Posted on :
19 Jun, 2018
19 Jun, 2018
UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Interpreter
Job ID: 17007
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Posting Type: External
Contract Duration: 8 months
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.
In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.
In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to provide protection (including assistance) and seek durable solutions for refugees. UNHCR has also been involved in various IDP operations at the request of the concerned countries or the United Nations General Assembly/Secretariat General (UNGA/SG).
Further to the humanitarian reform in 2005, UNHCR has been appointed to ensure the leadership of Protection, Shelter/NFI and Camp Management and Camp Coordination Clusters in emergency settings. As a result, the staffing requirements have increased in
UNHCR’s operations worldwide.
In Nigeria, UNHCR plays the role of coordination for the Protection Sector Working Group and co-sharing with IOM the CCCM, Shelter and NFI sector.
The UNV will be expected to provide consecutive interpretation on field missions or in support of operations at the office.
Duties and Responsibilities
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:
The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country on the coast of West Africa, bordered by Benin, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. It has an estimated population of 186,9 million making it Africa’s most populous country and an area of 923,768 square kilometres. The capital city is Abuja located in the centre of the nation, while Maiduguri is the capital and the largest city of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria. Spoken languages are English (official), Hausa, Fulani, and others. The prevailing climate in Maiduguri is known as a local steppe climate with little rainfall during the year. Temperatures are generally between 25 and 38 °C. Driest month is January, and May is warmest one.
The security environment in the North East continues to be a cause of concern due to ongoing armed conflict between security forces and insurgents. Despite some recent gains by security forces, Boko Haram insurgent group remains resilient and continues to resort to asymmetrical warfare resulting in collateral damage among civilian population.
UN Security Level-3 is currently in place in Maiduguri, and it is non-family duty station. This implies that official and private road travel by staff is limited as per the MOSS and all official missions in this region should not begin before 07:00 and be in a secure location no later than 18:30. Security escort is not required for travel within the city. However, police escorts are required as per MOSS for travel by road for most of the directions outside Maiduguri city. Most of the areas of responsibilities are accessible by UNHAS helicopters. Manual security clearance as well as TRIP system clearance should be obtained from UNDSS for all travels by road/air within North-East of Nigeria. Traveling from Maiduguri to major cities (Abuja, Lagos, Yola, etc.) can be on several UN cleared commercial air carriers, as well as UNHAS.
UNHCR Maiduguri has a guest house for the international staff assigned, and for all other staff coming on mission. The guest house is the best so far in the city, and provides basic facilities namely TV, hot shower and a clean room.
There is a UN Clinic in Maiduguri, and other UN recommended hospitals. Although these hospitals are not up to internationally acceptable standards; they provide basic health care services.
Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers
Required Skills and Experience
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 30th June, 2018.