Leave No One Behind Coordinator

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

The UN Resident Coordinator's Office supports the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team (UNCT) to ensure the strategic, coherent and efficient functioning of the UN System in Ghana under the UN Delivering as One (DaO) approach. The Resident Coordinator System is the main mechanism to coordinate the UN system's operational activities for development. The incumbent will support the Programme department to undertake the outlined key tasks.

The Programme Support Specialist will serve as part of the team that directly supports the UN Resident Coordinator (RC). The main function of UN Coordination is to support the UN Country Team (UNCT) to function as a coherent UN system in Ghana that is well positioned and uses its comparative advantages and distinct role to effectively support key national development priorities. The UNCT is composed of 15 resident and 9 non-resident UN agencies. The UN Country Team meets on a monthly basis to review UNCT progress on the UN Delivering as One effort, discuss and decide on strategic and substantive issues in conformity with the delivering as one guideline. With a strong focus on strengthening UN delivery through a well-coordinated RC system, the UNCT seeks to engage a UN Volunteer, who will work in close collaboration with the RCO colleagues to provide the needed programmatic support.

Under the direct supervision of the Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader, and in close collaboration with the RCO Team, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: - Supports the UNRC and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in integrating the Leaving No One Behind five factor framework, gender equality and human rights into their programmes and activities, in particular the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and other key strategic planning tools, including by building UNCT capacities to apply a human rights-based approach to their programmes and activities, conducting situational assessments and a mapping of UNCT capacities and needs, facilitating country level coordination and acting as a re-source person in programme activities implemented by the UNCT; - Advises the UNRC and the UNCT in developing strategies and programmes to build and strengthen national capacities and institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights, gender equality, and leaving no one behind based on assessment of national context, capacities and priorities and facilitate access to specific human rights expertise, including by drawing from human rights resources and tools available; - Supports the UNRC and the UNCT in promoting LNOB, human rights and gender equality as common UN values and core programming principles- upholding international norms and standards through advocacy and awareness-raising; - Supports the TA for the UN’s LNOB Inter-Agency Working Group to ensure information sharing information, organizing meetings, working with the Chair to draft agendas, take minutes, request and share inputs, including periodic reports from and with the members of the LNOB Group as well as UNCT/Results Groups/Mission as required. - Support the UN in Ghana’s Results and Inter-Agency Working Groups with LNOB and Gender Equality, Disability, Youth, and Human Rights markers and coding in UN IN-FO, responding to the annual IMS normative survey and reflecting LNOB, HRBA and GEWE in UN proposals, concepts notes and reports (including the UNCT annual results report). - Where applicable, supports on integrating human rights, gender equality and LNOB in humanitarian response and post crisis recovery under the direction of the RC/Humanitarian Coordinator, should a humanitarian emergency be declared in Ghana; - Supports the UNRC and UNCT and national partners (incl. National Mechanism for Reporting and Follow up) in their engagement with international human rights mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, as well as those under relevant international instruments of specialized agencies, including by supporting the dissemination and sharing of information, coordinating or facilitating the UNCT's contributions and programmatic follow up to the recommendations of these bodies, and helping the UNCT to provide timely and effective support to relevant country missions of Special Procedures mandate holders and other UN mechanisms; - Supports the crafting of advocacy and communications materials as they relate to this. - Upon request, and under the direct supervision and guidance of the RCO Team Leader, provides assistance to the Government and other national stakeholders with a view to further catalyzing coordinated UN responses in order to strengthen national capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights, including follow up to recommendations from the human rights mechanisms.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required 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 in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • 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 possible.

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

multi-stakeholder co-ordination and facilitation is highly desirable; • Sound knowledge of Gender, Human Rights and issues of Social Inclusion/Leave No One Behind • Effective communication, networking and organizational skills and ability to work well in a team; • Ability to summarize a large amount of information and translate it into compelling product for internal and external audience; • Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently; • Excellent communications skills- written and verbal; • Ability to work with diverse groups of people; • Good analytical skills and organizational skills; • Attention to detail and discretion; • Innovation and self-motivation; • Ability to respond flexibly to competing demands, often at short notice; and • Software skills: Strong IT skills including full competency in MS Office/365- including presentations.

Ghana is a middle-income country with a population of 30 million people. The incumbent will be based in the capital city, Accra, Ghana. The duty station is within commuting distance. The country is generally peaceful with transport, medical, education and other services affordable and within reach. 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 hinterland, there is higher altitudes with an average yearly temperature of 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 dry season runs from October to May. Ghana is a Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) country and a family duty station. Regarding accommodation and food, houses and apartments can be rented from $300 to $800 per month depending on the location and meals at the restaurant cost between $5 and $25. 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 5.0 Ghana cedis is equivalent to USD 1. There are forex bureaux where foreign currencies can be exchanged. Some commercial banks are operating in the country and Visa cards are accepted in very limited hotels, restaurants and select service centres.

During rush hour the commute can become quite lengthy from certain areas if moving to-wards the city center. Walking and biking is not recommended due to the conditions of the road, absence of bike lanes and sidewalks as well as in terms of the temperature with high humidity levels.

Most modes of public transport in Ghana, including buses and tro-tros (informal mini-bus tax-is), are inexpensive but can be erratic and unreliable. For this reason, most expats living in Ghana opt to drive their own vehicle or hire a driver to transport them daily. However, the cost of purchasing a reliable car is quite high, and petrol prices are steadily increasing although it's still relatively cheap when compared with other countries. The price range for these differ de-pending on condition, type and age of the vehicle. Uber is offering a reasonable and reliable alternative.

The cost of public healthcare in Ghana is low, especially since the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). However, the quality of treatment offered by public hospitals in Ghana does not meet the standard that most expats are accustomed to. Private health care is a good option. Certain vaccinations are mandatory for UN personnel to enter Ghana, while others are compulsory for all other in-coming persons. It is possible for incoming UN personnel, including UN volunteers, to be asked to provide proof of some or all vaccinations at the Kotoka International Airport, for example yellow fever vaccination. All UN Volunteers must ensure that they are up-to-date with all appropriate vaccinations, which should be clearly and properly endorsed in the International Certificate of Vaccination (“carte jaune”). Malaria is present virtually throughout Ghana, and it is therefore recommended to take prophylaxis. The UN clinic is based in the UNDP compound and accessible for UNVs. Ghana has been com-mended for its management of the COVID-19 crisis and started its vaccine campaign.

Ghana has been impacted by inflation and increased cost of living expenses for fuel and everyday commodities. In June 2022, Ghana’s inflation rate accelerated for the thirteenth consecutive month, hitting 29.8%. In the 2021 Mercer Cost of Living survey, Accra ranked 87th out of 209 cities analysed. Accommodation costs are rising with a high demand and short supply. Costs for transport are increasing due to fuel price rises but still relatively low com-pared to other countries.

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