Member -UNFPA YOUTH COHORT

UNFPA YOUTH COHORT

14 February 2019

Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia

Members of the YC liaise with the UNFPA State Programme Officer in identifying the concerns of youth in their communities and providing recommendations about how to address them. They would also work with the mentoring Hubs (Non-governmental organizations) based in their respective states in conducting selected Youth activities in the state. The YC would also receive support from state Programme Officers in his/her consultations with implementing partners of UNFPA-supported programmes in developing local initiatives and activities

Each member of the YC will serve for a period of up to two years, renewable once and/or discontinued at the discretion of UNFPA and in discussion with the YC member. It is hoped that on completion of the specified duration as an YC member, the individual is opportune to transit to becoming a member of the Africa Youth and Adolescent Network (AfriYAN) or Youth Advisor Panel (YAP) if so desired. UNFPA reserves the right to end a membership before the conclusion of the specified term.

FUNCTIONS
The members of the YC have three main functions, in line with UNFPA’s mandate: liaison, advisory and participatory.

Liaison
Liaising between their peers, as appropriate, and UNFPA, especially with regard to the development of common youth initiatives and partnerships;
Advocating and informing local youth about UNFPA’s mandates, initiatives and activities and feeding back the viewpoints of their peers to UNFPA;
Identifying sources of, and facilitating access to, information and expertise regarding youth engagement with UNFPA from the perspective of the State they represent; and,
Keeping UNFPA informed of activities that are relevant to programmes and activities of UNFPA and other members of the Youth Cohort.

Advisory
Providing inputs in the development and implementation of UNFPA programmes and associated work planning processes and documents;
Recommending approaches for communication with and outreach to youth, as well as for the development of issues and theme/event-specific strategies;
Studying and discussing issues on the agenda prior to participation in UNFPA-sponsored forums or meetings;
Recommending programme activities and initiatives for youth engagement at UNFPA; and,
Providing advice to States on UNFPA programming mandate areas as relevant to the young people.

Participatory
Participating in the UNFPA programmes at State level or other activities organized by UNFPA, as required;
Participating, when requested, in relevant local events; and,
Reporting to the UNFPA based on the timeframe outlined by UNFPA.