Mission and objectives
The United Nations Resident Coordinator is the highest-ranking UN representative in country and leads the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Ghana, coordinating the UN System support to the Government of Ghana (GoG) and peoples of Ghana in achieving their development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals. Towards achieving this, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) supports and maximizes, in a coordinated fashion, the work of the UNCT to enable the UN Development System (UNDS) provide a collective, joined-up, coherent, timely and country-driven integrated response to support Ghana meet its national priorities, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international commitments. The RC system convenes stakeholders and connects knowledge across sectors and pillars to facilitate solutions that advance the 2030 agenda and facilitate the achievement the SDGs, providing visibility and synergies from the collective assets and capacities of the UN development system. These coordination investments enable the UNDS to offer an integrated approach and a joined-up response to the development needs through policy support and strategic interventions that are catalytic and aligned to Ghana’s vision, increasing efficiencies and leveraging economies of scale wherever possible.
The UNSDCF 2023-25 promotes an integrated approach that supports Ghana’s developmental results, delivered collectively by United Nations entities under the leadership of the empowered United Nations Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Country Team. It articulates three key priorities that are aligned with Ghana’s Coordinated Programme for Economic and Social Development Policies 2021–2025, Agenda for Jobs II: Creating Prosperity and Equal Opportunities for All (CPESDP 2021–2025), which is operationalized through the Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework 2022–2025 (MTNDPF), sectoral strategies, policies and national planning instruments:
- Inclusive, resilient and sustainable economic growth and transformation
- Accessible, equitable, inclusive, sustainable quality basic social services
- Durable peace and security in Ghana and the subregion To achieve these results, the United Nations in Ghana will adopt a key strategic shift in the ‘ways of working’ that are not business as usual and that emerge from the United Nations’ collective learning. The aim is to: strengthen the utilization of data for development; establish new, innovative and expanded partnerships with the private sector and civil society; significantly increase the number of joint programmes and joined-up programming; develop enhanced capacity for policy advocacy and leadership; support international norms and standards; and integrate cross-cutting issues. Part of the UN’s coordinated approach under the outcome 3: Durable peace and security in Ghana and the subregion focus on preventing and addressing the root causes of localized and spillover conflicts and vulnerabilities to violent extremism in Northern Ghana. Specifically, these interventions aim to empower local governance institutions, actors and customary governance structures to ensure inclusive governance, economic development and quality service delivery. They will also enable functional spaces for dialogues and mediation for conflict prevention and peace building. The interventions will also enhance the resilience and agency of women and youth for their full and meaningful participation to contribute constructively to local governance decision making and conflict prevention and peace building processes.
Under the direct supervision of Head of UNRCO Ghana the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
- Provide support to the RCO in the coordination of UN interventions addressing PCVE.
- Assist in supporting analysis and research related to the UN interventions addressing PCVE with a particular focus on Women and Youth.
- Support communication and coordination with national and local government representatives, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders on the implementation of UN interventions addressing PCVE. eDbXJ07 BIpnb
- Assist in analysing and researching information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation.
- Support planning, development, and conduct of meetings/workshops.
- Contribute to the implementation of existing Measurement and Evaluation frameworks for UN interventions addressing PCVE.
- Provide inputs to reporting, briefing, and presentation materials related to the program activities.
- Support identifying opportunities to improve visibility and implementation of the interventions through communications.
- Support UNRCO on other activities as required.
Age: 18 – 26
Additional eligibility criteria
This assignment is funded by the Government of Finland and therefore specific criteria apply. ELIGIBILITY – Candidates must be Finnish nationals and must have knowledge of Finnish or Swedish. – Candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of application (the above age range does not apply) – Candidates who already served on a UN Youth Volunteer assignment funded by the Government of Finland are not eligible. APPLICATION – If you are above the age of 26, a notification will be displayed that you are not eligible to apply. You may ignore this and proceed with submitting your application. – Application deadline: 27 February 2024 SELECTION – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity in March. +++ UN Volunteer entitlement calculator: https://app.unv.org/calculator +++
Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
1 years of experience in or demonstrated interest in Prevention of Violent Extremism, Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, Resilience-building or related fields, such as gender and youth.
- Previous experience in coordinating activities, and organizing events is highly desirable.
- Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners. Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.
Area(s) of expertise
Communication, Development programmes, Elections and governance
English, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in International Relations, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Economics, Human Rights, Social Sciences or related fields
Competencies and values
Accountability Adaptability and Flexibility Client Orientation Commitment and Motivation Commitment to Continuous Learning Communication Planning and Organizing
Living conditions and remarks
The UN Volunteer will be based in Accra, Ghana which is currently classified as hardship category B and a family duty station. This confirms that transport, medical, education and other services are at a high level compared to other countries in the region. At sea level, the climate of the country is tropical-hot and humid with average yearly temperatures of about 27oC (80oF) and little daily variation. At the interior’s higher altitudes, the average yearly temperature is 20oC (68oF), and nights are generally cool. Annual rainfall varies from 500 centimetres (200 in.) on the southwestern slopes to 100 centimetres (40 in.) in the northern lowlands. The rainy season runs from October to May. The total population of Ghana is about 26,000,000. Ghana is a Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) country. Regarding accommodation and food, houses and apartments can be rented from 600$ to 1000$ per month and meals at the restaurant cost between 10$ and 60$. Food, household commodities and clothing can be found in shops and local markets at reasonable prices. An entry visa is required for all travellers and must be obtained prior to arrival from an embassy. The Cedi is the local currency and according to the UN exchange rate system, a USD 1 is equivalent to 12.3 GHS in February 2024. Some commercial banks are operating in the country and Visa cards are accepted in very limited hotels.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy