Job Opening

Posting Title: Humanitarian Affairs Specialist
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 January 2023 - 31 January 2023
Job Opening Number: 22-Department of Global Communications-198139-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (OSGEY) has been playing a leading role in the implementation of The Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action, a coalition of global humanitarian actors that are committed to working with and for young people to ensure that the priorities of young people are addressed, informed, consulted and meaningfully engaged throughout all stages of humanitarian action.

Purpose & Objectives:

Established at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey 2016, the Compact has grown in both size and depth, with 62+ members. The work of the Compact in the past six years has shown that strategic and effective programming, informed by evidence and by the voice of youth, and driven by young people themselves, can help turn humanitarian situations into possibilities for transformation – of individuals, families and communities.

Encouraged by early successes and bolstered by the substantial importance of and broad support to the IASC guidelines, “Working with and for Young People in Humanitarian and Protracted Crises” (2020) the Compact is at an inflection point. With an ever-growing membership and the increasingly high stakes, the Compact needs to undergo a review, formulate a new strategic vision, and strengthen its inter-agency capacity and internal coordination to efficiently continue being a global coalition that transforms the lives of young people caught in humanitarian action.

This position will support the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth’s and the broader Compact membership to carry out a review of work to date and develop tangible recommendations to guide the Compact in the next five years, to ensure that the network is fit for purpose and able to fulfill its promise to young people in humanitarian action.

Work Location


Expected duration

6 months with possibility of extension

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Team Lead, Human Rights and Leave No One Behind, the Individual Contractor will be responsible to deliver in the following areas:

1. A review of the Compact from inception to date
Assessment of strengths/weaknesses and enablers/barriers as it relates to the coordination, capacity, activities and advocacy of the Compact, including initiatives to ensure the meaningful engagement of young people such as the Youth Champion Programme.

2. 5-year strategic plan for the Compact
Including a revised vision statement for the next five years (2023-2028) and definition of short- medium- and long-term goals of the Compact vis-a-vis opportunities and challenges in humanitarian space and building upon priorities set by the Compact membership during the annual meeting 2022, including recommendations on how to strengthen the Compact’s engagement and leadership in implementing the IASC guidelines, advocacy efforts and work to transform the humanitarian system with and for youth.

3. Suggested Governance reform
Recommendations to strengthen the overall operational capacity of the Compact, ensuring it is both inclusive and sustainable, including revised organograms, roles and responsibilities, capacity building efforts, and localization possibilities, as well as possible scope and modalities for meaningful youth participation.

4. Fundraising strategy
To enable continuation and possibly expansion of the ongoing efforts of the Compact, which will include identification of key donors and funding requirements; ideas on how the Compact can leverage existing funding mechanisms of partner organizations; and actual grant application templates/funding proposals to be adjusted and submitted on behalf of the Compact when opportunities arise. The proposals should correspond to the key recommendations in the governance reform piece and strategic plan.

Qualifications/special skills

• Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international law (human rights and humanitarian law), political science, international relations or related field. A first-level university degree in political science, international relations, administrative or policy studies or related area, in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
• 7 years progressive experience in facilitating organisational and strategic development, network building or governance reform processes is required.
• At least 5 years’ experience in designing, managing or evaluating youth programmes in humanitarian action is required.
• Previous experience in project management including developing project proposals, fundraising strategies and monitoring and evaluation frameworks is desirable.
• Previous experience in working within humanitarian sector standards and frameworks, for example Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Working with and for Young People in Humanitarian and Protracted Crises is desirable.


Fluency in English (both written and oral) is a requirement, while knowledge of other UN languages will be considered as an asset.

No Fee


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