UN VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT

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:           UNV Intern in Local Human Development

2. Type of Assignment:
                                   International UN Volunteer Intern

3. UNV Programme Strategy:         Capacity of UNV HQ staff, Field Units, volunteers
                                   and partners in the field strengthened

4. Project Title:                  Local Economic and Human Development Portfolio

5. Duration:                       12 months

6. Location, Country:              Havana City, Cuba

7. Expected Starting Date:         February 2013

8. Brief Project Description:      Local economic development and poverty
                                   reduction, promoting decentralization process.

9. Host Agency/Host Institute: UNDP-Cuba

10. Organizational Context:

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) focuses its cooperation on five
priority areas, one of them being local human development. The United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) Cooperation Programme in Cuba for 2008-2012, in line with UNDAF and in
conformity with the Government of Cuba, has identified four areas of cooperation, one of them being
local human development.

The Local Human Development Portfolio is a relevant UNDP area in which different international
cooperation stakeholders work in Cuba regarding decentralization processes connected with key
National Strategies. The current platform and methodology promotes the strengthening of local
capacities and the adoption of development processes.

Some of the most relevant actions in the portfolio include food security and the strengthening of
local capacities for food production. Another important topics are Strategic Planning, public-private
coordination, local economic incentives and cooperatives. The cross-cutting gender approach and
the contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) constitute essential
elements of cooperation for local development.

11. Type of Assignment Place: assignment without family

12. Description of tasks:

Under the direct supervision of Programme Officer the UN Volunteer will undertake the following

Duties and Responsibilities:

    Analyses and present proposals to ensure the significant progress in the field of local economic and
     decentralization portfolio(DHL)
    Ensures good project performance and compliance with the results planned in DHL Portfolio and the
     differences Project´s ID
    Responsible of program/project work plans, budget revisions and support the Project closing process
     according UNDP procedures
    Fostering the capacities of the local counterparts on all aspects pertaining to effective
     projects/programs management including the establishment of effective working relations as well as
     identification of training and capacity building needs
    Participate and defines project strategy, applying knowledge development
    Maintains an effective overview of the project progress, raising up the main issues and corrective
     actions to be taken on time
    Support an effective project monitoring and evaluation process, according to UNDP policies and
    Closely supervises the project procurement process, applying UNDP rules and procedures.
    Ensures timely and quality results-based reports according UNDP procedures and/or external
    Contributes to the UNDP Country Programme Document and the UNDAF Report
    Ensures that the project applies gender approach to the main activities and promotes the
     systematization of best practices
    Develops and strengthens partnerships with the relevant players at the international, national and
     local levels
    Support visibility of the project’s results and impacts, including lessons learned and best practices
    Prepares analytical reports related with PDHL sub-projects and donors and identifies the main project
    Ensures and promotes effective teamwork
    Supports UNV’s liaison with government, bilateral donors, civil society organizations and other
     institutions to strengthen partnerships, and explore south-south projects and programmes.
    Maintain up-dated knowledge on national government and UN-system development plans and
     policies, to ensure UNV’s strategic engagement in key development processes and activities.

Furthermore, UN Volunteer s are encouraged to:
    Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant
     UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark
    Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
    Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in
     ongoing reflection activities;
    Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites,
     newsletters, press releases, etc.;
    Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
    Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local
     individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically

13. Results/Expected Output:

    Fostering decentralization and local economic development.
    Ensure participatory methodology regarding needs assessment and Local programming Workshops.
    Guarantee a permanent flow of information towards the potential beneficiaries and concerned
     institutions at local level, as well as to offer relevant feedback to UNDP
    Support the identifications of the local priorities, projects formulation and approval process.
    Support the local development agenda and negotiated at the national level between the
     Implementation agency and the potential international cooperation actors.
    Greater awareness of UNV and volunteering demonstrated and new opportunities for collaboration
     with government counterparts, civil society, private sector, and the UN Country Team identified.
    A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such
     as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities

14. Qualifications/Requirements:

    Degree in economics and/or administration sciences. Post graduate degree is an advantage.
    Knowledge and analytical overview of the development realities and challenges in Cuba (and in the
     region in general);
    Capacity in design, appraise and oversee development projects/programs addressing local economic,
     decentralization, poverty reduction and related issues
    Enhanced communication and negotiation skills as well as problem solving capacity.
    Excellent communication and negotiation skills and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with
     staff members of different cultural backgrounds in a mutually supportive team manner;
    Sound judgement, maturity, sense of initiative; ability to organize work efficiently and to deal with a
     heavy workload;
    Advanced computers skills (word-processing/spreadsheets, PowerPoint)
    Fluency in Spanish and English are essential

15. Living Conditions:

    There is an increasing shortage of houses and apartments in Havana, but there is an authorize
    Government enterprise -CIMEX- to has facilities for newcomers at the shortest possible time. The
    maintenance and furnishing, however, must be borne by the occupant. All materials and/or equipment
    for repair and maintenance must be imported, and services are charged in CUC (convertible Cuban
    peso). It is also necessary to import the desired some furniture and basic appliances. Security devices
    should be installed in houses and private cars as robberies might occur from time to time. There are
    three schools for foreign children, namely French, Spanish and international, which basically cover
    primary education. Public transportation is totally unreliable although taxis are available in foreign
    exchanges in tourist zones. Shops in CUC have a fairly variety of food items, although there are
    occasional shortages of fresh products. There are specialised hospitals; one is installing to service the
    International Community. The services are classified as high quality practitioners at reasonable rates.
16. Conditions of Service

A 12-month contract; monthly volunteer living allowance intended to cover housing, basic needs and
utilities; settling-in-grant; life, health, and permanent disability insurance and return airfares

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