Youth Policy Officer – UNV


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Volunteers
Host EntityUNFPA
Duty StationKhartoum (SDN)
Language SkillsEnglish
Start DateImmediate
Duration7 months with possiblity of extension
Application Deadline13/06/2021

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of UNFPA Head of Youth Unit or his/ her mandated representative(s) and in close collaboration with an international expert as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The National Youth Policy Expert will play a key role in the development of the State of the Youth Report and the National Youth Policy.

Phase One: Inception

1.1 Update the road map for the development of State of the Youth Report & the National Youth Policy in common understanding with key officials in MOYS including the International Expert and partners of the policy formulation process. The document shall outline phases of work, key milestones, timelines, clarify roles and responsibilities and reference documents (deliverable 1.1)

Phase two: Developing a comprehensive, age and gender-sensit understanding of the situation of young people in Sudan ‘State of the youth in Sudan’ report

2.1. Conduct a desk review under the guidance of the international expert t of existing research, reports, transitional government policies, Ministry of Youth and Sports priorities, UN agencies reports on youth and international organizations reports on youth in Sudan. The desk review should also include all the African Union, Arab league and SDG’s of 2030, related to youth policies and strategies recommendations.

2.2. Support the International Expert in the development of a conceptual and analytical framework for data collection including data collection tools and methodology for the comprehensive understanding of the youth context and situation in Sudan taking into account the findings of the desk review of existing data. Methodologies shall ensure extensive involvement of young people in all its diversity age, gender, IDPs/ refugee, disability, rural/ urban etc). (deliverable 2.2)

2.3. Lead the on-ground data collection and cleaning following the agreed upon frameworks and methodology including the organization of inclusive state fora/ conferences (deliverable 2.3)

2.4. Support the International Expert in draft the State of the Youth in Sudan Report to be submitted to UNESCO/ UNFPA and MOYS (deliverable 2.4)

2.5. Coordinate national level youth forum/ conference and present the findings of the State of the Youth Report for validation (deliverable 2.5)

2.6. Develop advocacy tools on the youth policy process (factsheets, infographics, etc.) to ensure buy-in from high level decision-makers in the enforcement of the youth policy (deliverable 2.6)

Phase Three: National Youth Policy Development and Dissemination

3.1. Support the International Expert in developing the first draft of the National Youth Policy (Arabic & English) based on the analysis of the collected data and the organizational analysis. (deliverable 3.1)

3.2. Organize and facilitate sectoral workshops in line with the road map with sector experts from the MYTF, key government officials, activists, civil society actors, academia and young people on the policy draft to facilitate feedback/ input (deliverable 3.2)

3.3. Support the International Expert to incorporate feedback from the sectoral workshops into the final draft National Youth Policy (Arabic & English) (deliverable 3.3)

3.4. Organize the final validation conference in Khartoum with guidance from the International Expert (deliverable 3.4)

3.5. Support the MOYS in designing the roadmap for the roll-out of the National Youth Policy incl media campaigns (deliverable 3.5)

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

· Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);

· Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;

· Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.

· Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc;

· Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;

· Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Any other tasks as required for the advancement of young people in Sudan.


Required degree level

Master degree or equivalent.

Educational additional comments

Advanced degree in social sciences, public administration or related fields, preferably in public/ social policy and with a focus on youth.

Required experience

60 Months

Experience remark

5 years of experience working on and developing and supporting national youth policies and/or national youth programs.

Language skills

  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • Arabic(Mandatory), Level – Fluent

Area of expertise

Development programme/project administration, Youth and sports.

Area of expertise details

  • · At least 5 years of experience working in development;
  • · High-level understanding of policy assessment tools.
  • · High-level knowledge of youth issues and existing policies in the Sudan.
  • · Extensive experience in developing social policies, particularly youth policy.
  • · Excellent facilitation skills and multi-stakeholder consultations.
  • · Excellent skills in participatory methodologies and working in complex, multi-stakeholder environments.
  • · Demonstrated leadership qualities, facilitation, team working and organizational skills, including ability to coach, supervise and guide teams and achieve anticipated results.
  • · Ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict timelines.
  • · Proficiency in current office software applications.
  • · Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work inclusively and collaboratively in multi-sectoral teams.
  • · Initiative and sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work professionally and independently in a challenging environment.
  • · Experience in working with UNFPA or other UN Agencies will be an asset

Competencies values

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams.

Application procedure

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, therefore only nationals of Sudan and legal residents in Sudan with the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply. Application deadline: 13-06-2021.

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