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YOUTH ASSESSMENT Consultant - Djibouti

Djibouti (Djibouti)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

Djibouti’s location, adjacent to the Gulf of Aden and the Red sea, has seen it increasingly become a transit country for mixed migratory movements towards the Gulf States and Europe. Migrants entering Djibouti mainly originate from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Yemen. Djibouti offers most asylum seekers from Somalia (South and Central Somalia) and Yemen (following conflict) prima facie refugee status while those from Eritrea, Ethiopia and other countries undergo individual Refugee Status Determination (RSD). According to UNHCR, there were a total of 22,997 registered refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia, Yemen, Ethiopia and Eritrea as of 31 March 2016 with 58% residing in Ali-Addeh (11,093) and Holl Holl (2,297) refugee camps located in southern Djibouti, near the border with Somalia, about 1,500 residing in Markazi refugee camp near Obock, and the rest residing in urban areas in Obock town and Djibouti City . Ali Addeh camp has existed for more than 25 years. Following the outbreak of conflict in Yemen in March 2015, a total of 35,862 persons had arrived in Djibouti from Yemen as of 16 July 2016.
Djibouti’s services are under intense pressure since the outbreak of the conflict in Yemen. As a country with high income disparity, a high unemployment rate of 60% and a poverty rate of up to 40% , there are limited opportunities (e.g. livelihood and integration) for refugees and asylum seekers in Djibouti who depend solely on humanitarian assistance provided by UNHCR and partners. In 2015, enrolment rates in camps were 55% in pre-school (under 5 years); 76% in primary school; and 4% in secondary school. There is no available data on youth over the age of 18. Programming for youth is currently limited to the provision of some ad-hoc literacy and language classes. NRC recently started a pilot vocational training program for youth in Ali Addeh camp. However, young people in all camps are still faced with very limited opportunities to pursue their education or learn skills to support local integration into the workforce
NRC will conduct a youth assessment (15-30 years), exploring male and female youth needs, vulnerabilities and capacities. The intention is to capture refugee youths’ experiences (past and present), current education levels and needs, frustrations and concerns, and vulnerabilities, but also raise awareness among stakeholders of their capabilities and aspirations for the future. The assessment will aim to build a comprehensive picture of the situation of young people in Djibouti.
The assessment hopes to highlight youth-led solutions and explore ways in which humanitarian organisations and other actors can best engage young people through programmatic responses to the identified needs, while making linkages across sectors, programmes and approaches.
Main Objective: Provide a situation analysis of refugee youth (15-30 years) related to their opportunities and capacities, vulnerabilities and protection risks .

Job description

Scope of work
Under this assignment, the following major activities will be undertaken:
A desk-based study of existing policy documents, impact studies and other relevant background information;
Development of a data collection tool and guidance and detailed sampling methodology, training enumerators/note-takers on these, and leading a workshop with NRC staff and stakeholders, including youth, to validate the tools and methodology;
Field research in Obock, Ali Sabieh and Djibouti Ville, to undertake unstructured and semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with key stakeholders;
Leading a workshop for initial high level data analysis with NRC staff, assessment team and youth. Workshop will include the co-identification and prioritisation of overall themes, findings and trends in the data.
Presentation of preliminary findings and recommendation in a key partners ( Key line ministries, ONARS, UNHCR, UNICEF, IGAD, KfW/GIZ, EU/ECHO, INGOS, CSOs, etc…) workshop to be help in Djibouti ville first week of November
The development of a draft report on the study findings together with recommendations for actions by key stakeholders;
Revision of the report and recommendations, taking participant feedback into account ( including those from the partners’ workshop).

A 25 (approximate) page report with tangible recommendations to governments, donors and humanitarian actors in line with objectives. Appendices and annexes should be added to complement report content.
An executive summary of key findings and recommendations that can be used as a stand-alone product, maximum 2 pages including advocacy and key messages.
Translation of summary of findings for youth.( To be done by NRC in consultation with the consultant)


Advanced degree from an internationally recognized university in social sciences, education, international development or other related fields;
Demonstrated knowledge and work experience in educational or social research (in sampling, data collection instrument design, analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and report writing);
Proven knowledge and a minimum of six years’ work experience in education or youth development, preferably with a focus on populations affected by displacement
Experience working/conducting research with young people is essential. Experience and understanding of the regional context is desirable.
Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, statistical analysis software application, internet research, etc);
Demonstrable team leadership experience;
Fluency in English and French, with Arabic/Somali desirable.

Education field

  • Law

Education level

  • Academy college / University

Personal qualities

Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal and representation skills
Strong computer application skills
Strong analytical skills of using database, SPSS and other relevant software package will be an advantage
Political and cultural awareness
Willingness to be based in one the project target camp locations ( Ali Addeh/Holl Holl or Markazi/Obock)


  • English
  • French

We offer

Commencement: As soon as possible
Duty Station: Field office ( Ali Sabieh or Obock)
38 days of consultant engagement
56 days with NRC review periods included

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Djibouti (Djibouti)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social studies
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-26

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