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Economic Opportunity Officer, YuWaah

Asia and the Pacific: India

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Asia and the Pacific: India
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-19


Mission and objectives

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.


In recent years, UNICEF’s work to support the unique needs of young people has gained momentum, as the challenges facing them have come more sharply into view. UNICEF is committed to deliver for all children and young people through its overall impact goal of ‘realizing the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged. Building on the current work with, and for, adolescents, in line with the United Nations Youth Strategy, UNICEF is developing a new global partnership, Generation Unlimited (GenU), which is dedicated to expanding opportunity for young people from ages 10 to 24 years. Maximising the potential of the United Nations system, Governments, Civil Society Organizations and the private sector, and of young people themselves, GenU is focused on finding new ways to ensure that every young person is in school, undergoing formal or informal learning or training, or is employed by 2030. The focus will be on reaching those in the greatest danger of being left behind: including girls, the poor, young people with disabilities or on the move, or affected by conflict and natural disasters. The India version of GenU has been named YuWaah. It signifies catalytic partnerships to unleash the potential of adolescents and young people. YuWaah has been designed to allow co-creation of solutions that are relevant and scalable for ensuring that young people in India have opportunity and choices for learning; have avenues and spaces for functional and vocational training, and can choose between employment and entrepreneurship which are accessible locally. Out of the three thematic pillars under GenU/YuWaah, Pillar 1 involves aspirational economic opportunities for young people. This pillar specifically involves: -Building hyper local job connects -Promoting apprenticeships -Enabling ecosystem for youth entrepreneurship

Task description

Under the overall guidance of the Chief of GenU, Youth Development Partnerships and direct supervision of Lead, Economic Opportunities (Jobs & Entrepreneurship) of the YuWaah Secretariat and secondary reporting to Chief Operating Officer, YuWaah the Economic Opportunity Officer will undertake the following tasks: I)Assist work related to building hyper local job connects, apprenticeship and youth entrepreneurship” i. Provide support on planning, implementation and monitoring of Yuwaah Pillar 1 activities ii. Support in identification and finalization of the innovative, scalable solutions related to the thematic area Design a system for managing recommendations, suggestions and challenges from the field and partners. iv. Liaise with GenU/Yuwaah partners to identify and mobilize technical expertise v. Support the preparation of scalable proposals from solution partners vi. Create and maintain an active network of Delhi & state office colleagues and partners through regular interactions (calls and meetings) vii. Support in regular project tracking as per the signed agreements to generate evidence on partner contributions viii. Develop a matrix to aggregate field results as contributing to GenU/Yuwaah goals Knowledge Management i. Contribute to development and dissemination of newsletters, documentation of meetings ii. Develop/collect case studies and human interest stories from partners iii. Prepare status updates on pillar 1 activities iv. Contribute to regional and global bulletins as requested III)Report and proposal writing i. Support in preparing programme and project status reports ii. Contribute to the planning and review of the GenU/Yuwaah annual work plans and other strategic and programme documents iii. Assist in drafting briefing notes, talking points, funding proposals, presentations and donor reports •Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: •Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); •Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; •Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. •Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; •Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; •Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. As an active team member, provide efficient, timely, responsive and high-quality support rendered to UNICEF and its partners including young people in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: •Innovative and scalable solutions available for investments and scale up under pillar 1 thematic area •Improved monitoring systems and advocacy for GenU/Yuwaah pillar 1 thematic area: Robust database on relevant indicators around pillar 1, recommendations and challenges in implementing programmes available •Data, case studies and human interest stories available to promote evidence-based best practices in the area of hyper local job connects Evidence available to influence policy to strengthen area of hyper local job connects, apprenticeship and youth entrepreneurship • Enhanced participation of UNICEF State offices, UN agencies, private sector, CSOs, solution partner organizations and young people regularly in GenU/Yuwaah initiatives on area of hyper local job connects, apprenticeship and entrepreneurship for young people • Best practices in area of hyper local job connects, apprenticeship and entrepreneurship integrated into annual work plans, reports, fundraising proposals, monitoring and evaluation • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed UN Volunteers should be provided equal duty of care as extended to all host entity personnel. Host entity support to the UN Volunteer includes, but is not limited to: •Introductory briefings about the organisation and office-related context including security, emergency procedures, good cultural practice and orientation to the local environment; •Support with arrival administration including setting-up of bank accounts, residence permit applications and completion of other official processes as required by the host government or host entity; •Structured guidance, mentoring and coaching by a supervisor including a clear workplan and performance appraisal; •Access to office space, equipment, IT support and any other systems and tools required to complete the objectives of the assignment including a host entity email address; •Access to shared host entity corporate knowledge, training and learning; •Inclusion of the volunteer in emergency procedures such as evacuations; •Leave management; •DSA for official travel, when applicable; •All changes in the Description of Assignment occurring between recruitment and arrival or during the assignment need to be formalized with the United Nations Volunteer Programme.

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