The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (UN RCO) in Nepal works under the strategic guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) and supports the UN Country Team (UNCT) in the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN RCO fulfills the following five key functions in support of the responsibilities of the RC and the UNCT including: Strategic planning;…
Description of assignment title
Coordination Officer – Disability Inclusion
Expected start date
Sustainable Development Goal
10. Reduced inequalities
National UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities
Number of assignments
Mission and objectives
The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (UN RCO) in Nepal works under the strategic guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) and supports the UN Country Team (UNCT) in the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN RCO fulfills the following five key functions in support of the responsibilities of the RC and the UNCT including:
Partnerships and development finance;
Data and results management and reporting; and
Research, communications and advocacy.
The UN RCO and UNCT work closely with the Government of Nepal and other Development Partners to support Nepal in achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN RCO team supports the RC and UNCT in ensuring a more coordinated and coherent approach across the work of the UN and is composed of experts in development and humanitarian coordination, information management, human rights, gender equality, communications and communications.
The UN Country Team (UNCT) Nepal with the leadership of the Resident Coordinator’s Office has been a early roll-out country for the UNCT Accountability Scorecard on Disability Inclusion in 2020. As part of this initiative, the UNCT has carried out a number of activities in relation to disability inclusion in the past two years including strengthening accessibility of UN Common premises; awareness raising and capacity development initiatives of UN personnel; conduct-ing a digital accessibility assessment and improving accessibility of our UN website and social media platforms. Based on our strong commitment and leadership in this area, in 2022, UNCT Nepal was chosen as a pilot country for the Global Partnership on Disability Inclusion, which aims to strengthen our efforts on the inclusion of persons with disabilities with a particular fo-cus on inclusive common services. The common services focus on three areas of UN Opera-tions to support the implementation of disability inclusion—Physical Premises, Digital and Web Accessibility, and Inclusive HR. The UN RCO together with a Disability Inclusion Task Team, with representation from seven agencies and across the three areas of work are taking this pilot initiative forward in Q1-Q2 of 2022. The UN Volunteer will play a leading role in coor-dinating this pilot initiative on behalf of UNCT Nepal.
In addition to UN Agencies having taken a strong lead on disability inclusion programming and advocacy for example through the UNPRPD project (UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women, WHO), the UN Country Team (UNCT) Nepal with the leadership of the Resident Coordinator’s Office has been a early roll-out country for the UNCT Accountability Scorecard on Disability Inclusion in 2020. As part of this initiative, the UNCT has carried out a number of activities in relation to disability inclusion in the past two years including strengthening accessibility of UN Common premises; awareness raising and capacity development initiatives of UN personnel; conducting a digital accessibility assessment and improving accessibility of our UN website and social media platforms. In 2021, a training on disability inclusive HR and procurement was organised for the relevant Operations Management Task force members. Based on our strong commitment and leadership in this area, UNCT Nepal has been chosen for the second phase of support from headquarters and is currently rolling out a pilot on disability inclusive common services covering areas of common premises accessibility (physical and ICT/Digital) as well as inclusive human resources management.
Under the direct supervision of the Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator (Inclusion Focal point of RCO), the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
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Additional eligibility criteria
This assignment is part of UNV’s disability inclusion strategy. UNV seeks to 1) provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to serve as UN Volunteers 2) enable UN partners to expand diversity and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their workforce worldwide 3) build a talent pipeline of qualified professionals with disabilities who can contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national and global levels, with focus on national capacity.
Only candidate with disabilities is eligible to apply for this position. If shortlisted for this assignment, you will be asked for a copy of an official document confirming that you have a disability from a general practitioner, or from an organization of persons with disabilities.
Important: On your profile, kindly select the response “yes” to the question of whether you consider yourself a person living with a disability. Should you require special arrangements to facilitate the interview and assessment during the selection process, please indicate this in the “special remarks” field in your profile. In case you are facing accessibility constraints kindly write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in creating inclusive workplaces including in relation to human re-sources management and accessibility; Experience working with organisations of persons with disabilities; Knowledge of UN Strategy on Disability Inclusion is an asset; Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners; Excellent coordination skills; Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and of-fice technology equipment; Self-motivated; Have affinity with or interest in work place inclusion and diversity volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System
Area(s) of expertise
Information technology, Social work, Human resources
Nepalese, Level: Fluent, Required
English, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Human resources management, IT, social work, international development, social sciences, law or other relevant field
Competencies and values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Communication, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Leadership, Planning and Organizing, Respect for Diversity
Living conditions and remarks
The UNV would work within the UN RCO located in the UN Common Premises in Kathmandu. An accessibility assessment of the common premises has been conducted in 2019 and will be revisited in 2022 as a number of recommendations have since then been implemented. As part of the pilot programme, further improvements will be made in terms of accessibility of restrooms, common spaces and the conference halls. The UNRCO workspace is accessible, it is on the second floor of the main building and has elevator access. The hallways in the office are wide enough for wheelchair access and modifications to the workstation can be made as needed. Unfortunately however the changes to the restrooms in this main building are only being made in 2022 and thus there is restricted access for wheelchair users. An emergency wheelchair is being purchased based on the previous assessment and changes are planned to ensure visual cues in cases of emergency. Braille printing can be arranged if required. Several sign language interpreters are on Long-term agreements with UN agencies and are thus available as and when needed. Close captioning capacities are limited in Nepal; however through connections with OPDs persons can be identified to support the UNV when needed.
The UN system wishes to create an inclusive workplace and commits to taking appropriate measures to enable persons with disabilities to access and benefit equally from employment and other engagement opportunities such as volunteering, by providing reasonable accommodation. In this context, “reasonable accommodation” means necessary and appropriate modifications and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure to persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.[Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 2]
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