Youth Engagement Officer

  • Full Time
  • Russia



Job no: 560489
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Bishkek
Level: NO-1
Location: Kyrgyzstan
Categories: Adolescent Development

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, care

The Youth Engagement Officer will be in charge of coordinating and mobilizing UNICEF Volunteers, under the supervision of the Communication Specialist. Under the guidance of the supervisor, the Programme Officer provides professional technical assistance and support for Volunteers programme design, planning and implementation, management and evaluation of programme/project activities.

As part of Youth Engagement Strategy, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan launched U-Report in 2021. To date, there are more than 15,000 U-Reporters. The Officer will be responsible for maintaining, promoting U-Report as well as co0nducting frequent polls via RapidPro system.

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Volunteer programme strategy development and implementation
U-Report Engagement Platform management
Youth Advocates
Safeguarding and participation
Youth Engagement M&E via Volunteers and U-Report programmes
Project and budget management
Volunteers and U-Report capacity building & Knowledge Management
Stakeholder engagement
Detailed TOR can be reviewed here

Download File TOR Youth.docx

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

University degree in Communications, Marketing, Journalism, International Relations, International Development, or another related field or a related field.
At least two (2) years of relevant professional work experience in advocacy/ campaigning and communications focused on young people is required.
Experience in supporting the development and implementation of youth engagement strategies, with specific, measurable and timebound objectives and performance indicators.
Demonstrated experience in supporting and/or managing projects to completion, including developing and implementing clear processes.
Demonstrated experience in designing content for youth audiences and/or community moderation of youth focused platforms.
Experience in supporting the effective functioning of a team.
Knowledge of children’s rights, public policy, international development and humanitarian issues.
Knowledge of child safeguarding and ethics of working with children and youth.
Experience working for an advocacy or campaigning organization e.g. national or international NGO, UN or other multilateral organization is an asset.
Experience in supporting training and facilitation is an asset.
Experience working in a developing and emergency environment is an asset.
Fluency in English and Russian is required. Knowledge of Kyrgyz language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


his position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is:a role with direct contact with children, works directly with children, is a safeguarding response role. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable young people (women and men) are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 24 Mar 2023 Central Asia Standard Time
Deadline: 07 Apr 2023 Central Asia Standard Time

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