UNDP – Development Coordination Associate

25 mar

Description of assignment title

Development Coordination Associate

Assignment country

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Expected start date


Sustainable Development Goal

10. Reduced inequalities

Volunteer category

National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities


Host entity





12 months

Number of assignments


Duty stations



Mission and objectives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, working in 177 countries and territories. In line with its 2021-2025 Country Programme, UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) focuses on sustainable and inclusive growth, people-centred governance and social cohesion. UNDP is fully committed to support BIH with regards to its Agenda 2030 commitments as well as the European Union (EU) accession process. The CPD outcomes correspond to 3 outcomes of the UNSDCF 2021-2025 (outcome 1 on resilient, sustainable and inclusive growth, outcome 4 on accountable and transparent governance systems, and outcome 5 on social cohesion and trust). We are individually and collectively responsible for nurturing and promoting an organizational culture of ethics and integrity where we respect and uphold the organization’s values, and where staff are empowered and motivated to deliver sustainable development results. We seek people who are fair, impartial and honest. We value dynamic and adaptable persons who are not afraid to think creatively and are proactive, flexible and responsive.


The position is located in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The UN Volunteer will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the RCO’s partnerships and development finance officer, working closely with the entire RCO, as well as the United Nations Country Team.

Task description

The UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support the RCO in the coordination of UN operational and policy activities as part of efforts to improve effective, quality and timely delivery of the 2021-2025 UNSDCF in BiH and the 2030 SDG Framework in BIH. • Contribute to advice to the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the United Na-tions country team on strategies to build and strengthen national capacities and institu-tions for the promotion of the SDGs and implementation of the SDG Framework in BIH. • Identify key partners and their activities to invite as speakers, facilitators, resource people for SDG related events. • Prepare agenda drafts and documentation to be shared with invitees. • Prepare draft concepts and recommendation reports for SDG related activities. • Support the UN in BiH coordination of activities targeting SDG advocacy, policy and operations • Support management of events and consultation meetings related to SDGs and take meeting minutes. • Support the Secretariat of the SDG Council, including the preparation of the 2023 Voluntary National Review, efforts at SDG localisation, and financing. • Support the Secretariat of the SDG Council (placed within the SDG2BIH project pri-marily funded by Sida) in organisation of the Council’s meetings, including coordina-tion with UN agencies. • Other duties as required.

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


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


Required experience

3 years of experience in • Sustainable development • Excellent oral and written skills; • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclu-sively and collaboratively with a wide range of partners. • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applica-tions (Excel, Word, etc.). • Ability to work with tight deadlines; • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, would be highly regarded.

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes, Economics and finance, Legal affairs

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Bosnian, Level: Fluent, Required Serbian, Level: Fluent, Required Croatian, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in development studies, economics, public or international law, political science, international relation, social work or a related field

Competencies and values

☒ Accountability ☒ Adaptability and Flexibility ☒ Client Orientation ☒ Commitment and Motivation ☒ Communication ☒ Ethics and Values ☒ Integrity ☒ Judgement and Decision-making ☒ Planning and Organizing ☒ Professionalism ☒ Respect for Diversity ☒ Technological Awareness ☒ Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the largest urban centre, with an estimated population of 370.000. The city is situated along the Miljacka river and surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. The city is famous for its religious diversity, with Islam, Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Judaism coexisting there for centuries. There are no administrative or other restrictions, apart from visa (exceptions possible), on international staff members’ travelling to/within/from the country and restrictions imposed by COVID-19 pandemic have all been lifted. In general, regular medical facilities are available, with two main hospitals and a significant number of small private clinics. General sanitary and hygiene conditions are adequate. Good local banking facilities are available (use of credit cards, ATMs). Communication services (domestic and international) are available on a regular basis. Availability of food, furnishings and other necessities is adequate (various grocery stores and markets with fresh food products, shopping canters, etc). Public water supply, electricity and sewerage system are in place. Public transportation is available (tram, bus, trolleybus, taxi). The international airport is 20 minutes away by car from the UN building in Sarajevo and the city centre. Sarajevo offers numerous cultural events. The most famous ones are the Sarajevo Film Festival, MESS (international theatre festival), the Jazz Festival, Sarajevo Winter, Bascarsija’s Nights in the summer time, Novi Grad’s Days, Agro-food, International Book Fair, etc. There are galleries and museums, sports facilities open for public use and annual international sports competitions. There are several Cinema multiplex offering a rich repertoire of latest films, both blockbusters and masterpieces of independent cinema. The United Nations designated state of alert for Bosnia and Herzegovina is Security Level 1, which is minimal and the lowest security level in the Security Level System for the entire country, including the capital of Sarajevo. The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is generally quiet; all international agencies consider threats to their staff to be low at this time. However, the country faces the same problems as much of Europe, from pickpockets to traffic accidents, so all staff must exercise appropriate personal security awareness and common sense. Bosnia and Herzegovina is still the country with the largest mine contamination problem in Europe?. Staff are advised not to deviate from well-travelled routes while in the country. See http://www.bhmac.org.

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

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