Project Assistant

This opening expired 1 month ago.

UN RCO - United Nations Resident Coordinator Office

Open positions at UN RCO / Open positions at UN
Logo of UN RCO

Application deadline 1 month ago: Tuesday 4 Oct 2022 at 00:00 UTC

Open application form


This is a UNV National Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Specialist contracts.

This UNV assignment is part of UN Office for Resident Coordinator to provide the administration and coordination support to the SDCSL for its VNR related work.

As a follow-up to the Sri Lanka’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2022, Sustainable Development Council of Sri Lanka (SDCSL) plans to conduct a series of meetings with government institutions to discuss the gaps and challenges identified by the VNR 2022 in different sectors. The purpose of this series of meetings is to assist government institutions to set targets relevant to the currently lagging areas and to formulate strategic plans based on those targets to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda). Target setting depends on the presence of reliable, accurate and updated data that can be used for data-based decision-making. Hence, to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the aforesaid task is of utmost importance and in order to expedite execution, completion of the task within the next few months is required.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Partnership and Development Finance Specialist or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Project Assistant will:

• Preparation of reports and presentation materials based on the SDG Data as per the requirements • Assist with visualization of data and reviewing secondary data when required • Provide coordination and administrative support where needed-e.g. Stakeholder engagement, ministry-level meetings, etc. • Assist with drafting of research reports, policy briefs, and knowledge management products as relevant • Maintaining excellent documentation of the data in an organized database • Perform any other duties as assigned by the DG SD Council • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor

• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UN -RCO; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UN-RCO procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UN-RCO daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary; • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UN-RCO’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

reporting, oral and written communication skills and coordination skills.

• Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing. • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;

Colombo is situated on the Western Province of Sri Lanka and is the commercial capital of the country. Colombo is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to the administrative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte. The climate is fairly temperate all throughout the year, but humidity is usually high. From March to April the temperature averages around 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit). The only major change in the Colombo weather occurs during the monsoon seasons from May to August and October to January when heavy rainfalls occur. Sri Lanka became a member of the United Nations on 14 December 1955.

Added 2 months ago - Updated 1 month ago - Source: