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National Project Associate - Youth Empowerment Program
|Location :||Mbabane, SWAZILAND|
|Application Deadline :||15-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Six months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Six months|
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.
The Kingdom of Eswatini has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Due to a severe second wave, the government was forced to implement stringent lockdowns in early 2021, which entailed travel restrictions, a ban on most gatherings except for funerals and restriction on business operating times, which has cause disruptions to many income generating sectors of the economy. Additionally, poverty continues to persist despite the country’s lower-middle-income status. 58.9% of Emaswati lived below the national poverty line in 2017, and this has been further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. The greatest impact of this has been on the youth (10-24yrs) of Eswatini. The number of youth in Eswatini is currently 33.4% of the population, amounting to approximately 400,000 youth country-wide.
At the heart of the country’s recovery plans is the revitalization of youth employment and empowerment and the MSME development. Youth unemployment is high with 46% of youth between the ages of 15-24 being unemployed; with slightly lower levels of unemployment for male youths (44%) in comparison to female youths (50%). Greater employment and access to capital for the youth, and for women, would therefore reduce the country’s high GINI co-efficient rating (currently at 51.5) and contribute to greater inclusive growth outcomes for eSwatini.
What the population census shows is that Eswatini has a young population, which could be a great resource for innovation and industrialisation if this significant working age population is properly channelled to productive economic activities. However, many of Eswatini youth are failing to find economic opportunities such that many of the university graduates are unemployed. Eswatini’s Labour Force Survey (2016) indicates that almost 1 in 2 young people in Eswatini are unemployed. Even though they are the majority of the population, young people and women still face a plethora of development challenges, including lack of access to productive economic resources such as land and finance.
It is anticipated that by 2030 Africa’s population below the age of 18 will be more than 170 million, and by 2050 the continent will be home to 1.25 billion people of working age. To absorb these new entrants into the labour market and create productive opportunities for employment or self-employment, it is important to instil a culture of entrepreneurship and cultivate a mind-set of successful and sustainable business development among our youth today. From a sustainable development point of view, it is important to highlight that the importance of youth empowerment has gained particular relevance with
the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Along with other partners, young people, by participating in consultation and negotiation processes at all levels, informed and helped shape the 2030 Agenda, which now reflects their concerns. The 2030 Agenda, which specifically names young people as “critical agents of change,” integrates the economic, environmental and social dimensions of development with young people represented as a priority across its 17 goals. 65 out of the 169 SDG targets reference young people explicitly or implicitly, with a focus on their empowerment, participation and well-being. Young people’s involvement, energy, networks and solutions are indispensable for the effective implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. There are more than 20 youth-inclusive targets spread over nine key SDGs: Goal 1 (poverty), Goal 2 (hunger), Goal 4 (education), Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 8 (decent work), Goal 10 (inequality), Goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities), Goal 13 (climate change), and Goal 16 (peaceful and inclusive societies). Goal 16, which calls to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” is a pivotal component of the 2030 Agenda and provides a key opportunity to foster young people’s empowerment for development, not least by contributing to SDG monitoring and accountability.
Therefore, to ensure that Eswatini is on track with the vision of youth empowerment and sustainable development agenda, at the same time, takes advantage of the dynamism of the youth and the opportunities of industrial development, regional integration and globalisation, Eswatini can position its youth enterprises for success. One of the emerging opportunities is through the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Agreement, which opens the door for further industrial development, supportive regional policies for infrastructure development, Information Communication Technology and the establishment of industrial development policies have all focused on creating opportunities for local MSMEs to participate at the regional, continental and global scale.
Against this backdrop, UNDP is seeking Project Associate to conduct a baseline assessment and ecosystems mapping of the key programmes and projects on youth and empowerment and identify gaps and challenges in order to support with UNDP Eswatini’s long term vision for creating a Youth Empowerment Program (YEP). Key outputs of this program would be for UNDP to contribute to specific outputs such as the strengthening of the national policy in relation to youth welfare, strategy and coordination frameworks for youth employment, as well as to establish, on a national basis, basic support services for youth including business development support and youth career advice all geared towards increasing the employability of youth.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist and overall supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative, the Project Associate , as per UNDP requirements will be expected to:
The expected deliverables of the assignment include
Technical and Functional Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
How to Apply:
Interested individuals must submit the following documents /information to demonstrate their qualification, experience and suitability to undertake the assignment. All supporting documents must be part of the detailed CV and uploaded as one document.
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. All applications must be made on-line.
Note: Please note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Using a weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to an individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined to be responsive/compliant/acceptable, and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. A combined scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted at 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted at 30%.