Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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
Gender Mainstreaming and Awareness Raising
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
Required Skills and Experience