Youth, Peace and Security Associate
Mission and objectives
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s goal is to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health, realize Reproductive rights, and reduce maternal mortality to accelerate progress on the ICPD Agenda, to improve the lives of adolescents and youth, and women, enabled by population dynamics, human rights, and gender equality. In 2018, UNFPA launched efforts to achieve three transformative results, ambitions that promise to change the world for every man, woman, adolescent and young person: 1. Ending unmet need for family planning 2. Ending preventable maternal death 3. Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices UNFPA recognizes that innovation is a key accelerator to achieve these results. UNFPA will harness innovation to meet tomorrow’s challenges and boost its impact, especially in addressing furthest behind populations, and leverage opportunities, social capital, funding and technology by (a) strengthening the corporate innovation architecture and capabilities, (b) scaling up innovations that have proven to be effective and impactful, (c) forming new partnerships and connecting with relevant innovation ecosystems, (d) strengthening and leveraging financing for innovation, and (e) expanding communities and culture for innovation.
UNFPA works with youth and focuses on increasing access to quality information and services for adolescents and youth living in Jordan, in both humanitarian and development contexts, in refugee camps and host communities. The aim is to improve young people’s ability to exercise SRH rights through; integrating SRHR curricula within youth and adolescent programmes. In Jordan, UNFPA joined a newly formed YPS Coalition in late 2017 to support YPS. This coalition of actors from the government, civil society, INGOs, and UN agencies, has been leading national efforts for advancing the implementation of SCR 2250. Following a high-level round table discussion in 2021 on YPS that was chaired by the Minister of Youth and UNFPA DED/M in coordination with the RC office, a declaration was made to establish a YPS Unit at the MoY to lead and institutionalize the work on YPS in Jordan under the auspices of MoY. UNFPA is supporting the establishment of this unit, financially and technically.
Under the direct supervision of the Humanitarian Coordinator, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Youth, Peace and Security and Coordination: • Support the UNFPA youth programme for advancing the YPS agenda in Jordan, with a focus on supporting the MoY for leadership on YPS. • Support the youth programme in coordination with other partners within the UN system as well as with civil society and governmental partners around youth development and youth empowerment in humanitarian and development contexts. This may include providing support for tasks related to the Youth Task Force in Zaatari camp, the 2250 YPS Coalition, and other coordination bodies as needed. Research, Knowledge Management and Advocacy: • Support the creation and documentation of knowledge about current and emerging trends of Youth, Peace and Security (linking development and humanitarian and translating resilience into practice) through the analysis of programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and uses this knowledge for information sharing, strategic planning and guiding the programme team, coordinating closely with Communication and Monitoring and Evaluation colleagues; • Support the advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts of Country Office through networking and fundraising, identifying new and strategic partnerships and new donors and liaising with the government and concerned line ministries to champion and advance the mandate of UNFPA and to ensure the sustainability of the UNFPA supported programmes; • In liaison with the communication officer, and other relevant programme staff, prepare relevant thematic background documentation, i.e. programme summaries, briefing notes, talking points, speeches and other communication materials and participates in public information events; • Identify innovative ways to communicate, and disseminate newly created tools and resources to staff and relevant partners; • Prepare briefing notes and background materials to serve the information needs of senior managers, other UNFPA colleagues and relevant partners. • Support conducting research in the thematic priority areas that is determined jointly by the supervisor and the UNV (e.g. youth peace and security (YPS), youth sexual and reproductive health (SRHR), youth networks management, youth and gender based violence, youth participation in humanitarian context, and other youth development related topics); • Support compiling best practices, lessons learnt, experiences and stories on key thematic youth development areas; • Engage with the youth program team in generating creative and innovative ideas to UNFPA’s youth programing, particularly on peace and security. Project Management Support: • Support development and implementation of work plans for youth to ensure integration of peace and security elements are integrated; • Support review of the political, social and economic environment relevant to Youth, Peace and Security, and pursue opportunities for reinforcing the national agenda and policy discourse on Youth, Peace, and Security, through UNFPA assistance and intervention; • Assess implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution and ensure appropriate implementation. • Collaboration with Government counterparts, UN agencies, NGOs and other partners, and contribute substantially to the formulation and design of the country programme and its component projects; • Supports the CO’s engagement in the UN Delivery as One modality and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDF) in Jordan • Support the CO’s the CO in the design and implementation of programmes and priorities to ensure they are set as per UNFPA strategic plan, government priorities (JRP, UNSDF and SDG 2030 Agenda) and UNFPA’s policies and procedures; • Participates in UNFPA’s collaborative partnerships, alliances and initiatives for Youth, Peace and Security implementation, including national and UN-wide coordination mechanisms that advance UNFPA’s mandate; • Coordinate and support implementing partners in the area of Youth, Peace and Security, including programme planning, development of work plans and activities, providing technical support to implementation and ensuring quality narrative and financial reporting. * Facilitate data and information collection in close collaboration with the youth program analyst. Capacity Development and Technical Support: • In collaboration with the Youth and other programme colleagues, identify current capacity gaps in the area of Youth, Peace and Security of partner organisations and respective programme teams, and propose and implement capacity development plans to fill the gaps; • Support timely and efficient delivery of the programme and project inputs, addressing training needs of project personnel. This requires among other things, organising and participating in coordination and relevant country team meeting etc and extending technical, programmatic, and managerial support to the partners. Monitoring and Evaluation: • Liaise with the Monitoring and Evaluation officer and provide monitoring and evaluation support for good implementation of UNFPA and implementing partners programmes, and report frequently in writing and orally on programme progress, challenges, and bottlenecks and suggest remedial action in a timely manner. • Coordinate the utilisation of programme indicators and indicator databases and update the database; • Make recommendations for improving the monitoring and evaluation practices in the country office and for the implementing partners. Perform any other task as requested by the management or the supervisor.