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Call for Applications: Vetted Roster for Experts in Youth, Democratic Governance and Participation
|Location :||Varies, including home-based and assignments in headquarters, regional centres or country offices|
|Application Deadline :||04-Jul-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Varies, from a few days to several months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Varies, from a few days to several months|
|Important Note: This call for applications is being advertised in English, French and Spanish. Kindly apply only once, in the same language as that of the announcement.
As a trusted multilateral partner serving 177 countries and territories around the world, UNDP is uniquely positioned to help advocate for change, connect countries to the knowledge and resources they need to develop and to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations at the country level.
In order to fulfil UNDP’s mandate and advance youth empowerment, UNDP has recently launched its Youth Strategy 2014-2017, aligned with UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017 and meant to deepen the organization’s youth focus across three key areas of work: strengthened economic empowerment of youth; increased civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions; and increased resilience. The strategy offers key entry points for systematic and coordinated action to support youth participation and empowerment. It also supports the work of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, including the work of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, and the implementation of the United Nations System-wide Action Plan on Youth (UN Youth-SWAP).
One of UNDP’s Youth Strategy key aims is to strengthen youth civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions (Youth Strategy Outcome 2). When young men and women understand their rights, they can become empowered to engage in civil society, public service and politics at all levels. They need to know the channels through which they may exercise their civil and political rights and contribute to decision-making processes that impact their lives. Channels for engagement include, for example, formal political processes such as youth advisory boards at local level, youth parliaments or shadow councils at national level, and engagement with United Nations processes at the global level. Other entry points include volunteerism, access to civil service institutions, initiatives for transparency and accountability, promotion of human rights, access to information, legal reform, support to governance of youth organizations, movements and networks, data collection and analysis, policy review and the use of social media.
To support the implementation of Outcome 2 of UNDP’s Youth Strategy, the organization will back its in-house expertise with a roster of external experts who can provide demand-driven advisory and technical services, to build capacities, develop and share research and knowledge, and advocate on these issues.
Only the applicants who pass all screening procedures will be included in the roster and recommended for consultancy assignments. Please note that inclusion in the roster does not guarantee a consultancy with UNDP.
Profile of Consultants
UNDP is inviting applications from highly qualified junior and senior consultants (individuals only, not companies) with relevant expertise in youth, democratic governance and participation, and proven experience in at least one of the following sub-areas:
Duties and Responsibilities
|Consultants will assist Country Offices, Regional Centres, Headquarter Units and/or national stakeholders (including governments, civil society organizations and others in the region).
The range of tasks that would typically be expected from a youth consultant may include:
Required Skills and Experience
Depending on the complexity of the assignment, consultants will need to have a minimum of:
In accordance with the procedures set out in UNDP’s Procurement Guidelines and Financial Rules and Regulations, a technical evaluation of all applications will be conducted, based on a balanced assessment of candidates’ qualifications and competencies as specified above, and including:
Successful candidates will be included in UNDP’s Roster of Experts on Youth, Democratic Governance and Participation for a period of 2 years. Inclusion in the expert roster does not guarantee a contract with UNDP.
When a request for services arises, the hiring unit/office shall:
Payment/s shall be made following certification by UNDP that the services related to each deliverable, as specified in the contract, have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified, if any.
Please note that an evaluation of the expert must be submitted by the hiring unit before issuance of the last payment on the assignment.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via the UNDP website. Interested candidates are advised to carefully review this ToR and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described above.
Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.
Important Note: This call for applications is being advertised in English, French and Spanish. Kindly apply only once, in the same language as that of the announcement.
Applications should include:
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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.