National Post: Youth and Gender Specialist
Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child
Jaipur Rajasthan
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Dec 01 2021


About the Organization

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, 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.

Aligned with the post-2015 development agenda and the global framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.

Job Description

UNFPA has been a partner of the Government of India and People since 1974 and is now on its 9th five-year Country Programme.  The Country Programme leverages large-scale government programmes to advance the needs of adolescents and girls and advance gender equality, such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Save Daughters and Educate Daughters), Scheme for Adolescent Girls, Adolescent Health Programme, and school-based programmes to reach girls and boys at scale.  UNFPA’s support to the formal school systems through the Adolescence Education Programme has steadily moved towards institutionalization. UNFPA remains a trusted and important partner to both the Ministries of Health and Education to support the roll-out and institutionalization of the Comprehensive School Health Programme. UNFPA’s technical support to strengthen the on-ground implementation of Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (National Adolescent Health Programme) is well recognized. While working with national government programmes, the interventions have also been designed to demonstrate innovative ways of reaching out to vulnerable adolescent girls.

UNFPA aims to advance women and young people’s rights, especially girls, through interventions that keep girls in school, delay marriage and child bearing, prevent unintended pregnancy, protect them against and address gender-based violence, and promote the social, health and economic assets of the most vulnerable.  The programme seeks to reimage young people, promote their responsible participation and civic engagement, and thud unleash their full potential as agents of positive transformative in their communities and society at large.

You will manage the adolescent and youth and gender programme in the State, providing high-quality technical assistance, introduce innovation for acceleration of results, and results-based programme management; you will strengthen partnerships and build strategic alliances for advocacy and provide policy advice, leverage financial and technical resources for accelerated achievement of UNFPA’s transformative results and the ICPD Programme of Action.  You will engage with other programme units at State and national levels.

Job Responsibilities

Programme Management and Coordination

  • Support the implementation of UNFPA supported programming in the area of adolescents and youth and gender, applying appropriate strategies and interventions relevant to the State, and for achieving Country Programme results.

  • Ensure application of Corporate programme policies and procedures, including those related to budget management, monitoring and oversight.

  • Contribute to the formulation of the annual work plans for the State in the area of adolescents and youth and gender, ensuring application and contextualization of appropriate best practices and latest scientific knowledge in the field of adolescent and youth development, especially adolescent  reproductive health and gender equality.

  • Monitor the day-to-day implementation of work plans through regular consultations with stakeholders and field visits.

  • Contribute to preparedness and response to humanitarian crises in the State, ensuring adequate attention given to the needs of women and girls, and inclusion of young people during emergencies.

Policy Dialogue and Technical Support

  • Contribute to policy dialogue with Government counterparts and UN and other development partners at the State level, preparing technical briefs and evidence-based materials and data, in favour of policies and budget allocations for programmes targeting women and girls, adolescents and youth.

  • Stay up-to-date with UNFPA corporate technical and programme policies and guidelines. Assess implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution, and ensure their application as relevant.

  • Stay connected to national and international technical communities of practice, ensuring appropriate contextualization of new ideas, best practices, and scientific evidence in the field of gender equality and adolescents and youth development.

  • Apply rights-based, gender-responsive and inclusive, and results-based approaches to programme design, implementation and reporting.

  • Establish and nurture collaboration and partnerships with technical networks on adolescents and youth development and gender equality.

Advocacy and Resource Mobilization

  • Represent UNFPA in meetings with senior and technical government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, maintain a healthy and collaborative relationship, and advocate for adolescents and youth participation and inclusion, and gender equality.

  • Provide technical inputs towards advocacy efforts of the Country Office, contributing to project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor and high level visitor briefs.

  • Contribute technical and evidence-based inputs to advocacy messages on the rights and needs of women and young people, especially girls in respective State.

  • Engage in and strengthen technical partnerships and alliances.

  • Contribute to CO resource mobilization initiatives, identifying opportunities to leverage funding from government and private sector; contribute technical inputs to concept notes and proposals writing.

  • Support CO communications efforts, providing relevant state materials.

Education Qualification/Required Skills & Experience

  • Advanced degree in Law and Human Rights, Psychology, Social Work, Gender Studies, Public Health, Health Economics, public policy, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, Development Management, or related disciplines.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in managing development programmes, prior experience in managing gender and/or adolescent and youth preferred.

  • Demonstrable technical expertise in adolescents and youth development, civic engagement,  gender equality and gender-based violence.

  • Understanding of life-skills including comprehensive sexuality education programmes, gender-based violence, child marriage, and gender-biased sex selection highly desirable.

  • Strong understanding of reproductive rights and gender equality dimensions in policy and programme formulation, implementation and monitoring;

  • Proven experience in coordinating/managing a multi-disciplinary team of experts and consultants.

  • Ability to communicate technical and/or complex issues in a clear and articulated manner, to different types and non-technical audiences;

  • Demonstrated ability to network and build partnerships with civil society and youth networks;

  • Possess excellent emotional intelligence, interpersonal, negotiating, intercultural communication skills and political acumen;

  • Experience in humanitarian preparedness and response is desirable.


  • Fluency in English is mandatory. Working knowledge of Hindi and/or other national language highly desirable.

How to apply

UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy. Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at http://www.unfpa.org/employment. Please print out the Guide for your reference during the registration and application process.

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