Youth Economic Empowerment Officer

United Nations Development Programme, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th January, 2019

Job Description


Leveraging the current ‘youth bulge’ in Pakistan, where almost 29% of the population is considered as youth between15 and 29yrs of age, is certainly one of the more formidable and complex challenges facing the country right now. Understanding the needs, challenges, opportunities, and the aspirations of Pakistani youth is essential if Pakistan is to succeed in its efforts to promote a sustainable and inclusive development process to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as outlined in the Government of Pakistan’s Vision 2025 Roadmap. In line with the youth centric development initiated by the Government of Pakistan in recent years (the provincial youth policies, the Prime Minister Youth Programme, and the general inclusion of youth in the political process) all point to the active role of young people in the future development trajectory of Pakistan.

As part of our engagements in more 170 countries, UNDP partners with young people, youth organizations and actors from civil society and private sector to governments, and members of the UN family to promote youth-focused and youth-led development. With the 2030 Agenda as a guiding thread, we work to advance young people’s participation in civic and political life, their economic empowerment and their role as resilience-builders. In Pakistan, UNDP has been at the forefront of promoting youth-focused development programming. As part of the UNDP National Human Development Report, UNDP led Nation-wide consultations with youth and key stakeholders to determine the challenges youth are facing in the areas of engagement, education and employment and consequently designed a set of policy recommendations to address these challenges. As a result of this extensive consultation and analysis, we have devised the Youth Empowerment Programme, Kamyab Jawan (successful youth) a framework programme which seeks to support the Government of Pakistan with the implementation of the key recommendations of the Human Development Report.

The Youth Empowerment Programme under the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit is specifically seeking to promote civic and social engagement of youth for effective and inclusive policy-making and implementation, support specific target groups of youth in public and religious educational establishments to acquire the critical life skills necessary to succeed in an inclusive society and lastly to promote economic empowerment of youth through employment and entrepreneurship.

Regarding the economic empowerment of youth, UNDP aims to address key challenges faced by youth across the developing world including structural barriers faced by youth in the labour markets, capacity issues to productively participate in the economy, lack of access to finance to start own enterprises, exclusion from productive value chains of private businesses, and inequalities in the labour markets.

In this respect, the project is seeking the services of a Youth Economic Empowerment Officer to assist the Economic Empowerment and Private Sector Specialist with the policy support, effective management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Research and Policy Support to the Economic Empowerment component of the programme
  • Support effective management, implementation and monitoring of initiatives under the Economic Empowerment component of the programme
  • Identifying, building and managing new private sector partnerships

Research and Policy Support to the Economic Empowerment component of the programme

  • Develop policy proposals and briefs based on research for presentation to senior management to inform future programming
  • Support the elaboration of periodic contemporary research and situational analysis on youth issues with an economic empowerment lens
  • Support the Project Manager to work with the relevant counterparts at the Federal and Provincial level to provide technical assistance for the roll-out of youth economic empowerment related policies and programs
  • Monitor and analyze trends in the private sector and identify possible synergies with the programme
  • Organize and host seminars, workshops and other policy related events

Support effective management, implementation and monitoring of initiatives under the Economic Empowerment component of the programme

  • Actively liaise with, and foster collaboration with project partner with a view to ensure compliance of contracts
  • Support the planning and implementation of activities in the economic empowerment portfolio in line with the signed annual work plan
  • Prepare and disseminate relevant communication material and all necessary documentation required for effective rolling out and implementation of initiatives
  • Ensure compliance of internal UNDP business rules to ensure timely and smooth implementation of initiatives
  • Support the implementation of the M&E plan
  • Provide any other necessary support required by the supervisor to ensure smooth implementation of the Economic Empowerment activities according to the signed annual work plan of the programme and development of new project proposals

Identifying, building and managing new private sector partnerships

  • Identify and create partnership to ensure the achievement of the objectives set out under the Economic Empowerment component;
  • Initiate agreements/MoUs and conduct due diligence of private sector partners
  • Liaise with private sector partners through regular coordination and follow up to ensure effective partnership management

Gender Mainstreaming and Awareness Raising

  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work
  • Ensure sensitization of stakeholders and partners on gender mainstreaming social inclusion

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the overall efficiency, and effectiveness of project management of the Youth Empowerment Programme, especially the Economic Empowerment Component.


Competencies and Critical Success Factors

Functional Competencies:

  • Seeks, shares and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP
  • Ability to perform a variety of standard specialized and nonspecialized tasks and work processes that are fully documented, researched, recorded and reported.
  • Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust
  • Leadership and self-management
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Excellent command on written and spoken English is essential.

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Self-development, initiative taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
  • Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience

  • Education: Minimum Master's Degree in Economics, Business Management, Finance or any related social sciences field.
  • Experience: Atleast 1 year of relevant management experience in Economic Empowerment project/programmes or related field.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in the English and Urdu required.


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