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Senior Volunteerism and Youth Advisor (SVYA) - Arab Youth Volunteering
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||12-Aug-11 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 120 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Six months|
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity, as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
UNV engaged more than 7,765 UN Volunteers in 2010, on a total of almost 8,000 assignments in more than 130 countries. At an average age of 39 years with professional skills and qualifications and 5-10 years of relevant experience, UN Volunteers came from more than 158 countries. More than three quarters came from developing countries and one third served in their own countries. The financial equivalent of programme activities exceeds US$150 million annually.
UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has approximately 150 staff positions – the majority in Bonn with some dozen positions in different UN peacekeeping missions, and other Headquarters locations (e.g. New York and Tokyo).
The major organizational groups within UNV are:
While both Divisions focus on both development and peace issues, the Development Division oversees the predominantly “development countries”, and the Peace Division oversees the predominantly “peace countries”, which includes countries characterized by crisis and post-crisis situations. Each Division is made up of geographical portfolios.
The wave of youth-led transformational change processes in the Arab region has highlighted youth as a positive asset for peace and development. To address the challenges and aspirations of youth, volunteering provides a viable sustainable mechanism that can turn their grievances and frustrations into positive energy and a social asset. Youth particularly have the time, energy, and skills that can be readily drawn upon to address national development challenges. Youth volunteering can engage young men and women in a range of activities that can improve their participation and positively harness their energy to contribute to the realization of national and global development goals, while enhancing their life, citizenship, and work-related skills. At the same time, young people can improve their qualifications and readiness for employment through the professional and interpersonal expertise and leadership skills gained through volunteering.
Although non-formal volunteerism is embedded in many cultural and religious values in the Arab
Region, the limited institutional infrastructure hinders development of formal volunteering to different degrees. The limits of existing laws on civil society and volunteerism, of research on volunteerism, of volunteering centres and of capacity of NGOs and governments in volunteer management are some of the issues holding growth of volunteering initiatives and engagement of youth in such activities.
In response to this popular uprising in the Arab region spearheaded mostly by youth activists and concurrent with UNDP and UN regional strategies where volunteering has been recognized as an important criteria in addressing youth unemployment, UNV has decided to develop a regional youth programme to be implemented in six Arab countries (Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco).
In addition, promoting youth employment through volunteering has been part of the UNV mandate and a key component of its programme strategy. The strategy calls for supporting policies and
legislation that recognize the role and contribution of youth to peace and development as well as the role of governments and development partners in devising innovative ways of enhancing youth participation in socio-economic development of their societies. This will be achieved by supporting the establishment and/or strengthening of youth volunteering infrastructure such as youth centers, youth volunteer corps, university volunteering programmes and/or youth networks to promote and sustain volunteering among youth in six Arab countries where youth unemployment has been identified as a major trigger for instability. This will be done in close collaboration with the relevant UN agencies with a mandate on youth, academic institutions, existing civil society organizations and the private sector. In order to finalize this youth regional programme, an Initiation Plan (IP) has been developed to recruit the necessary human resources and implement activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main purpose of this consultancy/assignment will be to:
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the overall guidance of the IP Reference Team and direct supervision of the Portfolio Manager for Arab States, the Senior Volunteerism and Youth Advisor (SVYA) will undertake the following tasks:
The SVYA will carry out his/her task in a consultative manner with the project reference team in UNV HQ in Bonn, UNV Field Units and other stakeholder at the regional and national levels to ensure:
Using a sound research methodology and evidence based analysis it is expected that the SVYA will provide the following deliverables:
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Development Studies, Economics, international Development, Political and Social Sciences or any related field;
Fluency in English and ability to work in Arabic and French.
The technical proposal is evaluated on the basis of its responsiveness to the Term of Reference (TOR).
Only those who pass the 70% technical evaluation score will be considered. The award of the contract would be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Interviews will be additionally used to determine the technical competencies of the candidates. Excellent language and report writing skills are prerequisites for even being considered for the interview process. Only consultants with relevant experience in supplying similar services will be considered qualified.
How to apply:
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount according to the number of anticipated working days (up to 120 working days). The consultancy is home based whereas approximately four missions to Bonn/Germany are to be foreseen in addition to a one week mission to each of the proposed Arab Countries if security permits.
A technical proposal corresponding to the ToRs.
Applications should be submitted on line no later than 12 August 2011 and include an up to date CV or Personal History Form (P11). Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
Financial Proposals should be submitted at the following address: UNV Procurement, United Nations Volunteers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, Consultancy Senior Volunteerism and Youth Advisor, Att. Iris Klesing, no later than 12 August 2011.
If you submit an application, UNV expects that you have read and agree with the TOR and the UNV Terms and Conditions, available online:
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the e-mail indicated above. UNV will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.