Chief Adolescent Development, P4, Fixed Term Appointment , Beirut, Lebanon , PN# 98874

  • Contract
  • Lebanon


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UNICEF started to work in Lebanon in 1948 and established its office in 1950. For more than 70 years we’ve been working closely with the Government of Lebanon, other UN agencies, international and local NGOs, universities, and more than 100 partners to meet the needs of disadvantaged children in Lebanon. Responding to lifesaving needs and ensuring equal access to quality public services, the impact of our work is felt in every aspect and every sphere of society. To learn more about our work, please refer to:

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This position is created based on a strategic review of the current and future needs and governmental priorities for the young people cohort in Lebanon which emphasized the need to restructure and expand the current Youth programme in its response to the sub-regional Syria crisis. The Chief, Adolescent Development shall lead and oversee the implementation of a robust youth and adolescent programme (covering more than 100,000 disadvantaged youth and adolescents per year with an approximate annual funding between 30 to 50 million USD) that includes development and implementation of inclusive youth policies; skills building and employability programmes for marginalized youth and adolescents that includes formal and non-formal Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and youth innovation programme with digital education, social entrepreneurship and mentorship delivered through the establishment and operationalization of the Innovation Labs Network;  empowerment and participation of youth and adolescents delivered through life skills, youth led initiatives and sport for development programme interventions.

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, the Chief, Adolescent Development is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of the Youth and Adolescent programs/projects consisting of: policy development and guidance, humanitarian planning and operation, strategic planning and formulation, engagement with the private sector and strengthening of national systems to improve the outcomes and access of adolescent and youth to education, protection, health, employability and skills training and innovation programmes, especially for adolescent and youth who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society. S/he leads a group of professional and support staff to develop and manage the programme in Lebanon.

The Chief, Adolescent Development supports country office programming processes by providing expert technical advice and operational support to country office colleagues and internal and external partners and stakeholders to ensure that adolescent development and participation established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies, are integrated in UNICEF’s advocacy, policies, programmes and humanitarian work.

The Chief, Adolescent Development is responsible for establishing the plans of action and overseeing work progress to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable programs/projects results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Key Expected Results

1. Country programme planning and development

  • Participate and/or conduct/update situation analysis and assessments to establish age and sex dis-aggregated evidence-based data for UNICEF advocacy and development of policies, frameworks and programs to promote adolescent development and participation in the country.
  • Assess national/regional/international development priorities to identify opportunities and strategies and courses of action to enhance the delivery of services and achievement of objectives on adolescent development and participation. Work in coordination with Child protection, C4D, Gender, Communication, Education, HIV/AIDS, Health, Nutrition, Social policy, WASH, Planning, Emergency and Monitoring & Evaluation to support development of a strategic framework for adolescents, across all sectors.
  • Participate in CO program formulation, planning and preparation to provide input, advice and operational support on the integration of cross sectoral policies and framework that promote youth and adolescent development and participation. Ensure alignment of youth and adolescent policies, frameworks and interventions with the UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and coherence/integration with the UNSF, LCRP, regional and national strategies and plans.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for adolescent development and participation programs/projects across all sectors using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare relevant documentation for program review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal/external colleagues and partners and stakeholders to discuss strategies and methodologies that enhance the realization of youth and adolescent rights across all sectors and to promote partnerships and alliances on youth and adolescent development and participation including partnerships with adolescents.
  • Ensure that the voices of youth and adolescents are systematically taken into consideration in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme.

2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Plan and/or collaborate with monitoring and evaluation initiatives to establish age dis-aggregated benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of sustainable results on adolescent development and participation programs and projects.
  • Participate in major monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to engage stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results for adolescents.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in program and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Plan, monitor and oversee the use of program resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) certifying/verifying compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity.
  • Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Provide technical leadership to generate knowledge on the situation of adolescents, support sector specific analysis of data on adolescents and improve utilization of sex and age disaggregated data within UNICEF monitoring and evaluation tools and among partners.
  • Submit/prepare proposals, program/project reports to donors and other partners to raise resources for youth and adolescent interventions and keep donors informed on program progress and critical issues.

3. Advisory services and technical support

  • Participate in strategic discussions, meetings and other international/national meetings and workshops to provide evidence-based papers and inputs on adolescent development and participation to influence policy and agenda setting.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to key government officials, NGO, UN system and other country office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on adolescent development and participation to support program development, conceptualizing, planning, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Oversee the technical assistance for development of the National Youth Policy Action Plan and its respective monitoring framework. Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials for management use, information and consideration in development discussion and planning relating to adolescents.
  • Provide technical advice to internal sectoral staff and external partners on approaches to enhance youth and adolescents’ participation into the policy, programming and humanitarian interventions.

4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Lead advocacy drive for youth and adolescent rights and programming within the country office, with other UN and government and non-government partners based on improved evidence and data.
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes, youth led organizations and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on UNICEF’s adolescent development and participation initiatives. This includes co-chairing of the UN Youth Task Force.
  • Contribute to the preparation of advocacy and communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and to ensure that adolescent development and participation programs and initiatives are adequately resourced and supported.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on adolescent development and participation to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNSF development planning and agenda setting process. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues of the UNSF and LCRP planning and preparation of programs/projects including emergency preparedness.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Promote, document and disseminate critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices on adolescent development and participation initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting-edge practices on adolescent development related issues. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned to support development, planning, implementation and scale up.
  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices that promote the rights of youth and adolescents and enhances their development and participation as active members of society and their community.
  • Organize/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of a wide range of internal and external partners/stakeholders to achieve sustainable results on adolescent development and participation programs and initiatives.

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

  • Education: Advanced University degree in economics, international development, anthropology, psychology, sociology, education, public health, behavior communication or other social science field is required.
  • Experience: A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in social and policy program development planning and management, operational support and humanitarian settings in youth and adolescent development related areas including formal and non-formal Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), preferably in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in program/project development and management in related areas in a UN system agency or organization is highly desirable. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)


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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

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