UNDP Iraq, Amman


Description of assignment title: Governance and Peacebuilding Officer

Assignment country: Jordan

Expected start date: 10/30/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 17. Partnerships for the goals

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: Yes

Host entity: UNDP

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Amman


Mission and objectives

UNDP is the United Nations’ global development network advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to assist people build a better life. UNDP’s vision is to assist countries in achieving the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP is mandated to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, reduce inequalities and exclusion and build inclusive institutions, while linking those to SDG and 2030 Agenda. It prioritises the advance of women, youth and vulnerable groups as part of its commitment to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind in an increasing challenging regional context which has been severely impacted by the recent COVID-19 crisis. Through its Regional Hub for the Arab States (RBAS), located in Amman, Jordan, UNDP provides technical assistance, programming, and policy advice to country offices in 17 Arab countries, with the 18th located in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Governance and Peacebuilding team is one of the teams providing assistance to the needs and priorities of its country offices and to regional projects and initiatives to ensure quality programming in the areas of conflict prevention and peacebuilding, preventing violent extremism (PVE), inclusive political processes, human mobility, rule of law, security and human rights, state-building and public sector reform and local governance. Within this team sits the Disability portfolio which contributes to the overall UN Disability Inclusion Strategy and UNDP’s vision for implementation, as well as understanding of opportunities and challenges for implementation in the Arab States region.


The Arab States region is a priority for focusing on disability inclusion, with rates and detrimental impacts of disability considered to be much higher due to the prevalence of armed conflict and high fragility, a situation exacerbated by long-term economic stagnation, entrenched gender inequality, and increasing environment-related challenges. UNDP RBAS, led by strong advocacy from senior management and the recruitment of a full-time specialist resource – themselves a person with disability – has therefore stepped up its disability inclusion engagement. The production and roll out of a ‘Regional Approach for Mainstreaming the Inclusion and Accessibility’ offers a foundation for an ambitious workplan in 2022, and aims for 2023, to strengthen UNDP’s technical offering and substantial support to persons with disabilities in the region. Key aspects of UNDP’s engagement include the establishment of a ‘Disability Focal Point Network’ within the organisation to bolster support to country offices, the hosting of a ‘peer learning’ workshop, the launch of a regional level programme on the intersection between disability inclusion and conflict, numerous guidance tools, including on disability mainstreaming, and the integration of persons with disabilities across the core streams within the RBAS Governance & Peacebuilding Team. The assigned UN Volunteer will play a key role in supporting the team achieve these targets throughout 2022 and 2023. The assignment will include responsibility for delivering central aspects of the regional workplan on disability inclusion, such as the establishment of regional-level programming on persons with disability and conflict, creating guidance, providing technical support to implementing teams in country offices, and creating durable linkages and awareness with other streams within the Governance & Peacebuilding, such as conflict prevention, peacebuilding, prevention of violent extremism, rule of law, justice, and governance/SDG16. National UN Volunteers in Jordan are entitled to: – Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) at the amount of JOD 896; – Annual and learning leaves; – Free Medical and life insurance; and – Free access to different learning platforms. For more information on UN Volunteer benefits, entitlements and support, please visit: (link)-your-country-conditions-service

Task description

Under the overall guidance and oversight of the Regional Governance & Peacebuilding Team Leader, in close coordination with the Regional Focal Point for Persons with Disability, and directly supervised by the Governance & Peacebuilding Programme Analyst, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Monitor and analyse trends related to UNDP’s work in the Arab region, with a focus on inequality, climate change, migration, and governance within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda;
  • Explore opportunities to integrate and contribute technical expertise across the Governance & Peacebuilding portfolio, and beyond;
  • Conduct research to support analytical writing pieces on priority and emerging development themes in the region;
  • Support to the development of a regional programme focusing on disability and climate change and/or conflict contexts, and implementation of activities alongside relevant col-leagues, employing project management best practices;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the disability portfolio communication strategy, including preparation of relevant communications materials and online content and campaigns;
  • Support the strategic direction of the disability inclusion portfolio, including monitoring and reporting on 2022 achievements, and constructing the 2023 workplan, including expanded follow-up event to ‘peer learning’ workshop;
  • Support on the thematic areas covered by the Governance and Peacebuilding team as required, including the intersection of disability with climate change and disability with conflict, including through the development of a regional programme;
  • Build engagement on the disability portfolio within the Governance and Peacebuilding team and across teams within the regional hub, developing opportunities for cross-working;

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in sustainable development and human rights, especially disability issues and;

  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Good command of information and communication technology including MS Office applications and social media platforms

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Law, International Relations, International Development, or other related fields

Competencies and values

  • Accountability
  • Commitment and Motivation
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Ethics and Values
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Technological Awareness
  • Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Amman, the capital, is a peaceful city with over four million residents. It is family duty station with good access to high quality housing education, health and other services. It is ranked 9th regionally and 120th globally on Mercer’s 2019 “Quality of Living” report. People are friendly to visitors. Services in terms of banking, transportation, health and communications are easily available. Though Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken among the majority of the population, especially in Amman. The road network is good, both in terms of spread and quality of the roads. Public transportation in Amman is limited. Taxis are relatively cheap and easily available. There are a number of shopping malls, restaurants, gyms, and cinemas. A large variety of accommodation options can be found; however, it is worth noting that prices in Amman have generally increased in the past few years. There are no specific security threats. Amman is a very easy city in which to live; large, many amenities, very modern and serviced by an international airport with direct flights to most capital cities. According to the assessment of the UN Department of Safety & Security (UNDSS) Jordan is a family duty station (category A hardship). As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer is usually responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. Nevertheless, support may be offered to the Volunteer in this case due the potential for specific needs and requirements to be met. National UN Volunteers are part of the insurance plan. The Regional Hub is committed to providing reasonable accommodation throughout the recruitment process, as well as the assignment. Modifications to include ramps for wheelchairs can be made to entrance to ensure easier access to the building. To a large extent, all accessible facilities are marked with symbols or signs. Additionally, UNDP offers a special flexible work arrangements framework supporting telecommuting, working from an alternate location and other arrangements. Such arrangements are agreed directly with the supervisor and the Head of Office.

Inclusivity statement

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. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

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