UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
Job Identification : 4914
Locations : Dakar, Senegal
Posting Date : 07/23/2022, 06:58 PM
Apply Before : 08/13/2022, 07:00 PM
Job Schedule : Full time
Grade : P4
Vacancy Type : Fixed Term
Rotational/Non Rotational : Non-Rotational
Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension
Education and Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience
Required Languages : English
Vacancy Timeline : 3 Weeks
Job Category : Adolescent & Youth
The Adolescent and Youth Technical Specialist post is located at the UNFPA West Africa Regional Office (WCARO) and works under the overall direction and leadership of the Regional Director. The specialist will provide thematic leadership and technical guidance for policy and strategy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes related to adolescents and youth in the region, such as regional initiatives, youth policies, laws pertaining to ASRHR and access to services, youth data, adolescent pregnancy, adolescent responsive health systems and youth friendly health services, comprehensive sexuality education, menstrual health, child marriage and other harmful practices, in particular Female Genital Mutilation, youth participation, leadership and accountability and contributing to aspects of youth in humanitarian action and youth, peace and security. The specialist will focus on engaging the political and technical arms of intergovernmental sub-regional and regional organizations as well as sub-regional and regional academic and research institutions, relevant Civil Society Organizations, professional associations and international development agencies to promote the inclusion of adolescents and youth related matters relevant to the ICPD and SDG agenda, and the AU agenda 2063 into their policies and programmes.
The specialist will be part of the Human Rights and Gender unit of the WCARO and will work under direct supervision of the Gender and Human Rights Technical Advisor.
How you can make a difference:
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
Adolescents and youth laws and policy, youth participation, leadership and accountability are at the core of UNFPA’s mandate and the three transformative results. Sexual and reproductive health and the enjoyment of related human rights is an integral part of young people’s transition into adulthood and decisions about these are closely tied to their education, employment and participation in decision making processes. UNFPA is one of the pioneering agencies in working with young people and has contributed to shaping the youth space in the UN system. As such, UNFPA’s work on youth leadership and participation provides a crucial backbone for its focus on young people across the board. Through its Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and the UNFPA’s Strategy on Youth, My Body, My Life, My World, UNFPA supports youth regional and national networks and organizations in their work on development issues, human rights, humanitarian affairs and peacebuilding.
West and Central Africa’s population is predominantly young, with more than 64% being under the age of 24. Young people and particularly young girls i n the region face considerable challenges of child marriage, teenage pregnancies, and lack of access to comprehensive sexual and life skills education and youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services . Such challenges need to be overcome to ensure positive social and gender norms for bodily autonomy and women’s empowerment to allow young people to realize their full potential. UNFPA plays a critical role in supporting governments and other partners to prioritize, strategize and invest in young people through policies and programmes that will improve their lives and result in the harnessing of the demographic dividend.
It is in this context that the Adolescent and Youth Programme Specialist will contribute to the coordination and management of innovative, quality, timely and integrated technical and programme support to regional entities and country offices, ensuring that country programmes are implemented in the context of the ICPD Programme of Action, Agenda 2030 and UNFPA Strategic Plan 2022-2025 as well as national development processes, frameworks, UN reform and AU Agenda 2063. S/He will monitor country level technical support progress and needs and work with a team of regional Technical Advisers for accelerating the achievement of the UNFPA’s transformative results.
You would be responsible for:
- Strategic Technical Leadership, Monitoring and Oversight
- Quality Technical Support and Capacity Development
- Evidence and Knowledge Management
- Technical Representation, Strategic Partnerships and Strategic Positioning
- Strategic Technical Leadership, Monitoring and Oversight
- Substantive environmental scanning at sub-regional and regional levels, in order to identify opportunities and gaps to facilitate timely UNFPA interventions in adolescents and youth;
- Support social and political mobilization – and broader political momentum – to advance national policies and programmes that support youth development;
- Promote and facilitate the greater availability of data that can support the development of policies, programmes and activities for youth development including by identifying key entry points, partners and approaches for mainstreaming Adolescent and Youth issues;
- Contribute to the identification and synthesis of key trends in order to produce innovative and cutting-edge knowledge and evidence to make the case for increased investment in adolescent and youth programmes;
- Formulate proposals for innovative UNFPA interventions for youth programming in development and emergency preparedness, con flict related insecurities, humanitarian assistance, recovery and transition and relief efforts;
- Support the effective integration of UNFPA priorities and activities linked to ICPD P rogramme of Action (PoA) and SDGs as related to adolescents and youth into sub-regional and regional strategic planning and policy documents/initiatives;
- Collaborate closely on an intra and inter thematic unit basis, to communicate and exchange information and situational analysis on adolescents and youth with concerned parties and stakeholders, as follow-up and operational response;
- Contribute to the promotion of technical knowledge, programme evidence, lessons learned and success stories for use as appropriate; and liaise with the communication team for any support as required;
- Provide required leadership, as part of the regional office engagement, to various regional and country initiatives – i.e.: UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme on Child Marriage, Joint Programme to eliminate FGM , adolescent responsive health systems and youth friendly SRH services, and access for adolescents to wide range of contraceptives information and services, comprehensive sexuality education; Menstrual Health; Youth leadership, participation and accountability;
- In collaboration with the Regional thematic Advisers including on family planning, maternal health and health system strengthening, population dynamics, population data and gender equality, provide technical support to operationalize the refreshed thematic strategies including f amily planning strategy, maternal and newborn health strategy, gender equality strategy, adolescent and youth operational guidelines and disseminate, build understanding of the associated action plan especially around adolescent and youth specific interventions;
- Quality Technical Support and Capacity Development
- Provide quality inputs into the processes for preparation of regional and national development frameworks, country action plans and other related documents as well as assuring in the process, substantive hands-on involvement of national experts and institutions as integral part of the activities;
- Support resource mobilization efforts including the development of proposals and the design of regional and/or multi-country programmes that can be funded to address adolescent and youth issues;
- Support countries to analyze data for anticipating needs for technical, policy and programmatic assistance in adolescents and youth;
- Ensure the familiarization with the relevant UNFPA adolescent and youth strategy, documents and guidelines, ensuring interventions that are integrated into country programmes and regional frameworks which also support the participatory approaches;
- Prepare subject-matter documents including but not limited to briefing materials, best practices, lessons learned and success stories for policy dialogues at sub regional, regional and global levels;
- Contribute to promotion of technical knowledge, innovation, programme evidence, lessons learned and success stories for use in improving country programmes;
- Evidence and Knowledge Management
- Analyze existing practices for improvement or enhancement and brainstorm with the WCARO management and technical teams to discover new solutions and approaches to intractable problems affecting adolescents and youth;
- Contribute to the promotion of technical knowledge, innovative approaches, lessons learned and success stories on adolescents and youth for use in improving programmes; maintaining accessible databases on best and promising practices;
- Contribute evidence-based best practices and lessons learned on adolescents and youth programming from the region to inform and shape global practice and vice versa, including the South-South sharing of knowledge and best practices pertaining to adolescents and youth;
- Consider including references to utilization and maintenance of knowledge management systems to facilitate dissemination of information relevant to adolescents and young people’s related evidence;
- Technical Representation, Networking and Strategic Positioning
- Actively contribute to the mobilization of social and political actions for national policies and programmes, promoting adolescent and youth issues, programmes and data for development approaches for policy making, programming and programme assessment activities;
- Contribute to the upkeep and utilization of networks of sub regional and regional experts and institutions working on adolescents and youth, as part of the larger objective of capacity-building and transfer of skills and programme ownership to beneficiaries;
- Strengthen partnerships with development partners, civil society organizations, private sector and youth-led organizations, supporting capacity building and inclusion in regional policy and programming processes;
- Support the country offices to ensure regular and periodical youth leadership and participation related activities within both a development and humanitarian continuum;
- Assist with the participation of national experts and institutions to analyze and improve national adolescents and youth programme development, implementation and reporting systems, recommending actions including but not limited to schemes to assess the need for and utilization of new skills-set;
- Carry out any other duties as may be requested by the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director;
Qualifications and Experience:
Advanced university degree in Public Health, Medicine, Social Sciences, Sociology, Demography, Gender, Economics, International Relations, International Development, Public Administration, Management, Communications or other related fields.
Knowledge and Experience:
- Seven years of increasingly responsible professional experience in management and/or programme development related to Adolescent and Youth, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, of which at least three at the international level;
- Hands-on experience in participating or leading a youth-led organization or network is an asset;
- Substantive knowledge and practical experience in population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender;
- Experience in programme and/or technical assistance within the UN System;
- Field experience is required;
Fluency in English is required, and French is desirable to enable effective communication with English speaking and French speaking country coordination groups and local organizations (West and Central Africa region).
- Exemplifying integrity,
- Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
- Embracing cultural diversity,
- Embracing change
- Achieving results,
- Being accountable,
- Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
- Thinking analytically and strategically,
- Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
- Communicating for impact
- Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda,
- Delivering results-based programmes,
- Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness,
- Providing a technical support system,
- Strengthening the programming capacity of Country Offices,
- Facilitating quality programmatic results,
- Internal and external relations and advocacy for resources mobilization,
- Job/knowledge and technical expertise,
Compensation and Benefits:
This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.
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