Coordinator- Adolescents and Young Reporters programme

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This is a UNV National Youth contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Youth contracts.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 75 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 192 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection, and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

The Communication and Child Protection section of UNICEF South Sudan works closely with young adolescents and children, providing opportunities and platforms to share their views and opinions on matters which affect their lives. Adolescent development centres and Young Reporters programmes are such platforms where adolescents and children interact safely with their peers and exercise their rights to participate. The Young Reporters programme will focus on working with existing YRs and scaling up the initiatives in the State. The Adolescent Development Programme will focus on disadvantaged adolescents, including school dropout victims of child abuse, to get psychosocial support services and a life skill development programme.

Supervision, induction and duty of care of UN Volunteers (Roles and Responsibilities of Host Entities)

UN Volunteers should be provided equal duty of care as extended to all host entity personnel. Host entity support to the UN Volunteer includes, but is not limited to:

• Introductory briefings about the organisation and office-related context including security, emergency procedures, good cultural practice and orientation to the local environment; • Support with arrival administration and official processes as required; • Structured guidance, mentoring and coaching by a supervisor including a clear workplan and performance appraisal; • Access to office space, equipment, IT support and any other systems and tools required to complete the objectives of the assignment including a host entity email address; • Access to shared host entity corporate knowledge, training and learning; • Ensure that UN Volunteers are provided all necessary security measures as per the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS); • Leave management; • DSA for official travel, when applicable; • All changes in the Description of Assignment occurring between recruitment and arrival or during the assignment need to be formalized with the United Nations Volunteer Programme; • Investigate misconduct: sharing reports with the UNV; • Provide emergency assistance, e.g. the death of a volunteer or medical evacuation, in collaboration with UNV. Accept letters of guarantees or potential liabilities for covering medical costs not claimable under medical insurance in extraordinary situations (e.g. isolation facilities` services during pandemics).

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Chief of Field Office or her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Coordinator will:

• Provide technical support to implementing the Adolescent Development and Young Reports programme in Jonglei • Provide technical inputs on designing and implementing interventions related to Adolescent and Young reporters, including state-level awareness creation and capacity-building activities for different stakeholders. • Monitor the overall implementation of the Adolescent and Young Reporters programme, including budget execution in consultation with the CFO and section colleagues in Juba.
• Lead visibility component to ensure a high level of publicity of the initiative in consultation with the Communication section. • Provide technical assistance to scale-up of the Young Reporters programme in Jonglei. • Provide technical support to scale up the Young Reporters initiative in Bor, including preparation of key awareness materials and quarterly action plans and budgets. • Coordinate day to day activities and engagement with the Young Reporters including recruitment, registration, training and liaison with YRs, their parents and schools • Coordinate and manage Young Reporters involvement in key events and advocacy activities in line with UNICEF Young Reporters Programme Action Plan. • Facilitate YRs engagement with key stakeholders such as State Government counterparts, UN agencies, NGO partners and the media. • Mentor the Young Reporters and build their capacity in engaging with the Bor/Jonglei priority advocacy issues and activities.

• Support overall reporting, resource mobilization, and partnership. • Contribute to overall reporting of the ongoing Adolescent and Young Reporters’ achievement, including presentation slides, inputs to donor reporting, human interest stories, etc. • Contribute to developing concept notes and proposals tailor-made for specific donors to raise additional funds for the young reporter's action. • Leverage partnerships/contributions from like-minded agencies for joint interventions to amplify the voices of adolescent and young reporters. • Work collaboratively with programme officers in the field for programme integration and to ensure the engagement of Young Reporters in sector-specific advocacies

• Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

• 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 instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
• 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.

Results/expected outputs:

As an active UNICEF South Sudan team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNICEF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:

• Overall implementation of Young Reporters and Adolescent Development Programme in Bor • Contribute to the state-level strategy and action plan development • Manage the Young Reporters hub in Bor and lead monthly meetings and training sessions • Monitor the work of implementation partners of the Adolescent Development programme • Organise all events and activities involving Young Reporters • Mobilise Young Reporters’ engagement in critical state-level advocacy initiatives, including weapon-free Bor town, climate-smart city initiatives and child marriage • Organise Young Reporters for events and media engagements for different thematic advocacy communication and international days, including World Children’s Day • Development of fundraising concepts and proposals for the scale up of Young Reporters’ initiative

For every Child, you demonstrate… • Respect for and adherence to UNICEF’s core values of Care, Integrate, Trust, respect and Accountability; • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team working skills and capacity to work in a multicultural environment; • Strong drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work; • Interest in learning and researching, gathering comprehensive information to support decision making.

• Professionalism • Integrity • Teamwork and respect for diversity • Commitment to continuous learning • Communication • Flexibility • Planning and organizing • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement

communications, child protection, youth development, public relations, communications for development or related field. • Experience in youth engagement and children mentorship in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. • Knowledge of the duty station is considered an asset for this consultancy. • Flexibility, understanding of local cultural and social practices are key success factors for this consultancy.

A range of specialized skills: • Excellent oral and written communication skills, media relations, online communications platforms • Knowledge of web applications and social media platforms • In-depth analytical and problem-solving skills. • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and proven interpersonal skills. • Experience in building successful relationships with government counterparts, UN agencies, CSOs, and other relevant stakeholders. • Ability to cope with hardship conditions. • Knowledge of computer management skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software.

As this is a National Youth Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

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