Youth Engagement and Participation Officer
Mission and objectives
Working in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, UNICEF has spent 70 years improving the lives of children and their families. UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. In all of its work, UNICEF takes a life-cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence. UNICEF programmes focus on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, those with disabilities, those who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation. UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child's path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life because proper care at the youngest age forms the most robust foundation for a person's future. We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children. We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished: no child should suffer or die from a preventable illness. We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity. We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The youth and adolescent programme interventions address the expansion of meaningful participation of young girls and boys in Lebanon. Through increasing access to meaningful civic engagement opportunities, young girls and boys will be trained to develop, implement and lead initiatives for addressing issues of importance in their lives and for improving their communities. With the aim to promote and reaffirm continued participation of youth and adolescents in the decision making process, without any difference and exclusion, as well as in the development of a sense of active citizenship and social responsibility, and facilitating their participation in the shaping of national and local policies, and in holding the government accountable, UNICEF will support the establishment and empowerment of youth mechanisms/councils/ clubs both at the central level as well as in a number of selected municipalities. These mechanisms will provide a forum for direct civic and policy engagement and will enable youth and adolescents to influence policies, programmes, and services for them. Mechanisms will also be established to expand opportunities for adolescents and youth to connect with NGOs/CBOs to find appropriate volunteer opportunities at the local level. When adolescents and youth are empowered to play meaningful roles in their communities, given a sense of purpose, evidence shows that they make positive/healthy choices and transcend violence and discrimination. Moreover, the programme seeks to create innovative models of youth engagement to identify, analyze, and take entrepreneurial action against challenges in their communities—helping disadvantaged young people realize their role as agents of social change, and building their knowledge and skills, professional readiness, and resilience along the way. It will increase the capacity of institutions engaged in health promotion and education, as well as in women and girls empowerment, to prepare young people become productive members of the society. This programme will be an entry point to reach the poorest adolescents and young people, as well as youth with disabilities, and provide them with equal opportunities for participation in decision-making processes at local level.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Youth and Adolescent Specialist the Youth Engagement and volunteering Associate, the National Youth Engagement and Participation Officer will be responsible for providing: - Support to the youth engagement and participations component development and planning; - Support in the review of research and analyze regional and national political, health, social and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparation, review inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information; - support to the youth and adolescent section with the mental health and PSS components under the life skills program; - operational support to the Adolescent and Youth Officers throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of program, operational and administrative transactions, to support program planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating results; - Support to monitoring program activities related to youth engagement in the field, and track/consolidate challenges identified in partner reports to develop recommendations for improving program quality; Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor; - Support to the civic engagement program and the volunteering platform; act as support at the Volunteer task force to follow up and monitor the implementations of the project under guidance of the supervisor. Furthermore, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for supporting the capacity building for the UNICEF partners and be able to identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and support in building the capacity of stakeholders. Also, to apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results;