UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP 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.

The UNV Field Units (FU) are mainly accountable for the mobilization and placement of UN Volunteers in UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes focused on peace, development and humanitarian needs.  The UNV Field Units represent and position UNV in the respective countries and bring UNV’s services and solutions closer to its partners from governments, UN entities, civil society and private sector.

Reporting to the Portfolio Manager, Regional Office, Asia and Pacific, under the guidance of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Senior Management, and in close collaboration with the UNAMA Chief of Mission Support (CMS) and the Chief, Human Resources Officer (CHRO) as well as UNDP Country Office management, the Programme Manager is responsible for the oversight and management of the UNV presence in UNAMA. 

The UNV Programme Manager is responsible for the work and expected deliverables of the Field Unit.  He/she provides oversight and strategic guidance to the UNAMA UNV Field Unit and is mainly accountable for the placement of UN Volunteers mobilized in the context of the UNAMA.


UN Volunteer mobilization and management

  • Provide oversight and manage the UNAMA UNV Field Unit to ensure an understanding of UNV’s mandate, key offers and the added value that UN Volunteer assignments bring in support to the achievement of their respective mandates;
  • Identify volunteer placement opportunities and present UNV value proposition and volunteer modalities with the objective of maximizing international and national volunteer presence, including collaboration in the preparation of descriptions of assignment, with UNAMA and other partners;
  • Ensure that incoming and outgoing UN Volunteers are adequately briefed and debriefed and extend personal support and guidance to UN Volunteers serving in the country;
  • Work closely with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Field Security Officer and provide support to the UN Designated Official to ensure a detailed understanding among UN Volunteers on all security-related issues;
  • Monitor the well-being and performance of serving UN Volunteers through routine field visits;
  • Manage and ensure administrative and corporate backstopping to the UN Volunteers in the UN Mission (which includes contract management, payroll monitoring leave and attendance monitoring, provision of induction briefings, ensuring appropriate working, living and security conditions, etc.), while ensuring UN Volunteers in the UN Mission are managed on an equal footing with other Mission-associated personnel, and in accordance with the stipulations of the Global MOU concluded between UNV and the United Nations Secretariat;
  • Oversee and approve UN Volunteers’ entitlements as delegated, authorized, or required;
  • Provide overall management and administrative support to UN Volunteers;
  • Manage efficiently the training budget of the EOL (i.e.: mission budget) – in coordination with the UN Mission’s Training Unit – and the budget provided by UNV HQ for the promotion of volunteerism.


Advocacy, partnership building, and UNV programme integration

  • Promote UNVs’ field efforts in close collaboration with the UNV Programme Coordinator, ensuring key results and delivery of the Strategic Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • In collaboration with UNV Regional Office, liaise and develop regular contacts with relevant partners and UNV staff at the sub-regional, country and, if required, headquarters level, to strengthen existing collaboration and promote/identify new opportunities for UNV in the areas of peacebuilding, humanitarian, and crisis prevention and recovery activities;
  • In line with DPPA/DOS policies, position UNV as a partner that can assist the UN Mission in its national capacity development efforts in both substantive and technical support roles;
  • Position UNV as a reliable programmatic and implementing partner in the UN Mission’s quick impact projects (QIPs) when relevant;
  • Identify, pursue and develop inputs to DPPA/, UNDP, UNV news stories and other publications and working documents for programme development purposes. This includes the preparation of case studies, best practice guidelines, briefing notes, etc., on UNV’s work in peacekeeping, humanitarian relief and electoral support in the country;
  • Participate in DPPA, UNDP and UNV corporate and country level discussions and planning, including the preparation of portfolio summary reports, contributions to UNV business plans, volunteer advisory services related inputs, project appraisal committees, and routine preparation of briefing and advisory notes;
  • Identify, design and implement volunteer activities/events/projects (including the annual celebration of International Volunteer Day on 5 December),  including exploring funding opportunities, in close coordination with local volunteer associations and UN partners;
  • Contribute to the creation of a corporate identity for the UN Volunteers and to the promotion of volunteerism through the UN Volunteers in the country;
  • Identify opportunities for the use of Online Volunteers and promote the online volunteer services with partners.



  • Develop and manage the implementation of the UNAMA Field Unit’s annual work plan, including management and reporting on UNV support funds and budget;
  • Manage any UNV assigned personnel within the UNAMA Field Unit including supervision, performance assessment and capacity development;
  • Establish and monitor implementation of the UNAMA Field Unit’s annual work plan and set performance indicators;
  • Manage learning activities, including establishing the UNAMA Field Unit’s Learning Plans and ensure that personnel supervised meet their development needs as set in the PMD;




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



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



  • Master’s degree in social sciences, public administration, humanitarian, international relations/development studies, law, human resources or other related fields.


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience at the field level, preferably with UNDP/UNV, or in the areas of humanitarian relief, electoral assistance, special operations  environment;
  • Work experience as UNV Programme Officer in a field location is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English.


  • Strong recognition of UNV values and be able to identify fully with the programme is highly desirable.



• 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.

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Contract Duration: 364 days

This vacancy is archived.

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