UN Youth Volunteer in Urban Innovation in Kenya
UN Youth Volunteer in Urban Innovation in KenyaLiving Conditions
The incumbent will find his/her own housing arrangements in Nairobi. Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services are available locally at reasonable cost.
The city is at a high altitude, with sunny days and cooler nights. There is a short rainy season before Christmas, and longer rains fall from March to May.
November to February is generally warm. No need for central heating, however warm clothes are necessary during the rainy season. There are several transportation options in Nairobi, including taxis, buses, mini-buses, and mobile applications for transport.
Public healthcare in Nairobi is generally subpar, but there are private healthcare options that are of better quality. The city is widely connected through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport.
Security is an issue in Nairobi, with incidents
of car-jacking and theft not uncommon. Safety and security in Nairobi vary depending on different
neighborhoods, and it is important to become familiarized with safety recommendations for the city.
Telecommunication system in Nairobi is generally sufficient. Internet access is generally reliable.
There are fairly frequent power cuts, however most of the shared compounds have generators.
Water supply can also be an issue as Kenya often experiences drought. In these situations, expats may need to supplement their water supply by buying in water tankers.
Kenyans are wonderfully friendly and tolerant to visitors. English is the first language spoken here, though most Kenyans are trilingual, using tribal languages and Kiswahili.
Organizational Context & Project Description
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for
It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.Under the direct supervision of Chief Youth and Livelihood Unit, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
Support the units mandate of increasing the number of partner cities that adopt urban policies of programmes supportive of improved employment and sustainable livelihoods with focus on urban
youth and women, displaced populations, people with disabilities and other vulnerable population.
Support the Youth unit’s communications needs, with focus on UN HABITAT youth Facebook page,
twitter and other social media.
A focus on social media related to the Asia region.
Support Youth unit in research on urban youth and livelihoods.
Support Youth unit and partners in GIS and Digital Mapping
Support the ongoing collaboration and coordination with other cross-cutting issues in UN-Habitat(gender, human rights and climate change);
Support preparatory, administrative activities related to finance and general administration.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:-
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 possible.
Bachelor or Equivalent in fields of Urban Planning, Youth Development, with a strong focus on urban integration.
Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in youth work.
Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
Previous experience in urbanization, innovation, municipal cooperation, communication or relevant fields would be an asset.
English (Mandatory), Level - Fluent Area of Expertise
Architecture and urban planning Mandatory
Area of Expertise Requirement
Competencies & Values
Adaptability and Flexibility
Commitment and Motivation
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Planning and Organizing
Respect for Diversity
Working in Teams
Conditions of Service and other information
Conditions of Service:
The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance.
However, there is no expectation of renewal
of the assignment.
A UN Volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) per month and is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs.
The VLA can be computed by applying the Post-Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate of (choose from the drop down menu the appropriate rate here): US$1,305.
The VLA base rate is a global rate, while the PAM is country-specific and fluctuates on a monthly basis according to the cost of living.
This method ensures that international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty stations irrespective of varying costs of living.
The PAM is established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on the ICSC website http://icsc.un.org .
For UN Volunteer entitlements, kindly refer to the link https://vmam.unv.org/calculator/entitlements
In non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, international UN Volunteers receive a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to taking up the assignment) and also in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty station.
UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annual leave, full integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reimbursements).
UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for the final repatriation travel (if applicable).
A resettlement allowance is paid for satisfactory service at the end of the assignment.
UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.
Supervision, induction and duty of care of UN Volunteers
UN Volunteers should be provided equal duty of care as extended to all host entity personnel.
Access to shared host entity corporate knowledge, training and learning;
Inclusion of the volunteer in emergency procedures such as evacuations;
DSA for official travel, when applicable;
All changes in the Description of Assignment occurring between recruitment and arrival or during the assignment need to be formalized with the United Nations Volunteer Programme.
How to Apply
Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup.
Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on
the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink.
Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.
Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile.
Then go to ‘My Page’ at
https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to
Application deadline: 31st March 2019
For more information and job application details, see; UN Youth Volunteer in Urban Innovation in Kenya
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