Featuring…Banda AcehDecember 2006Recruitment at UNV Banda AcehConfidence, commitment, adaptability and astrong volunteer spirit were key personalcharacteristics assessed by concernedparties before appointing Namibian bornMetumo Tuilikka as an international UNVAssistant Field Security CoordinationOfficer.Her educational background and workexperience, that includes 14 years servingwith the Namibian Military and Police forces,made her one of the most eligiblecandidates for the post with the UnitedNations Department for Safety & Security(UNDSS) in Banda Aceh.Amongst other duties, she would beresponsible for preparing, maintaining andupdating a duty station specific security planand assisting UN agencies in developingand implementing office security andemergency measures.However, before being assigned to the hostagency, Metumo, likewise any other UNVvolunteer applicant, had to follow a numberof steps as part of the recruitment process.“I always wanted to become a volunteer tohelp people. That is why in the year 2001,after consulting UNV's website, I submittedmy Personal History Statement Form (PHS)to the Cyprus Offshore Processing Centrein order to be included on their roster”Metumo explains.The Centre appraises applications andmaintains a database of eligible candidates,that must be at least 25 years of age. Thewaiting period to be assigned as a UNVvolunteer can vary from two months to twoyears. However, the inclusion on the rosterdoes not guarantee a UNV assignment.“UNV initiates the recruitment processfollowing an expressed request from a widerange of partners. These could be UNagencies, non governmental andcommunity-based organizations” explainsUNV Project Coordinator Walia SKL, thefocal point in Aceh for facilitating therecruitment process in the Sumatra region.“Once a required position is identified andafter writing down the 'terms of reference',the job vacancy is advertised through UNV’swebsite or locally by word of mouth. In thecase of International assignments, we getsupport from our Head Quarters in Bonnwhich forward us all relevant Resumes forthat specific position. Then, the short listingbegins” Walia elaborates.Metumo was one of five candidatesselected for an Interview that was conductedvia telephone from Jakarta. “Two peoplecalled me and for a period of about twentyminutes asked me several questions. I knewI met all the requirements but I was alsoaware that there were other applicantsbesides me” she recalls.When interviewing national or internationalcandidates the potential employers look intotheir educational background, personalcharacteristics, motivation and commitmentamong other aspects. Since assignments inBanda Aceh are mainly in the field, eligiblecandidates are those who are not afraid tomeet challenges.The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that supports sustainable humandevelopment globally through the promotion of volunteerism, including the mobilization of volunteers. It was createdby the UN General Assembly in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request ofUN member states and is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Banda AcehDecember 2006Once a candidate is selected (after apositive interview) she or he receives anofficial notification from UNV's HeadQuarters. After providing a writtenconfirmation of acceptance for the post andmedical clearance , the candidate isexpected to assume duties within six weeksthereafter.“I was so happy when they chose me. Ibroke the news to my family and aftergetting their support I departed fromNamibia on September 6, 2006. I will bebased here in Aceh for at least six months”Metumo proudly says.UNV volunteer assignments are madeprimarily based on the best match betweena country’s needs and a volunteer’s skills.They usually last 24 months, however,assignments of shorter duration between 3to 12 months are increasingly common.UNV volunteers are professionals wholisten and discuss; teach and train and alsoshare and exchange ideas, skills andexperience. As such, they are supportedthrough several benefits to facilitate theircontributions but the most importantincentive for them is that of volunteering.“I made my final decision to accept thisassignment right after my kids said to me:Mommy we will miss you a lot, but you haveto go and help the people affected by theTsunami. We saw how much they suffered.We will pray that you come back home safe,but understand that now its your chance togo and help those in need”, Metumo sayswith a blissful smile.UNV volunteer Metumo identifies security areason a map at host agency UNDSS headquartersUNV volunteer Metumo carries out securityinspections in the fieldFor more information, visit our webpage at:www.unvolunteers.org
Banda AcehDecember 2006In fact….UNV Tsunami Response Indonesia: 700 days onThroughout the year 2005, a total number of8,122 volunteers from 168 nationalities werenationally and internationally recruited andmobilized by the United Nations Volunteers(UNV) Programme. They willingly andsuccessfully took over 8,470 assignments,making a tangible contribution to the effortsof the United Nations, governments andcommunity groups in fostering peace anddevelopment in 144 countries of the world.Following the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 26December 2004, UNV was able to mobilizeUSD 7.8 million from the Governments ofJapan, Germany and the Czech Republicand a “UNV Tsunami Framework” wasdeveloped to provide capacity support todifferent stakeholders in Indonesia, SriLanka and the Maldives, in a bid to ensurethe delivery of a recovery and reconstructionpackage.For Indonesia, the programme “UNVSupport to Tsunami Rehabilitation andRecovery in Aceh and Northern Sumatra”was approved in June 2005. UNV supportcomes within the framework of UNDP’sEmergency Response and TransitionalRecovery (ERTR) and focuses onstrengthening the outreach capacities ofgovernment, NGO’s and UN agencies.To date more than 100 international andnational UNV volunteers have beenassigned to a wide number of positions,including emergency aid coordinators,psychologists, education specialists, urbanplanners, project officers and communitydevelopment specialists.Fifty -eight of them are currently supportingrehabilitation, recovery and preparednessactivities in affected areas of the Acehprovince and Nias.UNV's small grant programme, “Support toPost Tsunami Livelihoods Rehabilitation inBanda Aceh”, has engaged one Aceh basedNGO (YDS) and a consortium of four NGO's(collectively named TRIBAL) to implementtwo grant schemes to support the opening ofa community centre, shelter provision,training schemes and economic andagricultural recovery activities.TRIBAL is currently giving entrepreneurshiptraining to a group of women, whose smallbusinesses were lost or affected by theTsunami. They'll acquire basic skills tobetter create and sell their products.Underway is the selection of an organizationto implement a further component of UNV’slonger-term support to the TsunamiResponse. An NGO will be contracted toimplement this important component thataims to strengthen the restoration oflivelihoods in selected districts in Aceh andNorthern Sumatra, through providingsupport to community driven reconstructionand rehabilitation activities....The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that supports sustainable humandevelopment globally through the promotion of volunteerism, including the mobilization of volunteers. It was createdby the UN General Assembly in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request ofUN member states and is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Banda AcehDecember 2006FAQ...● What is UNV?The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme was created by the UN General Assembly in 1970to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of UN member states. Itmobilizes qualified UNV volunteers and encourages people to become active in volunteering in theircountries. It is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and worksthrough UNDP’s country offices around the world.● What is UNV’s mission?UNV is the organization that supports sustainable human development globally through the promotionof volunteerism. Including the mobilization of volunteers. It serves the causes of peace anddevelopment through enhancing opportunities for participation by all peoples. It is universal, inclusiveand embraces volunteer action in all its diversity. It values free will, commitment, engagement andsolidarity, which are the foundations of volunteerism.● In which sectors do volunteers work?The UNV programme involves a wide spread of sectors: It maintains a roster covering 115 professionalcategories: Agriculture, health and education feature prominently, as do human rights promotion,information and communication technology, community development, vocational training, industry andpopulation.● How is the programme funded?Part of UNV’s resources come from country and regional funds provided by UNDP. Other significantsources include the regular programme budgets of UN agencies, contributions from host governments,special purpose grants by donor governments, and the UNV Special Voluntary Fund. Contributions toUNV’s Special Voluntary Fund and other funds exceed $17 million annually.● Are there alternative options to volunteer?Yes! Stationed in your home, you can support development initiatives for thousands of differentorganizations throughout the world. UNV’s Online Volunteering service www.onlinevolunteering.orgoffers information on what online volunteering entails and a searchable database of organizations andopportunities.For more Q&A please refer to our website: www.unv.orgThe United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that supports sustainable human development globallythrough the promotion of volunteerism, including the mobilization of volunteers. It was created by e UN General Assembly in 1970 toserve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of UN member states and is administered by the UnitedNations Development Programme (UNDP).The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that supports sustainable human development globally