Peace and Security Officer

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

Following Zambia's graduation into lower-middle-income country (LMIC) status and the medium human development category, the United Nations system in Zambia and the Zambian Government have agreed to shift from development assistance to partnership. Reflecting the sustainable development agenda and Zambia's own 'Vision 2030', they have set out their collective aspirations for transformation in an innovative Zambia-United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework 2016-2021.

The three pillars of the 2016-2021 Zambia-United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (inclusive social development, environmentally sustainable economic development, and governance and participation) seek to address pervasive inequalities and ensure inclusiveness of interventions through eight outcomes. Within the pillars on inclusive social development and environmentally sustainable economic development, a human rights-based approach led to the development of mutually reinforcing outcome pairs that place equal emphasis on improving the capacity and performance of duty bearers and stimulating rights holders .

To respond to the needs of young people, and to guarantee that their basic human rights are recognized and enforced, young people’s active and meaningful participation in their societies and in democratic practices and processes is of crucial importance.

The UNDP Governance Portfolio include support to election, decentralized governance, human rights, transparency and accountability, support to the national assembly and promotion of gender equity and equality. The UN Youth Volunteer will be part of the team and will be expected to provide support in identifying entry points to promoting active and responsible youth participation in democratic processes, focusing on peace building and justice. Special attention will be given to promoting the participation of girls and women in community level peace building and justice.

Under the direct supervision of the Governance and Gender Advisor, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

• Assist in mobilizing youth and women for broad based participation in promoting peace and justice through established structures in local communities; • Support the Human Rights Commission and Ministry of Justice to identify Civil Society Organization(s) and implement community based human rights awareness focusing on peace and justice to strengthen local decision-making structures and resilience; • Contribute to development of youth engagement platforms to increase their empowerment to promote community-based volunteerism and participation in community level development projects; • Assist in development of transformative community-based youth programmes to pro-mote the culture of tolerance and co-existence among youth and to enable them to be more active and responsible members of society; • As part of a team, assist in building and maintaining effective working relationships with duty bearers to enable the youth to claim their rights and improve their participation in political, socio and economic issues; • Assist in promoting the formation of inclusive youth networks to promote a culture of non-violence, transparency, and accountability among the youth; • Assist in improvement and coordination of community development initiatives, activities, services, and programmes and secure funding where necessary; • Assist in the development and implementation of inclusive training programmes, conflict prevention, community-based planning, and leadership skills with a strong focus on the youth.

• Accountability • Adaptability and Flexibility • Building Trust • Client Orientation • Commitment and Motivation • Commitment to Continuous Learning • Communication • Creativity • Ethics and Values • Integrity • Judgement and Decision-making • Knowledge Sharing • Planning and Organizing • Professionalism • Respect for Diversity • Working in Teams

Youth programming/interventions; • A background in youth peace building and community participation is an added advantage; • Experience in working with volunteers or civil society organization will be an asset; • Previous experience in voluntary work; • Experienced user of MS Office applications; • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills; • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team; • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences; • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions.

This assignment is funded by the Government of the Czech Republic and therefore specific criteria apply:

• Candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the assignment; • It is a non-family assignment, entitlements related to dependents will not be granted; • Deployment will be in February/March 2022, after the Assignment Preparation Training.

Zambia is a landlocked, middle-income country with a population estimated at 18 million. Lusaka became the capital city of Zambia in May 1935. Lusaka’s central position in Zambia and its pleasant climate were two of the main reasons for its selection as the capital. It is a metropolis, which provides a home to about two and nine million (2.9m) inhabitants of different nationalities. It has grown to become the seat of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and as such all diplomatic missions, international organizations, industrial and commercial entities are based there. Its political, social, economic, and cultural significance has also increased through the years. Public transport is provided by private operators using minibuses and taxis. The bus routes are not mapped, and roads are less congested. Good modern housing for rent is available on the open market. The official language is English, which is widely spoken. The country is generally food secure, with sufficient local fresh fruits and vegetables available in the markets, as well as various dairy, poultry, and meat products. There are several international schools using the Cambridge GCSE or IGCSE syllabi, from key stage one through to A levels. Health conditions are generally good, although malaria is prevalent. Zambia is generally a safe place to live in, although not free of crime. Some prudence is required. For more info, visit:

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