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Individual Consultant-National Policy on Volunteering
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||New Delhi, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||27-Nov-20 (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 :||4 Month (45 Working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||4 Month (45 Working days)|
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 idea of engaging volunteers particularly youth to meet India’s development challenges is not a new one. India has a rich history of people’s participation through volunteerism by way of religious commitments, philanthropy, mutual-aid and values systems embedded within Indian society. Volunteerism has always played a significant role in the growth of social reform movement in India.In fact the spirit of volunteerism is intrinsically woven into the fabric of Indian society. The Government of India also runs a number of volunteerism schemes such as the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), National Service Scheme (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG). Several national flagship schemes of the government such as Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), National Rural Health Mission, National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP), etc. rely heavily on active volunteer participation and have tried many more modalities to engage volunteers.
However, except for the government’s schemes, volunteering in the country has largely been informal, unorganized and often highly fragmented. As a result, the vast potential of volunteering is still untapped. The National Policy on Voluntary Sector was formulated by the Planning Commission of India in 2007. This policy was an important step in recognizing the value of the voluntary sector of the country. However, the policy was focussed on defining and enabling a conducive environment for the existence of Voluntary Organizations (VOs). Further, the National Youth Policy 2014 includes civic engagement of youth however; both these policies did not directly and holistically address various dimensions of promoting volunteerism in the country.
Internationally, few countries such as Sri Lanka, Australia, Germany, Japan and Kenya have formulated volunteering policies thus creating an enabling environment for realizing the potential of volunteers. As per 2018 State of the World Volunteering Report, 23 countries had introduced policies, legislations or other measures specific or relevant to volunteering before 2008. Since then 68 more countries have introduced or updated their policies or legislation or other such measures.
In the context the Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India has proposed to formulate a National Policy on Volunteering under the ongoing GoI-UNDP-UNV Project on “Strengthening NYKS & NSS”. The objective of formulating a separate policy on volunteering is to create and promote an enabling environment for promoting volunteering in the country. The Policy would seek to mainstream volunteerism into the national development strategy. It will be one of the three building blocks of the eco-system for volunteering besides institutional structures and capacity building. Their convergence will provide the necessary ingredients to unlock the potential of volunteers and enables them to seize opportunities to contribute to nation building.
In the above context, it is proposed to hire an Individual Consultant to support the Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in drafting a National Policy on Volunteering.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the assignment is to draft a National Policy on Volunteering. It would include review of the status of volunteering in India and an in-depth analysis of varied social, cultural, economic dimensions having a bearing on the volunteering by people. The review and analysis are intended to deepen policy makers’ and implementers’ understanding of key issues around strengthening volunteering infrastructure and promotion of volunteering in the country across all age groups and all sections. The Draft Policy would also articulate appropriate strategies for mainstreaming volunteering in the development agenda.
Key Tasks of the Individual Consultant under the Assignment
Under the overall guidance of the Joint Secretary (Youth Affairs) & National Project Director –“Strengthening NYKS & NSS Project” and UNV Country Coordinator, the IC will carry out the following:
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Public Policy/ Economics/ Development Studies/Social Science or a related discipline.
Documents to be submitted by Consultants
The payment schedule and specific deliverables are as follows:
Expected Duration of Assignment
45 working days over a period of 4 months between December 2020 and March 2021