United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Adolescent & Youth Engagement Officer

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Apr. 24, 2023
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Job Description

This UNV Assignment is part of UNICEF Zimbabwe’s interventions in support of the Adolescent and Youth Strategy implementation and will focus on meaningful participation of adolescents and youth. The incumbent shall assist with the U-report program, a proven tool in engaging young people by collecting their opinions based on their lived experience. UNICEF intends to revitalize the program by engaging and reengaging U-reporters for systematic and meaningful participation. In addition to the U-report program, UNICEF Zimbabwe has constituted an Adolescents and Youth Advisory Committee (AYAC), an all-inclusive adolescent and youth driven body mandated to provide advisory services as UNICEF programs for and with adolescents. The incumbent shall also assist with the coordination of AYAC’s

Duties and Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Chief of HIV & Adolescent Development & Participation, or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV - Adolescent & Youth Engagement Officer will:

Assist with the planning, monitoring and reporting of the U Report Initiative for systematic and meaningful engagement of adolescents and youth

  • Support in managing and scheduling polling questions in liaison with section colleagues, other sections and stakeholders
  • Manage U report poll calendar, aligning with key global and national advocacy dates
  • Monitor U-Report initiatives on daily basis through review of incoming messages, feedback, consultative meetings and/or exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely actions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Create complaint and feedback mechanism through U-Report.
  • In close liaison with T4D section, analyse polls for feedback and publication to u reporters, partners and media.
  • Manage U report social media (facebook, whatsapp) to maintain user engagement with trending issues, regular updates including polls and respond to non technical comments.
  • Participate in regional and global u report initiatives for positioning the ZCO U report initiative and learning.
  • Ensure relevant stakeholders are engaged and kept up to date (children and youth, media, government ministries, private sector, CSOs, UN.

Support the operations of the UNICEF Adolescents and Youth Advisory Committee (AYAC) to ensure meaningful and effective engagement

  • Lead in the drafting/development of calendar of activities in close consultation with AYAC members.
  • Identify AYAC capacity development needs and come up structured capacity development plan.
  • Provide admin and logistical support for quarterly and ad hoc AYAC meetings, and other related engagements.
  • Supporting AYAC members in report writing and providing feedback to UNICEF management.
  • Lead on planning, developing and producing the schedules of the AYAC.
  • Facilitate routine engagements between the AYAC and UNICEF programme section teams.

Networking and Coordination:

  • Help in the establishment and nurturing of positive working partnerships with government ministries, private sector, and CSOs to achieve and sustain results on adolescent and youth participation.
  • Participate in relevant meetings and for a for better coordination and management adolescent and youth participation programmes.
  • Research and recommend on innovative strategies to grow U Report membership.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Secondary education.
  • 1 years of experience in Youth Participation and Engagement programmes.
  • Voluntary service, community engagement or related work experience essential.
  • Experience with U-report platform will be considered an advantage.
  • Skills in community development; adolescent and youth engagement.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners and young people in their diversity, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office package.
  • Driving license.

Competencies and values

  • Accountability.
  • Adaptability and flexibility.
  • Creativity.
  • Judgement and decision-making.
  • Planning and organising.
  • Professionalism.
  • Self-management.


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Deadline: 24 April 2023

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