Deadline: 08 October 2020

Location: Belgium

Duration: 12 months with possibility of extension

Type of work: Volunteering

Eligibility criteria

Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Chief, Environmental Education & Training Unit or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer on Youth and Education Officer will:

50%: Engagement with youth and education organizations across Europe and in Brussels:

  • Outreach activities with youth supporting UNEP’s Programme of Work and joint priorities with the European Commission in line with the European Green Deal and youth events with the European Parliament;
  • Advocacy for environmental education and youth engagement in the activities with the European Commission at key moments;
  • Preparation of information for the Council Working Group on Education on ad hoc basis;
  • Support in advocacy on nature-based solutions;
  • Identifying region specific opportunities to leverage environmental education in higher education institutions particularly actions associated with SDG indicators where UNEP act as the custodian.

50%: Support UNEP’s engagement with formal and non-formal education partners across the European region that facilitate youth involvement and Environmental Education to meet relevant SDGs:

  • Higher Education: Support university network’s engagement based across Europe to integrate environmental and climate related domains across the Higher Education domain in addition to support the roll out of projects on green jobs and behavioural changes on campus;
  • Non-Formal Education: Work with partners such as the World Scout Movement, Girl Guides, video gaming partners such as Playing for the Planet and other initiatives as they emerge;
  • Advocacy: Supporting the Advocacy agenda of the European Region / Brussels office and the Ecosystems Division on key issues such as Nature Based Solutions, Oceans and the Restoration agenda.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications/RequirementsRequired degree level: Master degree or equivalentEducation – Additional Comments:

  • Advanced higher degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a relevant area e.g. Political Science, Communications or Education in an international context and with a strong track record of project management and delivery. A first-level university degree or equivalent in combination with relevant training and/or professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;

Required experience: 12 MonthsExperience remark:

  • Up to 2 years of professional work experience at the national or international level, working in a university environment with insight as to how to work with such institutions around the tasks described above, or other relevant programmes; experience working with youth movements, higher education or in the UN or other international development organization;
  • Knowledge of project design: a strong track record of designing projects that secure buy-in and generate results (essential), project management: able to deliver highly complex projects of a global nature efficiently and effectively;
  • Familiarity with sustainability education particularly environmental point of view in the European region;
  • Excellent oral and written skills – strong writer of stories and proposals that support the agenda of the week, excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills, and able to bring diverse group of individuals and partners together to agree a collective programme of work as well as able to write high quality reports and proposals as required;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, culturally and socially sensitive, ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment, ability to think creatively about how to evolve pre-existing programmes to have maximum impact;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required; Working knowledge of additional UN official language is an advantage;
  • Have affinity with or interest in Advocacy, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN system.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent

Area of expertise: Policy, regulation, planning and education and capacity building, Youth and sports, Other civil society or community development experienceDriving license: NoCompetencies values:

Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in TeamsApplication procedure:

Eligible candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the duration of their service.

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Application deadline: 8th October 2020

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