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Adolescent Engagement Officer (m/f)


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At UNICEF, we believe all children have the right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential, to the benefit of a better world. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up!

If you are a talented, motivated and experienced professional with excellent project management skills and would like to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, we invite you to join our Croatia office team as:

Adolescent Engagement Officer (m/f)


We have a duty to young people to prepare them for a world that is rapidly evolving, where education and skills can mean the difference between employment and unemployment, between prosperity and poverty. Today, more than 60% of the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents live in low- and low-middle income countries. Many do not enter, transition to, or complete secondary education and are not acquiring the skills they need to secure jobs and thus a brighter future for themselves and their families. To meet this responsibility, UNICEF is building a partnership dedicated to supporting young people in the second decade of life – a young people’s agenda focused on every young person attending school, learning, training or in employment by 2030. The world gathers around the needs of children in the first decade of their lives. Let’s do the same for their second decade.

In the role of Adolescent Engagement Officer, you will be responsible for providing professional, technical, and operational support in the management of programme initiatives and activities related to young’s people agenda, to ensure monitoring of the projects, to apply theoretical and technical skills in researching and analysis, as well as other required support activities throughout all stages of the implementation of the initiatives and programmes.


1. Providing support to programme development and planning:
  • Researching and analysing regional and national political, health, social and economic development trends and collecting, analysing, verifying and synthesising information.
  • Preparing technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and development.
  • Providing technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing or administering a variety of technical transactions and preparing materials in accordance with organisational rules, processes and systems.
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results:
  • Participating in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts and preparing minutes or reports on results for follow-up actions.
  • Monitoring and reporting on the use of adolescent development and participation programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verifying compliance with approved allocations, goals, organisational rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Keeping a record of reports and assessments for easy reference and to capture and institutionalise lessons learned.
3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  • Undertaking field visits and surveys and sharing information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support to relevant officials for resolution. Reporting on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential challenges for timely action to achieve results.
  • Providing technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners and donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF and adolescent development and participation policies, strategies, processes and best practices to support programme implementation.
4. Networking and partnership building
  • Building and sustaining effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active knowledge and information sharing.


Please check the essential qualifications and competencies of our ideal candidate:
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s) preferably in the area of the humanities and social sciences and a minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience in planning, budgeting and project management, preferably in the area of young people’s engagement.
  • Or a first University Degree (Bachelor's) in a relevant field combined with 3 years of professional experience is required.
  • Experience in working with adolescents is an asset.
  • Fluency in Croatian and English.


We offer a dynamic and multi-cultural environment in the humanitarian and development field with opportunities for personal and professional growth. If you are passionate about UNICEF’s mission, communications and working with people, we will be happy to welcome you in our team!


Take action! APPLY now! Submission deadline: 24.10.2018.

A contract is offered on the basis of the project. The initial appointment is normally for a period of 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for another 6 months.

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