Deliverables/Final Products Expected
The consultant shall provide the National Youth commission and UNDP with:
- A brief work plan within one week of the signing of the contract with UNDP, including, among others, the details of the methodology to be used.
- A draft report for each of the thematic areas of study within 30 days of commencement of the studies.
Purpose and objectives
The purpose of studies is to provide informed opinion on youth-related issues and how these issues impact on the status and development of youth in Sierra Leone. The information gathered by this study will provide material for inclusion in the Annual Youth report. The material will also assist the National Youth Commission to design and plan project activities that reflect the circumstances and needs of the youth population in the country. The findings of the Studies will be available to inform the Ministry of Youth Employment and Sports and National Youth Commission as appropriate and will also be published as stand-alone reports or incorporated into the Annual Youth Report prepared by the National Youth Commission.
- Youth representation, voice and involvement in national and local governance
This study among other things will look at the structure of youth representation at chiefdom, district and national level (if any), the extent to which these structures are representative of youth in their locality and how effective they are at actually projecting the youth image in terms of local and national development issues.
- Influence of music and films on youth values and perceptions
There is no denying the fact that music and films are actually impacting the life styles of youth who religiously imitate the culture that is preached in these social attributes. Youth culture now is fast becoming a reflection of the embodiment of modern music and film heritage. Hip Hop for instance is fast becoming a life style which all youth in the world including those in Sierra Leone are blindly following. This study is aimed at cataloguing and analyzing the influence of these alien cultures and how they are contributing in no small measure to the creation of a new culture in the youth of Sierra Leone.
- Health/drug abuse/ HIV AIDS issues and youth
This study is expected to look at the incidence of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS on youth in Sierra Leone. The study should also reflect on the underlying causes associated with addiction to drug and the extent to which drug abuse has reached in Sierra Leone and its effect on the health of youth. This study should also inform on the influence of HIV/AIDS on youth in Sierra Leone
Methodology and Information sources:
The modalities through which the case studies will be conducted will have to be decided with the substantial input of the consultant. Tentatively the chosen methodology will combine desk review (notably focusing on local and international university thesis and dissertations, as well as other scientific research and projects reports), retrieval of basic hard data (in collaboration with relevant Ministries) and some sort of qualitative investigation (interviews and/ or focus groups). The National Youth Commission, the Ministry of Youth Employment and Sports and the UNDP will ensure that key documents pertaining to their activities are available to the consultant prior to the fieldwork. There will also be organized meetings with key stakeholders such as NAYCOM, UNDP, NGOs, Ministry of Youth Employment and Sports, Clients/ beneficiaries of NAYCOM projects, members of local communities and other relevant organisations/ agencies