UNDP Consultant For Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development and Peace | Diplomacy Opportunities

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UNDP’s Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace (“Youth-GPS,” 2016-2020) is UNDP’s first global programmatic offer for youth empowerment (launched in July 2016). Its aim is to further boost UNDP’s response to the challenges facing young people both across UNDP’s thematic areas of work and around emerging issues. Its goal is to improve their lives and support their role as proactive agents for sustainable development and peace. Youth-GPS technical expertise extends across three complementary areas of youth development identified in UNDP’s Youth Strategy, and which are also now part of the 2030 Agenda: youth participation in civic and political life, young people’s economic development and their role in peacebuilding/resilience-building. Youth-GPS’s expertise on youth development covers issues ranging from designing effective national youth policies to engaging youth in PVE and conflict prevention; from youth-led innovation and skills development to strengthening national youth mechanisms.

Scope of Work, Responsibilities and Description of the Proposed Analytical Work 

The consultant will directly report to the UNDP Youth Specialist and Youth-GPS Manager, and will produce essential deliverables to maintain and enhance UNDP’s positioning on youth globally and strengthen UNDP’s policy and programme support at all levels in the context of the SDGs. The consultant will also work closely with the team member in charge of communications and advocacy to ensure synergies and coordination between all the different tracks of work and a good visibility of UNDP’s youth portfolio.

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Expected outputs and deliverables:

  1. Provision of cutting-edge global policy and programming guidance on youth empowerment for sustainable development and peace
  2. Support global inter-agency and multi-stakeholder partnerships for youth
  3. Support the development and dissemination of innovative research, new evidence and advocacy initiatives on the role of youth as positive agents of change
  4. Support capacity development and internal youth accountability mechanisms



  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences.

Functional Competencies: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of governance, peacebuilding and youth development issues, including policy frameworks and programmes;
  • Strong familiarity of UN institutional structures and processes related to youth development;
  • Firm understanding of processes and thematic issues related to youth and 2030 agenda, UNSCR 2250 and PVE.
  • Familiarity with UNDP’s work, particularly its work on youth, governance and peacebuilding;
  • Ability to carry out research, to contribute to the formulation of policies, procedures and guidance materials;
  • Ability to function in a team environment.

Behavioral Competencies: 

  • Performance-oriented and focused on results;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and flexibility;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive / integrate feedback;
  • Ability to manage heavy workloads and solve complex problems with minimum supervision.

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Deadline: 14, August 2017 (Midnight New York, USA)

Academic qualifications:

Advanced university degree (Master’s level) in International Relations, Governance, Development Studies, Youth, or related studies, required.

Relevant experience:

  • Two years of relevant professional experience required in policy work on governance, including experience in promoting youth participation and empowerment, required;
  • Knowledge and relevant experience in producing evidence-informed guidance materials and tools for strengthening of youth engagement in development at all levels, required
  • Relevant experience with project design, implementation and review on youth and peacebuilding, governance and the 2030 Agenda from an empowerment approach, required
  • Relevant experience in coordinating, designing and conducting research projects using mixed method approaches to provide evidence and capture learning, including case studies on youth development issues is an asset.
  • Familiarity and experience with fostering and managing UN-civil society multi-stakeholder partnerships through informal and formal institutional networks, including with youth-led organizations, and at inter-agency level, an asset
  • Experience with advocacy on youth development issues at the global level, including in UN fora, including high-level events, an asset
  • Familiarity with donor priorities on youth issues and experience with developing partnership offers., an asset.
  • Experience working with UNDP on governance, peacebuilding and youth issue is an asset.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language would be an asset

Application Procedure

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • Online application with brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment; and
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references.

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