Programme Specialist – Information Integrity and Youth Engagement

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Programme Specialist - Information Integrity and Youth Engagement

  • Post Date:June 19, 2023
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  • Career Level Manager
    Experience 5 Years
    Gender Both
  • Qualification Master’s Degree
Job Description

About the job

UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH) is UNDP’s main knowledge and advisory hub for the countries serviced by UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS (RBEC). Through its regional programme, the IRH provides advisory support and knowledge management services to UNDP country offices in Europe and Central Asia.

UNDP’s 2022-25 strategic plan (SP 2022-2025) articulates the need to strengthen democratic institutions and processes for an inclusive and open public sphere with expanded public engagement. Combating information pollution contributes to this outcome through four strategic objectives centered on building public trust in and access to official information sources, supporting independent media, building public resilience and ensuring effective and rights-based policy responses.  Additionally, youth development and youth engagement are cross-cutting issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as other internationally agreed frameworks such as the Security Council Resolutions 2250 (2015) and 2419 (2018) on Youth, Peace and Security. These all acknowledge that young people play an important and positive role in the realization of sustainable development, in the prevention of crises and in the advancement of peace. The Youth2030: The United Nations Strategy on Youth envisions a world in which the human rights of every young person are realized; that ensures every young person is empowered to achieve their full potential; and that recognizes young people’s agency, resilience and their positive contributions as agents of change.

To contribute to this overall goal, the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster in UNDP IRH works regionally and at country level on, among other things, advancing democratic governance, strengthening rule of law and human rights, and conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

In recent years, UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub has been closely observing the impact of information pollution on democratic and political processes, social cohesion, gender equality, cross-border relations, public health, and policy debates and decisions, among others, in a number of countries and territories in the region. Across the world, including in the ECIS region, we have seen information pollution impacting political and social norms and values.  Information pollution undermines the social contract and erodes trust in democratic processes and institutions, and is a potent catalyst of conflict and division, sometimes to explosive effect. Further, it prevents informed decision-making and collective agreement on truth and fact.

As such, safeguarding an open, inclusive, constructive public sphere by promoting information integrity and constructive narratives will remain a core human development challenge in this region for many years to come.  With young men and women in the forefront of change and as future leaders, engaging the youth in addressing information pollution is an imperative for sustainable development and achieving the SDGs.

In this context, UNDP IRH is making conscious efforts to provide enhanced support to information integrity, youth empowerment and development particularly in the areas of democratic governance, social cohesion and conflict prevention, inclusion and civic engagement, as part of its broader work on governance and peacebuilding.

The Programme Specialist – Information Integrity and Youth Engagement will support COs and the IRH GPB Team in advancing and scaling up research, analytics, knowledge and programming on these issues.



  • Under the supervision of the Governance and Peacebuilding Team Leader and working closely with the other thematic clusters at the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH), the Programme Specialist – Information Integrity and Youth Engagement is expected to deliver on the following areas.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political sciences, international relations, international security, economics or other related field.
  • A minimum 5 years of work experience in policy, research and advocacy in the thematic areas of governance and peacebuilding including youth and civic engagement.
  • Proven experience in successfully organizing youth-focused events (online and/or offline) and youth networking particularly in the Europe and Central Asia region is an asset.
  • Experience and knowledge in research and analytics on Information Integrity/misinformation/disinformation particularly within the ECIS region is an asset.
  • Demonstrated professional work experience and expertise in ECIS region is desired.
  • Work experience with UN is a strong advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with groups and organizations.
  • Experience and knowledge in governance and SDG 16 support particularly within ECIS region is an asset.
    • Fluency in English with excellent writing skills is required.
    • Knowledge of additional UN language(s) especially in the ECIS region is an advantage.

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