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  • Organization: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
  • Location: Dakar
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Youth
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-16

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Youth & Gender Specialist

Dakar (Senegal)

Position Summary:

The Youth and Gender Specialist will be responsible, in response to country requests and within the broader youth, gender and health sectors, focusing on ASRHR and gender, for the provision of technical advisory services to support the youth and gender activities, more specifically to generate demand for RMNCHN services by promoting social and behavioral changes and empowering women and girls, and to improve women and adolescent girls’ empowerment and their access to quality reproductive, child and maternal health services.

S/he will provide technical backstopping and support/conduct relevant research, analysis and capacity building activities aimed at providing information and knowledge-base and readily useable methodologies to planners, policy makers, and programme managers. The incumbent will contribute to enhancing national capacity to mobilize and obtain political support for national policies and programmes in the field of ASRHR and gender with a particular focus on the demographic dividend. Such support will contribute to the overall regional programme management and coordination, component 1 of the SWEDD project, gendered initiatives for adolescents and youth and meaningful collaborations with other relevant sectors such as education and HIV. S/he fosters dialogue, collaboration and shares information with all concerned.

The primary roles of the Youth and Gender Specialist are:

A. Technical Support and Advocacy
B. Capacity Development and Partnerships
C. Evidence and knowledge development and dissemination
D. Technical Representation

Qualifications and Experience
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Education:

Graduate Degree in public health, sociology, public administration, or other related field;

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the substantive technical area, of which at least two years at the international level
  • Strong technical knowledge in the science and application of social and behavioral change in the area of health services, family planning, youth and gender issues
  • Experience in project management and in the region is required
  • Proven ability to produce demonstrable results
  • Extensive network within the development community
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work in teams and in a multi-disciplinary, complex and multi-country programme environment

Languages:

Fluency in English and French is required
 

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