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Consultant – Development of UNDP Youth Strategy
|Location :||Home-based and New York|
|Application Deadline :||03-Jul-12 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||4 working months from start date|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
On 25 January 2012, the Secretary-General of the United Nations outlined his Five-year Action Agenda which laid out five generational imperatives including the engagement of Youth in social, economic and political development. To help advance this agenda, the UN system will develop and implement an action plan, create a youth volunteer programme under the umbrella of the UN Volunteers and appoint a Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Youth. On 13 March 2012, the Secretary-General, through the Policy Committee (Decision No. 2012/5 – Youth) mandated the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth and Development (IANYD) to develop a UN System Wide Action Plan (SWAP) to deepen the youth focus of existing UN system programmes, in collaboration with the Special Adviser [on Youth] and with inputs from youth-led organizations and other relevant stakeholders, will develop a draft action plan to deepen the focus of existing UN system programmes at all levels (global, regional, national and local), to be taken up at HLCP/CEB at its Spring 2013 session. The action plan will focus on the priority areas identified by the Secretary-General: employment, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, citizenship and protection of rightsand education, including education on sexual and reproductive health. In addition, the action plan will be guided by the World Programme of Action for Youth; take into consideration relevant UN-wide action plans; systematically integrate gender perspectives across all areas; and provide a monitoring and evaluation framework.
It is therefore timely and important for UNDP, as an active member of IANYD to contribute towards the development of the SWAP and in doing so, develop its first-ever Youth Strategy. Such a strategy must be fully consultative, building on existing youth initiatives at the regional and country level as well as articulating key entry points where UNDP has a comparative advantage among other UN entities.
Several initiatives have been undertaken to strengthen joint work around youth inclusion resulting for example, in a “UNDG Strategy for Arab States/Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) Strategic Action Plan on Youth (2010-2011)”, developed even before the Arab spring phenomenon. RBAS’ “Strategy of Response to Transformative Change Championed by Youth in the Arab Region” (2011) also offers a blueprint strategy for engagement of youth in the region. UNDP embraces youth as a positive force for transformative change and aims at enhancing youth participation through inclusive governance. UNDP programming in democratic governance for example, recognizes theimportance in developing mechanisms to strengthen civic participation and explore how young people can utilize renewed confidence in their own capacity and potential for change to further foster the culture ofmeaningful participation and volunteerism, and provide opportunities to participate in and influence development processes that will shape their future. UNDP also sees the use of new Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst that can empower youth to be more engaged in key social and political processes while fostering information and knowledge exchange among them. And at the economic level, new ICTs are driving social innovation and social entrepreneurs in developing countries who are taking matters into their own hand and helping communities close critical development gaps – while giving them voice in the process.
However, on a global organization wide level, UNDP does not currently have a systematic and coordinated mechanism to address the issues of youth engagement, even though this is a stakeholder group comprising up to 60% or more of the population in many of our programme countries. UNDP lacks a comprehensive mapping of youth related initiatives and this is a priority undertaking for the organization.
Duties and Responsibilities
With this background, DGG seeks a highly qualified and motivated consultant for a period of three working months to prepare a draft policy and strategy for UNDP engagement of youth. UNDP’s policy/strategy note for engagement of youth will need to be completed no later than 31 October 2012.
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP Youth Focal Point, the Director of the Democratic Governance Group, Bureau for Development Policy (DGG/BDP) and direct supervision of the Practice Manager (DGG/BDP), the Consultant will undertake the following activities towards the development of a draft policy and strategy for UNDP engagement of youth over the next 3-5 years:
Deliverables and Timelines:
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as (a) responsive/ compliant/ acceptable, and (b) having received the highest score out of a predetermined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria weight 70%. ( max 70 points)
Evaluation criteria weight 30% ( max 30 points)
Criteria for Technical Evaluation:
Only those obtaining a minimum of 49 points will considered for financial evaluation.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. All the required documents should be compiled into one file which must be uploaded with your application online.
The application should contain:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org.
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found here: :
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
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