National UNV Youth Development Officer

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

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. In most cultures, volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities. In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.

  1. Description of tasks:

Under the supervision of the Adolescent Development Officer at UNICEF Sao Tome, the National UN Volunteer will undertake the following functions:

• Design, prepare, implement, monitor and evaluate children and adolescent-specific projects as assigned by the supervisor. • Analyse and evaluate data to ensure achievement of objectives and/or take corrective action when necessary to meet project objectives. • Participate in the promotion of innovative, cost effective and affordable models for better participation (empowerment) and training of youth and adolescents using the existing Youth Intervention Centres • To support the Youth Institute in the implementation of the Programme Cooperation with UNICEF, regarding administrative tasks related to the preparation and implementation of activities; • Support for the coordination of the implementation process of the life skills programme (collecting information using appropriate questionnaires, digitization); • Support the implementation of the U Report Platform in the country; • Support drafting of program/project reports and thematic briefs about program progress related to adolescents and young people in relation to: child marriage, early pregnancy and paternity, excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, consumption of drugs and narcotics, nutrition, HIV and others sexually transmitted diseases • Draft communication and information materials for CO program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for youth and adolescent programmes.

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.

  1. Results/expected outputs:

Working with UNICEF, the UNV Youth Development Officer will contribute to obtain the following results: • Selected programme activities are effectively managed, monitored and evaluated; • Technical and programme administration support provided to counterpart, ensuring good planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the assigned programme activities; • Information and data systematically collected and reports produced to support progress monitoring;
• A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed; • Life skills programme managed, monitored and evaluated • Innovative, cost-effective and accessible models for adolescent empowerment in youth interaction centers; • U Report implemented in the country • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed;

Competencies and values:

• Diversity and inclusion: Treats all people with dignity and respect; shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, cultural and religious differences; challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace; encourages diversity wherever possible. • Integrity: Maintains high ethical standards; takes clear ethical stands; keeps promises; immediately addresses untrustworthy or dishonest behaviour; resists pressure in decision-making from internal and external sources; does not abuse power or authority. • Commitment: Demonstrates commitment to UNICEF’s mission and to the wider UN system; demonstrates the values of UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours; seeks out new challenges, assignments and responsibilities; promotes UNICEF’s cause. • Communication: Speaks fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; presents information with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; projects credibility; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience; presents information in a well-structured and logical way. • Working with people: • Drive for results:

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

c) Language skills Should read, write and communicate in English or French. Reading, writing and communicating effectively in Portuguese.

• Years of work experience: 2 years of professional experience relevant to international development, with a focus on youth development issues and programming

Officially, the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe is a Portuguese-speaking island country located in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, located about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from each other and about 250 and 225 kilometers (155 and 140 miles), respectively, at off the northwest coast of Gabon. Since the 19th century, the economy of São Tomé and Príncipe has been based on plantation agriculture. At the time of independence, Portuguese plantations occupied 90% of the cultivated area. After independence, control of these plantations was transferred to various state agricultural enterprises. The main crop in São Tomé is cocoa, which accounts for about 95% of agricultural exports. Other export crops include copra, palm kernel and coffee. The islands of São Tomé and Principe are the second smallest country in Africa. Both are part of Cameroon's volcanic mountain line, which also includes the Annobón islands in the southwest, Bioko in the northeast (both part of Equatorial Guinea), and Mount Cameroon on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. At sea level, the climate is tropical, hot and humid with average annual temperatures of about 27 ° C (80.6 ° F) and small daily variations. The temperature rarely exceeds 32 ° C (89.6 ° F). At higher altitudes in the interior, the average annual temperature is 20 ° C (68 ° F), and the nights are generally cool. Annual precipitation ranges from 5,000 mm (196.9 in.) On the southwest slopes to 1,000 mm (39.4 in.) In the northern lowlands. The rainy season runs from October to May. The total population of São Tomé and Principe is approximately 194,000 and the majority live on Sao Tome Island. About São Tomé, the city and capital, the population is about 53,300 inhabitants. The inhabitants of Sao Tome and Principe descend from various ethnic groups who have migrated to the islands since 1485. Sao Tome and Principe is a country in the same time zone as GMT and a duty station with family. The Dobra (STD) is the local currency and according to the UN exchange rate system, 1 USD equals 21.52 STD and 1 Euro at 24.50 STD in August 2019. Some commercial banks are active in the country and Visa cards are accepted in a very limited number of hotels.

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan.

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