Youth Engagement Analyst
United Nations Development Programme, Manila, Philippines
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- In September 2015, the world leaders signed off on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global agreement identifying the world’s policy priorities for the next 15 years. As the governments of Asia and the Pacific and the UN look towards implementation of the SDGs, it is increasingly being realized that one of the greatest challenges facing policymakers in the region is how to engage the region’s large youth population in their own governance and development. Youth voices and participation were an important part of the consultations for the Post-2015 development framework, with national dialogues undertaken and the online “MY World” global survey eliciting a huge response from youth aged 16 to 30.
- The UNDP believes that youth can make a real and positive difference by engaging with challenges head on through innovation, exploring dynamic approaches to mobilizing their peers and communities and creating adaptive solutions. An emphasis on promoting innovative solutions can help ensure that scarce resources are leveraged for maximum impact and engagement.
- Since 2012, UNDP has been investing in exploring innovation by providing seed-funding to initiatives with the belief that innovation happens through practical explorations of new ways to address old problems. “Innovation” has tended to be understood by lay people as focusing primarily on tech solutions, but it is important to recognize that innovation can occur in multiple ways using multiple media. Innovation encompasses the creation of new ideas and processes to better harness talent and the development of new understandings of old problems or solutions.
- In 2015, the Philippine Statistics Office accounted a total Filipino youth population of 28,921,000 with an Annual Growth Rate of 1.6%. This makes the youth sector one of the largest sectors in the Philippines representing 30% of its more than 100 Million total population today.
- Thus, realizing the role of the youth and the impact they can make in the society, the Philippine Government as early as 2011 has continuously pushed for a youth-inclusive policy making environment where the potentials of the youth in nation-building are recognized and invested upon. This is recognized in the Government of the Philippines’ 2017-2022 Philippine Youth Development Plan, coordinated by the National Youth Commission.
- Accordingly, in the 2016 Global Youth Development Index Report issued by The Commonwealth Secretariat, the Philippines ranked 79 out of the 170 countries on youth development and engagement in the development challenges. Among the indicators used in the report, the Philippines ranked 28 in Civic Participation which measures the extent to which youth positively interacts with their community. This signifies the increasing level of concern and awareness of the Filipino youth on civic issues and the increased recognition of their role in national development as potent agent of change in their respective communities.
- Through the Regional Youth Programme on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RYPLIE or Youth Co:Lab), a regional programme supported through the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, with the Philippines as a country participant, a social innovation service model will be designed to empower and engage youth to internalize innovation, co-design and develop the next generation of services by prototyping new ideas and solutions that address national priorities. It will support youth and other stakeholders to:
- Strengthen the ecosystem that fosters opportunities for young entrepreneurs, social innovators and youth-led networks and organisations
- Build the capacity of young entrepreneurs, social innovators and youth-led networks and organisations through developmental exercises and mentoring, and recognise their skills and talent
- Provide the platform for enhanced coalition building and networking among young entrepreneurs, social innovators and youth-led networks and organisations with leaders and experts in the fields of business, development, finance, technology and innovation
- Provide funding and investment platform to scale successful innovations both nationally and regionally.
- The planned multi-stakeholder national dialogue, to be supported by the Youth Co:Lab, will bring prominent public and private sector actors together to support youth social innovation through each stage of the innovation process. With this, UNDP Philippines will engage a National UN Volunteer Specialist who will serve as the focal for youth engagement, mapping of youth led innovative initiatives, lead youth-led dialogues of the county’s pressing issues and needs and facilitate fostering youth contribution to SDGs through forging partnerships and collaboration among youth groups in the Philippines.
- Under the direct supervision of United Nations Development Programme in the Philippines Institutions and Partnerships Programme Team Leader, the Youth Engagement Analyst will focus on Youth Engagement, Project Management and Implementation, Events Coordination, and Partnership Management and Communications.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Lead initiatives on youth engagement, specifically:
- Support the formulation and implementation of the UNDP Philippines Youth Engagement Strategy;
- Serve as UNDP Philippines Youth Focal in the United Nations Theme Group on Youth (UNTGY);
- Support to the development of projects on Youth and Innovation; and
- Collect and keep track of youth-related practices within UNDP Philippines, including the innovation and youth partners database.
- Ensure project management and implementation, specifically:
- Draft and finalize Youth Co:Lab Philippines (RYPLIE) detailed work and financial plan for Youth Co:Lab Philippines programme initiatives;
- Oversight and support the Youth Co:Lab Philippines initiative on day-to-day operations and implementation;
- Provision of technical inputs in the implementation of the project under the overall guidance and advisory support of the Institutions and Partnerships Team Leader and Youth Team of Bangkok Regional Hub;
- Actively assist in managing innovation proposals as well as budgets and financial resources allocated to the project;
- Assist in the preparation of reports (technical and financial) for the Country Office and the Bangkok Regional Hub;
- Ensure events coordination and management, specifically:
- Coordinate the inputs of UNDP Philippines and BRH, Citi Philippines and other partners into the agenda, and coordinate the event management for the Youth Co:Lab Philippines National Dialogue;
- Provide necessary administrative and logistical support to UNDP CO and youth participants in regional events including inputs to building the agenda; and
- Support to organize other innovation and youth events.
- Support resource mobilization and develop and maintain effective partnerships to ensure the strategic positioning of the project, specifically:
- Support in mobilizing resources to support the project at the national and regional levels;
- Identify and collaborate with potential partners to leverage project’s fund and results;
- Build and maintain an effective relationship with key partners and stakeholders;
- Develop and finalize Memorandum of Agreements, Responsible Party Agreements, or other relevant legal instruments with relevant entities, such as thinks tanks and academic institutions;
- Promote coordination and regular dialogues among stakeholders; and
- Ensure effective collaboration with the UN and other development partners.
- Ensure communications and facilitation of knowledge management, specifically:
- Provide regular project updates to the CO Communications Team and the BRH Youth Team, to ensure media presence;
- Prepare social media plan for the whole year and be able to produce digital content to boost youth engagement; and
- Prepare outreach materials associated with innovation, youth and public-private partnerships (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, brochures, etc.) as needed;
- Identification of sources of information related to project implementation related issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to project goals;
- Maintain effective network with development partners and Government at national level and subnational level; and
- Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
- People Management.
- Management and Coordination.
- Civic Engagement.
- Collaboration and Partnership.
- Sustainable Development Goals.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master's degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.
- Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in designing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and/or evaluating development programs and projects with a multilateral international organization, I/NGOs, civil society organizations, and/or government agencies;
- Minimum of two (2) ongoing or completed projects related to Youth Engagement;
- Demonstrated capacity in project management is required; and
- Proven experience of effective partnership development with national counterparts, development partners and civil society is required.
Desired additional skills and competencies:
- Previous working experience with UN organization is advantageous.
- Proficiency in English and Filipino.