Youth Network Coordinator

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    Project Management, Youth and Adolescence
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Description of assignment title

Youth Network Coordinator

Assignment country


Expected start date


Sustainable Development Goal

17. Partnerships for the goals

Volunteer category

National UN Volunteer Specialist

Host entity

UNICEF Indonesia




12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments


Duty stations



Mission and objectives

UNICEF works to help the children of Indonesia reach their full potential. We assist our partners to monitor and measure progress against these rights via the child-focused Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable children. Our programme interventions are rights-based, cut across different sectors, respond to the specific needs of girls and boys and address the vulnerabilities and strengths of children in their first and second decades of life. UNICEF has a strong on-the-ground presence in Indonesia, with seven regional and sub-regional offices. These are primarily in areas with the greatest disparities and service gaps. They complement our high-level policy and programme advice with practical support for planning, financing and service delivery, especially to advocate for quality, equity and sustainability. Indonesia has the world’s fourth largest child population. UNICEF’s presence in the country means we have the potential to impact more than 80 million children. We take this responsibility seriously and are committed to ensuring that children and adolescents – the building blocks of Indonesia’s future – have an equal chance in life.


The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) states that children, young people have the right to be heard in matters affecting them – and have the right to have their views taken into account. Children and young people have shown that when they are given meaningful and authentic opportunities to participate, they can make a difference in the world around them; they have ideas, experience and insights that can make a positive contribution to their society, including on policies and programmes that will shape their country’s future. This is why a crucial part of UNICEF’s mandate is to provide young people with opportunities and platforms through which young people can build skills, identify their priorities, communicate in their own way and learn from their peers so they are better equipped to take an active role in society. To do that, UNICEF Indonesia supports an engagement model by creating Mitra Muda youth network and utilizing U-Report. Through the creation of the Mitra Muda youth network, UNICEF aims to provide young people with opportunities and platforms that support their civic engagement journey through various online and offline activities. Bringing together existing youth networks in the country and leveraging their resources for greater impact, Mitra Muda members have been engaged in capacity building initiatives, focus group discussions, user-testing workshops, content creation, to high-level events at national or global level. Since the initial inception in 2021, Mitra Muda now has an active members of 60 young leaders across Indonesia and 50+ alumni members. U-Report is the digital communication platform led by UNICEF to engage with young people. It conducts polls regularly to understand young people’s perceptions on issues that matter to them and provides information portal to give curated information and micro-learning platform. In Indonesia, the chatbot is live via direct message in WhatsApp Messenger, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram, while the digital campaigns are available in social media feed in Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The UNV will be placed in the UNICEF Indonesia Social Behavior Change and Youth Engagement unit of the Communication Section, working closely with various units of the section, as well as the adolescent and sectoral focal points across the office. Under the guidance of the supervisor, the UNV will be expected to work cross-sectorally with other UNICEF clusters (health, child protection, social policy, education, etc.) at national and subnational levels.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Communication Officer on Youth Engagement, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: – Coordinate Mitra Muda engagement and participation o Co-developing annual workplan with Mitra Muda members in consultation with respective sectoral colleagues at Country and Field Offices, including the capacity building and activity supervision plan. o Supporting young people’s participation across programme clusters by proposing Mitra Muda’s active and strategic roles in relevant initiatives. o Liaising with other UNICEF Indonesia’s-supported youth networks/programme alumni and mapping and liaising with other youth-led organisations and other UN agencies’ youth network to partner with. o Strengthening team spirits among Mitra Muda members through online and offline engagements, and providing the needed coaching and mentoring support while upholding UNICEF’s ethical values. – Prepare knowledge management and communication products on youth engagement initiative o Monitoring post-engagement activities to ensure there is clear a feedback loop on follow-up actions o Creating a monthly documentation report, including lessons learnt and good practices on the youth participation initiatives, especially for the Mitra Muda’s involvement – Support the implementation of U-Report Indonesia o Running the technical process in RapidPro backend system o Co-developing creative content with Mitra Muda, including assisting the articles writings for Mitra Muda’s involvement o Developing content and maintaining the online community in social media, including its scale up strategy for U-Reporters recruitment – Support any relevant Communication and Public Advocacy initiatives o Supporting the team to plan, coordinate, and execute the online and offline youth engagement activities, such as online streaming events, offline community engagement, and volunteer projects o Providing general support for communication activities and events when necessary and liaising with relevant programme colleagues working on youth engagement to ensure good coordination Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/ websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organisations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/expected outputs: • Mitra Muda network is engaged meaningfully in UNICEF Indonesia’s programmes • U-Report platform in social media and bot system maintained, including creative content strategically produced and the numbers of U-Reporters recruited growing. • Participation in youth related meetings/events and meeting notes provided, highlighting key summaries and action points. • Effective and timely support for office wide, cross sectoral youth engagement/programming. • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


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


Required experience

3 years of experience in working with and for young people, including community building and digital communication.* Minimum of 1 year experience in project management including work plan development, implementation and progress monitoring. Familiar with meaningful youth participation programming, creative content development and management, as well as knowledge management and report writing. Relevant experience working in an international context is considered as an asset. *Please note that candidates below 27 years old and those with less than 3 years of professional experience will also be considered, given the nature of the work, which involves substantial engagement with young people.

Area(s) of expertise

Community development, Communication, Development programmes

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Indonesian, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Communication, Digital Media, Youth Development, International Relations, Social Sciences, or other relevant fields.

Competencies and values

• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNICEF; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNICEF procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organisation’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organisational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • Planning and organising: effective organisational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathise with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary; • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNICEF’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world, with over 266 million people dispersed across 3000+ inhabited islands. Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia, located on the northwest of the island of Java. The security level is Low (classified as ‘A’ duty station) in most of the provinces in Indonesia. Crime in Indonesia is relatively low compared to many other countries in the region. However, Criminal activity is mostly of an opportunist nature, including petty street theft, confidence tricksters, theft of mobile phones. Different types of long-term accommodation are available in across the provinces: standalone houses, or houses in gated compounds, apartment. These could be furnished and/or fully serviced, or unfurnished. Advertisements of rental opportunities are available through the Indonesia country office and list of available real estate brokers will be provided for housing assistance. Local newspapers and word of mouth are the main sources of information. There are a couple of International Schools (but not in all provinces including West Papua) and several private schools available, but the quality is low compare to Jakarta Schools. Foreigners community in the provinces is mostly coming from professional workers who work in foreign companies, international or multinational organisations and consulates/embassies. Work opportunities for spouses/partners are limited. However, if hired by any organisation, a work permit must be applied for through the same hiring organisation. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan.

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.

Reasonable accommodation

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.

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