Adolescent Education Officer
Asia and the Pacific: India
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.
UNICEF works in close collaboration with the government and partners to achieve results for children and adolescents to ensure by 2027, children including adolescents, specially the most vulnerable have equitable access to and participate in quality gender responsive learning and skills development opportunities within a safe inclusive learning environment. UNICEF education programme for adolescents is focusing on the reinforcement of foundational skills in early adolescents and skills for life, work and sustainable development to empower and support adolescents’ transition from school to post-secondary learning and work. UNICEF focuses on increasing adolescents’ access to quality skilling opportunities through its focus on ‘skills for life, work and sustainable development’ in schools with links beyond school, leveraging YuWaah partnerships and initiatives to expand skill development for them into the school or help them access alternative, flexible learning solutions to maximize their opportunities for a better future.
Under the direct supervision of the Education Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: I) Assist work related to “Skills for life, work and sustainable development together with career guidance for young people in-school • Provide support on planning, implementation and monitoring of Education Output 3 and YuWaah in-school activities for: content, implementation and impact – in collaboration with 21st century skills related collaboratives, stakeholders from government, civil society and private sector. • Design a system for managing recommendations, suggestions and challenges from the field and partners • Liaise with UNICEF state offices where P2E or UPSHIFT activities are implemented with YuWaah partners to identify and mobilize technical expertise • Support the preparation of scalable proposals from solution partners • Create and maintain an active network of field colleagues, civil society organisations and partners through regular interactions (calls and meetings) • Support in regular project tracking as per the signed agreements to generate evidence on partner contributions • Develop a matrix to aggregate field results as contributing to Output 3 and YuWaah goals. II) Innovation • Support in identification and finalisation of innovative, scalable solutions related to the thematic area • Apply/introduce innovative approaches to enhance career guidance, promotion of 21st century skills, digital learning for young people, for the delivery of sustainable results at scale • Research and suggest on best international practices to be explored for possible adaption in India. III) Knowledge Management • Contribute to development and dissemination of newsletters, documentation of meetings • Develop/collect case studies and human-interest stories from partners. • Prepare weekly and monthly status updates on Education Output 3 activities • Contribute to regional and global bulletins as requested. IV) Advocacy and Communications - report and inputs for proposal writing • Support in preparing public advocacy material, programme and project status reports • Contribute to the planning and review of the Education Output 3 annual work plans and other strategic and programme documents • Assist in drafting briefing notes, talking points, funding proposals, presentations and donor reports. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: • 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; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • 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.
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