Programme Specialist (UNICEF GenU 9JA for Skills Development) P3, Lagos, Nigeria At Unicef

Closing date: Thursday, 6 July 2023

Programme Specialist (UNICEF GenU 9JA for Skills Development), P3, Lagos, Nigeria, #124787 (Temporary Appointment-364 days) Non- Nigerians only

Job no: 563285

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: Nigeria Division/Equivalent: Dakar (WCAR), Senegal

School/Unit: Nigeria

Department/Office: Lagos, Nigeria

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 fulfil 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, champion

In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfil and protect children’s rights in partnership with the government, civil society, children and families. UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally – click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria:

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Chief of Field Office in Lagos, Nigeria, the incumbent will support UNICEF’s catalytic role in the development of UNICEF GenU 9JA, manage the GenU 9JA ongoing projects (i.e. Unilever FUCAP, GESP P2E, SAP, Botnar Foundation, etc.) and nurture YOMA Nigeria. The Programme Specialist will be responsible for managing UNICEF GenU 9JA’s budget and fundraising needs, as appropriate. She/He will chair GenU 9JA’s Task Force 2 on Workplace Readiness and work closely with all GenU 9JA partners and young champions, the Young People’s Action Team, the U-Report Specialist and all programme sections and the Innovation Manager to ensure seamless support to UNICEF’s programming.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Support the GenU 9JA Lead to implement the enabler in support of NCO’s programmes for delivery of results at scale:

  •  Provide support in ensuring GenU 9JA’s Strategy is integrated into UNICEF programme strategies and aligned to outcomes for children and adolescents in education, health, nutrition, child protection, WASH, Gender and Development and other relevant programme sections
  •  Implement existing GenU 9JA projects, such as Unilever FUCAP, GESP P2E, SAP and Botnar Foundation
  •  Manage GenU 9JA programme budgets and fundraise, as needed
  •  Chair Task Force 2 and organize quarterly meetings
  •  Support GenU 9JA’s Secretariat to monitor the implementation and progress of the GenU 9JA strategic plan and ensure timely contribution from UNICEF NCO on agreed components
  •  Work as an integral part of GenU 9JA’s national secretariat in support of nurturing the existing public-private-youth partnership platform, identifying prospective shared-value partnerships, organizing co-creation meetings with potential new partners and supporting the PSP Unit formalizing new partnerships. Support the organization of the Steering Committee and Task Forces meetings
  •  Nurture the close collaboration between YOMA, U-Report, the YPATs, the Gender and Development Unit and all programme sections
  •  Work closely with UNICEF NCO’s CAP section to ensure that marketing and communication of GenU 9JA activities and progress is undertaken via media, social media and youth engagement
  •  Support the PSP Unit and the relevant programme sections develop of a resource mobilization strategy and funding proposals for NCO to support adolescent and young people’s development. Contribute to fundraising proposals
  •  Ensure regular progress reporting to the GenU 9JA PPYPP, and Regional Office.
  •  Monitor progress and produce mid-year and end-of-year M&E reports
  •  Act as YOMA focal point and continue nurturing the platform. Liaise with the YOMA Global Team on a regular basis and upload partners’ offers as they come in
  •  Perform other related duties as guided by the direct Supervisor

To view the full job description, please refer to the attached…

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

  •  An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: International Development, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Education or another relevant field.
  •  A bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  •  A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, at the national and international level working with children and marginalized youth in the global south, including adolescent/youth/community engagement and innovation is required.
  •  Experience with working with Generation Unlimited globally or at the national level will be an asset.
  •  Experience with the private sector will be an asset.
  •  Fluency in English is required

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  •  Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  •  Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  •  Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  •  Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  •  Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  •  Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  •  Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  •  Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.


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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. 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.

Advertised: Jun 21 2023 W. Central Africa Standard Time

Application close: Jul 06 2023 W. Central Africa Standard Time

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  •  Closes Jul 06 2023Programme Specialist (UNICEF GenU 9JA for Skills Development), P3, Lagos, Nigeria, #124787 (Temporary Appointment-364 days) Non- Nigerians only in Nigeria

    UNICEF Nigeria Field Office in Lagos, Nigeria is seeking a passionate and committed person to work in the role of Programme Specialist (UNICEF GenU 9JA for Skills Development) and invites applications from highly motivated and committed persons who want to contribute to results for children. If you are that person, we encourage you to apply and become part of a highly motivated and committed team.


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