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General Information 
Job Title: UNV Field Facilitator: Preventing and Responding to Vio-lent Extremism in Tanzania
Country of Assignment: Tanzania
Host Institute: United Nations Development Programme
Volunteer Category: National Specialist
Number of Volunteer: 1
Duration: 12 months
Expected Starting Date: Immediate
Duty Station: Zanzibar [TZA]
Assignment Place: Family Duty Station
Application Deadline: 2019-05-12 
Assignment Place Remark
Living Conditions
Zanzibar: Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site. As a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, Zanzibar has its own government, known as the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. It is made up of the Revolutionary Council and House of Representatives. Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the islands, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are sometimes called the Spice Islands. 
Assignment Details
Assignment Title UNV Field Facilitator: Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism in Tanzania
Organizational Context & Project Description
The project, Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism in Tanzania is a UNDP-led project, whose main objective is to support a preventive and developmental national effort for preventing and responding to violent extremism.
The indicative outputs of the project are:
Output 1: National policy framework and intervention capacities strengthened to address the phenomenon of violent extremism.

Output 2: Community resilience, livelihood opportunities and knowledge on violent extremism strengthened. 
Output 3: Gender and women’s active participation across all efforts to prevent & respond to extreme violence is promoted in Tanzania.
The project works in partnership with the following national stakeholders: Government officials at national and local levels, security providers, NGOs and, CBOs including women’s groups, faith-based organizations, and institutions, international technical and financial partners to Government on preventing and responding to violent extremism.
At national level, a National Advisory Council on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) has been established to guide and support the project, to promote public ownership and Government Accountability. At the local level, a participatory and inclusive approach to project implementation ensures that the views and interests of all potential stakeholders are represented.
The direct Government counterpart for the project is the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), responsible for the coordination of PVE work in Tanzania, as well as preparation of the envisaged National Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2020. The project also works with other relevant Government lines
Ministries and Government security providers – police, Special Forces, prison service – with and through the NCTC.
UN Women supports the gender dimension of the project with a particular focus on Output 3. UN Women provides the required gender expertise needed for effective gender mainstreaming across the project outputs, and provides gender training to support establishment, training and functioning of early warning and response mechanisms for PVE at the local level.
UNESCO is engaged on capacity building of community policing livelihoods supports.
UN Volunteers administers the national UNV scheme for peer group monitoring and mentoring in
Output 2, as well as establishment, maintenance, and ongoing provision of content to the knowledge management.
Relevant religious authorities and institutions will be supported to participate in dialogue forums, and to improve governance of religious institutions. At the local level the project will also engage with the District and Regional Peace and Security Committees.
The project also supports Government coordination with IGAD and EAC at the regional level, with the AU at the continental level, and with the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre and UN Counter-Terrorism.
Implementation Taskforce (UNCTITF) in New York, as well as strengthens UN Country Team coordination and coherence on PVE issues.

Sustainable Development Goals: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Task description
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Project Coordinator, Tanga or the Zanzibar Project Coordinator, the UNV Field Facilitators will undertake the following tasks:
 Community Mobilisation:
 Carry out community mobilization in selected communities to establish and develop volunteer networks
Organisation of youth activities related to PVE
Strengthen the engagement of young men and women in PVE activities.

Community Sensitisation and Resilience:
  • Support the community sensitisation, knowledge and resilience of and to PVE
  • Explain the value of volunteerism and the importance of community awareness to ensure that communities are involved and informed about PVE related activities.
Youth Mentorship:
  • Provide encouragement and advice to young men and women, act as a sounding board and help with problem-solving
  • Provide information on development opportunities and other ideas for personal and professional growth.

Communications, Outreach, Advocacy, and Partnerships:
  • Arrange Peer Group Discussions, workshops, outreach meetings with the community – especially with young men and women – to identify radicalisation techniques and processes affecting selected communities
  • Provide support in the selection of potential volunteers for training programmes and other project activities
  • Disseminate knowledge products and relevant materials with regard to PVE
  • Contribute towards the creation of the early warning and response groups (EWRG) for preventing and responding to violent extremism, comprising local religious and community leaders, teachers, health professionals and social workers, as well as representatives of youth groups, women’s groups and other CBOs
  • Monitoring of social media trends, particularly related to hate speech/violence and produce/disseminate positive content that address the drivers of violent extremism.

Project Administrative Support:
  • Compile relevant project data, and prepare documents for consideration and presentation
  • Participation in the establishment of early warning and response mechanisms
  • Support the establishment of a local and sustainable UNV scheme
  • Maintain administrative/financial files and project documentation
  • Provide regular updates/reports to the Regional Coordinator
  • Perform any other duties as required by the project management.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- 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 reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting ApplicationContribute 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 VolunteersPromote 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. 

Results/Expected Outputs
Specific indicative outputs are as follows:
Establishment of strong volunteer networks for the project activities and a local and sustainable UNV scheme (comprised of one-third young women)
Community resilience and sensitivity to violent extremism is strengthened, especially among young
men and women
Active mentorship programme in project target areas
Increased awareness among young men and women of PVE
Participation of young men and women in the early warning and response mechanism
A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, that includes reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • 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
Required Degree Level - Bachelor degree or equivalent
Education - Additional Comments
Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, political science, community development, communication, conflict prevention, peace studies or any other related field
Required experience 24 months 

Experience Remark
  • At least 2 and up to 5 years’ relevant professional experience. Prior experience in international organizations or NGOs is an asset
  • Demonstrable understanding of using coaching approaches for managing relationships to develop and sustain a progressive and supportive culture
  • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others
  • Experience with organizing and coordinating meetings, conferences and events
  • Able to prioritize work, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and flexibility, responsibility, integrity, team work, self-motivate
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English and Kiswahili is required
  • Previous experience as a volunteer (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.
  • Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others)
  • Knowledge of the local area is a strong asset (Mwanza, Tanga or Zanzibar).

Language Skills
English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent
AND - Kiswahili (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent 

Area of Expertise
  • Community participation and development Mandatory
  • Other communications related experience Mandatory
  • Other civil society or community development experience Mandatory

Area of Expertise Requirement
Need Driving Licence - No 

Competencies & Values
Adaptability and Flexibility
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Ethics and Values
Planning and Organizing
Respect for Diversity
Working in Teams