Youth Adolescent Development Specialist, P-4, NYHQ

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Position
Under the guidance of the Chief, Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP), and in close coordination with Emergency Operations Division (EMOPS) and the Peacebuilding Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme, incumbent is responsible for strengthening adolescent components of UNICEF humanitarian actions; disaster risk reduction, and global preparedness, response and recovery efforts in emergency, transition and peacebuilding contexts. This includes development and provision of technical guidance and support for reach, management and monitoring of adolescent interventions in emergency, transition and peacebuilding contexts; strengthening linkages between development and humanitarian work; as well as special emphasis on the development and dissemination of evidence of results and good practices in adolescent programming.
Key Expected Results
  • Technical advocacy, standards and support
  • Advocates at global level for stronger integration of and allocation of resources to addressing the rights of adolescents in humanitarian action; disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies; emergency preparedness, response and recovery; and peacebuilding processes.
  • Regularly reviews existing organizational plans, tools, policies and standards in the area of emergencies and peacebuilding to strengthen work for and with adolescents; and ensures linkages between emergency, transition and development strategies.
  • Updates existing or develops new guidelines, standards, tool and resources for stronger planning, research, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEFs humanitarian actions and peacebuilding efforts across sectors, ensuring that these are responsive to the needs and assets of adolescents and responsive to local contexts.
  • Provides technical guidance and support to UNICEF headquarters, regional and country offices in ensuring appropriate attention to adolescents within L3 emergency situations and on-going efforts to harmonize responses to emergencies for children across the life course.
  • Strengthens the inclusion of and collaboration with adolescents as peacebuilders and agents of positive change. End Results: New/updated guidelines for reaching and engaging adolescents in emergency actions; inputs into humanitarian action plans, strengthened coordination of RO and CO efforts in this area; plans and guidelines take into account the role of adolescents as agents of positive change. 2. Support to the expansion, enhancement, refinement and utilization of resources and guidance for programming for and with adolescents in humanitarian settings and through peacebuilding processes
  • Provides oversight of technical guidance for programming for and with adolescents, including guidance related to the adolescent kit for innovation and expression, competency framework and case studies of their application.
  • Coordinates the global availability of the adolescent kit with the Supply Division.
  • Solicits and responds to feedback on the usability and effectiveness of resources, coordinating any revisions as necessary. End Results: Updated technical guidance, updated supply catalogue listing; usability and effectiveness of resources continually evaluated. 3. Research, analysis, evidence generation and knowledge management
  • Participates in institutional assessments that help to identify opportunities and gaps in crises preparedness, response and recovery efforts that have implications for adolescents.
  • Guides and coordinates global research studies and reviews in the area of adolescents in emergency and transitioncontexts, ensuring linkages with development programmes.
  • Analyses country-level adolescent programmes of UNICEF and partners as required, to identify, assess and report onoutcomes, innovations, lessons learned and good practices.
  • Creates and facilitates mechanisms and resources for systematic knowledge generation (eg case study documentation),acquisition and dissemination, and sharing of experiences among UNICEF staff and partners on C4D strategies andtools, lessons learned, case examples and innovations to prevent and mitigate the impact of emergencies. End Results: institutional assessments; findings and publications from global reviews and studies; case examples; models of good practices; knowledge management mechanisms and resources on adolescents and emergencies; network meetings/sessions at network meetings 4. Contributions to ADAP HQ section operations and management
  • Contributes to section level resource mobilization and management efforts including planning, utilization and reporting on allocations in the area of adolescents in humanitarian actions and peacebuilding contexts.
  • Works with and guides the work of support staff and/or external consultants/contractors to contribute to the section
  • s delivery of results.
  • Synthesizes and analyzes progress and challenges, and develops recommendations for relevant UN and UNICEF policy and strategy documents, annual and mid-term reviews, donor reports and inter-agency feedback.
  • Contributes to ADAP Section`s key initiatives and work in other areas as required. End Results: resources utilised, oversight and inputs provided; contributions made
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate
  • An advanced degree in social sciences with a technical focus in the areas of education, human rights, and/or international development.
  • A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.
  • At least eight years of relevant experience in contributing to and advancing issues related to adolescent or youth development,gender and development, child protection, education,and human rights,especially as pertaining to adolescents;
  • Strong knowledge of new research and knowledge onadolescents in emergencies, including best programmatic practices;
  • Strong knowledge of and experience working ongender equity, especially as pertaining to adolescents;
  • Experience working on child and/or adolescent development programmes inemergencies
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise working oneducation programmes for adolescents. (Experience with Life Skills Education Programmes a plus);
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse professional backgrounds to deliver on specific tasks or projects;
  • Demonstrated track record in report writing, documentation and publication;
  • Knowledge of UNICEF and UN language, protocols, branding and design standards;
  • Ability to work with minimal daily supervision and exercise sound judgment in meeting deadlines.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate
    Core Values
  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies
  • Communication - Level II
  • Working with People - Level III
  • Drive for Results - Level III Functional Competencies
  • Analyzing - Level III
  • Deciding and Initiating Action - Level III
  • Applying Technical Expertise - Level III
  • Planning and Organizing - Level III
  • Adapting and Responding to Change - Level II
  • To view our competency framework, please clickhere. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=501432