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Batch Vancacy - Adolescent Development Officer, NO-2, Brasília, Manaus, Rio de Janeiro & Recife, Brazil (4 posts)

Apply now Job no: 503593
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Brazil
Categories: Adolescent Development, Child Protection, Early Childhood Development, Programme Management

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

Under the guidance and general supervision of the Chief Youth and Adolescent Development Specialist (Level NO-4), the Officer will be accountable for support the development and preparation of the Youth and Adolescent programs/projects and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of progress of Youth and Adolescent programs/projects within the country program. The Officer provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on Youth and Adolescent programs/projects to improve the opportunities for youth and adolescents to develop and reach their full potential especially for youth and adolescents who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

Key Accountabilities, Duties & Tasks

1. Support to program/project development and planning

 - Support the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis for Youth and Adolescent Program to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence based data on Youth and Adolescent issues are available to guide UNICEF's strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on Youth and Adolescent Program and to set priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery.

- Participate in strategic program discussion on the planning of Youth and Adolescent Program. Formulate, design and prepare programs/projects proposal for the sector, ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF's Strategic Plans and Country Program and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.

- Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for the sector using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for program review and approval.

- Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.

- Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

2. Advisory services and technical support

- Participate in strategic discussions, meetings and other international/national meetings and workshops to provide evidence based papers and inputs on adolescent development and participation to influence policy and agenda setting.

- Provide technical advice and guidance to key government officials, NGO, UN system and other country office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on adolescent development and participation to support program development, conceptualizing, planning, implementation and delivery of results.

- Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials for management use, information and consideration in development discussion and planning relating to adolescents.

- Provide technical advice to internal sectoral staff and external partners on approaches to enhance adolescents' participation into the policy, programming and humanitarian interventions.

3. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

 - Lead advocacy drive for adolescent rights and programming within the country office, with other UN and government and non-government partners based on improved evidence and data.

- Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes, youth led organizations and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on UNICEF's adolescent development and participation initiatives.

- Contribute to the preparation of advocacy and communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and to ensure that adolescent development and participation programs and initiatives are adequately resourced and supported.

- Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on adolescent development and participation to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting process. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues the UNDAF planning and preparation of programs/projects including emergency preparedness.

4. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

 - Promote, document and disseminate critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices on adolescent development and participation initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.

- Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting edge practices on adolescent development related issues. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned to support development, planning, implementation and scale up.

- Contribute to the development of policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices that promote the rights of adolescents and enhances their development and participation as active members of society and their community.

- Organize/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of a wide range of internal and external partners/stakeholders to achieve sustainable results on adolescent development and participation programs and initiatives.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


 - First level university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Medicine, Public Health, Behavior Communication or other social science relevant field, is required.


- A minimum of two (2) years of professional progressive work experience, in social program development, planning and management in adolescent development related areas, at the national and/or international level, is required.

 - Previous relevant work experience in UN system and/or agency is considered an asset.

Past work experience in a developing country context is considere an advantage.


 - Fluency in Portuguese and English is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.

 Competencies of Successful Candidate

 Core Values 

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

 Core competencies 

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with People (II)
  • Drive for Results (II)

 Functional competencies 

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

To view our competency framework, please click here

Please note that this Vacancy Announcement is open for competition to Brazilian nationals only. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnic backgrounds, representing the diversity of Brazil, such as black and indigenous people, to apply to become a part of our organization. Candidates will be treated equally regardless of gender, sexual orientation, special needs, social and HIV/aids status. UNICEF is a smoke-free environment.

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