Youth & Innovations Assistant
Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Under the direct supervision of Team Lead, Partnerships & Engagement Team, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
- As part of the Partnerships & Engagement team the UN Youth volunteer will assist in delivering and implementing capacity building programmes for youth (eg: ‘Technopreneurship for Social Change’, ‘HackaDev’);
- Support in project coordination activities with existing partners, both internal and external;
- Assist in the provision of administrative support to the programme team in terms of coordination of youth groups and young participants;
- Assist to build on and manage relationships with current and potential partners;
- Support drafting concept notes and reports to prepare and facilitate youth focused interventions, partnership building and resource mobilization;
- Actively engage on social media and support the scale up of existing advocacy/engagement initiatives
Bachelor's degree in International Development, Business Studies, Social Sciences, Project Coordination, or other relevant field.
- Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in the field of youth, development, international relations, social sciences, Project coordination or a similar field;
- Good understanding and knowledge of key UNDP/UNV work areas, youth development and innovations in Sri Lanka is preferred.
- Experience in youth engagement, programme coordination and delivery is preferred;
- Excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills and a good team player.
- Flexible and open to learning and new experiences.
- Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures and environments.
- Experience in using social media platforms
- Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
- English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
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.
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Vision, Working in Teams
This assignment is funded by the Government of Korea, therefore only Korean nationals are eligible. Candidates who have served as UN Youth Volunteer funded by Korea before are not eligible to apply. Former UN University Volunteers are eligible.
Candidates must be between 22 and 29 years of age throughout the duration of their service, i.e. born between 1 July 1991 and 1 July 1998.
Selected candidates will be invited to attend an Assignment Preparation Training in Bonn, Germany from 15 – 18 June 2020.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity between 30 March and 24 April. Usually these interviews are competency-based.
How to apply
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Application deadline: 8 March 2020