– Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia
Positions: Youth Advisor (June 2015 – Present)
Summary of key responsibilities:
Somalia has topped the list of most fragile states for six consecutive years and is among the poorest countries in the world. Currently, approximately 81.5% of the population is under the age of 35 (according to the Estimation Survey 2015, UNFPA Somalia).
It is within this context that there is a need to assure youth issues and participation are mainstreamed and integrated into the planning and support of the development of programmes and policies, using the most up to date and relevant knowledge on critical issues such as youth employment, engagement in governance, health, etc.
I work as the Youth Advisor to the United Nations Country Team in Somalia and provide the UN senior leadership, the Government of Somalia, donors and other international agencies operating in Somalia with support and advice in developing comprehensive policies and programmes for youth.
Apart from providing strategic advice to the UN senior leadership in Somalia, as part of my role, I coordinate the inter-agency efforts of UN Country Team in the delivery of an integrated and effective response to Somalia on youth related issues. I am the chair of the UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth, and I manage the implementation of UN Youth Strategy for Somalia. I also work closely with the Federal Government of Somalia to support on the development of the Somali National Youth Policy and mainstreaming youth into the National Development Plan.
- UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth – Chair of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth, providing overall support and coordination of the youth response by all the 23 UN agencies, funds and programmes operating in Somalia.
- Drafting Committee of the National Development Plan – responsible for youth mainstreaming throughout all pillars of the national development plan, as well as the development of the chapter on youth, sports and culture.
- High-Level Side-Event: “Investing in Somali Youth”, held during the High-Level Partnership Forum on Somalia in Istanbul, Turkey – February 23-24, 2016. General coordinator, support to the Government delegation from Somalia, speech writing for Somali Prime Minister, Somali Ministry of Youth & Sports, UN Deputy Secretary-General, etc.
- UN Youth Strategy for Somalia, launched in February 23, 2016. The Youth Strategy offers an integrated framework to guide and coordinate the UN youth related interventions in Somalia aiming to maximize coverage and impact. Develop the strategy and coordinated the inter-agency negotiations on it’s finalization.
- Somali National Youth Conference, held in Mogadishu – Somalia, December 18-19, 2015. Bringing together 100 youth from all regions of Somalia and high-level government officials including: Somali President, Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Speaker of the Federal Parliament, among others. General coordination.
- Somali Youth 4 Peace event, held in Mogadishu – Somalia, December 17, 2015. Bringing together 250 youth from all regions of Somalia to discuss the role of young people in peace- and state-building in Somalia. Concept development and overall coordination.
- Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security, held in Amman, Jordan – August 20-22, 2015. Supported the participation of the Government delegation from Somalia.
- Somali Youth Week (10-14 August 2015) – coordinated week-long social media campaign featuring different aspects of #SomaliYouth, over 10 million prints and 3 million users involved. The 23 articles produced can be found at http://so.one.un.org.
- High-Level Meeting with the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, coordinated the event, and liaised with the youth ministers from 4 regions as well as the federal minister of youth and sports and the prime minister’s office.
OTHER EMPLOYMENT HIGHLIGHTS & KEY WORK EXPERIENCES:
– UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
Positions: Strategic Advisor, Youth & Livelihoods Unit, Urban Economy Branch (December 2014 – June 2015)
- Secretariat for the Youth 21 High-Level Task Team, which included planning and facilitating the Task Team meetings in Nairobi in April 2015 and New York in May 2015.
- High-Level Special Event of the President of the General Assembly on Youth & The Population Divide held in New York, on June 2nd, 2015.
- High-Level Special Event of the President of the General Assembly on the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth held in New York, on May 29th
- Co-Organizer of the side-event “Youth & Peacebuilding in Fragile and Post-Conflict Countries”hosted in New York in April 28th 2015 with government representatives from Somalia and Colombia.
- Co-Organizer of the side-event: “Youth & Governance” in partnership with UNDP, held in New York in April 28th 2015 with government representatives from Brazil, Norway, Jordan and UK.
- Development of the UN-habitat Youth Marker – A tool for Youth-Mainstreaming in Policies and Programmes.
- Support of youth participation at the 25th UN-Habitat Governing Council in Nairobi, April 17-23rd, 2015.
- Support of youth participation at the Habitat III PrepCom2in Nairobi, April 14th -17th, 2015.
- AFROXLDS2015, AIESEC’s Africa Exchange & Leadership Development Seminar, held in Nairobi from March 30 to April 3rd.
- Focal Point/Coordinator of “Youth Will Campaign” – month-long media campaign in partnership with DEVEX, Chemonics, The Commonwealth Secretariat, MasterCard Foundation, March 2015.
- The Asker Conference on Youth and Governance, Norway, 26-28 November 2015.
- Coordinator and Lead-Trainer at the Youth @ Habitat III Training of Trainers (held in Johannesburg 19st November 2014).
Summary of key responsibilities:
- Strategically advise on UN-Habitat’s youth mainstreaming in its programmes and policies.
- Liaise with member states, and support on the development of youth programming and policies at local and national levels.
- Support on the development of action research to generate evidence-based data on youth-led development.
- Monitor and support youth engagement on political processes related to Habitat III.
- Support to planning and organizing of events
– National Youth Secretariat, part of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil
Positions: Foreign Affairs Adviser (October 2013 – December 2014)
- Acting as the Focal Point for national youth mobilization on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
- Coordinated the 2nd National Seminar on Youth & International Policies in December 2014.
- Coordinated the Brazilian position to the World Conference of Youth in Sri Lanka and represented the country at the negotiations during the event in May 2014.
- Developed the youth related policy recommendations to the Brazilian position to the 47th Conference on Population and Development 2014.
- Co-chair the Brazilian UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth and Development between January 2014 and December 2014.
- Organized the Presidency’s special event name: “Social Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals” in February 2014.
- Coordinated the International Seminar on “Youth and Adolescent Right to Participation” as part of the World Human Rights Forum in December 2013.
- Coordinated the 1st National Seminar on Youth & International Policies in November 2013.
- Coordinated the Brazilian report to the UN Secretary General on the national progress on the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY).
- Coordinate the Brazilian position to the resolution on Youth Programs and Policies of the UN General Assembly (A/RES/68/130) and represented Brazil at the negotiations of the 3rd Committee of the 68th UN General Assembly.
Summary of key responsibilities:
As the Foreign Affairs Adviser, I had the responsibility to actively support the engagement of the Brazilian National Youth Secretariat at international and multilateral processes; formulation of policy positions, and analytical summaries of policies and programmes; organize, facilitate and participate in international events and multilateral negotiations, including bilateral meetings representing the National Youth Secretariat. My specific tasks include:
- Support the Brazilian National Youth Secretariat engagement in international and multilateral processes, including the formulation of Post-2015 development agenda.
- Systematize and analyze documents, developing subsidies and policy recommendations for the National Youth Secretariat position to international and multilateral events and processes.
- Organize conferences, seminars, meetings and consultations with and for young people around global issues, particularly the ICPD review and the formulation of the Post-2015 Development agenda.
- Monitor discussions and processes around the formulation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and particularly seek opportunities for mainstreaming youth rights and needs in the new development framework.
- Represent the National Youth Secretariat at global events, and UN negotiations, particularly interest to youth issues, including: UN General Assembly, UN Commission on Population and Development, UN Commission of Social Development, Climate COPs, and other special events.
- Act as Focal Point to the UN and its agencies and processes, and coordinate the work of the National UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth and Development.
Positions: Global Power Shift Co-Organizer (August 2012 – August 2013)
Global Power Shift is the starting point for a new phase in the international climate movement. First, hundreds of climate leaders from around the world will gather in Istanbul to launch a year of new strategy and action for the movement. Then, we will fan out across the globe to spark an unprecedented wave of events and mobilizations for climate action. http://www.globalpowershift.org
Positions: Founder & CEO (October 2010 – December 2014)
2- Rio+20 Participation Guide for Children and Youth versions in Portuguese and Spanish
3- Rio+20 Crash-Courses (Active Consultation) in partnership with UNICEF, already held in Brazil, Zambia and Peru.
Summary: #ChangeMob is a youth-led social entreprise that empowers individuals and provides training and support to movements, organizations and communities that want to make a difference in the world. We particularly try to strengthen youth leadership in the global south, trying to enable and facilitate participation and collaboration with different youth initiatives around the world.
– Youth Blast – Conference of Youth for Rio+20
Positions: Operational Manager (January 2012 – June 2012)
Summary: The Youth Blast was the official UNCSD Major Group for Children and Youth preparatory event for all children and youth who attended the Rio+20 Conference. The Youth Blast was held in SulAmerica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 7-12 June 2012. The event was divided into two sections; Brazilian Days (7-8 June) aimed at supporting and strengthening the host country youth movement and International Days (10-12 June) aimed at bringing together Brazilian and International Youth to prepare for Rio+20.
– UNDESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs)
Positions: Youth Development Officer, UN Consultant for theMajor Group for Children and Youth (April 2012 – July 2012)
1- Supporting the work of the UNCSD Major Group for Children and Youth
2- Planning & Coordinating the Youth Blast – Youth Conference for Rio+20 (held in Brazil on the 7-12 June 2012)
3- Stockholm+40 – supporting and facilitating the Major Group presence at the event (23-24 April 2012).
Summary: I worked as an UNDESA consultant supporting the Rio+20 Secretariat, particularly overseen the youth portfolio and supporting the work of the Major Group for Children and Youth.
– UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
Positions: Youth 21 Consultant (January 2012 – June 2012)
1- Manager of the Youth 21 Week: Building for Change Stakeholders Meeting & Global Youth Leadership on Inclusive Governance, partnership with UNDP ( 1 month consultancy, event held in Nairobi, March 15th to 18th)
Summary: I have been supporting UN-HABITAT in the development of the Youth 21 initiative, particularly in charge of moderating the E-Discussion on the Youth 21 Report, and the planning and facilitation of the Youth 21 Meeting held in Nairobi in partnership with UNDP. At the event I played particularly a key role in facilitating the government negotiations and the creation of a joint statement by the Governments of Brazil and Norway, currently also supported by many different countries.
– UNICEF Zambia (United Nations Children’s Fund – Zambian Country Office):
Position: Unite 4 Climate Zambia – Consultant (April 2010 – August 2012)
1- Zambian Children’s Climate Conference, UNICEF Zambia (Lusaka, April 26th to 28th 2010)
2- II Zambian Children’s Climate Conference, UNICEF Zambia (Lusaka, August 23th to 27th 2010)
3- III Zambian Children’s Climate Conference, UNICEF Zambia (Lusaka, August 22th to 27th 2011)
4- IV Zambian Children’s Climate Conference, UNICEF Zambia (Lusaka, April 16th to 20th 2011)
5- Production and Editing of all editions of ZCCC Times, official United4Climate Zambia newsletter which is printed and circulated online, as well as available at Unicef.org website.
Summary: Since April 2010, I have been consulting for Unite4Climate Zambia which is one of UNICEF’s signature child-led advocacy programs. It partners with young people in all of the country’s nine provinces to combat climate change and is helping to empower and inspire thousands of children. Through media programs, debates, and advocating for the construction of floating schools in flood-prone areas, Zambia’s young Climate Ambassadors are agents of change. Reaching 200 climate ambassadors each year and equipping them with the “pay it forward” concept, Unite4Climate Zambia is working to make Zambia and the global community more equitable.
– UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund):
Position: Youth & Community Empowerment Consultant (November 2009 – Present)
1- Preparing strategy for active children consultations around the themes of RIO+20 (October 2011 to April 2012)
2- UNICEF Climate Ambassadors at COP16, UNICEF HQ (Cancun, November to December 2010)
3- YOUNICEF National Consultation, UNICEF Italy. (Rome, March to May 2010)
4- UNICEF Children’s Climate Conference (COP15), UNICEF HQ (Copenhagen, November to December 2009)
Summary: Since November 2009, I have been consulting for UNICEF on their Unite for Climate – Climate Ambassador Programme, working in programmes for different UNICEF Country Offices worldwide.
– UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)
Positions: Rapporteur & Youth Strategy Adviser (July 2011 – Present)
1- Youth Strategy Meeting – (New York, USA, December 11th to 18th 2011)
2- CSO/Stakeholders Consultation –(Istanbul, Turkey, December 9and 10, 2011)
3- Youth Mobilizing for Rio+20 – Strategy Paper, UNFPA HQ (Presented on September 15th 2011)
4- 61st DPI/NGO Conference – (Bonn, Germany, August 3 to 5, 2011)
5- UN High-Level Meeting on Youth (New York, USA, July 25-27, 2011 – Present)
Summary: Since July 2011, I have been consulting for UNFPA in different youth projects, as well as acting as their rapporteur to some strategic events.
– UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme)
Positions: Youth Steering Committee Member (August 2011 – June 2012)
1- Advising UNEP on their strategy for youth engagement on the Rio+20 process (September 2011 to Present)
2- Coordination of the Bandung Declaration (Bandung, Indonesia. Adopted in plenary on September 30th)
3- Program Design and Coordination at the TUNZA Children & Youth Conference (Bandung, Indonesia. August 2011 to September 2011)
4- TUNZA Children & Youth Conference – Children & Youth on the Road to Rio+20 (Bandung, Indonesia. September 27th to October 1st 2011)
Summary: Since August 2011, I have been advising UNEP on their youth engagement strategy for Rio+20 as well as on its TUNZA programme. Particularly for their last TUNZA Children & Youth Conference held in Indonesia 2011, I have been substantially involved in supporting with the logistics, specially travel arrangements for Latin American delegates, I have designed and managed the Conference programme for both the children and youth participants, and together with a colleague coordinated all workshop facilitators and trainers. I have also led workshop sessions myself, on Youth Advocacy and another on the linkages between Rio+20 and the ICPD. I was in charge of designing the methodology and managing the Bandung declaration process, including the regional discussions, the collaborative writing, the final editing, and the plenary approval session.
– UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
Positions: Youth Advisory Board representative for Latin America and the Caribbean (November 2008 – February 2012)
1- Advisory Committee member for the UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund with an annual budget of $1.500.000,00 (American dollars) for youth-led development projects (Nairobi, March 2009 – Present)
2- Appointed to the Working Group leading on the “Youth 21 project: Building an architecture for Youth Engagement in the UN System” established by UN-HABITAT for the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development to reflect and discuss how to create and improve mechanisms for youth participation throughout the UN system. (Initiated in Oslo, December 2012)
3- Appointed member to the “High-level Working Group on Urban Children and Youth” established by UN-HABITAT in partnership with the World Bank and Cities Alliance that brings together UN agencies, Donors, Research Institutes and Practitioners to reflect and discuss how to advance the field of Youth and Development. (Initiated in Washington DC, September 7th 2009)
4- Convenor and General Coordinator of the High-level Youth Roundtable: “Investing in Youth-led Development as strategy to promote sustainable growth and tackle Climate Change” at the European Parliament.(Brussels, September 5th 2009)
5- Lobbyist for Resolution 23/7: Urban youth development: the next step, approved on the 8th Plenary Meeting, April 15th 2011 at the 23nd Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. (Nairobi, April 11th to 15th 2011)
6- Lobbyist for Resolution 22/4: Strengthening the development of urban young people, approved on the 7th Plenary Meeting, April 3rd 2009 at 22nd Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. (Nairobi, March 30th to April 3rd 2009)
7- Keynote Speaker at the Special Dialogue on Investing in Youth-led Development with UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka (Nairobi, March 31st 2009)8- Keynote Speaker at the UN-HABITAT High-level Youth Roundtable at the 4th World Urban Forum (Nanjing, November 5th, 2008)
Summary: I was elected Latin America and the Caribbean representative to the Youth Advisory Board, which works to advise UN-HABITAT and its Executive Director on the design and implementation of youth mainstreaming strategies across the agency and its programmes.
– YouAct – European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Position: Member Advocate (January 2008 – Present)
1- “This Valentine’s Remember Sexual Rights” action – giving the British MEP Richard Howitt, a huge valentine’s card remembering him about the need for more comprehensive sexual rights at the EU. Cambridge, UK, 12th February 2010.
2- SRHR Advocacy Training – a six-country advocacy training of young people to support the development of youth-led SRHR advocacy campaigns targeted at candidate MEPs 2009 Summary: I am a member of YouAct (www.youact.org), a youth network funded in 2004, advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in 19 European Countries. My responsibilities include running trainings and awareness raising workshops; lobbying MEPs; running media campaigns and representing the network in different events.
– Peace Child International (www.peacechild.org)
Position: Institutional Development Manager & Special Projects Coordinator, (August 2005 – August 2010)
1- “Be the Change!”, Peace Child’s Youth-led Development Programme that gives seed funding and support to young people worldwide who want to start their own community initiatives. The Programme has supported the implementation of over 300 youth-led projects in 75 countries.(September 2005 – August 2010)
2- Youth-led Development Advocacy – Training Programme, supported by the European Commission. (July to December 2009)
3- Gender Empowerment Project – Training Programme, supported by the European Commission. (April to December 2009)
4- “Be the Change! Challenge” – DEFRA sponsored sustainable education programme; which introduced environmental and global issues to a wide youth audience and supporting young people to create their own workshops and campaigns. The programme was delivered to over 14,000 primary and secondary students in the UK and trained 300 peer to peer educators through its Ambassador Programme. (August 2005 to November 2008)
5- Global Village at the 21st World Scouts Jamboree (July 24th to August 8th 2007)
6- Standardizing global affiliation process (August 2005 to August 2006)
Summary: For five years I was the Institutional Development Manager and Special Projects Coordinator at the international headquarters in the UK being responsible for the overall management of the organisation’s headquarters, field offices and affiliated youth groups in more than 150 countries. Considering our very small office and our huge outreach, my role was very dynamic and involved many different tasks related to Institutional Management, Staff Training & Managing, Project Development and Management, Facilitation and Educational Planning, Advocacy, Events Organising and Communications.
– World Youth Congress Series
Position: General Operational Manager for the Series. (August 2005 – August 2010)
1- 5th World Youth Congress, Turkey 2010 (Istanbul, July 31st to August 13th 2010)
2- 3rd European Youth Congress, Slovenia 2009 (Izola, July 25th to August 1st 2009)
3- 4th World Youth Congress, Canada 2008 (Quebec, August 10th to 21st, 2008)
Summary: The World Youth Congress Series is one of the flagship programme launched by Peace Child International, which is so complex and big that has its own governance board and independent organisational structure in which I performed the role of General Operational Manager, responsible for managing the overall planning and coordination of the series.
The World Youth Congress (WYC) series is recognized as the the leading international platform focused on youth and sustainable development it is designed to be a catalyst for action with a dynamic 12 days programme that combines inspiring speakers, workshops and training sessions, roundtable discussions, intercultural performances and action projects in order to provide a life changing experience that will inspire and empower all participants. Every WYC creates a unique space and opportunity for 1000 young people from over 140 countries to meet and engage with governments, UN agencies and development professionals, exploring ways in which they can work more effectively together to advance the youth-led development field.
– CAPRICHO Magazine
Position: Columnist & International Correspondent (March 2004 – January 2009) and Youth Advisor to the Editorial Team (June 2003 – March 2004)
1- Recognition as the key columnist influencing the increase of positive youth media coverage in Brazil in the years 2003 and 2004 by ANDI (Brazilian Media Agency on Children and Youth Rights.) at the national “Youth Media Report” launched in June 2005 (ANDI/ “Youth Media Report 2005”, 3rd paragraph, page 30, Edition n.11, June 2005).
2- Production of 1 video podcasts featured in the opening of Hilary Duff’s concert in Sao Paulo. (January 2008)
3- Presenting 5 video podcasts for CAPRICHO TV broadcasted at MTV Brazil and the Magazine’s website. (December 2007)
4- Over 30 articles published in the Magazine covering issues sustainable living, volunteering or climate change. (March 2004 – January 2009)
5- Personal Blog hosted at the CAPRICHO website
) currently the biggest youth website in the world.
6- Coordination team of the first edition of the successful series of NOCAPRICHO festivals Already in its first edition held in April 2005 more than 15.000 young people attended the venue in three days. (April 15th to 17th 2005)
Summary: I was part of the youth editorial team for CAPRICHO (www.capricho.com.br), one of the most successful youth magazines in Brazil. The board composed by 10 teenagers met regularly to discuss and advise the staff on the content development based on current issues and trends concerning young people in Brazil. After a year in the advisory team, I was given a personal column at the Magazine. While working for CAPRICHO abroad I had the opportunity to work on the coverage of international events, as well as production and presenting of different pieces for the CAPRICHO TV, ran in partnership with MTV Brazil.
– World Bank
Summary: I am a guest blogger to the World Bank’s Youthink Initiative.
I am responsible for writing about youth-led development initiatives and youth participation in international events. Some of my past posts include the coverage of the World Water Youth Forum that was read by over 25.400 people worldwide.
– Flamingo International
Position: Consultant – Youth Engagement Expert (April 2007 – Present)
Summary: I am a consultant for Flamingo International (www.flamingo-international.com), an international cutting-edge marketing agency that is a world leader in the field of semiotics and qualitative research. Since April 2007 I work as the expert on youth engagement with special focus in projects targeting Europe and Latin America. Past consultancy projects include: Nokia, Apple and Pepsico.
– CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation)
Position: Steering Committee Member for the“CIVICUS Youth Assembly” (January 2007 – June 2008)
Summary: I worked on the planning and coordination of the first and second CIVICUS Youth Assembly, 2007 and 2008 respectively (http://www.civicusyouth.org/) both held in Glasgow, Scotland. My responsibilities included recruiting participants, planning the programme and inviting keynote speakers.
– Inter-American Development Bank
Position: Educational Moderator for the “Youth Development and Outreach Programme” (June 2006 – January 2009)
Summary: For three years, I was in charge of moderating the online discussions related to education inside the web platform used by IADB Youth Network (http://www.iadb.org/youth/). I was responsible for monitoring the content of the forum as well as for motivating participants and harvesting discussions on the theme.
– Municipal Youth Council of Santos, Brazil
Position: Youth Council elected member (June 2003 – February 2004)
Summary: I was one the founders of the Municipal Youth Council in Santos, a body of youth representatives created to advise and support the local government in formulating and implementing youth policies and programmes in a municipal level.
Previous to that, I led the yearlong campaign advocating for the establishment of the Municipal Youth Council. Throughout the campaign I lobbied different stakeholders including local youth groups, policy-makers, government authorities and the media.
– Youth-led Development Practitioner and Advocate (May 1999 – Present)
Summary: I have also been working with different youth groups, grassroots organisations, development agencies and governments to design, implement and support different youth initiatives. I had the opportunity to work and support youth-led community initiatives in 41 countries including: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, East Timor, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
I worked as a facilitator and/or trainer and delivered more than 250 workshops and speeches in events such as: Youth-led 101 in Austria 2010;World Youth Meeting for a Sustainable Future in Bari 2010, CoP-15 in Copenhagen 2009, CoP-10 in Buenos Aires 2004; World Urban Forum and World Urban Youth Forum 2008; CIVICUS World Assembly 2006/2007/2008; World Youth Congress 2003/2005; World Social Forum 2003/2005; World Educational Forum 2004; IAVE Conference 2006, among others.