UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
Description of assignment title: Passport to earning (P2E) Associate, YuWaah
Assignment country: India
Expected start date: 10/03/2022
Sustainable Development Goal: 8. Decent work and economic growth
Volunteer category: National UN Youth Volunteer
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNICEF
Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: New Delhi
Mission and objectives
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Passport to Earning (P2E) is a flagship skilling platform which will provide young people (15-24 years old) with free, job-relevant skills, and position them for job opportunities. It is a Public-Private-Youth Partnership (PPYP) hosted by UNICEF, through Generation Unlimited and co-founded by Microsoft, which aims to connect youth to opportunity by upskilling them towards entrepreneurship, employment and social impact. P2E is planned for roll-out to 10 selected countries, with India as one of the pilot countries. Facilitated by YuWaah and UNICEF India Country Office, P2E will be implemented in the India with the aim of impacting 5 million underserved and unemployed youth by building government capacity to provide long-term sustainable solution to skilling and employment. The platform is scheduled for roll-out by September 2021. The Passport-to-Earning (P2E) initiative of GenU-Yuwaah aims to skill and provide opportunities to 5 million youth by 2024. To achieve this, P2E works through 3 kinds of partnerships 1. Partnerships with government departments and agencies who are interested in promoting 21st century skills to youth 2. Partnerships with content owners who would like to make their courses available 3. Partnerships with implementation agencies with presence across geographies who can support training and monitoring on ground. P2E is implemented through a platform (Learning Management System) where curated courses are made accessible by learners. Courses range from online to blended to classroom-based dependent on audience requirements.
Under the overall guidance of the Chief of GenU, Youth Development Partnerships and direct supervision of Lead, Passport to Earning, the Program Officer will undertake the following tasks: 1. Program Coordination a. Provide support on planning, implementation and monitoring of P2E activities b. Set up the agenda for internal and external meetings, prepare and send meeting minutes, and follow-up for task completion c. Maintain a schedule of tasks required for successful completion of program milestones – update dates, ensure assignment of tasks to individuals d. Regularly review information on learner progress, and interview learners, to derive insights to improve the program e. Regularly report on progress of activities to the P2E team 2. Support to Partners a. Work across groups in Yuwaah and other departments of UNICEF to provide support to government or implementation partners b. Ensure agreed deliverables are met on time and with good quality c. Update partners with progress in a timely manner d. Provide mobilization support as needed including organizing for collateral, partner training, media engagement 3. Assisting with engagement with government and other strategic (donor) partners a. Assist in preparing / updating briefing notes and presentations to governments and strategic partners for initial engagement or ongoing implementation or monitoring b. Consolidate / prepare reports on progress and send them regularly c. Support organizing of events such as a launch event or a signing event and work with the communications team to ensure appropriate promotion. 4. Support with documentation and internal processes a. Support preparation of documentation required for engaging contractors and partners b. Support with preparation of update reports as needed. Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor, across YuWaah’s areas of work to support state-specific deployment of interventions. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results & outputs: As an active UNICEF team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNICEF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: 1) Support on the partner onboarding processes and partnership documentation 2) Interaction with implementation partners on weekly check-ins, solve all problems for implementation 3) Upload P2E content, as well as any maintenance, revisions and re-categorizations on content 4) Lead certificate creation for each program, with the support of the Communications team 5) Facilitate content translation with partner or agency, including documentation and contracting 6) Maintain P2E landing page 7) Assist in organizing and managing events 8) Suggest communications and demand creation strategies; and support the operationalization of mobilization partners 9) Prepare monthly/quarterly review decks for internal and external meetings 10) For all P2E meetings, define agenda, run meeting, minute meeting, follow-up 11) Provide Adhoc support to P2E upon request of the supervisor and senior management
Age: 18 – 26
Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
2 years of experience in national and / or international levels in programme/project planning and implementation, with a particular emphasis on skilling Proficiency in using spreadsheets and preparing PowerPoint presentations. Strong communication in English. Working knowledge of Hindi. Developing country work and/or field experience an asset Proficiency in multiple Indian languages is an asset. Knowledge of youth serving policies, schemes as well as youth engagement programming is essential. Skills: Proven ability to conceptualize, plan, develop, implement, monitor evaluate and report on programmes in the areas indicated above, and to transfer knowledge and skills. Ability to develop partnerships and to network in the areas of youth engagement, education, skills, and employment. Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields. Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills, excellent writing skills. Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
Area(s) of expertise
Development programmes, Education, Manual labor and skilled trade
English, Level: Fluent, Required Hindi, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in social sciences. Additionally, Masters applicants are also welcome.
Competencies and values
Organization’s competencies: Commitment, Drive for Results, Embracing Diversity, Integrity, Self Awareness and Self-Regulation, Teamwork Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNICEF; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNICEF procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNICEF in daily activities and behaviors while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior; does not abuse power or authority; Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary; Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNICEF’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
Living conditions and remarks
New Delhi, the capital of India, is a bustling metropolis with an amazing mix of modernization and carefully preserved antiquity. Delhi features an atypical version of the humid subtropical climate. From April to October the weather is hot. The monsoon arrives at the end of June, along with an increase in humidity. The brief, mild winter starts in late November, peaks in January and heavy fog often occurs. Transport options include the metro rail, buses, radio cabs, autorickshaws etc. There are different phone networks available (fixed and mobile) and internet access is easy. However, to obtain a phone connection you are required to submit a photo and valid ID proof. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan. UN Volunteer entitlements and allowances: The purpose of the allowances and entitlements paid to the UN Volunteer is to enable UN Volunteers to sustain a secure standard of living at the duty stations in line with United Nations standards without incurring personal costs. The allowances are in no way to be understood as compensation, reward or salary in exchange for the UN Volunteer’s service. For more information on entitlements please read the Conditions of Service (link) ). The candidate should be willing to move to the location. For information specific to your assignment please see below: Monthly Voluntary Living Allowance (VLA) : INR 38,175 Entry lump sum (one time payment) : USD 400 Travel ticket if/when moving to duty station: USD 200 Exit allowance (paid on successful completion of the assignment): INR 3976.6 for each month served Medical and life insurance Cigna Private Insurance Leave entitlements: Annual leave : 2.5 days accrued per calendar month Certified sick leave: 30 days Uncertified sick leave: 7 days Learning leave: 10 working days per consecutive 12 months Maternity leave: 16 weeks Paternity leaves: 10 days
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.