Senior Program Officer for Global Refugee Youth Consultations - Phase II

Women's Refugee Commission (WRC)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 25

Position description

The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for management and over-sight of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s responsibilities for Phase II of the Global Refugee Youth Consultations, a project co-led with UNHCR. The Senior Program Officer will supervise the Program Coordinator, maintain regular communication with UNHCR’s Adolescent and Youth Advisor, and manage all aspects of program implementation.


Program Implementation

  • Supervise Program Coordinator;
  • Provide support, as needed, to UNHCR Country Offices in the establishment and work of national youth councils;
  • Provide support, as needed, to UNHCR for the establishment and work of the Global Youth Advisory Council;
  • Develop, in partnership with youth, and other actors from the Youth and Adolescents in Emergencies Advocacy Group capacity and leadership training workshop curricula;
  • Develop, in partnership with youth, and other actors from the Youth and Adolescents in Emergencies Advocacy Group capacity and leadership training materials for the UNHCR refugee and host country UNVs;
  • Plan and facilitate, with youth, national capacity and leadership training workshops in nine countries;
  • Prepare and work with youth representatives at high-level fora – such as the thematic sessions on the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, the UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue, and the UNHCR – NGO Consultations;
  • Guide and assist refugee youth-led research projects;
  • Support and oversee national protection projects implemented by youth;
  • Participate in the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action and insure refugee youth and their voices are represented;
  • Participate in and liaise with the Youth and Adolescents in Emergencies Advocacy Group;
  • Assist with the development of guidance on implementation of the Core Actions for Refugee Youth;
  • Collect and document good practices on youth participation, youth leadership, and youth-led protection projects;
  • Liaise, work with and support the UN Volunteers, as needed, complementing the support received by the UNHCR Country Offices.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage project budget;
  • Oversee disbursement and utilization of protection project grants for field-based partners;
  • Coordinate with the Senior Finance Officer on donor financial reporting requirements.

Research and Writing

  • Prepare donor reports;
  • Write grant proposals, if necessary, to further build out the project;
  • Document good practices;
  • Draft guidance and tools, as necessary, in partnership with UNHCR and refugee youth.

Advocacy and Public Education

  • Represent the Women's Refugee Commission on refugee youth issues to a variety of audiences, including with policy makers, government, and U.N. officials, at public events, meetings, conferences, with media, and other venues as appropriate.


  • Master’s Degree in international affairs, youth and community work, child protection, social work, social science research, non-profit management, or related field;
  • Minimum 5 years of field experience in humanitarian assistance working with displaced populations;
  • Minimum 2 - 3 years project management experience in refugee protection and humanitarian assistance programs;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in working with marginalized youth;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Proven record of effective project management, demonstrating the ability to ensure that projects are carried out on time, within budget, and producing products of excellent quality;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to travel – approximately 25% time;
  • Proven record as a team player, demonstrating flexibility and diplomacy;
  • Excellent written and spoken English; working knowledge of French, Arabic or Spanish desirable;
  • Good Computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software;
  • Abide by the Women’s Refugee Commission accountability commitments.

Application instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter along with your résumé.

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