Youth Engagement Capacity Development & Advocacy Consultant At UN High Commissioner for Refugee

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a home-based consultancy within the Division of International Protection, Field Protection Service.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. At the end of 2019, an unprecedented 79.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are 26 million refugees. We are in 135 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

Growing up while fleeing war or persecution, displaced youth aged 15-24 are often thrust into an uncertain world and may find themselves at increased risk of sexual and gender-based violence, forced recruitment, exploitation and detention. They can also become targets of xenophobia, harassment and discrimination. While working with, and for, forcibly displaced youth, UNHCR aims to protect them from abuse and exploitation, at the same time nurtures their potential and supports them as they restart their lives.

The Field Protection Service within UNHCR Headquarters’ Division of International Protection helps to strengthen preparedness and response to the most critical protection risks through analysis, guidance to field operations, emergency deployments, and mobilization of partners and other stakeholders. It also analyses and processes protection capacity and knowledge within UNHCR and partners to address acute protection concerns arising from conflict, natural disasters and the adverse effects of climate change.
UNHCR is currently piloting a new regional approach on youth protection in selected country operations called “Raising UNHCR capacities for youth”. This new regional approach builds on the lessons learned and best practices of the Youth Initiative Fund (YIF) and the Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC). This new approach has a strong component on capacity development.

Title : Youth Engagement Capacity Development & Advocacy Consultant

Duty Station : Home based

Duration : 4 months

Contract Type : Individual Consultant

Closing date : 19 September 2021

Start date : ASAP

Organisational context

UNHCR has made significant progress in recent years in promoting youth engagement and empowerment within the framework of our commitments outlined in the Executive Committee Conclusion on Youth (No. 113) and the UN Youth Strategy 2030 . UNHCR’s commitment to programming with and for youth has been articulated in the seven “Core Actions for Refugee Youth” which provide a strong framework to ensure that programming for youth adopts an inclusive and holistic approach. UNHCR’s Age, Gender and Diversity Policy also reiterates the UNHCR’s commitment to tapping into the vast potential of working with youth of concern and host community youth.

UNHCR has created the “Raising UNHCR capacities for Youth” program that focuses on strengthening the capacities of UNHCR, partners and youth to engage them as active agents of change and how youth programming can be strengthened within the existing operational response. It builds upon our experience over the last 4 years of UNHCR youth flagship programmes – UNHCR’s Youth Initiative Fund (FIY) and the Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC). Now in its seventh year, the Youth Initiative Fund has funded 134 youth-led projects since 2014, supporting over 4,000 young people to lead projects in 34 countries. The Global Youth Advisory Council was appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2017 in order to create a sustainable mechanism to facilitate the engagement of young people of concern in policy and practice, as well as to further advance UNHCR’s work with and for youth.

Therefore, the consultant will provide support on different projects and advocacy initiatives at HQ level as well as with different operations and regional bureaux.

The position

UNHCR is seeking to hire a consultant to support ongoing initiatives in HQ, regional offices and country operations within the ‘Raising UNHCR capacities for Youth’ programme and develop a good-practices annual report on UNHCR and partners programming for and with youth.

Duties and responsibilities

The consultant will:

· Assist/conduct online capacity development sessions for selected country operations and partners.

· Support on the production of guidance notes on youth and cross-sectorial topics.

· Produce a good practices report on UNHCR and partners projects on youth engagement and empowerment. Lead the production and design of the annual report.

· Provide coaching, logistical and translation support to the Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC), when needed.

· Provide support on the translation of learning materials.

· Provide logistical support to different projects and advocacy campaigns such as the Youth Pledges stocktaking events.

· Support on the production of advocacy materials, including social media.

· Perform other related tasks as needed.

Should changes affect the workload or the list and timelines for deliverables, these Terms of Reference, consultancy contract and project documentation will be amended.


Deliverable 1 (ongoing): Capacity development support to operations/partners. Support online training and coaching sessions for UNHCR staff and partners in selected operations (estimated working days: 30) At least 10 webinars will be delivered in different languages.

Deliverable 2: Knowledge products on Youth and Cross-sectorial Areas. Support on the production of knowledge products such as guidelines (estimated working days: 15) At least two guidelines are produced.

Deliverable 3: Annual report on good practices. Lead the production and design of the annual report on good practices in engagement and empowering youth (estimated working days: 20)

Deliverable 4 (ongoing): Translation. Support on the translation of learning materials (estimated working days: 7).

Deliverable 5: Campaigns on UN Days and advocacy events. Together with the youth, conduct information and advocacy social media campaigns on youth thematic areas linked to UN days and GRF Youth Pledges (estimated working days: 7). At least three events will be held.

Deliverable 6: GYAC support. Support to the Global Youth Advisory Council on logistics and translation of meetings (estimated working days: 4) At least 5 meetings will be scheduled.


· University degree in Business Administration or Social Science; Master’s degree preferred.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 6 years of work experience in advocacy, youth engagement in refugee/humanitarian settings. Experience in the cross-cutting/multi-sectorial aspect of youth engagement is an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law, peace and development interventions, particularly concerning the protection of IDPs and refugees.
  • Knowledge of and experience in training on youth engagement in humanitarian settings.
  • Experience on planning and implementing advocacy campaigns, especially on social media.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French. Proficiency in Spanish is desirable.
  • Experience on the utilisation of graphic design software is an asset.


The successful candidate will be home-based.


  • This is a task-based consultancy, with payment of a lumpsum payable in instalments upon completion of deliverables.
  • Should there be a workshop, the consultancy could involve travelling to Geneva/Budapest, if the situation allows.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation, Personal History Form (PHF) and CV indicating VN 16/FPS/DIP/2020 Youth Advocacy Consultant in the subject of the email.

Personal History Forms are available at PHF Form / Supplementary Sheet.

The UNHCR workforce consists of diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity by ensuring equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Geneva 08/09/2021

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