UN University Volunteer in Programme Support (Culture), Nepal

Organization: UNESCO Nepal

Country: Nepal

City: Kathmandu

Office: UNESCO Nepal in Kathmandu

Closing date: Thursday, 26 January 2023


Description of assignment title: UN University Volunteer in Programme Support (Culture)

Assignment country: Nepal

Expected start date: 03/01/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 15. Life on land

Volunteer category: International UN University Volunteer

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNESCO Nepal

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Kathmandu


Mission and objectives

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.


The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, established in 1998, contributes to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO’s pro-grammes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.‘ UNESCO works to attain quality education for all, focusing on gender equality and adult literacy, to mobilize scientific knowledge and science policy for sustainable development, to preserve cultural heritage, promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, and to empower people through the free flow of ideas and access to information and knowledge. To achieve these objectives, UNESCO actively participates in the work of the UN Country Team in Nepal and closely cooperates with other development partners in the country.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the UNESCO Representative, or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN University Volunteer:

Assist the Culture Team in UNESCO Nepal in developing, planning and implementing activities and projects related to Culture in Nepal. The incumbent will work within the framework of UNESCO’s Country Strategy (UCS) for Nepal and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Nepal. In particular, the trainee shall:

Support colleagues on a broad range of issues related to the arts, culture (tangible and intangible, sustainable development, and the management of World Heritage areas in Nepal;
Provide assistance to communication and advocacy initiatives related to the implemen-tation of activities in the cultural and creative industries, World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage and related programming of UNESCO. In addition, the Programme Associate will work with the Culture team to explore opportunities of collaboration with civil society and the private sector in the aforementioned programmes.

Assist in implementing and coordinating activities, events, and other initiatives related to UNESCO’s projects and activities in Culture;
Recommend priorities for future action by building on existing work with key partners, developing new partnerships and mobilizing resources to enhance cultural program-ming in Nepal, particularly those in favour of youth, women and indigenous communi-ties.

Work with colleagues to further the integration of the Culture Programme with that of Education, Science and Communication and Information Units in the Office.

Perform other duties as requested by the Head of Office. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

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 in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.

Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publica-tions/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.

As an active Culture team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNESCO and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:

In-depth knowledge acquired of UNESCO’s Cultural Sector, including conservation initia-tives in Cultural and Natural World Heritage sites;
Understanding how to work effectively in an international environment with diverse stake-holders;
Experience in organizing workshops and consultations.

Solid working knowledge of the operations of an intergovernmental organization;
Strengthened analytical, communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills;
Experience in writing professional reports, concept notes and briefings.

Contribution to effective communication materials such as technical reports, donor reports, articles, brochures, publications, and/or mission reports.

Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment

A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development dur-ing the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 - 26

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Agency for Voluntary Services (AVS) Hong Kong, therefore specific criteria apply: Only candidates nominated by the participating universities and endorsed by the Steering Committee can be considered.


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

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Required experience

0 years of experience in or up to 2 years of demonstrated interest, University studies and/or experience in relevant area; Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded; Experience with community organizations is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization; Other desired/mandatory required technical knowledge; Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; 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; 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; office technology equipment; Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines; Have affinity with or interest in UNESCO’s work, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Area(s) of expertise

Community development

Driving license



English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Secondary education

Competencies and values

Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented. Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations. 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 priori-ties and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities. Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender; 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 back-grounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, re-mote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary; Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, lies under the Phase II of the UN Security classification, but is subject to change depending on the development of the security situation. Living conditions in Kathmandu are good. Comfortable inexpensive flats (furnished and unfurnished) are available in Kathmandu. Both imported and local foods and clothing are abundantly available. There is a short supply of water while it is also not safe to drink without treatment. Public transport is easily available and generally reliable though traffic congestion is extremely high. Kathmandu has a temperate climate with coldest temperature reaching just above zero at the night during the winter and mild but humid during the mon-soon period, mid-June to end September.

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

Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1673555189157