Youth Engagement Associate Project Officer, (Temporary Appointment TA, P-1), Managua, Nicaragua, #110247
Duty Station: Managua, Nicaragua
Type of Position: Temporary Appointment- 6 months, P1
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, participation
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, 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. Therefore, 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. Since April 2018, UNICEF Nicaragua has a volunteering strategy that aims to promote the participation of adolescents and young people to contribute to the protection and promotion of children's rights in the country. This strategy has been designed as a cross-sectoral tool to accelerate the achievement of the three outcomes of the Cooperation Country Program (2019-2023): child survival and development, quality and equitable education and protecting children against violence, abuse and exploitation. As mentioned in the Country Program Document (CPD), volunteering is a programmatic instrument that allows children's rights to be placed on the public agenda, complementing the institutional cooperation of UNICEF with the Nicaraguan State and society. The strategy has also a strong focus on developing University student volunteers’ skills, so they become leaders in promoting Children’s Rights in the country. During the first months of its implementation, the volunteering strategy achieved significant progress and interesting results. 65 students from 3 Universities committed themselves to promote children’s rights. Through their projects supported by UNICEF Nicaragua, 177 children participated in activities in which they had the opportunity to adopt self-care practices to prevent sexual abuse. The initiative has allowed UNICEF Nicaragua to have a direct contact with communities and reach some of the most vulnerable groups of children. Based on these achievements and learnings, in 2019, the strategy entered a stage of implementation at a higher scale and further institutionalization within the structure of the Country Office. The process of integrating the volunteering strategy within the different program components is being strengthened, according to the Cooperation Country Program 2019-2023, including the development of the skills of the staff who will be responsible for the strategy in the future, guaranteeing its sustainability.
How can you make a difference?
The Project Officer reports to the Deputy Representative for close guidance and supervision. The Officer provides professional technical assistance and support for program design, planning and implementation, management and evaluation of program activities, data analysis and progress reporting, in support of program goals and objectives, specially the Country Office volunteering strategy.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach:
2. Programme Monitoring and Evaluations:
- Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration:
4. Knowledge Management:
5. National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability:
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are: Formulating strategies and concepts (I); Analyzing (I); Applying technical expertise (I); Learning and researching (II); Planning and organizing (II)
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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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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=522530