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Programme Associate (Youth, Peace Security and Gender)


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Dakar
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Administrative support
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Security and Safety
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-03


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) is a political mission managed by the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). UNOWAS has the responsibility for preventive diplomacy, good offices and political mediation and facilitation efforts in West Africa and the Sahel. UNOWAS also works to consolidate peace and democratic governance in countries emerging from conflict or political crises. UNOWAS works closely with the African Union, ECOWAS, the Mano River Union, the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the Gulf of Guinea Commission, the G5 Sahel, as well as other regional partners to support regional solutions to cross-cutting threats to peace and security, such as terrorism and violent extremism, transnational organized crime, piracy and maritime insecurity. UNOWAS assists regional institutions and member states to enhance their capacities to promote good governance and respect for the rule of law, human rights and the mainstreaming of gender in conflict prevention. UNOWAS leads the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, endorsed by the Security Council in June 2013. The strategy includes a range of programs and initiatives in the areas of Governance, Security and Resilience. .


On 9 December 2015, the United Nations Security Council, through Resolution 2250 (2015), invited the entities of the United Nations System to better coordinate their actions in addressing the needs of young people in times of conflict and post-conflict. In response to this invitation and in line with its roles of coordination, of being in charge of the United Nations report on peace and security in West Africa and the Sahel, and of supporting regional organizations including ECOWAS and the G5 Sahel, UNOWAS has undertaken concrete actions to promote the efficient and effective implementation of the said Resolution in West Africa and the Sahel; as well as Resolutions 2419 (2018) and 2535 (2020) to accelerate the first one for the benefit of youth. In addition, UNOWAS and ECOWAS built partnership for organizing a regional youth conference for peace and security, with the first one held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in 2018, the second one in Abuja, in December 2021, and the third one in Bissau, in December 2022. Participants to the two-event adopted Ouagadougou Declaration and Abuja Call to Action that recommended key interventions for enhancing young women and men contribution to establishing a climate of peace and serenity and building economically and socially strong communities. For supporting UNOWAS gender mainstreaming strategy implementation, the UNV will be in constant contact of stakeholders in the 17 countries where the Working group on women, youth, peace and security has a country representative.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Gender, Women and Youth Unit, the incumbent performs the following duties: a. Develop and manage appropriate socio medias facilitating interactions within young women and men organizations and networks around West Africa and the Sahel re-gion; b. Produce quarterly newsletters on West Africa and Sahel youth activities; c. Produce the WGWYPS-WAS newsletters on West Africa and Sahel stakeholders work on YPS and WPS issues. d. Assume all relevant duties contributing to visibility of UNOWAS work on YPS and WPS agendas. e. Contribute to the organization of special events. f. Support the secretariat of the Working group on women, youth, peace and security in West Africa and the Sahel. g. Assist in research action and proposal development in all of the 17 countries. h. Performs other duties as assigned.

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