Peace and Security Officer

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Context

Following Zambia’s graduation into lower-middle-income country (LMIC) status and the medium human development category, the United Nations system in Zambia and the Zambian Government have agreed to shift from development assistance to partnership. Reflecting the sustainable development agenda and Zambia’s own ‘Vision 2030’, they have set out their collective aspirations for transformation in an innovative Zambia-United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework 2016-2021. The three pillars of the 2016-2021 Zambia-United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (inclusive social development, environmentally sustainable economic development, and governance and participation) seek to address pervasive inequalities and ensure inclusiveness of interventions through eight outcomes. Within the pillars on inclusive social development and environmentally sustainable economic development, a human rights-based approach led to the development of mutually reinforcing outcome pairs that place equal emphasis on improving the capacity and performance of duty bearers and stimulating rights holders . To respond to the needs of young people, and to guarantee that their basic human rights are recognized and enforced, young people’s active and meaningful participation in their societies and in democratic practices and processes is of crucial importance. The UNDP Governance Portfolio include support to election, decentralized governance, human rights, transparency and accountability, support to the national assembly and promotion of gender equity and equality. The UN Youth Volunteer will be part of the team and will be expected to provide support in identifying entry points to promoting active and responsible youth participation in democratic processes, focusing on peace building and justice. Special attention will be given to promoting the participation of girls and women in community level peace building and justice.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Governance and Gender Advisor, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Assist in mobilizing youth and women for broad based participation in promoting peace and justice through established structures in local communities; • Support the Human Rights Commission and Ministry of Justice to identify Civil Society Organization(s) and implement community based human rights awareness focusing on peace and justice to strengthen local decision-making structures and resilience; • Contribute to development of youth engagement platforms to increase their empowerment to promote community-based volunteerism and participation in community level development projects; • Assist in development of transformative community-based youth programmes to pro-mote the culture of tolerance and co-existence among youth and to enable them to be more active and responsible members of society; • As part of a team, assist in building and maintaining effective working relationships with duty bearers to enable the youth to claim their rights and improve their participation in political, socio and economic issues; • Assist in promoting the formation of inclusive youth networks to promote a culture of non-violence, transparency, and accountability among the youth; • Assist in improvement and coordination of community development initiatives, activities, services, and programmes and secure funding where necessary; • Assist in the development and implementation of inclusive training programmes, conflict prevention, community-based planning, and leadership skills with a strong focus on the youth.

To apply for this job please visit app.unv.org .

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