UNICEF works in some of the worldâs toughest places, to reach the worldâs most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill 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, a champion
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does â in programmes, advocacy and operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to childrenâs rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life â in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions â their rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education, and protection of a societyâs most disadvantaged citizens â addressing inequity â will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential and lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realising the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child while supporting nations' equitable development
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?
The Adolescent Development Specialist is based in the Country Office, where the adolescent development and participation programme is a critical component of the Country Programme. The Adolescent Development Specialist reports to the Gender and Development Manager (P4) for guidance and general supervision.
The Specialist provides support to country office and field office colleagues and internal and external partners and stakeholders throughout the programming processes by providing technical, administrative and operational support to ensure that adolescent development and participation and child rights established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies, are integrated into UNICEFâs advocacy, policies, programmes and humanitarian work.
The Specialist contributes to the delivery of concrete and sustainable results on adolescent development-related programmes/projects according to plans, allocation, results-based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEFâs Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:Support to development and planning of programmes Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results Technical and operational support to programme implementation Networking and partnership building Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Please refer to the attached detailed job description for more informationâ¦Â JD Adolescent Development Specialist NO3 Nigeria November
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: anthropology, psychology, sociology, education or another relevant technical field. * A Bachelorâs degree with an additional two years of relevant work experience may be accepted. A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management in adolescent development-related areas is required. Experience engaging adolescents and young people through various platforms (formal/non-formal spaces, digital/non-digital platforms, etc.). Proven ability to build and maintain partnerships with adolescent and youth-led/focused networks and organisations. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset. Fluency in English is required. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrateâ¦
UNICEF's core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS), and
Core CompetenciesDemonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1) Works Collaboratively with others (1) Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1) Innovates and Embraces Change (1) Thinks and Acts Strategically (1) Drive to achieve impactful results (1) Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
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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 aÂ 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. 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.
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