Adolescent Development Specialist, P-4 in PD, NYHQ (Temporary Assignment)
New York City
Under the general guidance of the Youth & Adolescent Development Specialist (ADAP Section), responsible for the provision of technical support in promotion and realizing the rights of adolescents (children in the second decade of life) as an integral part of UNICEF's advocacy, policy, programming and humanitarian work. This Adolescent Specialist in ADAP is the section's focal point on field engagement and focuses on technical assistance and other support to ROs and COs. This support includes resource mobilization, capacity building and knowledge management.
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Purpose of the Position
Under the general guidance of the Youth & Adolescent Development Specialist (ADAP Section), responsible for the provision of technical support in promotion and realizing the rights of adolescents (children in the second decade of life) as an integral part of UNICEF's advocacy, policy, programming and humanitarian work.
This Adolescent Specialist in ADAP is the section's focal point on field engagement and focuses on technical assistance and other support to ROs and COs. This support includes resource mobilization, capacity building and knowledge management.
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
The key results have an impact on the strategic and effective planning and formulation of adolescent programmes/projects and ensuring the achievement of UNICEF goals in promoting the development and participation of adolescents. Achievements in programmes and projects in turn contribute to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for adolescents that promote greater social equality and inclusion in the community as agents of change.
1. Facilitate the provision of technical excellence in ADAP programme implementation
Coordination and technical assistance for country programme implementation as part of multi-country projects. Country travel as needed to support implementation. Coordination of multi-country meetings and workshops. Assist countries in reporting and responding to communication needs. Lead on reporting (required for donors, management, annual reports, etc. Provide technical assistance as needed to country offices in adaptations of the guidance document; support multi-sectoral programming in country offices as per guidance document.
2. Capacity building and knowledge management
Coordinate with the section and across sectors, including with DHR and OLDS to develop the capacity of sectoral staff in programming for and with adolescents. As part of the capacity building, oversee website content (external and intranet) and newsletters (i.e. e-bulletins), and other capacity building activities (i.e. webinars, seminars and section meetings). Build capacity in guidance document implementation. Keep abreast of latest knowledge on adolescents, evidence, programme and policy. Enhance systems for knowledge management using organization supported tool and online platforms. Coordinate knowledge platform, global (Matrix Group) and regional, to link with programmatic dashboard and tracking of results.
3. Resource mobilization and advocacy
Coordinate and support partnerships to strengthen visibility and funding. Coordinate with PPD, PFP and National Committees on implementation and advocacy. Coordinate and support strategies that focus on advocacy and partnerships. Support fundraising, writing proposals and creating adolescent-related pitch for donors. Liaising between regional offices, PFP, PPD and the PD Matrix Group to support regional initiatives for funds and advocacy.
4. Managerial and planning support
Coordinate multi-country projects and provide support to countries to ensure that a monitoring and evaluation system is in place to generate evidence on the impact of the programme interventions. Participate in major monitoring and evaluation exercises and support the documentation of good lessons learned. Plan and monitor of use of resources of multi country projects verifying compliance with donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- An advanced degree in social sciences with a technical focus in the areas of education, human rights and/or international development.
- At least eight years of solid professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation in a related field, with emphasis on working for and with young people, programme guidance, technical support, networking and partnerships.
- Fluency in English (oral and written) and another UN language is required.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Communication II
- Working with People III
- Drive for Results III
- Relating and Networking II
- Deciding and Initiating Action III
- Applying Technical Expertise III
- Creating and Innovating II
- Planning and Organizing III
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: New York City
- Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
- Closing Date: 2017-03-25