United Nations Volunteers Jobs in Uganda : Graduate Volunteer Scheme Coordinator, Eastern Region

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network.  UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.

About the UN Graduate Volunteer Programme:

To enhance young graduates’ employability and bridge their transition to work, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda and UN Volunteer (UNV) Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) on behalf of the Government of Uganda, developed a Project, “Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme”. The project aims to contribute to efforts of addressing persistent employment challenges faced by Ugandan young graduates. The project will specifically aim to provide young graduates leaving institutions of higher learning on an annual basis with access to work spaces to gain employability skills. This is in line with national strategy to increase availability and quality of gainful employment and enhance human capital development in the country.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Partnership development and support:

  • Coordinate partnership building activities in Western region of Uganda
  • Support the partnership specialist to mobilize more partners in the regions to join the project to increased resource mobilization and project impact
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with local and regional level partners

Volunteer Placement Coordination:

  • Coordinate volunteers on duty capacity building and post assignment support and address all issues and inquiries from both volunteers and host institutions
  • Plan and lead site visits to host institution to review the progress of each volunteer hosted, including discussion and resolution of any challenges
  • Plan and lead meeting/training at the end of the placement cycle with volunteers and host employers, including career fairs
  • Support coordination of dissemination events to share programme learning
  • Oversee and offer guidance to the coordination of alumni network initiatives
  • Design and oversee ongoing career guidance and job placement support for volunteers and alumni.
  • Support to implementing partners including Volunteer Host Institutions in the coordination of activities to ensure their efficient and effective contribution to project outcomes
  • Mobilize and maintain an updated database of graduate volunteers hosting institutions working/interested in working with project in the region
  • Manage a database of volunteers in the region and offer guidance to the recruitment process

Monitoring and reporting:

  • Provide guidance to volunteers on the reporting templates, review volunteer monthly reports and offer feedback and guidance as required
  • Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports and as when required progress reports detailing progress against the output targets
  • Closely monitor overall the project progress, impact and risks and inform the project board of any changes within the project environment which would affect foreseen and agreed upon expected outcomes;
  • Sharing information regularly on the progress of project implementation, and any relevant issues as may be necessary;

Knowledge building and sharing:

  • Actively participate in the development and preparation of annual workplans, quarterly reports and other reports
  • Promote knowledge sharing through the organization’s processes, systems and departments/units by helping develop and strengthen links between them to facilitate exchange of information
  • Identifying and codifying good practices locally and regionally for consideration;
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and document best practices;
  • Proactively contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

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 instance in events that mark IVD);
  • 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.

Key Results/Expected Output:

  • Effective partnership development and support
  • Efficient volunteer Placement, Coordination, monitoring and reporting
  • Knowledge building and sharing
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN Volunteers Graduate Volunteer Scheme Coordinator, Eastern Region career opportunity should a University Degree in development studies, Community Development, business administration, management, economics, or related field.
  • Post Graduate Diploma or Certification in Project Management an advantage
  • At least three (3) years of professional experience involving programme/project development and management;
  • Experience in Knowledge Management and coordination with a diversity of stakeholders;
  • Experience in field level coordination of similar initiatives an advantage



  • Actively seeks to improve programmes or services
  • Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”
  • Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things
  • Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches

Commitment to continuous learning

  • Keeps abreast of new developments in his/her own occupation and profession
  • Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally
  • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates
  • Seeks feedback to learn and improve


  • Takes ownership for all responsibilities and honors commitments
  • Delivers outputs for which one ha responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
  • Operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules
  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable

Planning and organising

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
  • Uses time efficiently


  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position


  • Speaks and write clear and effectively
  • Listen to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
  • Tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Technological awareness

  • Keeps abreast of available technology
  • Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the Office
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
  • Shows willingness to learn new technology

All suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations Volunteers, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.

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Deadline: 29th October 2018

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