Adolescents, Sexual and Reproductive Health & Gender Integration Associate
Application deadline 2 months ago: Friday 22 Dec 2023 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV International Youth contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Youth contracts.
The International Youth UN Volunteer will contribute to UNFPA Namibia Country Office’s support in the implementation of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive health (ASRH) and youth programmes with particular focus on youth engagement and advocacy related to climate change and its linkage to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and Gender. In addition, the International Youth UN Volunteer will contribute to the implementation of the Safeguard Young People Programme (SYP) which aims to empower adolescents and young people aged 10 to 24 years to lead healthy lives. The international UNV will collaborate with other UN Agencies to support the government and other partners on adaptation responses to climate change. Women and girls will be at the center of these efforts through an intersectional approach, to address existing inequalities in SRHR and maximize the power of women and young people to help build adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change. A work plan with achievements for the duration of the volunteering opportunity will be agreed upon.
Under the direct supervision of the Adolescents and Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer, with oversight support of the Assistant Representative and overall guidance of the Representative, the UN University Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
• Work with the supervisor to formulate the climate action work plan;
• Contribute to the identification, analysis and synthesis of knowledge and evidence-based information in SRHR and climate action;
• Contribute to strengthening the resilience of communities to address risks of climate change impacts and disasters by encouraging and enabling accountable and responsible civil society and community perspectives, throughout all planning stages to effectively respond to climate change;
• Support with the rolling out of the UNFPA stand-alone module that integrates climate change, comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and SRHR;
• Support with inclusion of diverse groups especially adolescent girls, youth and persons with disabilities, in activities related to the integration of climate change and SRHR;
• Contribute to analysis and mapping of programming opportunities in the areas of climate change, energy, green hydrogen and disaster risk reduction in relation to youth empowerment and SRHR;
• Provide support in organising events and activities related to Youth, ASRH and climate change;
• Support with the drafting and reviewing of reports and capturing of results, best practices and lessons learned; • Assist with facilitation of youth engagement in rights-focused and gender-centered approaches to strengthening individual and community resilience; • Participate in direct engagement with young people as climate change and ICPD champions at national and subnational levels; • Assist with UNFPA work to mainstream climate resilience into health sector policies plans and into information systems; • Contribute to risk reduction, enhanced preparedness and strengthened emergency response with focus on linkages between climate related emergencies and SRHR, GBV and other harmful practices; • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
Accountability; Adaptability and Flexibility; Building Trust; Client Orientation; Commitment and Motivation; Commitment to Continuous Learning; Communication; Creativity; Ethics and Values; Integrity; Knowledge Sharing; Planning and Organizing; Respect for Diversity; Technological Awareness; Working in Teams.
- Climate change, SRHR and youth engagement,
- A demonstrated interest in Climate change, SRHR and youth engagement;
- Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
- Some Knowledge in emerging climate change issues.
Namibia is a country in Southern Africa, the country offers a fine standard of living and is classified at Security level 1- Minimal. Windhoek is the capital city and the center of Government’s administration. Infrastructure, roads, utilities, banking facilities, health services and telecommunications are of a high standard. Namibia enjoys very low levels of political and ethnic tensions, as a result Windhoek is a safe city, but appropriate precautions should always be taken. Housing for both purchasing and rental is readily available and affordable.