Youth Skills Development Officer at UNFPA



In line with the UNFPA global strategic plan, the Lesotho Country Office is investing in young people with the purpose to empower them with knowledge and skills to adopt protective sexual behaviors. The country office further intends to promote participation of young people in decision making at national regional and international levels so as to ensure that young people take charge of their own developmental agenda. In an effort to achieve these long term aspirations, UNFPA is partnering with the UNV  to support the youth resource centers located in 7 of Lesotho’s 10 administrative districts.


Duties and Responsibilities

To implement a collaborative, coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of youth services across the district. This will involve working closely with relevant youth and volunteer networks, stakeholders and young people to support the development of comprehensive, effective, evidence based services for young people that address current issues and needs.

Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Resident Representative or Senior Programme Officer, the UN Youth Volunteer assist with the following responsibilities (in collaboration with the government Ministry of Youth):

  • Assist with the conduct /update regular assessment on young people (boys and girls) Development rights and needs in their respective areas of intervention
  • Support activities to work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders and young people covered by this project to identify and prioritise current needs, services and assets that can be built on;
  • Support activities to work with the youth Development officers and the youth leaders in the  resource centers to build a collaborative, coordinated approach to planning and service delivery that takes into consideration the specific needs of youth and volunteering and other barriers to youth engagement, leadership and participation;
  • Assist Youth Development officers and other district services providers to collaboratively build the capacity of youth workers and youth services across the district;
  • Help build creative partnerships with NGO, CBO, and all youth serving organization in the district
  • Support the encouragement of local youth to participate in regional and territorial programs and build youth networks in the districts and at country level
  • Support follow up of cross fertilization experience among young people
  • Support the coordination of a community relations campaign to promote youth programs and create encourage a conductive and save environment for the development of young people especially young girls
  • Support the development of a communication strategy in collaboration with youth service and young people to improve effective promotion to young people, parents and the wider community. This is to include appropriate, effective use of social media tool
  • Assist the youth resource centers record information on and prepare reports concerning youth programs, costs, numbers of participants and equipment and facility us
  • Help with monthly and yearly reports about youth programs and opportunities

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.


A year-end Report on the resource centers and Volunteer’s activities

A functional resource center operational program

A strategy in place for the management of the resource centers

A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Appropriateness of skills training program for the job market

  • Tertiary qualifications and interest in youth services, social work, community development or related field
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in youth programming and related areas, program management, communications, writing and editing, online outreach activities, and graphic design.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely in English for a varied audience
  • Excellent communication skills and paying attention to details
  • Knowledge and ability to use social media and various platforms of digital technology to promote HIV, gender and human rights issues
  • An excellent team player and promoting team spirit
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Innovative thinking and willing to share new ideas
  • Respect for diversity
  • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others
  • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
  • Basic counselling skills
  • Computer literacy

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

Office location: Mokhotlong

Closing date: 29 March 2017

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