Adolescent Development Specialist (P-4), ADAP Section, PD – New York HQ, # 00106592

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 26 May 2018

UNICEF works 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.

And we never give up.

Adolescence is a time of urgent, unprecedented change in people’s lives, marked by critical milestones that determine their direction in life. These junctures create an opportunity to make targeted and timely investments that can pay enormous dividends to adolescents and young people, their families and communities, their countries and the world as a whole.

For every child, development…………

The Agenda for Young People is a flagship partnership initiative to be launched by UNICEF in September 2018 with the ambitious goal that every young person is in school, learning, training or employment by 2030, having achieved literacy-numeracy and acquired skills for employability and knowledge on human rights, gender equality non-violence and citizenship.

You will support the development and implementation of the Agenda for Young People by providing expert technical advice and operational support for global advocacy, partnerships and networking as well as resource mobilization, working with HQ colleagues and internal and external partners and stakeholders to ensure that the results of the Agenda for Young People supports and is consistent with adolescent development and participation established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies.

By supporting the Agenda for Young People you will also contribute to the achievement of sustainable and scalable results on adolescent related programmes/projects and to leveraging partnerships and innovative financing .

How can you make a difference?

  • Common Implementation Plan for the Agenda for Young People
  • Map various work streams, identify assets and gaps, and propose ways of strengthening coherence and coordination with other relevant organizational activities.
  • Propose specific goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans for adolescent development and participation for inclusion in the Agenda for Young People across all sectors using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare relevant documentation for review and approval.
  • Establishment, launch, follow up and management of the partnership for the Agenda for Young People
  • Undertake desk research to identify best practice and lessons learned from earlier coalition and partnership initiatives to inform and guide the development of the concept, purpose and governance of the coalition for the Agenda for Young People
  • Provide technical leadership to generate knowledge on the situation of adolescents, support analysis of data on adolescents to inform the monitoring and reporting of results of the coalition.
  • Advisory services and technical support
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to key coalition partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on adolescent development and participation to support programme development, conceptualizing, planning, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and consideration in development discussion and planning relating to adolescents.
  • Provide technical inputs and support the organization of the gathering of coalition partners as well as the launch of the coalition in 2019.
  • Advocacy, networking and partnership building (including with private sector)
  • Work with relevant colleagues in other divisions to draft and propose key messages and opportunities to advocate for the Agenda for Young People, creating linkages with existing partnerships and advocacy initiatives, funding opportunities for resource mobilization to support the Agenda for Young People.
  • Contribute to the preparation of advocacy and communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and to ensure that adolescent development and participation programmes and initiatives are adequately resourced and supported.
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Promote, document and incorporate critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices on adolescent development and participation initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.
  • Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned to support development, planning, implementation and scale up.
  • Organize/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of a wide range of internal and external partners/stakeholders to achieve sustainable results on adolescent development and participation programmes and initiatives
  • To quality as an advocate for every child, you will have …

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in anthropology, psychology, sociology, education or other related fields is required.
  • A minimum of eight (8) of relevant professional experience at the national and international levels in social development planning and management in adolescent development related areas is required.
  • Proven work experience in advocacy work and partnerships is required.
  • Engagements and partnership experience with the private sector is a strong asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Prior relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please click here.

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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