on evaluation matters. The substantive Branches/ Units are ultimately responsible for the programmatic design, implementation and reporting of projects and outputs implemented through partnerships/ legal instruments. Progress on implementation of the Programme of Work through projects is recorded in the UNEP Programme Information Management System (PIMS) and the UN-wide Integrated Management Data Information System (IMDIS).
The Ecosystems Division’s portfolio of projects and initiatives also require that a wide range of communication products that are developed to raise awareness, document experiences and lessons learned as well as contribute to policy setting at global, regional, and national levels. The PS Unit provides a focal point for communications while working with Branches and Units in the Division.
The Republic of Kenya is an equatorial nation on the coast of East Africa, neighboring Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has two levels of Government; National Government and 47 sub-national Governments called Counties. Counties are further divided into sub-counties. Kenya is a multi-party state with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Kenya’s population of more than 40 million is growing at an annual rate of 2.2%. The country’s GNP per capita estimated at purchasing power parity (PPP) is $975, and the GNP is growing at an average rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Kenya’s main food crops are “maize, wheat, pulses, roots and tubers.” (FAO).
Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP.
The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate.
Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers
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 Ksh 76,779 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.