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Chief Youth & Adolescent Development, P5, Fixed Term Appointment, New Delhi, South Asia Region (SAR), Post Number 113415 (Vacancy for Non-Indian Nationals Only)

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: New Delhi
Level: P-5
Location: India
Categories: Adolescent Development

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

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For every child, a future

Launched by the UN Secretary-General at the 2018 UN General Assembly, and anchored in UNICEF, Generation Unlimited (GenU) is a leading global Public-Private-Youth Partnership, bringing together global organizations and leaders including Heads of State, CEOs, Heads of UN agencies, and civil society champions with young people to co-create and deliver innovative solutions on a global scale. India was selected as one of the front runner countries to roll out the GenU, and thus it was officially launched in India (called YuWaah) by the UNICEF Executive Director in November 2019 through a joint initiative with Government of India and partners. Similar to global set-up, the governance structure of YuWaah includes a Board and supported by a Leadership Council composed of leaders in the public and private sectors committed to bringing transformative change for young people in India. 

YuWaah (GenU India) has benefited over 60 million young people – through opportunities for skills development and employment, career guidance, volunteering and volunteering. Central to YuWaah’s efforts is the willingness and capacity to engage and meaningfully partner engage with young people’s needs, ideas and aspirations. 

India’s more than 350 million adolescents and youth (aged 10–24 years) makes up more than one-fourth of the total population. YuWaah’s mission is to ’Enable India's adolescents and youth and connect them to aspirational socio-economic opportunities and engage them as active change makers". GenU works in India towards this mission by focusing on three goals simultaneously in the next 10 years: 

  1. Build pathways to aspirational socio-economic opportunities for 100 million youth 
  2. Facilitate 200 million youth to pain relevant skills for productive lives and the future of work 
  3. Partner with 300 million as change makers and create spaces for developing their leadership 

How can you make a difference? 

Under the general supervision of the Representative, the Chief Youth & Adolescent Development will lead the engagement and empowerment of young people in India, as well as UNICEF India’s contribution to GenU in coordination with the Secretariat, including the establishment of guidance and approaches for YuWaah partnerships. The post will onboard potential interested parties, and upon invitation, guide them in country level development and achievement of YuWaah goals, partnerships, guidance on landscape analysis, strategy, development of roadmaps, portfolios of investment opportunities and leveraging of resources to operationalize GenU partnerships, programmes and initiatives in India. S/he will work with the rest of the country partners and GenU team to identify opportunities for innovations at scale and cross-sector investments, will craft shared value partnerships, and mobilize financial and political capital. 

The Chief Youth & Adolescent Development will also work closely with the Government of India, partners including the Board and Leaders Council and internally at UNICEF with programme sections, particularly the Education and Child Protection sections, UNICEF state offices, as well as with cross-cutting areas such as innovation, resource mobilization and communications. This post will deliver a key role in ensuring the youth adolescent engagement in India and achievement of the Country Programme goals.  

Key functions/accountabilities of the Chief Youth & Adolescent Development

  • Strategic advisory support to lead and strengthen YuWaah operationalization: The role involves coordinating UNICEF and youth-centered partnerships, guiding strategic implementation of YuWaah initiatives, providing technical advice, and influencing policies for youth empowerment and education. 
  • Advocacy, networking and Partnerships building: Lead strategic priorities for youth partnerships, expand YuWaah partnerships and resource mobilization, foster alliances, and build networks to achieve UNICEF India's youth-focused goals. 
  • Monitoring, Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management: Advise on formulating and implementing results frameworks, manage technical assistance, coordinate monitoring and evaluation, participate in reviews, and assess reports to enhance UNICEF’s contribution to YuWaah and the Country Investment Agenda.
  • Programme Leadership, development and management through partnerships: Under direct supervision, manage and evaluate YuWaah’s country program, ensuring integration with UNICEF India’s priorities. Collaborate on program strategies, communications, resource mobilization, and ensure compliance and timely reporting. 
  • Managerial Leadership: Act as YuWaah’s focal point in India, managing communications, stakeholder engagement, and collaboration with GenU. Attend meetings, build a high-performance culture, oversee funding, and ensure regular progress reporting. 
  • Innovation and capacity building: Promote innovative approaches and best practices through advocacy and advisory services. Implement cutting-edge programme management, lead capacity building initiatives, and institutionalize knowledge to achieve sustainable results.

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

Minimum requirements:


  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development/relations, social sciences, education, economics, business administration, public relations, or other relevant technical field/ disciplines.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience of country-level work across regions developing partnerships, programme strategies, joint programmes and other multi-sectoral collaborations.  
  • Experience in programme management and/or private sector engagement/partnerships, as well as experience working in a multi-cultural environment.  
  • Substantial demonstrable experience in managing complex multi-stakeholder projects.  

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.


  • Experience in second-decade education, adolescent development, youth skilling, youth employment, youth entrepreneurship or social impact is an asset. 

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • 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)

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UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

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As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. 

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions 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. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

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