Intern โ€“ Youth Engagement (Europe and Central Asia)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 05 May 2024
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDPโ€™s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy.

The Europe and Central Asia region (ECA) covers a vast geographic area that is diverse in terms of ethnic, religious and cultural makeup. It consists of 19 countries and territories in Central Asia, South Caucasus, Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, Cyprus and Tรผrkiye. Although most economies in the region have achieved middle-income status and relatively high levels of human development, persistent challenges to sustainable peace, effective and inclusive governance, and human rights remain. In the recent years, the region has faced combined risks, including issues regarding human rights and the rule of law, governance issues, cross-border hostilities, and armed conflicts.

Of particular concern is the youth unemployment rate among young people aged 15 to 24 in ECA (16.4 per cent in 2022), which was estimated to be 1.5 per cent higher than the world average of 14.9 per cent. In 2023, the ECA region saw a higher share of youth attending school (66 per cent) compared to other regions (52 per cent), but the substantial lack of educational opportunities continues not only to hamper personal and professional growth, but also restricts full participation of youth in the economy.

Despite the comprehensive green recovery packages introduced before the COVID-19 crisis, most ECA countries and territories have not prioritized environmentally friendly measures in their economic recovery plans. As a result, progress toward a just transition in the region has been impeded. It is crucial to address these gaps and foster better alignment between youth-focused policies and population dynamics to promote sustainable development.

The UN has a unique opportunity to support young people by providing diverse opportunities and creating inclusive spaces for their development. The importance of youth development and engagement is underscored in various international frameworks, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Security Council Resolutions 2250 (2015) and 2419 (2018), as well as the Youth2030 Strategy. These frameworks recognize the positive role that young people play in achieving sustainable development, preventing crises, and promoting peace.

UNDPโ€™s Strategic Plan (2022-2025) places a strong emphasis on youth empowerment and development, emphasizing their involvement in various critical areas such as economic progress, political participation, and innovation. At the same time, the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025 recognizes the intersectionality of gender and youth issues, aiming to address the specific challenges faced by young women and girls.

Recognizing the potential of youth as agents of positive change in the ECA region, UNDP plays a significant role in empowering and engaging youth through various initiatives, valuing their unique perspectives, energy, and innovative ideas. In this regard, the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH) together with partners established the Eurasian Youth Network for Climate, Peace, and Security (Network), in September 2022. The Network was set up to foster youth engagement and regional collaboration by providing a platform for joint activities, knowledge sharing, and consultations on youth engagement focused project designs. Since then, the Network adopted a joint vision and mission along with an annual workplan, which involves expanding the Network and empowering its members through capacity building workshops, global networking, project development, resource mobilization and partnering with the private sector. In the advertised role, the selected Candidate will contribute to the work of IRH in supporting the Networkโ€™s sustainability, networking, and resource mobilization efforts.

The Governance and Peacebuilding (GPB) Team of UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, covering the ECA region, provides advisory services to the countries in the areas of governance, anti-corruption, public sector transformation, digitalization, human rights, security, rule of law, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding. It supports UNDP country offices and works with national, local and regional partners to advance new thinking and solutions to address complex governance and peace challenges in the region, towards accelerating the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Youth Engagement Specialist in the Governance and Peacebuilding Team Youth, the Intern will:

Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents and need to plan for these well in advance.

Subsequent Employment

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an internโ€™s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents and need to plan for these well in advance.

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