Child and Youth Engagement Lead

Be part of making a difference in children’s lives. Work for the world’s leading children’s charity. Bring your industry experience to this varied and busy role.

date_rangeCloses Monday, February 6

hourglass_topFull Time - Permanent

placeWellington or Auckland


UNICEF Aotearoa is looking for a fun and energetic individual to join our team as a Child and Youth Engagement Lead. Are you someone who is passionate about giving children and young people a voice, and making a real impact in their lives? Do you have the ability to inspire and motivate others?

If so, we want you to be a part of our team and help us make a difference in the lives of children and young people in Aotearoa!

This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in supporting UNICEF Aotearoa (UANZ) to take a human rights-based approach to all of the activities in UANZ’s Domestic Programme by championing the core value of participation and the belief that children and young people are entitled to a say in the decisions that affect them.

Your role will involve:

Designing and implementing significant in-person and online programmes, activities and events that will engage children and young people in child rights issues so we can understand the impact they wish to achieve.

Run UNICEF Aotearoa’s Young Ambassador programme, ensuring Ambassadors are recruited from across the motu and are trained and supported to bring their skills and experiences to the issues that UNICEF Aotearoa advocates for.

Drive child and youth engagement and participation through collaboration with partners and other key external stakeholders with shared goals and direct engagement with children in communities.

Working closely with our communications and marketing teams for the domestic programme, including ensuring that this support is commissioned appropriately, and is delivered to scope, budget and time expectations.

Ensure our child and young people engagement systems and processes reflect UNICEF best practice, including child safeguarding.

Generate and collate relevant data from our engagement with children and young people that inform decisions on UNICEF Aotearoa’s advocacy priorities and the resourcing of these priorities.

Monitor, evaluate and demonstrate the impact of our child and young people engagement activities.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

Experience working with children and youth, and/or experience in facilitation, social work, counselling or local government work. Working with community or community development organisations useful.

An understanding of contemporary issues in New Zealand and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, especially the ability to intertwine these into UNICEF Aotearoa’s advocacy and programmatic work domestically.

Demonstrated experience planning and delivering projects and events, with multiple stakeholders, that align with a broader strategy.

Tertiary-level qualification in humanities, social policy or social justice preferred.

Capacity to deliver concurrent projects, ensuring deadlines are met.

Affinity for NGO sector, ideally a commitment to child rights and UNICEF’s special mandate to protect them

Familiarity with legislation affecting children

About us UNICEF operates in 190 countries, to help children survive and thrive: providing clean water and sanitation, education, healthcare, nutrition, and child protection. We’re appointed by the United Nations to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to create a better world for every child.

What we offer We celebrate our differences, embrace diversity and value each other. You will work with colleagues who share the same values and goals and are motivated to do their utmost for children. We offer flexible working, a competitive salary, a fully funded health insurance plan, and a range of other great benefits

How to apply

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a criminal check. We have a COVID-19 policy that requires staff to verify vaccination status to safely carry out their role. Select ‘Apply’ to download a position description or to apply. Contact Chris Coromandel by email at [email protected] if you have any questions.