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Role Specification


The Position:

The Youth and Gender Specialist provides technical assistance and manages UNFPA’s work in respective State, on adolescents and youth and gender equality, with special focus on gender-based violence,  to accelerate achievement of the ICPD Programme of Action and Agenda 2030. You will provide technical and policy advice in these special areas and help to strategically position UNFPA’s work, ensuring linkages with UNFPA other programme components of sexual and reproductive health and population dynamics.

You will report directly to the Head of Office with strong working relationships with the Adolescent/Youth and Gender Specialists in the Country Office in New Delhi.



This post is non-rotational.

Background Information

Duty Station: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Duration: One year, renewable

Post Type: Full time, Service Contract

Closing date: Wednesday, 1 December 2021


Organizational Setting



UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them, and who commit to delivering excellence in programme results.



Main Tasks & Responsibilities


Job Purpose:


UNFPA has been a partner of the Government of India and People since 1974 and is now on its 9th five-year Country Programme.  The Country Programme leverages large-scale government programmes to advance the needs of adolescents and girls and advance gender equality, such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Save Daughters and Educate Daughters), Scheme for Adolescent Girls, Adolescent Health Programme, and school-based programmes to reach girls and boys at scale.  UNFPA’s support to the formal school systems through the Adolescence Education Programme has steadily moved towards institutionalization. UNFPA remains a trusted and important partner to both the Ministries of Health and Education to support the roll-out and institutionalization of the Comprehensive School Health Programme. UNFPA’s technical support to strengthen the on-ground implementation of Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (National Adolescent Health Programme) is well recognized. While working with national government programmes, the interventions have also been designed to demonstrate innovative ways of reaching out to vulnerable adolescent girls.


UNFPA aims to advance women and young people’s rights, especially girls, through interventions that keep girls in school, delay marriage and child bearing, prevent unintended pregnancy, protect them against and address gender-based violence, and promote the social, health and economic assets of the most vulnerable.  The programme seeks to reimage young people, promote their responsible participation and civic engagement, and thud unleash their full potential as agents of positive transformative in their communities and society at large.


You will manage the adolescent and youth and gender programme in the State, providing high-quality technical assistance, introduce innovation for acceleration of results, and results-based programme management; you will strengthen partnerships and build strategic alliances for advocacy and provide policy advice, leverage financial and technical resources for accelerated achievement of UNFPA’s transformative results and the ICPD Programme of Action.  You will engage with other programme units at State and national levels.


You would be responsible for:


A. Programme Management and Coordination:

  • Support the implementation of UNFPA supported programming in the area of adolescents and youth and gender, applying appropriate strategies and interventions relevant to the State, and for achieving Country Programme results.
  • Ensure application of Corporate programme policies and procedures, including those related to budget management, monitoring and oversight.
  • Contribute to the formulation of the annual work plans for the State in the area of adolescents and youth and gender, ensuring application and contextualization of appropriate best practices and latest scientific knowledge in the field of adolescent and youth development, especially adolescent  reproductive health and gender equality.
  • Monitor the day-to-day implementation of work plans through regular consultations with stakeholders and field visits.
  • Contribute to preparedness and response to humanitarian crises in the State, ensuring adequate attention given to the needs of women and girls, and inclusion of young people during emergencies.


B. Policy Dialogue and Technical Support:

  • Contribute to policy dialogue with Government counterparts and UN and other development partners at the State level, preparing technical briefs and evidence-based materials and data, in favour of policies and budget allocations for programmes targeting women and girls, adolescents and youth.
  • Stay up-to-date with UNFPA corporate technical and programme policies and guidelines. Assess implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution, and ensure their application as relevant.
  • Stay connected to national and international technical communities of practice, ensuring appropriate contextualization of new ideas, best practices, and scientific evidence in the field of gender equality and adolescents and youth development.
  • Apply rights-based, gender-responsive and inclusive, and results-based approaches to programme design, implementation and reporting.
  • Establish and nurture collaboration and partnerships with technical networks on adolescents and youth development and gender equality.


C. Advocacy and Resource Mobilization:

  • Represent UNFPA in meetings with senior and technical government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, maintain a healthy and collaborative relationship, and advocate for adolescents and youth participation and inclusion, and gender equality.
  • Provide technical inputs towards advocacy efforts of the Country Office, contributing to project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor and high level visitor briefs.
  • Contribute technical and evidence-based inputs to advocacy messages on the rights and needs of women and young people, especially girls in respective State.
  • Engage in and strengthen technical partnerships and alliances.
  • Contribute to CO resource mobilization initiatives, identifying opportunities to leverage funding from government and private sector; contribute technical inputs to concept notes and proposals writing.
  • Support CO communications efforts, providing relevant state materials.


Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership. 



Qualifications and Experience



Advanced degree in Law and Human Rights, Psychology, Social Work, Gender Studies, Public Health, Health Economics, public policy, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, Development Management, or related disciplines.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in managing development programmes, prior experience in managing gender and/or adolescent and youth preferred.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in adolescents and youth development, civic engagement,  gender equality and gender-based violence.
  • Understanding of life-skills including comprehensive sexuality education programmes, gender-based violence, child marriage, and gender-biased sex selection highly desirable.
  • Strong understanding of reproductive rights and gender equality dimensions in policy and programme formulation, implementation and monitoring;
  • Proven experience in coordinating/managing a multi-disciplinary team of experts and consultants.
  • Ability to communicate technical and/or complex issues in a clear and articulated manner, to different types and non-technical audiences; 
  • Demonstrated ability to network and build partnerships with civil society and youth networks;
  • Possess excellent emotional intelligence, interpersonal, negotiating, intercultural communication skills and political acumen;
  • Experience in humanitarian preparedness and response is desirable.



Fluency in English is mandatory. Working knowledge of Hindi and/or other national language highly desirable.



Required Competencies



  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change

Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Delivering results-based programme
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  • Communicating for impact




Compensation and Benefits


This position offers an attractive remuneration package range starting from INR 2,562,938 (gross) annual, health insurance, pension and other benefits as applicable.




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