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Mission and objectives
The Development Coordination Regional Office for Africa (DCO-Africa) was established in July 2019 in Addis Ababa to mainly provide strategic support to 53 Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in Africa in the integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the African Union Vision – Agenda 2063. DCO-Africa provides day-to-day support to 53 Resident Coordinators and their offices in Africa. Its overall function is focused on overseeing and supporting coherent and effective delivery of operational activities for sustainable development by UN resident coordinators and UNCTs in Africa through integrated policy, programming and operational support. The functions of the Regional Office include providing strategic support to Resident Coordinators and United Nations country teams to ensure quality and timely support to Member States in Africa in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, SDGs and Agenda 2063; Providing strategic support to Resident Coordinators and United Nations country teams in the integrated implementation of the humanitarian, health and socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting countries to recover better and effectively implement the 2030 Agenda in the Decade of Action on SDGs; facilitating and overseeing support to RCs and UNCTs on UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework quality assurance, coordinated policy and operational support to UNCTs, among others.

This UN Volunteer assignment will contribute to achievement of results under the DCO strategic objectives on strengthened partnerships for integrated policy services to advance SDG solutions and ensure development financing, including in volatile contexts and strengthened leadership for joint action and shared results by all members of the UN development system at the country level. Specifically, the assignment will contribute to the outcome on ‘The RC system brings together global, regional and domestic assets to enable integrated, high-quality policy and programming SDG solutions’.

Task description
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the DCO-Africa Team Leader and Strategic Planner or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the Coordination and Development Planning Specialist will:
• Support in quality review of roadmaps, Common Country Analyses and Cooperation Frameworks to ensure alignment with the Cooperation Framework guidance;
• Facilitate organization of trainings on Cooperation Framework Programming Principles in consultation with DCO, Resident Coordinators’ Offices and the Africa Peer Support Group;
• Facilitate organization of trainings/webinars on Cooperation Frameworks/Common Country Analyses and prepare workshop reports;
• Follow up with Resident Coordinator Offices (RCO) on implementation of the Cooperation Framework roadmaps;
• Support the coordination of the Africa Peer Support Group and RCO Partnership and Development Finance Officers (PDFOs)/other networks;
• Support quality review of annual country reports submitted by UN Country Teams;
• Perform any other duties assigned.

Required experience
• 3 years of experience in programme management, coordination or other relevant programmes; experience with the UN is an asset, as is experience working in an international development organization;
• Professional work experience and /or familiarity with the SADC region is an asset
• Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
• Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
• Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
• Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
• Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
• Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
• Sound security awareness;
• Have affinity with or interest in coordination and stakeholder engagement, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

• VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview
• Working from home and at project location –  In this role, you will spend some time providing part-time remote support (e.g. from your home) to VSO projects or partners, and also a set period working full-time in the project location and/or VSO office.
• To support the successful implementation of the Enhancing Youth Entrepreneurship and Employability (EYEE) project and support other VSO projects through effective collaboration with implementing partners and relevant stakeholders including the community.

Skills, qualifications and experience
Competencies and Behaviour
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities
• VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
• Allowance
• As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.
• Accommodation
• VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.
• Some background about VSO
• Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

Your application and COVID-19
• We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.
• We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.
• We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.
• If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.
• You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Education Requirement: No Requirements