UNFPA Regional Coordinator for Youths (South Africa)

Closes: 24 Feb 2023

Youth Team Lead and Regional Coordinator, Safeguard Young People (SYP) Programme is located at the UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) and works under the overall direction of the Regional Director. The Youth Team Lead and Regional Coordinator, SYP programme  will provide leadership and technical guidance for policy and strategy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes related to adolescents and youth in the region.

The position will ensure synergies across regional initiatives on advancing adolescent and youth potentials and outcomes through evidence-based youth policies, enabling laws, access to youth-friendly services within responsive health systems, scaling up comprehensive sexuality education, menstrual health, as well as actions to end child marriage and other harmful practices. The Youth lead will mobilise actions to ensure age-disaggregated data to guide targeted decision-making,  youth participation, leadership and accountability. 

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Job Purpose

Adolescents and youth policy underpinned by enabling laws, youth participation, leadership and accountability are at the core of UNFPA’s mandate and the three transformative results. Sexual and reproductive health and rights is an integral part of adolescent and young people’s transition into adulthood. Decisions about these are closely tied to their education, employment, sustainable livelihood and participation in decision-making processes. UNFPA is one of the pioneering agencies in working with young people and has contributed to shaping the youth space within the UN system. As such, UNFPA’s work on youth leadership and participation provides a crucial backbone for its mandate. Through its Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and the UNFPA’s Strategy on Youth, known as My Body, My Life, My World, UNFPA supports global, regional and national youth networks and organizations in advancing youth development issues, human rights, humanitarian action and peacebuilding efforts.


It is in this context that the Youth Team Lead and Regional Coordinator, Safeguard Young People programme  will lead the coordination and management of youth programmes in the ESA region to ensure innovative, quality, timely and integrated technical and programme support is provided to regional entities, UNFPA country offices, national governments and non-state actors as may be applicable. This will ensure country programmes are implemented in the context of the ICPD Programme of Action, Agenda 2030, Africa Agenda 2063 and UNFPA Strategic Plan 2022-2025 as well as national development processes, frameworks and UN reform agenda. S/He will work with a team of Regional  Advisers and Specialists to support acceleration towards the achievement of the UNFPA’s transformative results. he Youth Team Lead and Regional Coordinator, Safeguard Young People programme  will [provide oversight for the effective and efficient  implementation of the SYP Programme in 12 countries.

Host NationSouth Africa
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Closing Date24 Feb 2023
Eligible Candidate Qualifications Degree
UNFPA Job Summary

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university degree in Public Health, Medicine, Social Sciences, Sociology, Demography, Gender, Economics, International Relations, International Development, Public Administration, Management, Communications or other related fields. 

Knowledge and Experience

  • 7 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in management and/or programme development related to Adolescent and Youth, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, of which at least three at the international level;
  • Hands-on experience in participating or leading a youth-led organization or network is an asset
  • Substantive knowledge and practical experience in population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender;
  • Experience in programme and/or technical assistance within the UN System;
  • Field experience is required.


Fluency in English is required; French and/or Portuguese are desirable.

 Required Competencies


  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change.

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  • Communicating for impact

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