Disaster Risk Reduction Project Assistant

Website International Organization for Migration (IOM)


Disaster Risk Reduction Project Assistant

Assignment country: Nepal
Expected start date: 01/12/2023
Sustainable Development Goal: 11. Sustainable cities and communities
Volunteer category: National UN Community Volunteer
Host entity: IOM
Type: Onsite
Duration: 6 months
Number of assignments: 4
Duty stations: Gurbhakot, Sanfe Bagar, Beldandi, Mahabu

Mission and objectives

As the leading inter-governmental organization promoting humane and orderly migration since 1951, IOM plays a key role to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through different areas of intervention that connect both humanitarian assistance and sustainable development.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that migration is a powerful driver of sustainable development, for migrants and their communities. Migration brings significant benefits in the form of skills, strengthening the labour force, investment and cultural diversity. It supports growth by contributing to the improvement of communities in countries of origin through the transfer of skills and financial resources.
IOM contributes to the government of Nepal’s efforts to manage migration more effectively through a wide range of projects aligned to IOM’s Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), partnering with Governments, Civil Society, Private Sector and academia.

IOM Nepal has been working to promote a comprehensive, evidence and rights-based approach to migration in the context of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters for the benefit of migrants and societies in addition to projects supporting labour Mobility; Migrant Assistance & Protection; Migration and Development, Refugee Resettlement, Migration and Health and Emergency Response.


Under the overall Supervision of the National Project Officer, the incumbent will be seconded at the local level and responsible for assisting in implementation of activities under Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Risk Reduction Division, more specifically the activities of ‘Strengthening Institutional Knowledge and Capacity of Provincial and Local Government to Embark on Disaster Risk Management Action and Implementation’ (SIKAI) project on disaster risk reduction and management. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the Government of Nepal’s effort in enhancing resilience to future shocks and stresses and mainstreaming risk reduction, preparedness and response by providing the selected provincial and local governments with information, tools, skills and knowledge to be used during future emergencies.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of National Project Officer, the UN Community Volunteer will:

  • Assist implementing and assuring quality of day to day activities of SIKAI project at the local level.
  • Provide support in the policy and guideline drafting processes in coordination with DRRM Policy Consultant.
  • Provide support in data and information management at the local level to support the functioning of Local Emergency Operation Centre.
  • Provide support in communication between multiple government agencies and development partners to bridge the gap in DRRM initiatives.
  • Provide support to the Provincial Focal Points to organize consultations, planning meetings and events at the local level.
  • Support in drafting knowledge and visibility products in line with IOM’s and donor’s branding guidelines.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Community 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 instance 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 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
  • Effective management of the project activities under the DRR Programme at the local level
  • Technical capacity of the local level in DRR is supported and improved in the functional area of assignment
  • Data management of the local level in DRR is supported and improved in the functional area of assignment
  • Regular reviews and analysis of shortfalls are undertaken, action taken, and reports provided
  • 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 during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

Eligibility criteria
Age: 18 – 80
Nationality: Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.

Required experience: No experience required
Area(s) of expertise: Community development
Driving license:

Nepalese, Level: Fluent, Required
English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level: Secondary education

Competencies and values

Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to IOM; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to IOM 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 IOM in 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 IOM’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

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