Project Assistant-Youth Development Delegate

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United Nations Development Programme




In partnership with the Arab Youth Center, the Youth Development Delegate assignment’s objectives is to support youth programming at the country level as well as the regional and global level. The Project Assistant will work under the supervision of the UNDP country office Youth Focal Point and guidance of the regional youth portfolio manager and the regional youth team. S/he will be an integral part of the UNDP Country office and Regional Project team and will play an important role supporting UNDP’s Country Offices and partners, with a strong focus on project implementation, coordination, advocacy.

Job Purpose and Organizational Context

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Project Assistant is expected to substantially contribute to the effective design and management of youth programming by performing the following duties:

Programme design and delivery support

  • Provide substantive support to the country office in mainstreaming youth into strategic planning documents (CPD, UNSDCF) and new project documents and initiatives; 
  • develop innovative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities for youth, proactively work across thematic teams to ensure youth-responsive approaches are applied;
  • Collaborate across the UN system and develop synergies through UN-interagency fora to further national and regional agendas with regard to youth skilling, training, employability and entrepreneurship, as well as youth inclusion in other relevant themes such as climate change, youth peace and security.
  • Supports the monitoring and evaluation of youth projects and youth components in other projects of the broader country office portfolio. S/he ensures and guides the appropriate application of monitoring, reporting and evaluation systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary;

Cross-regional collaboration

  • Support the Regional Youth Team in surfacing national, sub-regioanl and regional trends in which the youth population has a large current or future stake, support the development of programmatic responses, contributes to the Community of Practice to enable fluid exchange and learning across the region;
  • Supports the timely preparation and quality control of all substantive technical reports, briefs and required documents, including progress reports, concept notes, background documents and briefing notes;
  • Works closely with the regional team members in the development of project activities to promote youth’s social, political and economic empowerment in the Arab region;
  • Carrying out other tasks as assigned by Regional Coordinator in coordination with respective supervisor, and any other required administrative work.

Advocacy and knowledge management

  • Advocate for youth engagement in development (and the pursuit of SDGs achievement) nationally, which will include monthly vlogs, leading online public webinars, and social media outreach;
  • Captures stories which reflect on know-how (procedures, processes, tactics) and know why (lessons learned, reasons for failures/success).
  • Conducts an overview and analysis of the relevant partners, donors and stakeholders of youth projects, and develops a plan for efficient flow of information between them and the projects, and vice versa.
  • Develops general tools/guidelines for operative communication measures at regional/national/local levels, for instance press releases, social media, press events, social media and campaigns.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree in Development, International Affairs, or other related field.


  • 5 years (with high school diploma) or 2 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant work experience in programme management and/or youth empowerment and engagement.

Required  skills:

  • Experience in supporting development of national youth policies, strategies, mainstreaming of youth into sectoral plans, inclusion in national planning processes   
  • Experience in strengthening capacities of ministries of youth, and national youth councils
  • High affinity for digital change and high digital literacy on technology innovation (e.g., mobile apps and emerging technologies)
  • Design thinking and innovation is an asset
  • Advanced computer skills, including word processing (Word)
  • Spreadsheet (Excel) and data management programmes, and ability to quickly learn new applications.





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