Description of assignment title Youth Officer (Skills Building and Employability)
Assignment country Lebanon
Expected start date 01/06/2023
Sustainable Development Goal 4. Quality education
Volunteer category National UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities No
Host entity UNICEF
Duration 12 months(with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments 1
Duty stations Beirut
Working in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, UNICEF has spent 70 years improving the lives of children and their families.UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. In all of its work, UNICEF takes a life-cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence. UNICEF programmes focus on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, those with disabilities, those who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation.UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child's path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life because proper care at the youngest age forms the most robust foundation for a person's future.We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children. We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished: no child should suffer or die from a preventable illness. We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
In order to adapt its program to match with the emerging needs of adolescents and youth due to the ongoing deteriorating situation, The adolescent and youth development section at UNICEF, increased its interventions specifically in the workplace based learning and other economic engagement activities to increase improved opportunities for adolescents and youth and access to decent job opportunities, thus the Youth Adolescent Development (YAD) team is looking for undergraduate or freshly graduated youth, to contribute to and support the program implementation, while applying their own expertise and contributing with their experience, Interns will benefit from the on the job learning to develop further skills and knowledge withing a multicultural and multidisciplinary working environment.While the adolescent period is characterized by a period of heightened vulnerabilities, it also provides a window of opportunity for successful transition to adulthood and equality especially for the most disadvantaged adolescents. Identifying these most disadvantaged adolescents and designing our interventions to address the barriers that limit their fulfilment of rights to development, protection, and participation are instrumental to breaking cycles of deprivation and poverty for these adolescents.The youth program is designed to provide Adolescents and Youth with relevant skills building and competency development to empower them and enhance their access to decent job and income generation opportunities as well as increasing their participation and civic engagement through provision of comprehensive package of career guidance, Vocational trainings, functional and life skills development. Within this perspective UNICEF support adolescents and youth with relevant employment services opportunities where they can practice the acquired skills and knowledge as well as establish links with the private sector, during which youth can at the same time generate incomes.Due to the deteriorated economic situation and resulting socio economic fact influencing the interests, the educational plans and general situation of adolescents and youth and their families, UNICEF adapted its program and shifted approaches and intervention to match with increasing and reoccurring changes in the overall socio‐economic situation and the needs of the adolescents and youth in a way to:‐ Ensure food security for adolescents and youth and their families.‐ Provide youth with relevant technical skills and increase their access to income generation and enrollment in the labor force while advocating to strengthen the linkage with the private sector.‐ Increase the engagement of adolescents and youth in the response the needs of them communities.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Youth and Adolescent Development (YAD) Officer or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteers will:Be supervised by and working jointly with the YAD officer, under the management of the Youth and Adolescent Development specialist and expected to support UNICEF Lebanon’s Youth and Adolescents Development team in coordinating and implementing quality skills building and employability package.Support to the skills building and employability component development and planning.Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparation, review inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information.Provide operational support to the Adolescent and Youth Officers throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of program, operational and administrative transactions, to support program planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating results.Support to monitoring program activities related to Skills building and employability, and track/consolidate challenges identified in partner reports to develop recommendations for improving program quality; Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.Support in the capacity building for the UNICEF partners and be able to identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and support in building the capacity of stakeholders. Also, to apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
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Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in program development and management education, skills building, private sector engagement at the national and/or international level… or other relevant programmes; experience with UN supported projects is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization.• Previous internship or work in projects supported by UN agencies.• Excellent written communication skills.• Strong command of English is essential. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French is considered an asset.• A high level of individual responsibility, commitment, and initiative.• Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.• Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills.• Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing.• Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development.• Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel.• Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment.• Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.• Sound security awareness.
English, Level: Fluent, RequiredArabic, Level: Fluent, Required
Master degree or equivalent in public policy, law, economy, sociology or social work, international relationship, political science, or another related field.
• Professionalism• Integrity• Teamwork and respect for diversity• Commitment to continuous learning• Planning and organizing effective organizational and• Problem-solving skills• Communication• Flexibility• Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UN mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. This position is based in Beirut, Lebanon. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan. National UN Volunteers are expected to be culturally sensitive and adjust to the prevailing culture and traditions.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.
In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.