Peace and Governance Assistant, Accra, Ghana at UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Job Recruitment (8 Positions)
Closing date: Sunday, 1 May 2022


Description of assignment title: Peace and Governance Assistant

Assignment country: Ghana

Expected start date: 09/01/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 17. Partnerships for the goals

Volunteer category: International UN University Volunteer

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNDP

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Accra


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the lead agency on international development of the United Nations. UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience. UNDP’s mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions. We advocate for change, and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.


Ghana, in the past two decades has made significant strides in deepening its democratic governance experience. Besides the holding six successful elections in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 the country has systematically rolled out a relatively resilient decentralization process since 1988 and in recent years rolled out a national peace architecture to cement peace building as part of its democratic governance process. These achievements have consolidated inclusive governance and strengthened the effectiveness of key national institutions in the country. UNDP’s support to the Government of Ghana is to set to achieve four outputs: a) Governance institutions and processes enabled to be effective, accountable, gender sensitive, equitable and guarantee the rights of all, b) Peace actors and institutions have strengthened capacities for peace building including to reduce small arms violence, c) Civil Society, including youth and women’s groups, empowered to demand transparency, accountability, and responsiveness from public institutions, and d) Justice and human rights institutions have strengthened technical and operational capacity to provide equitable access to quality services. These outputs reflect the six governance thematic areas of transparency and accountability, decentralization, representation and participation, access to justice, gender equality, and conflict prevention.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Peace & Governance Analyst in consultation with the Head of Governance, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: 1. Contribute to UNDP’s work in the area of peace and governance towards strengthening the Ghana’s peace and democratic credentials, – Support to analyze information to identify trends and gaps in youth and women participation in peace building and local governance in Ghana, and propose relevant actions; – Support to analyze relevant information, technology information, data and/or statistics for technical and professional inputs in governance and peace research and various documents; -contribute to the development of strategic documents, annual work plans, project proposals, as well as other documents as needed; 2. Support communication of project outcomes and lessons learnt: -contribute to monitoring and evaluation processes, by collecting, analyzing and reporting data and results; -contribute to production of relevant communication and advocacy materials, including website and social media content for UNDP Ghana ; -propose and assist with development of information and publicity materials to raise public awareness and dissemination of project results, in close coordination with the relevant peace and governance Groups in UNDP Regional Hubs and Headquarters. 3. Support to facilitate knowledge building and sharing related to the peace and governance: -support and participate in the organisation of workshops, seminars and trainings; -Assist to identify and formulate lessons learnt and recommendations to be integrated into broader UNDP Ghana Country Office and UNDP Regional Bureau of Africa knowledge management efforts; contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 – 26

Additional eligibility criteria

ELIGIBILITY – Candidates must be Korean nationals between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of application. – You must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree or have recently graduated (no longer than 12 months ago at the time of application). – Candidates who already served on a UN Volunteer assignment funded by KOICA are not eligible. APPLICATION – If you are currently enrolled in a university and have not yet obtained a university degree, indicate in the section ‘Academic qualifications’ under ‘diploma/degree obtained’ that you are still studying and towards which degree. In the ‘to’ field, enter the current date, as the system does not allow you to enter a future date. Instead of the degree certificate, upload any evidence of your enrollment, for example a transcript. – You may apply to a maximum of three assignments and indicate the order of preference in the ‘Additional remarks’ field when filling in the application form. – If you are above the age of 26, a notification will be displayed that you are not eligible to apply. You may ignore this and proceed with submitting your application. – Application deadline: 1 May 2022 SELECTION – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity between 23 May and 3 June. – Selected candidates will be invited to attend a mandatory online preparation training on 15 and 18 August. +++ UN Volunteer entitlement calculator: +++


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 Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to two years) in governance, development, security, youth, research, concept note development;

  •  Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
  •  High proficiency in Microsoft office tools; experience in statistical analysis software would be highly desirable.

Area(s) of expertise

Administration, Development programmes, Elections and governance

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English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree or have recently graduated (no longer than 12 months ago at the time of application) in development studies, peace studies, international relations, political science.

Competencies and values

Accountability Adaptability and Flexibility Building Trust Client Orientation Commitment and Motivation Commitment to Continuous Learning Communication Creativity Empowering Others Ethics and Values Integrity Knowledge Sharing Professionalism Respect for Diversity Technological Awareness Working in Teams

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Living conditions and remarks

The UN Volunteer will be based in Accra, Ghana which is currently classified as hardship category A and a family duty station. This confirms that transport, medical, education and other services are at a high level compared to other countries in the region. At sea level, the climate of the country is tropical-hot and humid with average yearly temperatures of about 27oC (80oF) and little daily variation. At the interior’s higher altitudes, the average yearly temperature is 20oC (68oF), and nights are generally cool. Annual rainfall varies from 500 centimetres (200 in.) on the southwestern slopes to 100 centimetres (40 in.) in the northern lowlands. The rainy season runs from October to May. The total population of Ghana is about 26,000,000. Ghana is a Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) country. Regarding accommodation and food, houses and apartments can be rented from 600$ to 1000$ per month and meals at the restaurant cost between 10$ and 60$. Food, household commodities and clothing can be found in shops and local markets at reasonable prices. An entry visa is required for all travellers and must be obtained prior to arrival from an embassy. The Cedi is the local currency and according to the UN exchange rate system, a USD 1 is equivalent to 6.11GHS in February 2022. Some commercial banks are operating in the country and Visa cards are accepted in very limited hotels.

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.

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