Project Coordinator, Youth Engagement Specialist (UNFPA) – (00164453) – Kyiv

The position:

Under the supervision of the UNFPA Programme Analyst Youth/HIV, Project Coordinator/Youth Engagement Specialist is primary responsible for overall coordination and implementation of UNFPA-led activities related to the work of a joint UN Project implemented by UNDP, UNFPA and OHCHR under coordination support of RCO aimed to create an enabling environment for sustainable peace in Ukraine by engaging young women and men from different segments of society to promote national unity, social cohesion and a culture of dialogue that can inform the development of pro-peace policies and strategies. S/he is responsible for managing the project in the following areas:

  • Development, coordination and implementation of all UNFPA-led project activities and initiatives in implementing the joint UN Project and its interventions, including key component “Youth Peace Leadership Programme (YPLP): Leaders of sustainable communities (LSC)” and its streams;
  • quality reporting, monitoring, assessment and research planning in support of sound implementation of designated YPLP project streams;
  • advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing. 

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. The Fund operates globally since 1969 in more than 150 countries and territories. UNFPA focuses on women and young people, because these are the groups whose rights are often compromised UNFPA has been active in Ukraine since 1997.

In accordance with the organisational mandate and national development priorities of Ukraine, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, implements a country programme of technical assistance to Ukraine for 2018-2022. Among several priorities, the programme seeks to contribute to supporting platforms to promote the participation of young people in decision-making processes related to their lives; promoting life skills to allow young people to become more socially active, politically engaged and economically resilient; and advancing the youth and peacebuilding agenda, in support of United Nations Security Council resolution 2250. Within the current joint UN Project UNFPA will aim at equipping young women and men with skills and capacities in civic engagement, advocacy and social change, while at the same time in liaison with UNDP and OHCHR strengthen government capacities for institutionalizing support to initiatives across the country that foster dialogue on diversity and inclusivity, tolerance and trust, and shared norms and values, all of which reinforce a sense of solidarity and national unity. The focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment will be a central principle, including activities that target the leadership and soft skills potential of girls, while sensitizing boys on gender equality.

UNFPA is seeking highly-motivated candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in CO programme results.

Job Purpose:

The joint UN Project “Building a constituency for peace in Ukraine by engaging young people to promote social cohesion, national unity and a culture of dialogue” (the Project implemented by UNFPA, UNDP and OHCHR covers five geographical locations (regions):  Kharkiv (east); Zakarpattia (west); Kherson (south); Vinnytsia (centre), and the capital city of Kyiv. The Project focuses on the delivery of the following outcomes:

  1. Implementation by national and local authorities of policies and practices that enable young women and men to actively participate in establishing a constituency for peace
  2. Engaging young men and women meaningfully and effectively, and in an inclusive manner, in national decision-making processes

Project Coordinator/Youth Engagement Specialist works in a client, quality and outcome-oriented manner in close collaboration with Youth Programme Team members, all units of the UNFPA Country Office (CO), UNFPA implementing partners (IPs), as well as personnel of other UN agencies to exchange information and to ensure smooth Project functioning. S/he plays a vital role in planning, coordination, and monitoring of Project activities with national state bodies/partners (Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, Ministry of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, All Ukrainian Youth Center, etc), local partners at the national and regional levels.

S/he will be responsible for achievement of all UNFPA-led activities under joint UN Project’s objectives, planned results in accordance with the Project document and work plans in liaison with UNDP, OHCHR and RCO.  

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