Community Mobilization Officer at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) – 3 Openings
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Community Mobilization Officer
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Description of assignment title: Community Mobilization Officer
Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNICEF
Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 3
Expected start date: 01/08/2022
Mission and Objectives:
- UNDP is the United Nations largest agency with a mandate to eradicate poverty, through sustainable and inclusive human development. UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing capacity building and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth, and Sustainable Development.
- UNDP continues to support the government in the implementation of development interventions aimed at meeting medium to long term goals enshrined in National and Subnational development plans as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.
- The goal of UNDP is to improve the lives of the people of Nigeria, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and to ensure a future that offers equality, dignity, and opportunity for all. UNDP works in partnership with the federal Government of Nigeria, development partners, UN agencies, civil society and local communities to help identify local solutions to meet global and national development challenges through a range of interventions that combine UNDP’s expertise and comparative advantage in the areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.
- The insurgency driven conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, including Northeast of Nigeria has been longstanding and has caused undesirable consequences in terms of loss of lives, created multi-tiered intergenerational grievances, destroyed socio-cultural and socio-economic systems, and remains a threat to immediate, medium and long-term transformation of the affected territories in Nigeria, including Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. Borno has seen a significantly higher impact and the insurgency there has gone through a variety of phases and is marked by cycles that are connected with several factors.
- By 2021 and into 2022, the insurgency in Northeast of Nigeria had taken an unprecedented turn leading to large number of individuals exiting the conflict and presenting themselves to security authorities, largely in Borno State, but also in neighboring countries.
- Moreover, sustaining this momentum of exits presents challenges to effective process of their handling and in treatment of the individuals as is led by government authorities and in ensuring their reintegration into communities amidst an ongoing conflict, an internal displacement situation and significant intergenerational grievances stemming from the longstanding conflict.
- As a response to the mass exits, in November 2021, the State Government of Borno, passed a “Policy on Community-Based Reconciliation and Reintegration” premised on the Vision for long term transformation of the State to contribute to peace and stability. Additionally, the Borno State Government has developed and is implementing the ‘Borno Model’.
- This is a state-led programme for integrated management of those that have exited the insurgency and includes key community level interventions aligned with the CBRR approach on a community-oriented reintegration process while at the same time incorporating targeted reconciliation, healing and long-term transformation perspectives. It is also aligned with the regional priorities under the Regional Stabilization Strategy for the Lake Chad Basin.
- UNDP is supporting the Federal and State Government to make operational these approaches as aligned with implementation of the Regional Stabilisation Facility – Nigeria window, which is operating in some of the locations that have been identified for reintegration. This at the same time supporting alignment with the national/international principles and UNDP policy orientations for effective implementation of community-based reconciliation and reintegration.
- Given this context, UNDP seeks to engage (3) Community Mobilization Officers to work with UNDP and the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in data collection, consolidation, monitoring, follow-up, community mobilization, and any other tasks assigned that are aligned to the implementation of core components of the Borno State Policy on Community Based Reconciliation and Reintegration.
Under the overall supervision of the Community Engagement Analyst, the Community Mobilisation Officer shall be responsible for data entry of all questionnaires on Community Based Reconciliation and Reintegration (CBRR) collected by the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, they will work in close collaboration with project staff and be responsible for the provision of the following tasks:
- Implementation, coordination and reporting of planned activities in communities;
- Community and partnership engagements, advocacy and sensitization on reconciliation and reintegration activities;
- Supporting communities and partners in needs assessments and implementing livelihood support activities and initiatives;
- Provide training to communities in the defined reintegration pathways and referral mechanisms in communities of return;
- Support Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in data collection and processing
Required Education Level:
- Secondary Education
- 3 years of experience in Community Mobilization, Data and Information Management System or a related field.
Area(s) of Expertise:
- Administration, Community development, Communication
- Hausa, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
- English, Level: Fluent, Desirable
Competencies and Values:
- Adaptability and flexibility
- Judgement and decision-making
- Planning and organising
Application Closing Date: 10th August, 2022.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
- United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals.
- We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics.
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- Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy.