Senior Adviser (Country Support), P5, Generation Unlimited Secretariat

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 08

Position description

We work in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope... 

This generation of young people is faced with a world of unlimited potential: a world of expanding connectivity, enhanced mobility and unprecedented technological progress. However, this world is also challenging. In 2016, 263 million children and adolescents were out of school, representing nearly one fifth of the global population. Of these 61 million (23%) were of lower secondary school age and 139 million (53%) were of upper secondary school age – with six out of ten children not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. At the current rate of progress, by 2030, only one out of two young people in middle-income countries, and one in ten in low-income countries, will achieve the basic secondary education level skills necessary for success in the global economy.  There is both a skills gap and a skills mismatch, with 71 million unemployed youth worldwide and 156 million young workers living in working poverty (less than $3 a day).  These trends come at a time where the future of work is growing more unpredictable given the increasing but uneven impact of technology on the work force across both sectors and countries.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance of the Director and the direct supervision of the Senior Adviser (Planning and Programmes), Generation Unlimited Secretariat, the Senior Adviser (Country support) will lead the support of country level roll-out of GenU, including the establishment of guidance and approaches for GenU partnerships in countries.  The post will solicit potential interested parties, and upon invitation, guide them in country level development and implementation of GenU’s Business Model, including through guidance to country level partners on landscape analysis, development of country roadmaps, portfolios of  investment opportunities  and key partnerships for GenU, the set-up and launch of country operations, the monitoring of progress towards outputs and the front-end design of evaluation and outcomes and results. S/he will work with the rest of the GenU Global team and country partners to identify of opportunities for innovations at scale and cross-sector investments, will craft shared value partnerships, and mobilize financial and political capital. The Senior Adviser (Country Support) will also support the engagement of regional organizations and offices to advance country level roll-out. 

Lead support to initiating GenU country partnerships in countries

  • Coordinate and manage the identification of countries for GenU partnership formation which will lead to accelerated results in youth education, skills and empowerment. 
  • Guide the country partners in strategic direction and approaches for country level implementation of GenU including national GenU executive board and country team formation, landscaping, roadmap preparation and preparation and execution of Country Investment Agendas.                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • a) Provide technical advice to country executive boards and teams in their GenU-related political, programmatic and partnership analysis and in the development of Country Investment Agendas.  This includes guidance with respect to policies, strategies, best practices and approaches to maximize delivery of results under their respective Country Investment Agendas.  Support the engagement of regional offices and organizations to support country level partnerships and results. 
  • b)Oversee the process of identifying potential integration of Global Breakthroughs and other innovations at scale, in alignment with Country Investment Agendas, including through identification of strategic partnership entry points, and proposing modifications and/or improvements of global business plans.

Partnerships and advocacy

  • Facilitate country level dialogues with partners – in government, private sector, young people, UN and multi/bilaterals and civil society - to expand GenU’s partnerships and resource mobilization, particularly shared value partnerships that leverage core business assets towards GenU priorities.This also includes support to the roll-out of the World Bank 1 billion dollar investment in enhancing the education, skills, and employability of young people in alignment with GenU.
  • Foster strategic alliances and coalitions with key country, regional and global networks who bring technical and financial resources to GenU partners in country helping them to scale-up and improve the quality of the GenU partnerships in countries. 

Monitoring, Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management

  • Advise on the formulation and implementation of results frameworks, monitoring systems including periodic reviews, research and evaluation plans for Country Investment Agendas and Global Breakthroughs
  • Manage the curation and sourcing of high quality technical assistance required by country teams and partners to implement Country Investment Agendas.

Any other duties as required

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (master's or higher) in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, international relations, social sciences or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of 10 of relevant professional experience in country level work across regions developing programme strategies, joint programmes and other multi-sectoral collaborations.
  • Experience in programme management, as well as experience working in a multi-cultural environment and developing country situation is required.
  • Experience in second decade education, youth skilling, youth employment, youth entrepreneurship and young peoples’ civic engagement an asset. 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate the values of…

Care, Respect, Integrity, trust, accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are:

  • Analytical and Conceptual thinking
  • Formulating Strategies & Concepts
  • Strategic and Global Thinking
  • Relating and networking
  • Deciding and initiating action
  • Persuading and influencing
  • Creating and innovating
  • Adapting and responding to change

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