Mapping of Adolescent and Youth Participation in Programming
18 January 2017
Consultancy Title: Mapping of Adolescent and Youth Participation in Programming (Middle East and North Africa Region)
Job Number: 502225 | Vacancy Link
Work Type : Consultancy
Consultancy Title: Mapping of Adolescent and Youth Participation in Programming
(Middle East and North Africa Region)
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Duration: 40 days
On-site working days: 15 days
Off-site working days: 25 days
Field Missions/Travel: (0 days)
Estimated Start Date: January 29, 2017
Estimated end Date: June 30, 2017
Reporting to: Veera Mendonca, Regional Adviser, ADAP HIV, UNICEF (The assignment will require the consultant to work closely with the UN: NGO Youth Group and the Mercy Corp supported Columbia University SIPA Capstone students)
Young people (10-24 years old) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) represent about one third of the total population. They have the potential to be at the forefront of positive change socially and economically; yet they have historically been excluded from decision-making processes, as well as programmes intended to address their needs. The participation of young people in decisions, plans and programmes affecting their lives is a fundamental component of respecting and recognizing young people as holders of their own rights.
Ensuring that their experiences, perspectives and priorities are integrated into all stages of programming is also a core strategy for all partners supporting adolescent and youth programming in MENA. Children and youth are often much better placed than external duty-bearers to identify their most pressing needs, lead the assessment and analyze the situation, and come up with creative solutions. A sustainable social change requires therefore continuous, inclusive and equitable participation of young people at all levels and stages of programmes which intend to address the challenges they face.
The benefits of engaging young people at all stages of programming is two-fold. From a programming perspective, it ensures that programmes are relevant, authentic and truly responsive to their needs and priorities. From a young person’s perspective, their engagement in programming increases their sense of ownership, self-confidence, and develops their skills and knowledge (e.g. communication, leadership, team work, organization, responsibility).
The most recent mapping of adolescent and youth participation in humanitarian programmes (3RP and HRP) highlighted that less than 20% of partners support systematic participation in all components of adolescent and youth programming.
The purpose of this consultancy is to take stock of the existing networks/advisory groups and other mechanisms/pathways that encourage youth participation and building on these, identify promising practices, develop standards and guidelines and make recommendations for capacity development and for establishing systematic engagement mechanisms of adolescent and youth.
DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:
The consultant will:
- Map existing mechanisms established by partners to support adolescent and youth systematic engagement in adolescent and youth programmes in MENA region.
- Mapping based on select criteria developed in partnership with the UN:NGO thematic group on participation (refined & finalized in partnership with the adolescent and youth networks). This will reference existing guidance at the global level – to avoid duplication and ensure complementarity with specific insights and guidance relevant to the region.
- Identify and document promising practices on systematic adolescent and youth systematic engagement in adolescent and youth programmes (~12 examples in both humanitarian and development context; local/national).
- Draft guidelines and standards for supporting systematic adolescent and youth engagement in adolescent and youth programmes (supporting young people in influencing decision-making within existing structures, systems and processes, through systematic consultation and participation in shaping, implementing and monitoring programmes).
- Identify gaps and bottlenecks in supporting and institutionalization of adolescent and youth participation (using the UNICEF MORES framework for identifying bottlenecks).
- Draft recommendations for establishing regional mechanisms building on existing systems to support adolescent and youth systematic participation in shaping, implementing, monitoring and advocating for adolescent and youth programmes.
- Collaborate and technically guide cohort of Columbia University graduate students (SIPA Capstone students/Mercy Corp Project) who will be working at country level to gather comprehensive information on participation across country programs and partners.
Mercy Corp/ Columbia Capstone timeline:
- Detailed work plan: first week of February, 2017
- Draft report outline: First week of March, 2017
- Draft report: Mid-April, 2017
- Presentation of key findings to stakeholders and youth: End of April, 2017 to UN Youth Working Group and No Lost Generation Initiative
- Final report for the SIPA CAPSTONE PROJECT: First week of May, 2017
- Develop a presentation with graphics on the benefits of engagement, ways to promote engagement (quick wins and longer investments), do no harm, other issues (or one slide per bottleneck) etc.
- Develop a one page infographic for senior managers and policy makers.
- Conduct a briefing session for the UN:NGO youth group and other relevant stakeholders.
Some key questions the mapping aims to address:
- What strategies do youth across the Middle East feel have been effective at engaging and supporting their voice and opinions?
- What models have been employed to ensure youth are participating in program design and policy decisions (i.e. the 3RP, HRP, and other informative processes) in a meaningful way (beyond yet another set of focus group discussions)
- What is the evidence / documentation indicating that these models work?
- What current strategies and methods are employed by peer organizations and key stakeholders to include the voices, opinions and ideas of youth in programming and decision-making processes?
- What are youth leaders, coaches/mentors and organizations saying about youth engagement principals and strategies?
- What sustainability models are in place to support on-going efforts to include youth in overarching programming and decision-making processes?
- Recommendations on measurements going forwards.
The MENA countries included will be:
Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
The Columbia University SIPA Capstone cohort will be conducting in-country research in NLG countries (excluding Egypt) Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
All Deliverables should be submitted in English
- Deliverable 1:
- Criteria developed in partnership with the UN:NGO thematic group and Columbia SIPA cohort on what constitutes adolescent and youth systematic engagement in adolescent and youth programmes in MENA region
- A report detailing existing mechanisms, and networks/advisory groups established by partners to support adolescent and youth systematic engagement in adolescent and youth programmes in MENA region
- Deliverable 2 (Will continue throughout the consultancy):
- Provide guidance and direction to Columbia SIPA cohort to inform their analysis.
- Liaise with cohort, particularly around deliverables and strategy (meetings, focus group discussion outlines, etc.)
- Deliverable 3:
- Criteria for defining a promising practice in systematic adolescent and youth engagement in adolescent and youth programmes
- Table detailing promising practices on systematic adolescent and youth systematic engagement in adolescent and youth programmes
- Twelve in-depth promising practices on systematic adolescent and youth systematic engagement in adolescent and youth programmes (~12 examples in both humanitarian and development context; local/national)
- Deliverable 4:
- Bottleneck and opportunity analysis report in supporting and institutionalization of adolescent and youth participation (using the UNICEF MORES framework for identifying bottlenecks)
- Deliverable 5:
- Guidelines and standards for supporting systematic adolescent and youth engagement in adolescent and youth programmes in humanitarian and development settings (supporting young people in influencing decision-making within existing structures, systems and processes, through systematic consultation and participation in shaping, implementing and monitoring programmes).
- Recommendations for establishing regional mechanisms building on existing systems to support adolescent and youth systematic participation in shaping, implementing, monitoring and advocating for adolescent and youth programmes.
- Deliverable 6:
- Develop a presentation with graphics on the benefits of engagement, ways to promote engagement (quick wins and longer investments), do no harm, other issues (or one slide per bottleneck) etc
- Develop a one page infographic for senior managers and policy makers
- Conduct a briefing session(s) for the UN:NGO youth group and other key stakeholders.
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS (IF APPLICABLE):
ICT CONSIDERATIONS (PLEASE CHECK IF APPLICABLE):
Access to electronic Information Resources UNICEF email ID ICT Hardware (please specify): _Laptop and headset for Skype 4 Business and for inter country calls.
TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS (PLEASE CHECK IF APPLICABLE):
None Commencement travel (consultant’s cost) Mission travel (schedule/itinerary required): ____________________________
For individual contractors and consultants, all travel arrangements to commence the assignment, including insurance and visas, will be managed and paid by the individual. Therefore, expected travel costs must be included as a budget item in the financial proposal. Should “mission travel” be required, UNICEF will manage and pay for travel via Travel Authorization. However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites: Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, the Basic and Advanced Security in the Field Trainings, Travel Visa, and liability waiver. Trip prerequisites will be met at the expense of the consultant.
Travel cost shall be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC at http://icsc.un.org). The consultant must travel on UNICEF approved airlines.
- Education: Advanced degree in social sciences or research methodologies
- Technical knowledge: Excellent technical knowledge in adolescent and youth programming. Good knowledge of the MENA region will be an asset.
- Work experience: At least 5 years of experience in research methodologies and analytical reporting writing, documented in published research.
- Language: Fluency in English. Knowledge of Arabic an asset
PROPOSED PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Select proposed methodology By Deliverable
Payment upon deliverables/milestones:
Payment 1: 10% for Deliverables 1 and 2
Payment 2: 30% for Deliverables 3 and 2
Payment 3: 10% for Deliverables 4 and 2
Payment 4: 20% for Deliverables 5 and 2
Payment 5: 30% for Deliverables 6 and 2
Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
- Cover letter/application.
- Financial quote as lump sum for professional fees, and lump sum for travel/administrative/subsistence, if applicable.
- Examples of previous, relevant work as applicable
- Proposed methodology/approach to managing the project.
- At least 2 Referees
- P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html ).
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
All interested applicants, will submit the above to HR UNICEF by January 18th, 2017
Email Subject: Systematic Adolescent and Youth Engagement in Adolescent and Youth Programming in MENA Region
Late submissions, incomplete packets, or submissions with an incorrect email subject heading will not be considered.
Successful applicants may be invited for further technical assessment and offers will be evaluated by the following criteria:
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (max. 80 points)
Overall (40 points)
Understanding of tasks, objectives (Through the cover letter/or interview if needed)
Overall match between the TOR requirements and the CV
Quality of proposed approach/methodology
Quality of proposed work plan
Technical Capacity (40 points)
Relevance of consultant’s experience with similar projects and as per required qualifications
Quality of previous work
TECHNICAL PROPOSAL/ QUALIFICATION – Total Points (80)
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL (max. 20 points)
Admin costs (if any)
Total estimated cost of contract
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL – – Total points
TOTAL SCORE (max. 100 points)
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
 Established by partners to support adolescent and youth systematic engagement in adolescent and youth programmes
 Including how organizations can be influenced by youth more broadly – i.e. board of directors including youth
 The assignment will require the consultant to work closely with the UN: NGO Youth Group and the Mercy Corp supported Columbia University SIPA Capstone student. This is a desk review assignment to be conducted in close collaboration with Mercy Corp. Mercy Corp will be supporting 6 interns who will be responsible for primary data collection through FGDs and interviews in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq
 Criteria to be sensitive to enable consultant to capture data on mechanisms for: adolescents disaggregated by gender, age, socioeconomic, literacy etc; other non-systematic approaches which are good and could be strengthened;
 This criteria will be refined and finalized in partnership with the adolescent and youth networks/organizations and partners (via email & through consultations organized by the Columbia SIPA Students).
Opening Date 4 Jan 2017 Jordan Standard Time
Closing Date 18 Jan 2017 Jordan Standard Time