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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.

In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.

1. Type of Assignment: International UN Volunteer

2. Type of Assignment Place: Family Duty Station

3. Assignment Title: UNV Anti-Corruption Specialist

4. Link with UNV Strategic Framework: Peacebuilding

5. Duty Station, Country: Dakar, Senegal

6. Duration (in months): 12 months

7. Expected Starting Date: As soon as possible

8. Host Agency/Host Institute: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN)

9. Organizational Context/Project:

UNODC is responsible for ensuring implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). More generally, UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime, and it is mandated to assist, in coordination with other agencies such as UNDP and IOM among others, Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. The three pillars of UNODC’s field office work are:

  • Field-based technical cooperation to enhance Member States’ capacity to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism;
  • Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs, crime and terrorism issues, and to expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions;
  • Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of relevant international

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The objective of the UNODC Sahel Programme is to support the development of accessible, efficient and accountable criminal justice systems in the Sahel, to combat illicit trafficking drug trafficking, organized crime, terrorism and corruption in the region.

The Sahel Programme has a primary focus on Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

Through the implementation of the Sahel Programme, UNODC contributes to the UN Regional Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, developed pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2056 (2012), in particular its security and governance pillars.

The position is located at the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal. The UN Volunteer will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Anti-Corruption Advisor for West and Central Africa.

10. Description of tasks:

Under the direct supervision of the Anti-Corruption Advisor for West and Central Africa, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:


Project implementation

  • Organise national and regional workshops on topical issues such as the links between corruption and violent extremism, corruption in the security and defence sector and investigative journalism, among others;
  • Support the development and implementation of national strategies to combat corruption in the security sector;
  • Support the development of anti-corruption education curricula with universities in the region;
  • Support any other anti-corruption related activities implemented under the UNODC Sahel pro- gramme.


Partnership development

  • Regularly liaise with national and international stakeholders to facilitate project implementation;
  • Identify partnership opportunities at country and regional levels, with local stakeholders, UN agen- cies, and development partners;
  • Support advocacy work with government counterparts, donor community and the United Nations to promote anti-corruption work in the region;
  • Prepare various written outputs, e.g. background documentation, proposals, analysis, reports, in- puts to publications, etc.;
  • Provide substantive input in preparation for meetings with donors and other international partners.



  • Conduct research on the linkages between corruption, organised crime and violent extremism in the Sahel region;
  • Support missions in the Sahel region to collect data to draw up a comprehensive report on the impact of corruption on peace and security in the Sahel region;
  • Contribute and provide support to the drafting of this report on the impact of corruption in the region;
  • Support the editing of a report on corruption in the defence sector and other anti-corruption related reports;
  • Monitor national and international online news on corruption and violent extremism in the Sahel region and share relevant news with team members;
  • Support other research under the UNODC Sahel programme.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Communication

  • Support anti-corruption campaigns in the Sahel region (including for anti-corruption day on 9 De- cember);
  • Draft press releases and web stories;
  • Maintain databases with contact details of partners and stakeholders;
  • Support media events including press releases, report launches and press conferences.



  • Encourage, mobilize and support co-workers, fellow UN Volunteers and members of the local community to play an active part in development on a voluntary basis;
  • Discus with supervisors on how volunteerism for development can be mainstreamed through the assignment and integrating activities that promote volunteerism for development into work plans.


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;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute 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 Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local indi- viduals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically pos- sible.
  • When working with national counterparts, the UN Volunteers are strongly encouraged to dedicate time to mentor, train and develop the capacity of counterparts to help sustain development initia- tives after completion of the assignment.

11. Results/Expected Outputs:


Project implementation

  • National and regional workshops successfully delivered (TORs drafted, all logistics well-coordi- nated, workshops adequately facilitated, outcome documents and reports of the meeting drafted, etc.);
  • National anti-corruption strategies with security forces developed;
  • Curricula for anti-corruption education in universities developed;
  • New anti-corruption initiative(s) launched.
  • Partnership development
  • New partnerships developed and existing partnerships strengthened;
  • Joint activities with partners successfully implemented;
  • Human and/or financial resources mobilised with partners;
  • Written outputs, e.g. background documentation, proposals, analysis, reports, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Reports on donor meetings and discussions.



  • Research reports on corruption and violent extremism in the region;
  • A comprehensive report on the impact of corruption on peace and security in the Sahel region;
  • Other anti-corruption reports completed;

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). News on corruption and violent extremism in the Sahel region collected. Communication

  • Successful anti-corruption campaigns around 9 December;
  • Contribute regular web-stories on activities completed in the region;
  • Accessible databases with partners/stakeholders in the region;
  • Effective outreach to the media.
  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, 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 development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.


12. Qualifications/Requirements (including competencies, values and skills):

A) Qualifications, skills, experience:

Degree level: Master’s degree

Type of Degree: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of law, political

or social sciences, public administration or equivalent academic training/education from a recognized


Years of work experience:

  • At least five years of relevant, and progressively responsible, work experience preferably in the areas of anti-corruption, violent extremism, terrorism and criminal justice.
  • Working experience with the United Nations system is an advantage, as is experience in the Sahel region.

Technical competencies:

  • Excellent research and drafting skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and workshop facilitation skills required.
  • Knowledge of West and Central Africa’s political, social and human rights issues is an asset.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this

assignment, fluency in both, with proven drafting and communication skills, is required.

Driving license required: No

Computer skills: Proficiency in word-processing software


B) Competencies and values:

  • Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.

  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, includ- ing ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain help- ful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

13. Living Conditions:

The assignment will take place in the nation’s capital, Dakar, a family duty station (Hardship classification A) with missions to the region. Dakar is a liveable city. The living conditions in Dakar are

good and the social climate is calm. Senegal is an open country that enjoys social stability resulting from the smooth functioning of state institutions. Senegal is also provided with a good level of infrastructure (eg roads) but the distribution of water is electricity can be volatile in Dakar and other cities and towns of the country, requiring many civil servants to use generators. Senegal is also a popular tourist destination. The reception and spontaneous hospitality of Senegalese are among the characteristic features of this West African country.

The country is at the level of Security 2, which corresponds to “Low”, with the exception of the Casamance natural region (administrative regions of Kolda, Sédhiou and Ziguinchor) where acts of

banditry are often reported but also the presence of Elements of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) and unexploded ordnance (UXO). All United Nations personnel must

scrupulously comply with UNDSS procedures and recommendations during their assignment to Senegal. Thefts and burglary are the main incidents against UN personnel. Small arms proliferation and organized cross-border crime often occur in suburban areas on major trade routes. There is no R&R

entitlement in Senegal.

The access to health services in Dakar is good. The yellow fever vaccine is compulsory and vaccination cards should be presented at the entrance. Vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis A and B are also recommended. The basic drugs are available in pharmacies but it is recommended to bring specific prescription drugs.

According to ANSD/RGPHAE 2013 official estimates, the population of Dakar metropolitan area reaches over 3.1 million people. The total population of Senegal is 13.508.715 inhabitants (ANSD 2013). Senegal is located on UTC/ GMT. Senegal has warm climate and sunny days throughout the year that make it a

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).comfortable duty station. Daytime temperatures are on average around 30°C. Rainy season is in the northern hemisphere’s summer/fall.

The currency used in Senegal is called Franc CFA (XOF). On 29 December 2016 the average exchange rate is 1 USD = 627.408 XOF. Many hotels, restaurants and large businesses in Senegal accept the main international credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). It is also possible to withdraw cash from automatic telling machines found in all the major cities.

The accommodation facilities are in general good and the choice is wide. It is possible to rent unfurnished and furnished accommodations from 450 to 2000 USD. UN Volunteers can also co-rent

and share private accommodations, which must comply with Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS). Transportation in town can be easily arranged through local taxis.

To enter Senegal, a valid passport is required. ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) nationals are not required an entry visa. Nationals of other countries may be required an entry visa or long stay visa. They should contact the closest Senegalese representation. Senegalese Embassies and consulates in various West African countries and in other parts of the world issue visas prior to travel.

The UNV Field Unit can provide assistance in booking temporary accommodation for the first nights at UN Volunteer expenses, which can be extended or not at UN Volunteer discretion until getting a permanent accommodation.

Note: For all international travel to Senegal, security clearance must be requested a minimum of 7 days prior to travel

14. Conditions of Service for international UN Volunteers:

The duration of your assignment is 12 months.

A volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) which is composed of the Monthly Living Allowance (MLA) and a Family Allowance (FA) for those with dependents (maximum three).

The Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs. The VLA can be computed by applying the Post- Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate of US$ 1,587. The VLA base rate is a global rate across the world, while the PAM is duty station/country-specific and fluctuates on a monthly basis according to the cost of living. This method ensures that international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty stations irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on

the ICSC website (

For example, if the PAM is 35.6% in January 2017 in Senegal, then the VLA for that month and for that country will be (US$ 1,587 x 35.6 /100) + 1,587= US$ 2,152. Moreover, a Family Allowance (FA) is added in accordance with the number of recognized dependents: US$ 250 if the UN Volunteer has 1 recognized dependent, and US$ 450 if the UN Volunteer has 2 or more recognized dependents.

Accordingly, the VLA per month will be US$ 2,152 for a volunteer without dependent; US$ 2,402 for a volunteer with one recognized dependent and US$ 2,602 for a volunteer with two or more recognized dependents.

In non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, international UN Volunteers receive a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Furthermore, UN Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to taking up the assignment) and in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty station.

UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annual leave, full integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reimbursements).

UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for periodic home visit and for the final repatriation travel (if applicable). Resettlement allowance is paid for satisfactory service at the end of the assignment.

UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.

15. Application

If you are not a candidate in UNV’s database, please apply by registering your profile at

Important: once you have created your UNV account by validating your email address, please complete all sections of your profile and select the following code: “17SEN_AntiCorr” from the dropdown menu in the “Special Recruitment” tab of ‘MyProfile’. Your application can only be considered once you have submitted your complete UNV profile (green button). As a confirmation of your successful registration, you will receive an email with your UNV roster number.

If you are registered in the UNV database of candidates, please update your profile at: In the “Special Recruitment” section on the left, click on the “Edit” button and

select the advertisement code “17SEN_AntiCorr” from the drop-down list.

Closing date: 1 March 2017. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.




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