Youth Engagement and Volunteers Analyst (NPSA-9) DS: Poltava, Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has already resulted in significant loss of life, unprecedented displacement, internally and towards neighbouring countries, and devastating destruction of infrastructure. Early projections by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) suggest that if the war deepens and expands, up to 90 percent of the population of Ukraine could be facing poverty and vulnerability to poverty by the end of 2022, and 30 percent of the population are likely to require life-saving humanitarian assistance. Eighteen years of socio-economic achievements in Ukraine are at risk. UNDP`s core interest is to preserve development gains as fully as possible, and to return Ukraine to pathways achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as quickly as possible.
UNDP has been active and present in eastern Ukraine for the past decade, prior to the conflict, with a focus on community development, civil society development, and environmental protection. Work on addressing the specific conflict-related development challenges built on this earlier engagement, established partnerships, and started in 2015 through the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP). The UN RPP is a multi-donor funded framework programme formulated and led by the UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine and in cooperation with a number of partnering UN agencies (UN Women, FAO, UNFPA).
The Programme’s interventions are grouped under the following key Programme components, which reflect women’s and men’s priority needs in the region:
- Component 1: Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure
- Component 2: Local Governance and Decentralization Reform
- Component 3: Community Security and Social Cohesion
UNDP in Ukraine is recognizing youth as key agents of change in the recovery and development process, and in the longer term, building of a sustainable peace. As a strategic priority during and in the aftermath of the war, UN RPP will apply substantive experience of working with youth engagement and social cohesion and focus on promoting participation of youth in decision making processes at all levels in the recovery efforts and leveraging the positive role young people play in preventing and resolving conflict, and strengthen social bonds across the country, in line with the Youth Peace and Security agenda (UNSCR 2250).
In line with this identified priority, UNDP Ukraine invites applications from highly qualified and experienced Ukrainian professionals for the post of the Youth Engagement and Volunteers Analyst (YEVA) to apply innovative development approaches to the engagement of youth and volunteers in civic life, and involve them in the drafting/consultation/revision of policies/strategies/services related to youth engagement and to the strengthening of the youth infrastructure at hromada and oblast level.
The incumbent will accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment with all implementations and promote UNDP’s mandate as a gender-responsive organization with zero tolerance to any kind of discriminatory and abusive behavior, including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.
- Provide substantive input to the RPP outputs and ensure timely implementation of Programme activities, including reporting on progress vis-à-vis planned activities and expected outputs;
- Provide the platform for networking and partnership building with youth and volunteers networks, national and local authorities, non-governmental, private sector and international development organizations or projects.
- Organize and facilitate activities aimed at the development of youth and volunteer movements; co-facilitate peer-led activities; facilitate evidence-based programs and workshops on youth engagement and volunteering, additional pro-social and recreational activities;
- Collect, analyse and interpret data on youth and volunteers’ networks’ development in the country, region, and globally. Ensure availability of up-to-date information on all critical issues related to youth development and volunteers related areas;
- Advocate and support the participation of youth CSOs, leaders, and networks in Community Security Working Group meetings and consultations with regional and local administrations, departments of state institutions and city/town councils; promote establishment and building capacities of youth CSOs for the monitoring of local policies, budgets and development of respective advocacy plans;
- Pilot innovative instruments for strengthening civic engagement, activism, volunteerism, and direct participation of youth in community development (including “Team of Teams” approach, enhancing youth’s fundraising opportunities through gamification/edutainment approach, etc;
- Support engagement of youth, specifically young women and girls, in decision-making processes through building leadership and life skills, developing civic competencies for active citizenship, connecting them with regional and national civil society organizations;
- Sensitize decision makers on youth’s situation and advocate for young people’s meaningful participation, through training activities and advocacy efforts;
- Promote innovative approaches for youth engagement by setting up of innovative civic education programmes, developing STEM education, distance learning, and promoting informal education in the region; contribute to the development of extra-curricular civic education courses in schools (based on best practices), with the goal to integrate these courses in the local schools’ curriculum;
- Support youth to gain critical understanding of societal problems through workshops: facilitate the creation of evidence-based narratives as tools for influencing policy making at community and national levels, and priorities setting; initiate public information forums as needed;
- Sensitize local authorities and train youth workers (based on UNDP’s Civic Education trainings for youth worker), to promote young people’s activism for social cohesion and peacebuilding and participation in community development;
- Coordinate activities related to the Programme implementation with other UN agencies (in particularly UN Women, UNFPA). Ensure the development of cross-project linkages with other relevant UN projects and programmes and other stakeholders’ projects for mutually reinforcing impact;
- Coordinate and supervise the work of relevant experts and consultants, including the preparation of the terms of reference, facilitation of recruitment and monitoring of work/results;
- Supervise work of a Social Cohesion Associate;
- Ensure full compliance of Programme activities with UNDP rules, regulations and procedures;
- Any other task as assigned by the supervisor.
The Youth Engagement and Volunteers Analyst (YEVA) will work under the direct supervision of the Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist (Component Lead), operational supervision of Community Security and Social Cohesion Coordinator and overall supervision of the Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme Manager and is responsible for providing support to the implementation of the programme activities. The YEVA will also be required to support close coordination with Community Mobilization Specialist, Civil Society Engagement and Capacity Development Specialist, Community Mobilization Officers and substance experts from other portfolios in UNDP Ukraine, in activities related to giving young people a voice to articulate their needs and participate in policy decisions and implementation, developing and promotion of the model of civic engagement of young people.
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
- Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
- Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
- Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
- Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
Business Management - Communication:
- Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels
Business Management - Project Management:
- Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
2030 Agenda: Peace - Governance:
- Youth leadership and participation
Business Management - Partnerships Management:
- Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
Business Development - Knowledge Facilitation:
- Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally
Business Direction and Strategy - System Thinking:
- Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
Business Development - Negotiation and Influence:
- Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win-win’ situation
- Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Social Development or other relevant area.
- Bachelor’s degree with additional 2 years of extensive relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.
- Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (Bachelor’s degree) of proven experience in youth mobilization and engagement, coordinating the development of youth-related policies, methodologies, guidelines, knowledge products or other related areas.
- Familiarity or previous experience with national legislative bodies in the area of youth development and volunteers, including in the development or revision of policies related to youth and volunteers’ engagement would be desirable;
- Demonstrable experience in the implementation of innovative models for youth and volunteers’ engagement would be a strong asset;
- Experience in delivering capacity development, advisory and advocacy services to civil society in the area of youth and volunteer engagement would be a strong asset;
- Familiarity or previous experience in conducting community-level conflict analysis would be an advantage;
- Previous experience with a multilateral or international technical assistance or development organization would be highly desirable.
- Fluency in Ukrainian, Russian and English is required.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:
- Knowledge of group dynamics, customer retention techniques, influencing skills, and the ability to effectively implement programs is an asset
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
- A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
- Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.