Adolescent Development Specialist, (NOC), Tripoli, Libya # 00912349 ( Libyan Nationals only)
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Tripoli
- Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
- Children's rights (health and protection)
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Closing Date: 2023-05-31
The UNICEF Libya team is looking for an experienced, committed, and results-oriented Adolescent Development Specialist to work under the supervision of the Chief of Education on the development and delivery of life-skills programmes for adolescents and youth.
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The adolescent development and participation programme is a key component of the Libya Country Programme. The ADAP Specialist reports to the Chief of Education in Libya.
How can you make a difference?
The Adolescent Development Specialist reports to the Chief of Education for guidance and general supervision. A significant part of the work in youth is situated within an education context, with close linkages to Education outcomes. This is particularly related to the key focus on the development and delivery of life-skills programmes for adolescents and youth. The ADAP specialist also develops youth partnerships and networks across sections (Health, child protection, nutrition, WASH and social policy) to support and promote youth activities in Libya. The ADAP Specialist provides support to country office colleagues and internal and external partners and stakeholders throughout the programming processes by providing technical, administrative and operational support to ensure that adolescent development and participation and child rights established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies, are integrated in UNICEF’s advocacy, policies, programmes and humanitarian work.
Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
Support to programmes development and planning
- Assess national/regional/international development priorities to identify opportunities and courses of action to enhance the delivery of services and achieve objectives on adolescent development and participation in the country.
- Participate throughout the process of CO programme formulation, planning and preparation to provide input, advice and operational support on the integration of policies and frameworks that promote adolescent development and participation and to ensure that crosscutting issues such as gender, disabilities, the rights of minority and marginalized groups are considered and integrated within the country programmes and projects.
- Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans for the adolescent development programmes/projects using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare relevant documentations for programme review and approval.
- Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss methodologies and to assess national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
- Provide authoritative technical guidance/operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the management and delivery of results contributing to gender equality in alignment with the Gender Action Plan.
- Supports the assessment and identification of adolescent and gender needs for emergency preparedness and response, and provides gender relevant guidance and technical input on emergency programming.
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
- Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of sustainable results on adolescent development programmes and projects.
- Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
- Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programme and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
- Actively monitor adolescent development programmes/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
- Monitor and verify the optimum/appropriate use of programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability, integrity and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
- Prepare regular/mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
Technical and operational support to programme implementation
- Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners/donors on policies, practices and methodologies on adolescent development and participation to support programme management, implementation and delivery of results.
- Participate in programme meetings including programme development and contingency planning to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.
- Draft relevant policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
- Support the development, implementation, and monitoring of high-quality gender programming across sectors in alignment with the Gender Action Plan.
- Work with programme colleagues and management so that adolescent development and gender results are effectively defined, measured, and reported, and high-quality assessment, research, evidence generation and evaluation on gender programming is undertaken and utilized.
Networking and partnership building
- Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results on adolescent development and participation initiatives.
- Prepare communication and information materials for programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and to ensure that adolescent development and participation programmes and initiatives are adequately resourced and supported.
- Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on adolescent development related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF planning and preparation of programmes/projects ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting including emergency preparedness.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Apply/introduce innovative approaches and good practices on adolescent development and participation to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
- Keep abreast, research, benchmark and implement best practices on adolescent development and participation. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
- Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on related programmes/projects.
- Support Regional Adolescent and Gender Advisors in advancing the technical and research capacity of country-level staff, offices and programs on adolescent development and gender to continue to build evidence base for programming and to ensure continuous capacity in gender and adolescent programming at Country Office level.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: anthropology, psychology, sociology, education or another relevant technical field (preferably in education).
A minimum of five years of professional experience in adolescent development related areas is required.
A minimum of three years of working with youth is required (for example, teaching or youth work)
Experience working in a developing country is considered an asset.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
- Language Requirements:
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
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UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
- Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
- Works Collaboratively with others (1)
- Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
- Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
- Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
- Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
- Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
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We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable Male candidates are encouraged to apply.
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.