Programme Specialist

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th January, 2020

Job Description

We work in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

For every child, hope.

UNICEF has partnered with leading public and private organisations to launch a global partnership dedicated to expanding opportunity for young people, aged 10-24. Generation Unlimited (GenU) is centered on finding new ways to help every young person to get into school, learning, training or employment by 2030 — with a focus on those in the greatest danger of being left behind, including girls, the poorest, those with disabilities, young people on the move and those affected by conflict and natural disasters.

GenU brings together leaders from governments, UN agencies, the private sector, academia, international and civil society organizations, and young people. The partnership will identify, co-create, resource and scale-up innovative solutions to expand opportunity for young people. Effective programmes will be matched with financing and technical support; investors will find viable solutions to invest in and strong accountability mechanisms that provide adequate assurance of results and fiscal management; and young people will participate meaningfully in the co-creation of solutions, informing, advising and helping implement at every step of the way.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Adviser, Planning and Programmes, and in collaboration with the Youth Engagement Team, the Programme Specialist will ensure that young people are proactively and meaningfully involved in the decision-making processes of GenU at a global, regional and country level, and throughout GenU’s workstreams. The position will help to strengthen young people’s participation in the public-private partnership platform to rapidly scale up programmes, partnerships, innovations and advocacy on youth skills, employment and empowerment.

Main duties/Responsibilities:

GenU Governance

  • Develop modalities for strengthening meaningful and representative youth engagement through training, networking, excahnges, and building stronger linkages between young people’s participation in GenU governance mechanisms and other youth leaders
  • Refine the role of global GenU Youth Ambassadors and expand the group to respond to different regional contexts, be able to advise on specific issues covered by the GenU partnerships and ensure better linkages to other youth governance/advisory bodies.
  • Oversee the recruitment of additional young Champions and Leaders

GenU Workstreams

  • Oversee the co-creation, co-implementation and co-evaluation of specific youth engagement platforms and initiatives (including regional and multi-countryh ones) on GenU thematic priorities
  • Form strategic partnerships with organizations active in the field including but not limited to UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNSG Youth Envoy’s Office, Global Shapers, Plan, Scouts, International Youth Foundation, Youth Lead, Global Business Coalition for Education and others
  • Provide technical advice to country teams on how to ensure that the voices and agency of adolescents and youth are systematically taken into consideration in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of GenU plans and activities at a country-level
  • Ensure the engagement of young people in the operationalization of the GenU Global breakthroughs and strengthen collaboration with young people on innovative programmes that address the four thematic areas of GenUBuild and strengthen strategic partnerships with young people through networking with GenU stakeholder and external partners, including youth organisations

GenU Youth Advocacy

  • Support the creation and launch of GenU’s 2020 youth engagement online and offline campaign, ensuring that young people actively contribute to its development
  • Activate relevant youth engagement platforms, such as U-Report, with the aim of getting young people to connect with each other to share experiences, ideas and actions and come together to take meaningful action towards the GenU priorities
  • Support the development of youth-friendly advocacy materials on GenU priorities

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: adolescent development, human rights, education, international development, anthropology, psychology, sociology, or another relevant technical field.
  • Eight years of solid relevant work experience at the national and international levels in programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation in a related field, with emphasis on working for and with young people, programme guidance, technical support, networking and partnerships.
  • Strong oral and written English communication skills.
  • Direct work experience with youth organisations and young people is an asset
  • Strong IT skills and fluency with Microsoft Office Suites, SharePoint, and other programmes is highly desired.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.


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