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UNICEF is looking for a UN Youth Advocate for Youth Engagement


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.

The UN Youth Advocate will be based in the UNICEF Mozambique office in Maputo.  The Country Office currently has over 120 staff who work across six sections (Health and Nutrition, WASH, Education, Protection, CAP and SPEAR), Programme Coordination, Operations and Front Office. In 2015, the Mozambique office successfully implemented a Youth Volunteers Pilot with 12 national Youth UNVs recruited and on boarded for one to two years. In two occasions, two formed UNVs have been subsequently recruited as national staff. 

The Volunteer will be situated within the Communication, Adolescents and Public Advocacy – CAP - section and will report to the Adolescents Development Specialist Massimiliano Sani.

The UN Youth Volunteer Coordinator’s work will include engagement with external partners including potentially UNFPA and other UN agencies, government partners and implementing partners. The Communication, Adolescents and Public Advocacy (CAP) programme constitutes a cross-cutting area and works extensively to promote adolescents and youth engagement; to create an enabling and protective environment for children and their families; to achieve behavioural and social outcomes and establish social norms linked to health, equality, education, and protection.  In particular, since 2015, in the context of the youth-focused Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV prevention Geração Biz (Busy Generation) programme, UNICEF Mozambique partnered with line ministries of Youth and Sport; Health; and Education; UNFPA and the youth association Coalizão (Youth Coalition) to adapt the SMS-based technology for development (T4D) platform U-Report and roll out a pilot programme in four provinces. This was aimed at improving adolescent and young people’s access to comprehensive and personalized SRH and HIV information through SMS. SMS BIZ partners set up a counselling hub managed by Coalizão with 48 trained peer counsellors, equipped with ICT facilities and a reference guide on SRH, HIV and GBV prevention to facilitate their capability to respond to adolescents queries. The counseling service is totally anonymous so neither the counsellors nor users can identify the other. Counsellors respond to about 500 questions daily, with over 440,000 questions were responded to date. Communication and promotion materials were developed to promote the counselling service while advocacy sessions were held in selected provinces in order to create synergies with different stakeholders. Partnerships with the three Telecom Operators allowed SMS BIZ partners to count on free un-limited SMS for the period of 2017-2020. In only two years, SMS BIZ/U-Report, has exceeded expectations with over 133,000 active adolescents and youth registered by September 2017, using the services for information on topics relevant to them.

The UN Youth Advocate will support the CAP team managing the programme and its partners in boosting new youth engagement activities in the context of the SMSBIZ/U-Report programme, developing regular opinion polls and documenting through human interest stories and blog the results achieved.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct the supervision of the Adolescent Development Specialist, the UN Youth Advocate will:

  • Support in doing a youth technology analysis to make recommendations on SMS BIZ/U-Report new features, programmatic development, and maintaining the programme’s relevance to the Mozambican youth;
  • Identification of ways at how connectivity of people, processes and data play an inclusive role for the most excluded and stigmatized adolescents and young people, particularly through the mobilization of networks of adolescents living with HIV, adolescents and youth with disability, among others;
  • Support the team in developing and launching monthly SMS-based polls and campaigns on Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV prevention, Violence Against Children, Child Marriage, gender equality, inclusion and other relevant topics;
  • Assist in identifying opportunities and solutions of direct interest to young people where the SMS BIZ/U-Report programme, as well the skills young women and men peer counsellors, possess could have the biggest impact from an adolescent and youth and inclusion perspective level;
  • Document and consolidate lessons learned, best practices, case studies, case stories, testimonials in written, picture and video form of the learning journey together with other un Volunteers.



  • Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
  • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working.
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge in the field of youth engagement, ICT, communication for development, social inclusion, public/private partnerships;
  • Up to 2 years of experience in the area of information technology, communication and/or youth engagement;
  • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
  • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
  • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English language is required;
  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
  • Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others); 
  • UN Youth Advocates must be between 18 and 24 years for the whole duration of their assignment.


United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

Contract Duration: 1 Year


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