Project Officer – Youth Leadership Coordinator, Kenya

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Organization: UNDP

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi

Office: UNDP Kenya

Closing date: Thursday, 3 March 2022


Description of assignment title: Project Officer – Youth Leadership Coordinator

Assignment country: Kenya

Expected start date: 03/20/2022


Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNDP

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Nairobi


Mission and objectives

UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress The primary and overarching objective of United Nations Development Programme in Kenya is the eradication of poverty in the context of sustainable development, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, and promotion of United Nations fundamental principles. A core dimension to the work of UNDP in Kenya is on Democratic Governance given the national focus on governance reforms. UNDP supports the country’s efforts towards achieving the Vision 2030 Political Pillar, which envisions a democratic system that is issue-based, people-centered, results oriented and accountable to the public. This Political Pillar gears to transform the country’s political governance across five strategic areas; The Rule of Law, Electoral and Political Processes, Democracy and Public Service Delivery, Transparency and Accountability, Security Peace Building and Conflict Management. These strategic areas are anchored in the Constitution, promulgated in August 2010 marking a major milestone in the democratic journey of Kenya and set a new threshold in terms of people-centred development.


One of the main outcomes of the GreYAP project is the provision of catalytic funding to launch the UNDP Youth Sounding Board. In October 2020, UNDP Kenya launched the UNDP Youth Sounding Board (YSB), a multi-stakeholder all-inclusive platform of engaging directly with a small but highly representative and diverse panel of young women and men leaders, influential youth voices and representatives of institutions key to the implementation of youth development agenda in Kenya, product of consultations between UNDP and Ministry of ICT and Youth Affairs and modeled around similar initiatives by the United Nations System elsewhere. The Youth Sounding Board strives to embrace diversity as a critical mechanism to ensure that different opinions are brought to the table and that issues affecting young people, as well as their aspirations, are well represented for integrated solutions. The Board has pre-selected representatives and is co-chaired between UNDP and the Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs. The YSB members come from diverse sectors and backgrounds and represent various institutions like: Council of Governors, National Youth Council, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, UNICEF, UNFPA and FAO. The four core elements of the YSB Work Plan involve the following: i. Advocacy, Communication and Engagement ii. Influencing UNDP Programming from Project Design to Implementation iii. Linkages to relevant ecosystems within the youth-serving space iv. Enhanced leadership skills and development for transformational youth leadership UNDP is therefore seeking to hire a National UNV as a Project Coordinator to coordinate the implementation of the YSB Work Plan.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Project Analyst (Inclusive Growth) – Green Economy Youth Activation Programme, and working closely with the UNDP Youth Working Group, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Prepare and implement the YSB work plan and ensure that the programmatic, procurement and financial reporting follows UNDP guidelines.

Organise and participate in youth engagement activities with diverse stakeholders to facilitate efficient advocacy, communication, and engagement of the YSB with relevant youth demographics.

Support partnership and resource mobilization efforts to scale the activities of the YSB.

Facilitate logistics and consultations on technical outputs and activities as per the work-plan of the YSB.

Coordinate intra and inter agency and government consultations on implementation of youth empowerment activities under the YSB as well as the broader scope of the UNDP Youth Working Group, UN Inter-Agency Youth Working Group and Generation Unlimited to enhance programme impact on youth.

Develop visualization and visual information products (info graphics, fact sheets etc) to support programme planning, monitoring, reporting, and decision making and provide value-added dissemination. c7tIK8H CWdPSh

Support the mapping of the youth ecosystem, partners, and stakeholders in Kenya for initiatives and services related to the YSB work plan and youth development as a whole.

Contribute to planning and implementation of YSB activities including coordination across UNDP projects and programmes.

Support in development of YSB knowledge products (blogs, articles, newsletters, reports etc).

Provide other support and assistance as required. Results/Expected Outputs

Effective support for YSB activities including but not limited to the 4 core elements of the work plan.

Monthly progress reports on YSB Work Plan implementation.

Develop monthly knowledge product on the progress of the YSB for wide dissemination with relevant stakeholders.

Strengthened partnerships and operationalisation of the YSB as a platform for meaningful youth engagement at a UNDP programmatic level for increased youth development and empowerment in Kenya.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in Youth development, community participation, and project management.

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes, Community development

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Project Planning and Management, Business Management, Development Studies or related Social Sciences discipline.

Competencies and values

Accountability. Adaptability and Flexibility. Building Trust. Client Orientation. Commitment and Motivation. Commitment to Continuous Learning. Communication. Creativity. Empowering Others. Ethics and Values. Integrity. Knowledge Sharing. Leadership. Planning and Organizing. Professionalism. Respect for Diversity. Self-Management. Technological Awareness. Working in Teams.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The Republic of Kenya is an equatorial nation on the coast of East Africa, neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has two levels of Government; National Government and 47 sub-national Governments called Counties. Counties are further divided into sub counties. Kenya is a multi-party state with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Kenya’s population of more than 40 million is growing at an annual rate of 2.2%. The country’s GNP per capita estimated at purchasing power parity (PPP) is $975, and the GNP is growing at an average rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Kenya’s main food crops are “maize, wheat, pulses, roots and tubers.” (FAO). Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up-country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP. The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy


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