Fast Track Procedure: Youth Peace and Security Programme Specialist, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, P-3, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia At UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

Job Identification : 14156

Locations : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Posting Date : 10/15/2023, 02:06 PM

Apply Before : 10/20/2023, 08:59 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Grade : P3

Vacancy Type : Temporary

Rotational/Non Rotational : Non-Rotational

Education and Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Other Criteria

Knowledge of fundraising, relevant donors and their requirements, Strong communication and facilitation skills

Required Languages : English

Job Category : Adolescent & Youth

Job Description

Job title: Youth Peace and Security Programme Specialist

Level: P3

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Full/Part time: Full

Fixed term/Temporary: Temporary Appointment

Rotational/Non-Rotational: Non-Rotational

Duration: 364 days

The Position:

The Youth Peace and Security Programme Specialist will be providing technical, programmatic and operational support to the UNFPA’s work in the area of peacebuilding, with a special focus on youth, peace and security, and the humanitarian action. You will report directly to the Deputy Representative under the overall guidance and supervision of the Country Representative.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and conflict on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Building up on UNFPA’s central role in the UN system’s work on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and the Strategic Plan’s focus on “complementarity among development, humanitarian and peace responsive efforts” as one of six “accelerators”; promoting peaceful and inclusive societies is critical to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including directly contributing to SDG 16.

UNFPA Ethiopia Country Office started working on Youth, Peace and security since the beginning of 2023 through hiring an individual consultant to support the Ethiopia peacebuilding initiatives on line with the peace agreement signed in November 2022. However the work requires support and expertise at the country office level for long term as a result, UNFPA Ethiopia Office is seeking for a TA with extended period of engagement to support the peace building initiative under the Humanitarian Development and Peace nexus.

Therefore the main purpose of this role is to support and strengthen the Country Office’s technical capacity on the Youth Peace and Security Agenda and. The TA will be responsible for providing, technical, programmatic and operations support to UNFPA’s work in the area of peacebuilding, with a special focus on youth, peace and security and humanitarian action.

You would be responsible for:

Technical Leadership and Support:

  •  Advise the country office on all issues regarding youth peace and security including in humanitarian setting in the context of the national policies, strategies and programs.
  •  Analyze and interpret policies, strategies, national plans and development frameworks to strategically position the supports and interventions of UNFPA on Youth Peace and Security.
  •  Coordinate the youth peace and security outcome areas of the Country Programme of UNFPA Ethiopia Country Office.
  •  Provide technical services and arrange technical backstopping with UNFPA HQ and Regional Office regarding youth peace and security programing.
  •  Reviewing the political, social and economic environment relevant to UNFPA programme activities, and pursuing opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention.
  •  Establishes, strengthens and monitors collaborative relationships and partnerships with other UN agencies, implementing partners, technical experts, government/non-government counterparts, academia, research and training institutions, centers of excellence and professional societies in the country.
  •  Actively participate in the development and updating of guidelines, standards, tools, manuals and approaches as required in the field of youth peace and security.
  •  Support on resource mobilization for Youth, Peace and Security especially through proposal development.
  •  Prepare reports for CO, Regional Office, Government and donors as required.

Capacity Development

  •  Consolidate best practices on Peace Building and Youth Peace and Security and integrate UNFPA’s perspective to joint proposal development.
  •  Act as pen holder in joint proposal development and integrate partners perspectives.
  •  Provide advice specific to the YPS agenda, particularly human rights, conflict resolution, resilience, the peace, humanitarian and development nexus, community engagement etc.
  •  Organize a learning session on YPS with the purpose of sharing the best practices, YPS concepts and programs to CO and partners.
  •  Help CO understand UNFPA’s comparative advantage in relation to Peace Building and the triple nexus.
  •  Advise on campaigning and mobilization of young people for peacebuilding.

Qualifications and Experience

Education: Advanced university degree in a relevant field of expertise (e.g. social sciences, public health, development, demography or, other related fields)

Experience and Knowledge:

  •  At least 7 years of international experience with youth work, advocacy, capacity building, project writing, reaching marginalized populations, of the 7 years at least 5 years must be related to building social cohesion, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, sustaining peace, youth peace and security or related field.
  •  Knowledge of fundraising, relevant donors and their requirements especially from the Peace Building Support Office (PBSO)of UN Secretariat.
  •  Prior experience of working with UN Agencies and familiarity with UNFPA’s work and mandate and experience of working in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (EECA) would be an asset.
  •  Strong communication and facilitation skills.

Languages: Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably French is an asset.

Required Competencies


  •  Exemplifying integrity.
  •  Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system.
  •  Embracing cultural diversity.
  •  Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  •  Achieving results.
  •  Being accountable.
  •  Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen.
  •  Thinking analytically and strategically.
  •  Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships.
  •  Communicating for impact

Functional Competencies:

  •  Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda.
  •  Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships.
  •  Delivering results-based programme.
  •  Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation

Managerial Competencies:

  •  Providing strategic focus.
  •  Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance.
  •  Making decisions and exercising judgment


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