Youth Futures Initiative

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 23

Position description


Re-advertisement of Posts # 92394 & 92560


As the pandemic has shaken our collective understanding of how things are and can be, this is a moment to rethink, reimagine, and reshape our ways of being, thinking and doing before we settle (or “freeze”) into new normals. UNDP’s #NextGenNormals initiative will aim to engage young women and men in the Arab region in shifting mindsets from the immediate COVID-19 response into longer-term visions and the possibility to “reset” trajectories. The initiative will offer a platform and mechanism for young people to develop skills and tools for (re)imagining the future and contributing actively in the shaping of #NextGenNormals. What kind of futures do young people across the region want to see; what are plausible, possible and probable futures; and what will young people’s role be in shaping their desired futures? These are the questions we want to engage young people across the region in answering. The initiative will anchor itself in the two themes of the sixth edition of the UNDP’s Youth Leadership Programme (YLP):

  1. Climate Action: Progress made following the Paris Agreement will be at risk as shorter-term economic priorities begin to dominate the recovery effort, despite the fact that tackling climate change can help avert future pandemics and crises including loss of livelihoods and food insecurity. Climate action could trigger $26 trillion in economic benefits by 2030 and create over 65 million new jobs. What might an Arab region founded on sustainable and regenerative models look like, and how can young people make it a reality?
  2. Political and Civic Engagement: Young people have stepped up in the pandemic response, contributing as scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators; running awareness campaigns and hand-washing campaigns; and volunteering to support the elderly and vulnerable populations. COVID-19 has also raised important questions around citizen-state trust and new avenues of democratic participation, including digital. How do young people envision the future of political and civic engagement and their role in making it a reality?



Duties and Responsibilities

The initiative will begin with an online call for multimedia submissions by young people, presenting specific visions and ideas on what #NextGenNormals could look like in the years to come. Following the launch of the call for submissions, a one hour Q&A session will be organized to answer questions and introduce the basics of foresight and futures thinking to youth across the region. Up to 30 young people will be selected from among those making submissions to participate in an online futures fellowship during which they will be supported to advance their ideas.

In collaboration with and under the supervision of the UNDP Amman Regional Hub Innovation and Youth Teams, the consultant will be asked to:

  • Participate in refining the objectives, format and structure of the fellowship; 
  • Contribute to the design of the call for submissions (application form, selection criteria, type of application portal, messaging to be used in disseminating the call);
  • Prepare and deliver one (1) one-hour Q&A session upon launch of the call for submissions, with introductory content on foresight and futures thinking;
  • Support the UNDP team in evaluating submissions received;
  • Prepare and deliver up to (5) fellowship workshops (2 hours for each workshop) including training material;
  • Assist in identifying and preparing possible guest speakers and/or mentors;
  • Respond to fellows’ queries in between workshop sessions; facilitate an online discussion space where fellows can interact; and
  • Distill actionable intelligence of relevance for UNDP’s programming in the Arab States (5-10 pages).





  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


  • Strong substantive knowledge of youth engagement and local development issues and ability to link knowledge to UN/UNDP frameworks;
  • Capacity to interact with varying stakeholders in UNDP Programme countries and other international development organizations;    
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality project documents and/or knowledge products;
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Focus on impact and result for the beneficiary;
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant digital collaboration tools.


  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic overview and corporate vision;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of development experience;

Managing Relationships:

  • Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational management skills;
  • Excellent networking skills with strong partnerships in academia, technical organizations and as a recognized expert in the practice area;
  • Strong partnering skills.

Managing Complexity: 

  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of youth engagement and empowerment and development cooperation with the ability to support the practice architecture of UNDP and inter-disciplinary issues.


Required Skills and Experience


Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Public Administration, International Affairs, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, or other related fields.

Work experience:

  • At least 5 years of previous relevant working experience; including at least 3 years of working experience in social innovation, ideally in the context of international development and/or youth engagement;
  • Proven track record in foresight practice or research is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering workshops and developing training materials is required;
  • Previous working experience in the Arab States region is an advantage;

Language Requirements:

  • Language proficiency in both written and oral English is required. Knowledge of any other UN language is, specifically Arabic, an asset;



  • The individual is required to exhibit his or her full-time commitment with UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS);
  • S/He shall perform tasks under the general guidance of the Regional Programme Coordinator and                     the direct supervision of the Regional Innovation Team Leader and the Youth Leadership Project Manager;
  • The supervision will include approvals/acceptance of the outputs and deliverables as identified in                     the previous section;
  • The individual is expected to liaise and collaborate in the course of performing the work with other consultants, suppliers and UN colleagues;
  • The individual is required to provide periodical progress reports on regular and needed basis throughout the assignment to monitor progress;
  • In terms of the Intellectual Property Rights related to this assignment, kindly refer to Clause 3 under the attached IC General Terms and Conditions;
  • The individual is required to maintain close communication with UNDP-RBAS on regular and needed basis at any period throughout the assignment in order to monitor progress. In the event of any delay, S/he will inform UNDP promptly so that decisions and remedial action may be taken accordingly; and
  • Should UNDP deem it necessary, it reserves the right to commission additional inputs, reviews or revisions, as needed to ensure the quality and relevance of the work.

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