Programme Specialist (Country Support), P-4, Generation Unlimited Secretariat

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 08

Position description

This generation of young people is faced with a world of unlimited potential: a world of expanding connectivity, enhanced mobility and unprecedented technological progress. However, this world is also challenging. In 2016, 263 million children and adolescents were out of school, representing nearly one fifth of the global population. Of these 61 million (23%) were of lower secondary school age and 139 million (53%) were of upper secondary school age – with six out of ten children not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. At the current rate of progress, by 2030, only one out of two young people in middle-income countries, and one in ten in low-income countries, will achieve the basic secondary education level skills necessary for success in the global economy.  There is both a skills gap and a skills mismatch, with 71 million unemployed youth worldwide and 156 million young workers living in working poverty (less than $3 a day).  These trends come at a time where the future of work is growing more unpredictable given the increasing but uneven impact of technology on the work force across both sectors and countries.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance of the Director and the direct supervision of the Senior Adviser (Planning and Programmes), Generation Unlimited Secretariat, the Programme Specialist (Country support) will support global guidance of country level roll-out of GenU, and approaches for GenU partnerships in countries. The incumbent will assist in soliciting potential interested parties, and upon invitation, guide them in country level development and implementation of GenU’s Business Model, including through guidance to country level partners on landscape analysis, development of country roadmaps, portfolios of investment opportunities and key partnerships for GenU, the set-up and launch of country operations, the monitoring of progress towards outputs and the front-end design of evaluation. S/he will work with the rest of the GenU Global team and country partners to identify opportunities for innovations at scale and cross-sector investments, will craft shared value partnerships, and mobilize financial and political capital. S/he will provide leadership to country partners on knowledge management. This will be done in close collaboration with the Senior Adviser (Country Support).

Support to initiating GenU country partnerships in countries

  • Support the coordination and management the identification of countries for GenU partnership formation which will lead to accelerated results in youth education, skills and empowerment. 
  • Lead the integration of young people’s participation in all aspects of country GenU partnerships, ensuring that engagement of young people is embedded in GenU’s country governance and operating model.
  • Help guide the country partners in strategic direction and approaches for country level implementation of GenU- including national GenU executive board and country team formation, landscaping, roadmap preparation and preparation and execution of Country Investment Agendas. 

Partnerships and advocacy

  • Lead the development of communications and advocacy strategies around country operations of GenU to enhance GenU’s visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners and in countries.                                                       
  • Support country level dialogues with partners – in government, private sector, young people, UN and multi/bilaterals and civil society - to expand GenU’s partnerships and resource mobilization, particularly shared value partnerships that leverage core business assets towards GenU priorities.

Monitoring, Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management

  • Lead country level partners’ access to global knowledge to exchange information and learning across countries, and promote opportunities with relevant think tanks, academic institutions, private sector networks, and young people to co-create knowledge around the goals and objectives of GenU.
  • Lead the development, dissemination and use of the GenU resource platform connecting governments, the private sector, young people, UN and multi/bilaterals and civil society which promote scalable innovations and results towards enhancing youth education, skills and employability
  • Support the formulation and implementation of results frameworks, monitoring systems including periodic reviews, research and evaluation plans for Country Investment Agendas.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (master's or higher) in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, international relations, social sciences or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of 8 of relevant professional experience in country level work across regions developing programme strategies, joint programmes and other multi-sectoral collaborations.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment and developing country situation is required.
  • Experience in second decade education, youth skilling, youth employment, youth entrepreneurship and young peoples’ civic engagement an asset. 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate the values of…

Care, Respect, Integrity, trust, accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are:

  • Analytical and Conceptual thinking
  • Formulating Strategies & Concepts
  • Strategic and Global Thinking
  • Relating and networking
  • Deciding and initiating action
  • Persuading and influencing
  • Creating and innovating
  • Adapting and responding to change

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