Open recruitment (advertised)
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Description of assignment title Project Communications and Information Associate
Assignment country Kosovo (as per UNSCR 1244)
Expected start date 10/03/2022
Sustainable Development Goal PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
Volunteer category National UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities No
Host entity UNDP
Duration 12 months
Number of assignments 1
Duty stations Pristina
Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
Mission and objectives
The primary and overarching objective of United Nations Development Programme in Kosovo is the eradication of poverty in the context of sustainable development, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, and promotion of United Nations fundamental principles. The core dimension in our approach is investing in human development, wealth creation (with emphasis on issues such as entrepreneurship, job creation) and institutional reform and capacity development.
In Kosovo, cultural heritage has proved a successful entry point on re-building trust and improving inter-community acceptance as it addresses the need for respect of cultural identity and heritage of all. While some progress can be noted in this respect, the politicization of the cultural heritage has not helped the inter-community relations, rather, it has been used to polarize communities by constructing discourses aimed at the exclusion of “the others”. At the intersection of socio-economic crisis, peace and security, particularly in situations of frozen conflict, there is a need to minimize these risks by countering the sensitive inter-community relations through practical interventions which demonstrate good-will from all members of the society including institutional actors.
UNDP’s work on improving interethnic dialogue and cooperation, with cultural heritage as an entry point, addresses the needs of communities to be acknowledged, including their cultural heritage, as members of the society. UNDP has also created an environment in which youth and women, especially the vulnerable ones, can develop skills, increase employability through volunteering, gain work experience, and train. This is contributing to increased trust between youth and public institutions, particularly those from minority communities.
UNDP and its partners, the EU and MYCS, are continuing their cooperation in support of advancement of intercommunity dialogue and socio-economic revival, with cultural heritage as an entry point. Building on previous results, the objective of current projects is to contribute to improved inter-community trust through cultural heritage protection, and provide opportunities for communities, with a focus on women and youth, to improve their socio-economic situation through skills development and technical support.