United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Regional Adviser Adolescent Development

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Deputy Regional Director responsible for providing expert advice, Analysis and Technical Support to the regional office and country offices on policies, programmes and legislative, operational and advocacy strategies in the area of Adolescent Development and Participation issues both in regular and emergency contexts, and to propose and support regional initiatives which will contribute to the achievement of harmonious development, protection and participation of adolescents in the MENA region, including through the Regional UNDG. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. For every child, hope The Middle East and North Africa region covers countries and territories from Morocco to the Islamic Republic of Iran, including Djibouti and Sudan in sub-Saharan Africa. The region is home to nearly 476 million people, including 173 million, or 36 per cent, who are under the age of 18. The Middle East and North Africa Regional Office is a hub for information, technical expertise, oversight and Coordination for UNICEF Country Offices. It also supports these offices in their efforts to raise much-needed resources. Specialist advisers based in Amman help develop programmes in health and nutrition, Child Protection, adolescent development, HIV and AIDS, education, water and sanitation, social policy and emergency preparedness. How can you make a difference? Under the supervision of the Deputy Regional Director responsible for providing expert advice, analysis and technical support to the regional office and country offices on policies, programmes and legislative, operational and advocacy strategies in the area of Adolescent Development and Participation issues both in regular and emergency contexts, and to propose and support regional initiatives which will contribute to the achievement of harmonious development, protection and participation of adolescents in the MENA region, including through the Regional UNDG. Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks A. Regional Initiatives 1.         Strengthens and contributes to the development of knowledge-based policies and strategies related to adolescents’ protection, development and participation. In consultation with regional advisors, supports the roll out of the MENA framework on adolescents in various countries, taking into account specific contexts, UNICEF Comparative Advantage and entry points. Leads the preparation of relevant components of the Regional Analysis Report, Regional Office Management Plan;(bi) annual work plans; reviews annual reports from country offices and contributes to the preparation of management reports and documents. Co-leads the R/UNDG Inter-Agency Technical Task Team on Young People for the Arab States/MENA Region in close collaboration with UNFPA ensuring development/adaptation and convenes or support the convening of Regional platforms (RAYAM, UN: NGO, NLG, LSCE), to promote harmonized approaches to adolescents and youth programming across UN agencies, IFIs and NGOs in support of country-level programming. Strengthens strategic partnerships critically supporting transition from adolescence to adulthood, in line with the GenU spirit. 2.         Contributes to the development of UNICEF policy and operational strategies in the area of adolescence by collecting data and assembling perspectives and experiences from the region on these issues, analyzing them in the context of UNICEF's corporate priorities and making recommendations to the ADAP Section and relevant sectors, in New York HQ. 3.         Collects and analyzes data and prepares reports on adolescents’ development, protection, and participation activities in the region, for internal reporting and analysis purposes. Plans and monitors use of regional adolescents programme budget. B.         Support to Country Offices 4.         In support of the UNICEF Strategic Plan and within the 2018 Regional Adolescents Framework, facilitates the integration of adolescent development, protection and participation strategies into Country Programmes by providing technical support during the Country Programme Exercises, developing evidence-based implementation guidelines for both sectoral and intersectoral programmes, and identifying relevant indicators and appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for interventions at the country level. In coordination with the RO emergency cluster and HR section, provides leadership to ensure that UNICEF staff and COs have the required capacity to deliver on CCCs and cluster approach organizational accountabilities both at the preparedness and response levels. 5.         Disseminates to country offices within the region innovative and evidence-based approaches to support the Design of programmes that foster empowerment and well-being of most vulnerable adolescents, capitalizing on UNICEF specific normative role with specific attention to policy developments, systems strengthening, improved quality of services, and at scale avenues for social engagement. 6. Assist in coordinating with multi and bilateral cooperation agencies, and UNICEF offices in the region, in order to contribute to the sensitization and mobilization of governments and civil societies towards the achievement of greater participation of adolescents girls and boys in decision making in all spheres of national activity and in the family, school and community, and to ensure equal and equitable participation of girls and boys in all processes for the building of citizenship, with particular emphasis on education systems, the media, and communities. 7.         Identifies and maintains an external network of experts to assist country offices in the development and implementation of adolescent policies, strategies, and programmes. Facilitates inter-office support and south-south cooperation where feasible. 8.         Strengthens the capacities of UNICEF and key counterpart staff in the region, by developing and facilitating relevant learning opportunities focusing on policy, programming and behavior change in favor of adolescent development, protection and participation. Identifies appropriate training institutions. To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • Advanced university degree in anthropology, psychology, sociology, education or another relevant technical field.

  • Minimum ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in planning, designing, implementing programmes related to adolescents/youth in developing countries. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset. Familiarity/ background with emergency is considered as an asset.

  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic or French) is considered as an asset.

  • Other skills:

  • Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas as well as to transfer knowledge and skills.

  • Leadership, organizational and managerial abilities.

  • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.

  • Ability to work in international and multicultural environments.

  • Good knowledge of computer management and applications.

  • Training Skills.

For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. 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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Remarks: Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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