Regional Adviser Adolescent Development & Participation- UNICEF


Regional Adviser Adolescent Development & Participation, (P-5), Kathmandu, Nepal, #86310

Job no: 515405
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Nepal
Categories: Adolescent Development, P-5

UNICEF works 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, a champion

The Regional Adviser (Adolescent Development & Participation) serves as an authoritative adviser to the Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director, the Regional Management Teams, Country Offices and Government institutions/officials on strategies, policies, approaches, best practices and knowledge on adolescent  and young people engagement and development issues in South Asia.  

How can you make a difference?

The successful candidate will provide strategic advice and oversight to country offices in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes of cooperation with government counterparts, in the are of adolescent development and participation. Additionally, the Regional Advisor will be responsible for partnering with regional institutions and leaders to bolster focus and investment in adolescents and young people across South Asia. The selected candidate will also be a leader in the collection, analysis and promotion of knowledge and experience on adolescent and young people trends, both at the country- and regional levels.

1. Technical Assistance, Quality Assurance and Oversight.

  • Provide strategic advice and oversight to country offices in the adolescent development and participation area in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes of cooperation with government counterparts.  In collaboration with other sections, provide leadership, guidance and direction for programming with and for adolescents in both development and humanitarian contexts, ensuring that the equity, gender equality and the empowerment of girls’ perspective is mainstreamed.  Strategic advice is provided to help develop policies, strategies, programmes, plans and systems which facilitate the translation of the global and regional goals and initiatives for adolescents and young people into operative processes adapted for each country of the Region.
  • Clear CP documents for HQ and Executive Board on policy and programme matters in the adolescent development and participation area in collaboration with the Regional Director and other advisors.  And ensure they meet required quality standards.
  • Provide quality assurance of country programmes and strategies in the adolescent development and participation area, with a special focus on equity, gender dynamics/power relations and social norms, and ensure that adolescent and young people issues are mainstreamed and at the forefront of national and regional agendas.
  • Stay abreast of country programme implementation in the adolescence and young people area, especially when new strategic choices are being made.  Proactively brief the RD, DRD and other Regional Advisers on such matters and on the appropriateness of capacity (human, financial, etc.) to deliver results of such programmes.
  • Provide technical and advisory assistance to strengthen and improve equitable response to adolescent development and participation in the country programme.  Identify programme priorities and develop effective approaches to programme design and delivery for adolescents in countries of the region, giving due attention to integration within existing programmes.  Assist COs in acquiring/accessing advisory and technical expertise as required.  In this regard help COs engage the services of the expertise available in research and academic institutions.  This requires constant contact with these institutions and a good knowledge of the resources available to them.  
  • Develop strong performance standards and accountability mechanisms and systems and develop effective monitoring and evaluation tools and systems with and for adolescents building these into ongoing M&E processes of the regional and country offices.

2. Strategic Representation and Partnerships

  • Act as focal point with regional institutions and develop partnerships with related complementary institutions and regional leaders for the purpose of strengthening attention to and increasing investment in adolescents and young people.  This includes partnerships to build capacity of national and civil society organizations in programming for and with adolescents.
  • Represent ROSA regional specific viewpoints and policy positions on adolescent development and participation at regional and international meetings and ensure that “ground” realities are fed into global process and discussions.
  • Build partnerships with UN agencies and other institutions at regional level to ensure UNICEF priorities as well as global initiatives relating to young people are mainstreamed in regional and country policy initiatives, and to raise sensitive or cross-country issues.  Such partnerships should also be used to leverage resources for results for adolescents.  Some priority issues for inter-agency collaboration and partnerships include: gender responsive adolescent health, secondary-age education and skills learning, , adolescents safety and protection, adolescents empowerment and civic engagement (partnership with young people / adolescents organizations)..
  • Liaise with HQ to co-create and implement global initiatives related to adolescent development and participation.
  • Develop and update sectoral analysis which can be used for diagnostic, policy and advocacy purposes.  Keep the RD, DRD and Regional Advisers informed on progress, trends and issues which will assist in high level strategic representation and partnerships.

3. Knowledge Leadership

  • Analyze adolescent and young people trends, strategies and methods of national systems and programmes and advise on the most cost-effective approaches with a focus on equity for strengthening national capacity in these areas. 
  • Review literature and innovations/good practice in order to improve regional approaches and strategies. Assure development and update of assessments and analyses of their lives, concerns and priorities in the countries of the region through the review of existing sources of evidence and additional research, involving adolescents themselves.
  • Identify research gaps and initiate research to inform programming and UNICEF positioning within the sector.
  • Feed the findings /results of programme evaluation and other empirical evidence into policy advice.
  • Promote a knowledge based culture to help strategically improve results.
  • Promote experience – sharing through issuance of regional publications, research findings and statistical analyses.  Collaborate closely with other Regional Advisers in respect to their specific responsibilities for adolescent education, health, protection, HIV/AIDS, social policy, communication and media, emergencies, M&E/evaluation.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences or other relevant disciplines, preferably with a specialization in areas related to adolescents and young people. 
  • A minimum of 12 years of relevant professional experience in international development and emergencies in programme analysis, design, management, monitoring and evaluation in the area of programming for and with adolescents.
  • Strong management experience with proven analytical, conceptualizing and negotiating skills relevant to human and social development.
  • Knowledge of economic, social and political history and trends in the Region an asset.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language required. Knowledge of a language or languages of the region would be an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical knowledge required for this post includes:

  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes
  • Advanced knowledge of latest technology in:
    • Adolescent development and participation
    • Behavior change communication
    • Gender and diversity awareness
    • Innovations

View competency framework at

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

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Advertised: Nepal Standard Time
Applications close: Nepal Standard Time

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