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Advertisement - Adolescent and Youth Engagement Specialist, P3, TA, Kinshasa, RDC (Open for non-DRC nationals only)

Kinshasa

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kinshasa
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-21

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UNICEF has been achieving important progress on education, child rights, nutrition, and WASH in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Challenges remain, though, and in spite of its vast physical size and limitless natural resources, the DRC poses a complex operational environment in terms of infrastructure challenges. The general challenges have a major impact on the conditions of adolescents and young people, who experience several deprivations of fundamental rights, many of these highly gendered. This situation is exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has had an impact on the socio-economic life of the entire community, with a notable repercussion on young people and adolescents, especially during the period of school closures UNICEF DRC developed an Adolescent strategy with a goal to contribute to a more equitable approach to the integrated development of all adolescents and young people, including the most disadvantaged. Under the supervision of the Chief of Communication for Development, the Adolescent and Youth Specialist will be responsible for the implementation of the UNICEF DRC Adolescent strategy. Join our team and help tackle these issues, making sure every child is a champion.

For every child, a supportive environment

UNICEF has been achieving important progress on education, child rights, nutrition, and WASH in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Challenges remain, though, and in spite of its vast physical size and limitless natural resources, the DRC poses a complex operational environment in terms of infrastructure challenges. The general challenges have a major impact on the conditions of adolescents and young people, who experience several deprivations of fundamental rights, many of these highly gendered. This situation is exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has had an impact on the socio-economic life of the entire community, with a notable repercussion on young people and adolescents, especially during the period of school closures

UNICEF DRC developed an Adolescent strategy with a goal to contribute to a more equitable approach to the integrated development of all adolescents and young people, including the most disadvantaged.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Communication for Development, the Adolescent and Youth Specialist will be responsible for the implementation of the UNICEF DRC Adolescent strategy.

Join our team and help tackle these issues, making sure every child is a champion.

How can you make a difference for UNICEF in the DRC?

Support to programmes development and planning

  • Manage and coordinate the implementation of the UNICEF DRC Adolescent strategy 2021-2024
  • Participate in CO programme formulation, planning and preparation to provide input, advice and operational support on the integration of cross sectoral policies and frameworks that promote adolescent development and participation and gender equality.
  • Ensure alignment of adolescent policies, frameworks and interventions with the UNICEF's Strategic Plans and coherence/integration with the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, regional strategies, and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Support the Ministry of Youth and Citizenship in the development and implementation of the National Youth Policy Action Plan

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Plan and/or collaborate with monitoring and evaluation initiatives to establish age and gender disaggregated benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence, and delivery of sustainable results on gender and adolescent development and participation programmes and projects, including Office-wide targeted gender priorities.
  • Support the strengthening of data systems and collection, as well as accountability mechanisms to monitor and evaluate progress on gender results.
  • Participate in major monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to engage stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results for adolescents.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in programme and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.

Advisory services and technical support

  • Participate in strategic discussions, meetings and other international/national meetings and workshops to provide evidence-based papers and inputs on adolescent development and participation to influence policy and agenda setting.
  •  Provide technical advice and guidance to key government officials, NGO, UN system and other country office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on adolescent development and participation to support programme development, conceptualizing, planning, implementation and delivery of results.
  •  Participate in cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination on key programmatic results on gender, ensuring coherence, maximization of synergies and efficiency in utilization of resources and delivery of results
  •  Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and consideration in development discussion and planning relating to adolescents.
  •  Provide technical advice to internal sectoral staff and external partners on approaches to enhance adolescents' participation in policy, programming, and humanitarian interventions, applying a gender lens where appropriate.

Advocacy, networking, and partnership building

  • Coordinate advocacy drive for adolescent rights and programming within the country office, with other UN and government and non-government partners based on improved evidence and data.
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, research institutes, youth led organizations and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on UNICEF's adolescent development and participation initiatives.
  • Contribute to the preparation of advocacy and communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and to ensure that gender-responsive adolescent development and participation programmes and initiatives are adequately resourced and supported.

Knowledge management and capacity building

  • Promote, document, and disseminate critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices on adolescent development and participation initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting-edge practices on adolescent development related issues. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned to support development, planning, implementation and scale up.
  • Organize/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of a wide range of internal and external partners/stakeholders to achieve sustainable results on adolescent development and participation programmes and initiatives.

To qualify as a champion for every child, you must have

Education: An advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, Communication, Marketing, sociology or another relevant technical field or a bachelor's degree in a relevant field with Seven (07) years of experience.

Experience:

- A minimum of five years of professional experience in communication, social marketing, community engagement and/or adolescent and youth engagement is required.

- Experience with high-level communications and engagement campaigns across multiple mediums, with national brand recognition, is considered as strong asset.

- Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

- Relevant experience in a UN system agency or international development organization is considered as an asset.

- Experience in managing internal and external partnerships, including international organizations.

- Good knowledge of current trends in youth participation and new media, as well as a good understanding of development issues, world affairs and current events.

- Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For each child, you will need to demonstrate….

UNICEF's values are: Caring, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) and Core Skills in Communication, Working with Others and Seeking Results.

View our skills repository on:

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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UNICEF promeut la bienveillance, l'intégrité, la confiance, la Responsabilité et le respect au sein de son personnel et encourage les candidats qualifiés, hommes et femmes de toutes les nationalités, religions et origines ethniques, y compris les personnes vivant avec handicap à postuler afin de devenir membre de l'Organisation.

Les candidatures de femmes qualifies sont encouragées.

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