VMAM Code ETHR001114-5669

Junior Officer, Social Protection and Employment

International Youth
Addis Ababa (ETH)
English, French
01 February 2020
12 months
24 November 2019

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist for Social Protection and Employment, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support design of “Strengthening Traditional Social Protection Mechanisms” project through providing research and policy support with a view to inform the Africa regional strategy in this area. The research will consider the interlinkages between social anthropology, social protection and sustainable development.

  • Support implementation of the project in several pilot countries.

  • Provide communication and outreach support by drafting communications materials and conducting research (including power points, visuals, and infographics).

  • Assist with inter-agency and partnership initiatives.

  • Perform other tasks as required.

Bachelor degree or equivalent

B.A. required, Master's degree preferred

  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in social policy, social protection, social anthropology

  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;

  • Experience in design, communications and branding

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
Other development programme/project experience

Learning Expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:

Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.

Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.

Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, the host agency will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. The host agency will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.


Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams