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Humanitarian Youth Coordinator

Humanitarian Youth Coordinator

 UNFPA Lebanon

Terms of Reference

Official Job Title: Humanitarian Youth Coordinator
Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon 
Contract type: Service contract/ SC 9
Duration: 12 months (September 2014 to August 2015) with possibility for extension
Vacancy Announcement #: VA-FPA-LBN-2014-06

In view of UNFPA’s humanitarian response activities in Lebanon in support of the Syrian refugees as well as Lebanese affected by the Syrian crisis, the UNFPA Country Office (CO) requires additional support to ensure the timely delivery of response and high quality activities and services.  UNFPA Lebanon has developed its intervention plan focusing on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Reproductive Health (RH) with particular emphasis on youth in line with the Regional Response Plan for Syria, UNFPA Strategic Framework for the Syria crisis and the Government Response Plan for the Syria Crisis. 

The interventions will also be developed based on the accumulated youth related achievements and results supported by UNFPA in the past few years as well as the recently released results of the Situation Analysis of Youth Affected by the Syrian Crisis (July 2014).  Both components have generated significant findings and evidence for tailoring interventions related to health, protection, livelihoods, education, social cohesion, etc.  In this regard, and in early 2014, UNFPA has established partnership with UNICEF to intensify efforts for addressing youth needs and programmatic interventions by conducting mapping exercises, revising training resources, and conducting pilot trainings with focus on life skills and peer education in the humanitarian context.      

Based on the above, a humanitarian youth coordinator is suggested to be engaged by UNFPA CO with the aim to intensify efforts and responses to the crisis. The rationale for this post is justified as follows: a) a significant proportion of the displaced population falls within the youth age group, b) UNFPA has invested significant efforts in supporting youth interventions in humanitarian settings that would require scaling up, c) anecdotes and assessments clearly show that the youth group within the refugee population is not gaining enough attention and focused interventions, a matter that UNFPA will be supporting, and d) UNFPA and UNICEF are joining efforts towards addressing youth needs.     


The incumbent will be based in the UNFPA CO in Beirut, Lebanon with regular field visits to targeted areas with affected youth by the Syria crisis.

2.            JOB PURPOSE

He/she will be supporting the UNFPA CO humanitarian operations in order to ensure that all youth interventions and efforts are coordinated in such a manner to ensure quality, timely, and effective responses to the needs of affected populations of concern (refugees and host communities) and that operational responses in all UNFPA supported sectors mainstream youth priorities.  The youth humanitarian coordinator will be reporting to and shall be guided by the UNFPA Assistant Representative, and will be coordinating his/her tasks with the rest of the humanitarian/ development team.  In addition, and given that a significant set of activities fall under the joint UNFPA/UNICEF agreement within the youth component, an adhoc UNFPA/UNICEF task force will be established and will be meeting frequently with the incumbent to follow up on the joint activities/tasks. 


3.1.        Partnership and Coordination

  • Represent UNFPA’s youth mandate and concerns in various humanitarian sectoral coordination mechanisms (i.e. central, periphery, etc)
  • Contribute to coordination/sector meetings and mechanisms for addressing youth related concerns and gaps under relevant working/sub-working groups (i.e. protection, GBV, RH, health, etc)
  • Support in maintaining database on ASRH commodities and supplies dignity kits and share information with coordinating UN agencies and host communities - NGO and government implementing partners when and if need be.
  • Coordinate the joint activities that fall under the UNFPA/UNICEF agreement (see below)  
  • Co-lead to youth working group to better address youth concerns and promote inter-agency collaboration for joint programming.  In this regard, the incumbent will act as a rapporteur for the youth working group and will ensure close monitoring and follow up to the recommendations and actions.  In addition, the incumbent is expected to act as an advocate for ensuring that youth issues and priorities are well mainstreamed in the various humanitarian related working groups, sub-working groups and task forces.
  • Provide technical support in developing a multi-sectoral and coordinated Youth programme in partnership with the Youth Working Group.

3.2.       Programming and Implementation

  • Advise UNFPA CO team (and partners) on particular youth needs, emerging priorities and gaps to be considered within the various interventions with emphasis on RH and protection/GBV.
  • Explore opportunities and entry points for UNFPA to design/adopt Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health interventions for specific at-risk/vulnerable groups affected by a crisis. This would also entail addressing ASRH from a gender perspective making sure that girls needs and specificities are well addressed and met in the various interventions.
  • Advise UNFPA CO on potential partners for coordinating/implementing youth related activities.
  • Participate in conceptualizing and designing youth related initiatives and interventions including ones related to adolescents sexual and reproductive health based on identified gaps and emerging priorities.
  • Support and advise the UNFPA country office management and builds knowledge and programming practices in relation to youth through information sharing and facilitation of external and internal trainings aimed at multi-sectoral youth programming.
  • With regards to the joint UNFPA/UNICEF agreement, ensure that the related activities (below) are adequately, timely and efficiently implemented.  This will require development/review of TORs, identification of experts/consultants, follow up on contractual arrangements for experts, monitor the implementation and provide input and feedback on the expected deliverables:  
  1. Map out actors including NGOs/SDCs/INGOs involved in the humanitarian response a) working on adolescents and youth programme/ projects/ interventions, b) targeting adolescents and youth, or c) led by youth in order to identify who is doing what and where.  Through this mapping, organizations will be identified that would require further enhancing their capacities.  
  2. Map out /review existing material (resources, packages, training modules, guidelines, etc) used by youth and for youth including in humanitarian settings. 
  3. Conduct a rapid assessment of the existing 11 Adolescents and Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) in terms of their engagement and responsiveness in the humanitarian operations. 
  4. Based on (b) above, develop a comprehensive and standardized youth life skills based package for emergency setting including training and educational material to be used for developing capacities of organizations and service providers as well as youth (based on a. and c.)
  5. Carry out a pilot training for the existing AYFS and provide them with support to enable them to address the needs of the youth affected by the Syrian crisis.

3.3.       Monitoring

  • Supervise preparation by CO and/or implementing partners of annual and other periodic work plans and monitor progress (including activities under the UNFPA/UNICEF joint programme) according to the Project monitoring plan, including contracts with UNFPA partners towards projected programme results, and documents and applies lessons learnt to close the gaps.
  • Develop a monitoring plan with clear tasks, milestones and timeline to ensure adequate implementation of all related tasks
  • Advise on any potential problems in the implementation of the interventions, suggest corrective measures  and ensure that the latter are being adequately implemented
  • Provide regular briefing to CO (as well as UNFPA regional office when need be) on activities implemented, assessment findings, priorities, gaps, constraints, challenges, recommendations, etc.
  • Monitor projects expenditures and disbursements to ensure delivery is in line with approved project budgets and to realize targeted delivery levels, and coordinates timely delivery of quality project and financial reporting and ensure adequacy with finance and activities.
  • Contribute to any related evaluation exercises by providing input, guidance and follow up
  • Ensure regular contribution to the CO specific monitoring tool developed by the M&E officer  

3.4.        Additional tasks

  • Contribute to the review and revision of the Regional Response Plan
  • Support in developing youth related proposals
  • Prepare regular and ad hoc reports on youth issues and activities for the country office.
  • Provide input and information to be used in preparing briefs, articles, stories, and statements for visibility such as newsletters, website, press releases, etc
  • Document lessons learned and best practices, particularly on those related to the field operations for effective delivery of youth related activities
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the assistant representative


  • Detailed workplan and monitoring plan describing incumbent’s key tasks and milestones developed and implemente
  • All activities under the UNFPA/UNICEF completed as per related TORs.  This will entail receiving, reviewing and  commenting on reports from the experts/consultants
  • AWPs prepared and projects implemented
  • Regular progress reports as well as training and mission reports provided.
  • Input to visibility tools, proposals, reports, newsletters, websites, strategies, etc provided
  • New partners identified
  • ·A functional youth working group 

5.            JOB REQUIREMENTS

5.1.       Education

  • Bachelor or Masters degree in social sciences, public health, community health, gender and development or related field.  

5.2.       Experience and Knowledge:

  • 4 years (with Masters) or 6 years (with Bachelor) experience in programme management and coordination, including monitoring and evaluation in development as well as humanitarian settings
  • Good knowledge in the field of youth and adolescents. Knowledge in life skills is an asset.
  • Awareness and knowledge of health issues in general and reproductive health issues in particular and their relevance in humanitarian emergency and post conflict recovery settings. Prior training is recommended.
  • Knowledge on gender issues is an asset
  • Good Skills in research & data collection
  • Experience in coordination, advocacy and training is recommended
  • Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
  • Familiarity with the humanitarian response as well as related resources and coordination mechanisms
  • Building strategic alliances and partnership
  • Knowledge, skill, and experience in participatory methods for community development and mobilization.
  • Fluency in speaking and writing Arabic and English  
6.            COMPETENCIES
  • Values/guiding principles
  • Working in teams
  • Excellent relationship and self management / Emotional intelligence
  • Communication and analytic skills
  • Analytical and strategic thinking and results orientation/commitment of excellence;
  • Knowledge sharing / continuous learning
  • Mobility
  • Capacity to work in a stressful/conflict environment
  • Ability to communicate ideas and complex issues and concepts clearly to different audiences, and to write clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to express empathy for local culture and traumatized individuals, communities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different cultural backgrounds.                            


How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply on line by submitting the following:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Updated CV
  • P11 form (click to download) detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the TORs

The above documents should be submitted to the following email address: with indication of Vacancy Announcement in the subject matter no later than August 20, 2014.  

UNFPA will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the above required documents and in which there is further interest.



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Latest update: 5/18/2012