Youth, Prevention of Radicalization Associate

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    Project Management, Youth and Adolescence
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Description of assignment title

Youth, Prevention of Radicalization Associate

Assignment country


Expected start date


Sustainable Development Goal

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Volunteer category

International UN Youth Volunteer

Host entity

UNFPA Jordan




12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments


Duty stations



Mission and objectives

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s goal is to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health, realize Reproductive rights, and reduce maternal mortality to accelerate progress on the ICPD Agenda, to improve the lives of adolescents and youth, and women, enabled by population dynamics, human rights, and gender equality. In 2018, UNFPA launched efforts to achieve three transformative results, ambitions that promise to change the world for every man, woman, adolescent and young person: 1. Ending unmet need for family planning 2. Ending preventable maternal death 3. Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices UNFPA recognizes that innovation is a key accelerator to achieve these results. UNFPA will harness innovation to meet tomorrow’s challenges and boost its impact, especially in addressing furthest behind populations, and leverage opportunities, social capital, funding and technology by (a) strengthening the corporate innovation architecture and capabilities, (b) scaling up innovations that have proven to be effective and impactful, (c) forming new partnerships and connecting with relevant innovation ecosystems, (d) strengthening and leveraging financing for innovation, and (e) expanding communities and culture for innovation.


UNFPA Jordan’s work in the area of “Youth, Prevention of Radicalization” under UNSCR 2250 focuses on engaging young people in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. The organization has been instrumental in shaping the Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) agenda in Jordan and has worked closely with various stakeholders, including government agencies, youth members, and UN agencies, to implement this agenda across Jordanian governorates. One of the key initiatives is the Jordan Youth Peace and Security 2250 National Coalition, which UNFPA co-chairs. This coalition is a pioneering national multi-stakeholder group supporting UNSCR 2250 and consists of 22 member organizations and 20 youth members. It operates with a unique structure, involving collaboration with various organizations and the Ministry of Youth, focusing on translating UNSCR 2250 into practical actions that address the needs of young people in Jordan. The Coalition has undertaken several activities, such as annual Peace Week events, comprehensive mapping of Coalition-led YPS initiatives, and the YPS Coffee Break sessions, which are monthly discussions with experts focusing on youth engagement under the YPS agenda. Additionally, UNFPA Jordan has partnered with Generations for Peace to enhance youth leadership in YPS. This partnership resulted in the development of materials and tools, such as an ‘Advocacy for Peace’ module and a YPS toolkit, to facilitate long-term YPS work. The training programs under this partnership have reached 125 youth across Jordan, focusing on leadership and advocacy to promote civic engagement and empower youth to address local YPS needs. UNFPA Jordan is also instrumental in creating the first National Action Plan on Youth, Peace, and Security (JONAP 2250), working with the Technical Working Group and the Ministry of Youth. This plan involves comprehensive consultations with young people to address their needs and impacts directly. Through these efforts, UNFPA Jordan aims to empower youth to take meaningful action on issues affecting them and ensure their participation in peacebuilding activities, thereby contributing to the prevention of radicalization and the promotion of sustainable peace. In addressing the challenge of youth radicalization in Jordan, it is essential to consider both the domestic socio-economic challenges, notably the high youth unemployment rate, and the broader regional tensions, particularly the Palestinian conflict. The considerable presence of youth of Palestinian descent in Jordan brings an additional layer of complexity, intertwining their experiences with the historical and current regional dynamics. For UNFPA Jordan, a nuanced and comprehensive approach is necessary, with a view to not only address the immediate economic needs of Jordan’s youth but to also engage with their unique socio-political contexts and identities. This approach is vital for fostering resilience against radicalization and ensuring the long-term peace and stability of the region.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Humanitarian/Programme Coordinator, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:       – Youth Engagement and Leadership in Peace and Security: ● Lead initiatives aimed at engaging youth in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, aligning with the UNSCR 2250 agenda. ● Collaborate with the Ministry of Youth (MoY) and other stakeholders to develop and implement strategies that empower youth to contribute to peace and security in Jordan. – Capacity Building and Advocacy: ● Support the design and delivery of capacity-building programs, such as the ‘Advocacy for Peace’ module and YPS toolkit, to educate and empower young leaders in peace and security matters. ● Participate in advocacy efforts and public awareness campaigns that promote youth participation in peacebuilding and the prevention of radicalization. – Project Management and Coordination: ● Assist in coordinating the activities of the Jordan Youth Peace and Security 2250 National Coalition, including organizing events like the Peace Week and YPS Coffee Break sessions. ● Work closely with UN agencies, government bodies, NGOs, and youth organizations to ensure effective implementation of YPS initiatives across Jordan. – Research and Monitoring: ● Conduct research on youth engagement in peace and security, documenting best practices and lessons learned from various initiatives and programs. ● Monitor and evaluate the impact of YPS activities, providing regular updates and reports on progress, challenges, and opportunities for improvement. – Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Development: ● Foster partnerships with key stakeholders, including youth groups, government agencies, and international organizations, to advance the YPS agenda. ● Support the development of the National Action Plan on Youth, Peace, and Security (JONAP 2250), facilitating consultations and collaborations with relevant parties. ● Perform any other task as requested by the management or the supervisor.

Eligibility criteria


18 – 26

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of Finland and therefore specific criteria apply. ELIGIBILITY – Candidates must be Finnish nationals and must have knowledge of Finnish or Swedish. – Candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of application (the above age range does not apply) – Candidates who already served on a UN Youth Volunteer assignment funded by the Government of Finland are not eligible. APPLICATION – If you are above the age of 26, a notification will be displayed that you are not eligible to apply. You may ignore this and proceed with submitting your application. – Application deadline: 27 February 2024 SELECTION – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity in March. +++ UN Volunteer entitlement calculator: +++


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

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Required experience

1 years of experience in or demonstrated interest in youth development, international development, humanitarian work, peace and conflict, volunteerism or other similar area. Knowledge in sexual and reproductive health, gender/gender-based violence, is desired. Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes, Security and protection

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in International development, peace and conflict studies, youth development, gender studies, social sciences, or other similar subject

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 Managing Performance Planning and Organising Respect for Diversity Self-Management Technological Awareness Vision Working in Teams

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Living conditions and remarks

Location: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is located in the Middle East. Bound by Syria to the north, Iraq to the northeast, Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Red Sea to the south and the Palestinian National Authority to the west. Weather: Jordan’s climate can be classified as semi-arid (Bsh) on the Koeppen-Geiger classification. It features a hot, dry climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. The climate is influenced by Jordan’s location between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian desert areas and the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean area. January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest month at 20°C to 35°C. Daily temperatures can be quite hot, especially in the summer; on some days it can be 40°C or more, especially when a hot, dry southerly wind blows. Such winds can sometimes be very strong and can cause sandstorms. About 70 percent of the average rainfall in the country falls between November and March; June through August are often rainless. Rainfall varies from season to season and from year to year. Precipitation is often concentrated in violent storms, causing erosion and local flooding, especially in the winter months. Safety and Security: Jordan is a relatively stable country. The potentials for internal or external armed conflict are considered very unlikely in the current political environment. Peaceful demonstrations, and sometimes road blockages, do occur in Jordan, motivated by domestic factors such as unemployment, deprivation of resources and development or for regional issues such as solidarity with the Palestinian cause or with the Syrian crises. Most of these events are driven by civil society unions and Islamic parties. Domestic tribal civil unrest sometimes turns violent, especially outside main cities, due to tribal disputes or socio-economic reasons. In all occasions law enforcement agencies usually manage to contain the situation rapidly. Road traffic accidents are the primary threat against UN personnel in Jordan. Poor road conditions and bad driving behaviours are the main reasons for the high rate of traffic accidents. Amman is a category A duty station with security level 1. Transportation and housing: Taxis as well as ride-hailing services (Uber and Careem) are abundant and affordable in Amman. Medical facilities are generally very good, particularly in Amman where there are several modern, well-equipped public and private hospitals. Public minibuses are the most common form of public transport. They normally only leave when full, so waiting times of an hour or more are inevitable, especially in rural areas. The larger air-con buses offer a speedy and reliable service, departing according to a fixed schedule. Housing is readily available with rents for one- to two-bedroom apartments ranging between 500 and 800 JD (1 JD = 0.708 USD) depending on the location. Health Services: Medical facilities are generally very good, particularly in Amman where there are several modern, well-equipped public and private hospitals. Almost all doctors (and most pharmacists) speak English; many have studied abroad. Language: The official language of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widely spoken – especially in the cities. Many Jordanians have travelled or have been educated abroad so French, German, Italian and Spanish are also spoken, but to a lesser extent. Learn more about Jordan from the Ministry of Tourism’s website:

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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