Programme Coordinator, Youth, Juba, South Sudan, P-3, Juba, South Sudan At UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

Job Identification : 11013

Locations : Juba, South Sudan

Posting Date : 05/30/2023, 01:21 PM

Apply Before : 06/14/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Grade : P3

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Rotational/Non Rotational : Non-Rotational

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

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

Required Languages : Must be fluent in English

Desired Languages

Knowledge of Arabic is an added advantage. Working knowledge of another UN Official Language, an asset.

Vacancy Timeline : 1 Week

Job Category : Adolescent & Youth

Job Description

The Position:

The Programme Coordinator, Youth position is located in the Country Office of UNFPA in Juba. Under the direct supervision of Programme Advisor, ISRHR, this Programme Coordinator is responsible for leading the Adolescents and Youth Empowerment team in planning, implementation, coordination and monitoring of programme activities across the country in the areas of Adolescents and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR), Youth Empowerment, Social Innovation and Behavioral Change, and sustainable livelihoods issues in both humanitarian and development settings.

The Programme Coordinator, Youth is as a member of the wider ISRHR Programmes Team and provides technical leadership in programming, implementation, stakeholder relations, knowledge management, M&E and efforts towards delivering the CPD and accelerating attainment of the transformative results of UNFPA in the Country. S/he provides support for various functions of the CO and maintains collaborative relationships with all staff and teams in the CO.

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 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:

UNFPA South Sudan wants to show leadership in some areas including HIV/AIDS and Adolescents and Youth. This is related to the poor adolescent sexual and reproductive health. The median age of sexual debut is 14 years and while adult HIV prevalence rate is 2.5 per cent, 30 per cent of new HIV infections occur amongst persons aged 15-24 years, with women and girls constituting 64 per cent. Young people and other key populations, particularly sex workers, have poor access to integrated sexual and reproductive services and information, including comprehensive sexuality education for both in and out-of-school adolescents and youth. The youth programme in the CO thus needs a comprehensive and strategic response. The Programme Coordinator, Youth will contribute in improving access to ASRH services and information including contraception, comprehensive sexuality education (including using technology and social media), community outreach strategies targeting parents, teachers and community members, identifying the needs of specific target groups such as very young adolescents (10-14 years), young mothers, and vulnerable girls. S/he will also support ASRH-HIV related advocacy and policy dialogue as well as contribute to resource mobilization for ASRH initiatives.

The Programme Coordinator, Youth analyses trends in youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health as well as the social, economic and policy related environment in-country. S/He is responsible for reports, updates and information on progress, and achievements of these components of the UNFPA supported programme and associated projects, in line with the principles of results based management. S/He ensures coherence with agreed national and international policy and planning frameworks, including the UNFPA Strategic Plan, Country UN Coordination Framework, National Development Plan, and related sectoral strategies. The specialist ensures that youth development is mainstreamed in the programmes of the CO. The Programme Coordinator, Youth may oversee the work of Programme Specialists, Programme Analysts and/or Programme Associates as well as consultants, advisors, and experts. S/He establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues. S/he must effectively influence counterparts from diverse backgrounds to contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate.

You would be responsible for:

A. Programme Management and Technical Leadership

  •  In collaboration with Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners provide technical advice to the formulation and design of the country programme and its AWPs in line with Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures. Ensure quality of programme/project design incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best practices and establishing appropriate execution and monitoring mechanisms and systems.
  •  Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of the UNFPA supported ASRH and youth programme, in particular:
    •  Assesses priority technical requirements of the programme.
    •  Provide technical and managerial support to the Government and NGO partners in the implementation of the programme.
    •  Organise and participate in periodic technical reviews as well as programme evaluation exercises.
  •  Support the development of a National Youth Policy and Action Plans for South Sudan
  •  Advise and report on achievement of programme and project results, proactively measuring substantive progress and the effective utilization of financial and human project resources using appropriate monitoring and measuring mechanisms and tools. Leads programme and project implementation guiding and orienting executing agencies and project personnel introducing effective modalities and practices of implementation.
  •  Project implementation: establishing collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies facilitating timely and efficient delivery of project inputs and addressing training needs of project personnel.
  •  Ensure the creation and documentation of knowledge about current and emerging ASRH and youth development trends and issues, by the programme team through the analysis of programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and uses this knowledge for information sharing and planning future strategies.
  •  Ensure donor commitments and targets related to Adolescent and youth development/SRHR programmes are shared with the IPs and achieved
  •  Advise and report on interdependencies/interlinkages between UNFPA programme components (i.e. population and development, SRH, ASRH, and gender).
  •  Design and deliver relevant training to young people that will empower them to make informed decisions on issues that affect their lives and their communities and enable them to actively participate in such processes;
  •  Create platforms to engage relevant stakeholders (government, NGO, CBO and community) to ensure young people are consulted on key health issues that affect them
  •  Coordinate relevant programmatic partnerships in the country and externally to deliver on key strategic areas for the organization; contribute to National priorities and development agenda
  •  Manage Young Leaders’ safety and security issues as well as build the capacity of IPs and staff to do the same

B. Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management for Policy Advocacy

  •  Lead the achievement of programme results by ensuring that monitoring and oversight mechanisms are established and implemented
  •  Participate in relevant national and sub-national fora, enhancing UNFPA mandate on youth development work to ensure that technical issues are incorporated in national development plans and frameworks.
  •  Ensure increased availability and use of technical information to improve data collection, analysis, and use; with special attention to recent developments in analysis of data from censuses, surveys, statistics, etc.
  •  Ensuring effective knowledge management strategies are implemented by the programme team, capturing lessons learned and best practices for future planning; addressing training needs of partners and staff.
  •  Create substantive knowledge of ASRHR and youth development issues in the country, assesses technical assistance needs in these areas and advises on the suitability of programmes and related interventions to meet these needs.
  •  Participate actively in appropriate UN coordination mechanisms (e.g. Joint UN Teams) and support and contribute to all joint programmes/activities among the UN agencies.
  •  Support government and implementing partners to prepare and submit technical and financial reports in conformity with signed donor agreements and in accordance to UNFPA guidelines and standards.
  •  Lead the evaluation and documentation of program results, best practices and lessons learned and effectively share these with relevant partners to inform programming, policy and advocacy.
  •  Follow up and monitor the technical quality and financial effectiveness and accountability of UNFPA-supported programmes in the region to ensure value for money. Support state/local governments to conduct quarterly and annual review meetings to address coordination, implementation and planning across development and humanitarian settings.
  •  Prepare analytical and project reports to be shared with the Government, UNFPA Country Office, UN Country Team (UNCT), donors and other relevant stakeholders.
  •  Support capacity building of government and local partners to generate, analyse and utilize quality data for evidence-based decision making, policy and program formulation, monitoring and evaluation in support of integrated development and humanitarian response.

C. Partnerships, Communications and Capacity Building

  •  Coordinates partnerships and mobilizes support for national policies and programmes for adolescents and youth empowerment with a particular focus on CSE, ASRHR, HIV and integrated and innovative approach to SRH
  •  Contribute to advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of the Country Office by preparing relevant documentation (i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in donor meetings and public information events).
  •  Develop factsheets, briefing materials, info graphics, and presentations for public information, advocacy and resource mobilization purposes.
  •  Prepare project proposals with adolescents and youth empowerment components and share information about UNFPA tools for co-financing and funding.
  •  Build strong technical and programme multi-sectoral partnerships for advocacy for ICPD agenda from a youth development and youth mainstreaming perspective through national institutions, networks, alliances and coalitions. Monitor and keep updates on existing and potential partnerships. Follow through and ensure that recommendations and action points agreed to are addressed.
  •  Map and develop a database of youth empowerment actors and institutions in the country and provide support towards institutional and leadership development to strengthen and professionalize the sector in the country.
  •  Plays a key role in supporting the CO to respond to its growing role in supporting the Government and partners in accelerating efforts towards adolescents and youth empowerment in South Sudan
  •  Work with media to publicize UNFPA’s work and achievements, to disseminate UNFPA’s results in national media.
  •  Facilitate the identification of resource gaps in the country settings and provide technical input to the development of resource mobilization documents.
  •  Support accountability and Programme visibility for UNFPA programmes in the country, in alignment with donor signed agreements. Provide leadership in demonstrating UNFPA’s work to partners to enhance goodwill and partnership.

D. Humanitarian Response/Preparedness

  •  Provide information, analysis, reporting on humanitarian needs, response, gaps related to adolescents and youth in emergencies to inform response planning and implementation, including participation in joint assessments.
  •  Manage the planning, implementation, monitoring of youth development components of humanitarian response and preparedness by UNFPA Country Office, including development of contingency plans and response plans.
  •  Expedite and coordinate humanitarian response implementation by establishing collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies.
  •  Facilitating timely and efficient delivery of project inputs.
  •  Ensure financial management and donor reporting for humanitarian response.
  •  Facilitate Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) training including on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, in collaboration with other UNFPA staff as part of humanitarian response and preparedness efforts.

E. General Support

  •  Stand-in for other team members on selected functions as may be required.
  •  Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.

Qualifications and Experience:


  •  Advanced (Masters) Degree in development studies, youth development, political sciences, social policy, public health, social mobilisation, business administration, international relations or other related fields required

Knowledge and Experience:

  •  Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in programme coordination, design, implementation, monitoring and management of Youth development programmes.
  •  Excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation, and managerial skills required. Self-starter, proactive, passion for the issues.
  •  Proven ability to develop and implement effective resource mobilization strategies and campaigns.
  •  Excellent written and oral communications and editing skills both in English and Arabic;
  •  Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems
  •  A thorough understanding of the UN system in general, and especially UNFPA mandate, its policies and operations and current development topics and political issues in South Sudan will be an added advantage
  •  Demonstrated ability to work in a team


Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an added advantage. Working knowledge of another UN Official Language, an asset.

Required Competencies:


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

Core Competencies:

  •  Achieve 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 Skill Set:

  •  Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  •  Skills, knowledge and experience in ASRHR, youth mainstreaming, youth empowerment, etc.
  •  Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
  •  Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation
  •  Delivering results-based programmes
  •  Resource mobilization and donor relations
  •  Technical Understanding of the areas of work
  •  Project Management
  •  People Management and Leadership
  •  Managing financial processes
  •  Proficiency in current office software applications

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.


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