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Regional Youth Project Manager (IPSA11)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: IPSA-11, International Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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UNDP is on the ground in more than 170 countries provides a global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. Across Asia and the Pacific, UNDP helps countries build and share their own solutions to urgent development challenges, supporting coalitions for change and connecting individuals and institutions so they can share knowledge, experience, and resources.

In the Asia and Pacific region, UNDP drives one of the largest youth movement for empowerment, equality, social inclusion, and social justice (Youth Co:Lab). The programme empowers and invests in youth, so that they can accelerate the implementation of the SDGs through leadership, social innovation, and entrepreneurship. Working with partners in government and the private sector, UNDP is co-creating national and regional programmes positioning young people front and center to solve the region’s pressing problems. Through our country offices we are working with young people to build entrepreneurial skills and capacity, help governments increase engagement with young people by creating supportive policy and regulatory environments; and working with private sector, academia and other partners to create an enabling ecosystem for young social entrepreneurs.

Over the last 5 years, Youth Co:Lab has been implemented in 25 countries and territories in Asia and the Pacific. The national dialogues, regional summits and social innovation challenges have reached over 200,000 youth participants. The initiative has benefitted over 11,000 young social entrepreneurs and helped to launch or improve over 1,240 youth-led social enterprises. Youth Co:Lab has also established partnerships with 202 key ecosystem players through a Youth Empowerment Alliance.

Building on this success and the growing context in Asia-Pacific region in relation to climate agenda, skills agenda and governance agenda, Bangkok Regional Hub will develop the next phase of the regional youth programme 2023-2026 which aims to scale the efforts with key private sector, bi-lateral donors and IFIs.

With this context, UNDP is seeking the services of a Regional Youth Project Manager to lead the programme development and management, develop partnerships and oversee reporting, and support mitigation of project risks and ensure sustainability of the initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Youth Project Manager will report to the Regional Youth and Civil Society Specialist with the close collaboration with BRH Programme Management Unit and with the Global Policy Network, UNDP country offices and other key parties. The success of the project depends on the timely delivery of each component.  The Project Manager should ensure timely identification of potential risks and signal any delays in deliverables. The contract will be effective immediately upon signature by UNDP.

UNDP BRH will have the following responsibilities: (i) Provide relevant documents; (ii) Discuss and agree on the methodologies of the assignment; and (iii) Monitor and evaluate the progress of the assignment. The contract and payments will be performance-based and regularly assessed by UNDP BRH. All travel expenses to and from the target area should be included in the financial proposal.

The present ToR may be subject to modification, without changing the overall objective and the scope of work, on the basis of mutual consultations. UNDP will hold the copyright of the assignment deliverables.

Project Management and Implementation:

  • Manage and coordinate RBAP’s Regional Youth Empowerment Project in Asia-Pacific (i.e. coordination, oversight and staff support, project research, communications, national dialogues etc.);
  • Provide inputs, guidance and quality assurance of project concept notes, document and reports;
  • Coordinate project-related meetings such as Inception Workshops, Project Steering Committee Meetings and other stakeholder meetings;
  • Initiate and lead research activities on youth, entrepreneurship and innovation (thematic focus areas, identify gaps and synthesis) as needed;
  • Administer project budget under supervision of the Youth and Civil Society programme specialist with periodical reporting to project stakeholders;
  • Provide support to external communication and outreach of the project;
  • Support process and activities related to monitoring and evaluation and reporting to project stakeholders;
  • Support recruitment and coordination of regional youth project staff;
  • Support UNDP country offices to develop comprehensive youth programmes (including resource mobilization support);
  • Organize regular Community of Practice meetings (CoPs), including, an annual Summit together with key partners.

Project Development:

  • Develop a regional offer on young people’s engagement in climate change (including GCF/GEF projects, and Climate Promise);
  • Develop a regional Youth employment and skills offer in collaboration with other BRH teams;
  • Develop various regional offers on youth civic engagement and other governance areas.

Partnership Development and Management:

  • Coordinate UNDP’s engagement in both Generation Unlimited and Decent Jobs for Youth global platforms in Asia-Pacific, and other UN-wide initiatives.
  • Strengthen UNDP’s partnerships on youth empowerment through joint research, programming and knowledge sharing. 
  • Mobilize partnerships and resources for UNDP’s youth programmes in Asia-Pacific e.g. conduct due diligences, develop financing agreements etc.
Core competencies:
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Direction and Strategy 

  • Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority area of expertise and resources.
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking: Ability to create clarity around UNDP value proposition to beneficiaries and partners and to develop service offers responding to client needs based on UNDP’s organizational priorities and mandate.

Business Development 

  • Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.

Business Management 

  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

General (across the functions) 

  • Event Planning and Execution: Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP’s overall brand and mandate.

Partnership Management 

  • Private Sector Engagement: Ability to identify, conduct outreach, and manage relationships with the private sector.

2030 Agenda: Peace 

  • Governance: Youth Socio Economic Empowerment.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in development studies, social sciences, international relations or other fields.
  • Minimum 9 years (with Bachelor’s degree) or 7 years (with Master’s degree) (Contractor should have prior experience in development agencies etc.)
  • At least 7 years of relevant work experience of which at least one in a developing country, preferably with a track record of working in countries across the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Proven experience in developing partnerships with various international development organizations, preferably also with youth organizations and private sector, in reaching out and engaging with traditionally marginalized groups (e.g. youth, minorities);
  • Successful track record of event organization;
  • Understanding of youth work, climate change programming and innovation methodologies would be a plus;
  • Full computer literacy in internet searching and Microsoft Office programmes i.e. MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-Power Point;
  • Demonstrated track record of relevant experience and expertise in project documents, reports, project proposals are highly desirable.
  • Communications and social media skills;
  • Ability to work with diverse teams;
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to work independently;
  • Strong presentation skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet targets in a tight deadline.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English
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