Youth Empowerment and Engagement - Internship


Location : Dakar, SENEGAL
Application Deadline :25-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
02-Aug-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

In 2012 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2056 that requested the Secretary-General to develop and implement, in consultation with regional organizations, a United Nations integrated strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) region encompassing security, governance, development, human rights and humanitarian issues. Pursuant to the resolution, UNISS was developed and launched in 2013 with the aim of reducing the socio-economic vulnerability of the populations in the Sahel region. In 2017, following an internal review of UNISS, a recalibration of the strategy by the Regional United Nations Sustainable Development Group (R-UNSDG) with UNOWAS resulted in the elaboration of a United Nations Sahel Support Plan (UNSP) to better align UN’s collective support to address the needs and priorities of the people and Governments in the region.

The UN Support Plan (UNSP), which covers the period 2018-2030, serves as a vehicle for articulating and operationalizing the commitments of the UN system and partners in the region. It builds on the progress achieved by UNISS to date, while re-aligning its focus with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the core priorities of national and regional partners; especially in the areas of peace, security and development in the region. Through the UNSP, the UN commits to strengthen national and regional initiatives and to provide a platform through which the UN’s extensive regional expertise and capacities can be leveraged to deliver on the Secretary General’s vision for the Sahel. The Support Plan also represents a commitment to a new way of working in the region through better integration of its political, security, humanitarian and development efforts; stronger focus on inter-agency programming; pooling of technical resources in the region for scaling up UN’s support for the Sahel; and prioritizing cross border cooperation to address issues that transcend national boundaries.

To contribute towards the effective implementation of the UNSP priorities, UNDP Africa Bureau in its capacity as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) connector and leader of the United Nations Development System (UNDS) in the Sahel region, has recently launched the ‘UNDP Enhanced Offer for Regeneration in the Sahel’. The Enhanced Offer for the Sahel has four overarching and integrated components: prevention, stabilization, transformation and sustainability. While the development context of each locality will determine the entry point, each offer includes a combination of the four components which respond to the evolving and dynamic socio-economic, political and security landscapes. The offer outlines UNDP’s contribution to regenerate the Sahel and change the narrative from one of crises to hope. And it is both set within the background of the complex geopolitics of the Sahel region as well as framed within the context of Humanitarian-Development Nexus with links to resilience and peace consolidation.

The UNDP West and Central Africa Sub Regional UNDP Hub (Dakar Hub) provides the overall leadership and oversight in the Sahel region for the implementation of the Enhanced Sahel Offer. Youth is one of the key areas of intervention for the Sahel Offer. UNDP’s regional project for youth empowerment in the Sahel (RPYES) was approved towards the end of 2020. The regional project offers opportunities for co-creation with youth for enhanced employability and innovative entrepreneurship, digital technology, greening of the Sahel, youth voices, connectivity and creation of an enabling environment. The project ambitions to bring youth and development actors together to co-create innovative solutions and new ways of working on youth empowerment in the Sahel region. The planned initiatives will be implemented using the youth empowerment focal points/teams and management structures of UNDP’s Country Offices, the Sub Regional Hub for West & Central Africa, the Regional Service Centre based in Addis Ababa and the Regional Bureau for Africa. The project will also engage youth organizations as agents of change to play an active role in the project implementation. UNDP Sahel Youth Project is led by a regional project manager who reports directly to the Regional Manager of the UNDP Sub-Regional Hub.

The Intern-Youth Empowerment and Engagement position is part of the RPYES project management unit led by the Project Manager. The incumbent functions under the direct supervision of the Project Manager.


Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist with organizing and promoting learning and knowledge events

• Assist to organize project events, retreats, forums, youth conferences and gatherings 

• Participate in meetings, draft meeting minutes and perform other support tasks as required

• Contribute to mobilization and engagement with youth, partners and the public through social media and other channels

• Perform other tasks as requested by the supervisor.


Competencies

The intern is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.

 


Required Skills and Experience

 

The intern is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.

Conditions:

• Le PNUD n'est pas responsable des coûts résultant des accidents et/ou une maladie survenant au cours du stage et, par conséquent, le stagiaire devra fournir une preuve d'inscription à un régime d'assurance-santé;

• Le PNUD ne traite pas avec les autorités de l'immigration et que, par conséquent, le stagiaire sera responsable d'obtenir les visas nécessaires. Le PNUD ne peut me soutenir que par la fourniture de la lettre d'invitation pour l'obtention des visas, si nécessaire.

• Le ou la stagiaire perçoit une indemnité mensuelle de stage selon la grille en vigueur fixé par le Siège et toutes les charges liées au stage sont à la charge du stagiaire;

• Le/la  stagiaire accumulera des congés au rythme d'un jour et demi par mois. Tout jour de congé accumulé non utilisé à la fin du stage sera perdu. Toute absence injustifiée pendant la période de stage dépassant un total de neuf jours sera déduite de l'allocation mensuelle ;

• Le stage au PNUD ne garantit pas systématiquement un emploi à la fin du stage ;

• Le candidat sélectionné doit s'engager à respecter les obligations suivantes en ce qui concerne le programme de stage :

• Se conduire d'une manière compatible avec ses responsabilités en tant que titulaire d'un stage au PNUD ;

• Garder confidentiel tous les renseignements non publiés que le bureau communiquera au cours de son stage, et de ne pas publier les rapports ou documents de travail sur la base des informations obtenues au cours de ce stage, sauf avec l'autorisation du PNUD

• Fournir un avis écrit en cas de maladie ou autres circonstances inévitables qui pourraient l'empêcher de remplir ses obligations ;

• Préparer un court rapport sur son stage à la fin de stage et de le soumettre au Département concerné ;

• Faire un entretien de sortie avant la date d'expiration de son stage.

La candidature féminine est fortement recomandée.

 



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