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Consultancy to provide technical support to engaging adolescents and youth in peacebuilding activities.

Bissau (Guinea-Bissau)

The objective of the consultancy is to provide technical support UNICEF-UNDP joint programme to develop programmes of leadership and peacebuilding competencies, coordination and support programme monitoring.

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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, 

Guinea-Bissau has a small but rapidly growing population, estimated at 1.5 million people and over half of them are under 18 years of age and the proportion of population in the age between 0-34 years is 80 per cent (population projection for 2016). In 2016, the country ranked low on Human Development Index (HDI) with a rank of 178 (out of 188) countries (UNDP, 2016). The majority of the population (69 per cent) lives on less than $2 per day (World Bank, 2010). One out of two persons in the country is illiterate. The analysis conducted for the development of Terra Ranka and other strategic UN documents identifies a disempowered youth as one of the root causes of the vicious cycle of instability and poverty that plagues Guinea-Bissau. It also notes the disproportionate impact that the political crises have on this vulnerable group such as adolescents and youth. A challenging issue about Guinea Bissau is its low levels of literacy and high proportion of adolescents who are out of school (26%) or have dropped out without acquiring basic competencies related to life skills including literacy and numeracy. On average, only one out two persons is literate. Available data shows that one of two children in school age (6-18 years) are out of schools, and a large proportion of adolescents may not have ever been to school. The low levels of literacy is another factor contributing to the vulnerability of young people and the likelihood of their instrumentalization. Adding to this situation is perceived deprivation that both young adults and adolescents feel with regard to their right to participate in decision-making at any level. It is the type of exclusion leads to a disaffected youth that turns it back on cultural and positive social norms and adopt unhealthy coping mechanism. One of the failings of the current system is that it does not meaningfully involve all stakeholders, especially the marginalized groups, such as the youth and adolescents. In fact the future belongs to them, and they have more interest in constructing a better society.

To address this issue, UNICEF and UNDP have developed a joint project focusing on peacebuilding issues. Mobilizing rural Youth and adolescents to serve as peacebuilding leaders.

The aim is to develop leadership skills among rural adolescents and youth and build their resilience to instrumentalization and manipulation. The project envisages the capacity building of youth and adolescent girls and boys including on using media and play an active role as conveners of peacebuilding and transforming communities in a participative manner with local authorities.

The leading national partner is the Ministry of Youth and Employment (MYE), and the Ministry of Education (MoE). These entities 'role will be to ensure the alignment with the national peacebuilding priorities and to support the process implementation by ensuring synergy with the ongoing initiatives on peacebuilding, particularly from youth national networks and organizations, CSO and intra-community and national dialogue for peace.

The purpose of this long-term consultancy is to provide technical support to developing programmes of leadership and peacebuilding competencies, coordination and support programme monitoring.

The objective of the consultancy is to provide technical support UNICEF-UNDP joint programme to develop programmes of leadership and peacebuilding competencies, coordination and support programme monitoring

How can you make a difference?

The overall management of this contract will be done by UNICEF Chief of Education and Programme Specialist of UNDP.

  • Submission of the inception report and work plan, by end of first month of appointment, 10%
  • Completion of the baseline report, by end of October 2018, 10%
  • Modules finalization for lifeskills, environmental peacebuilding gender sensitive and other training programme planned to developed peacebuilding competencies of youth and adolescents in rural area, by end of November 2018 20%
  • An accelerated learning curriculum based on the national curriculum of primary education developed and validated, by end of December 2018, 20%
  • All training activities with youth and adolescents completed successfully, by end of May 2019, 20%
  • Completion of end line report and submission of database on the project intervention communities, by end of May 2019, 10%
  • End of assignment report, by end of June 2019, 10%
Consultancy for UNICEF/UNDP joint Peace Building Fund Project Coordination
Proposed Work Plan (to be revised/validated in the first week of appointment) 
                       
Activities Deliverable/
Indicators 
2018 2019
Set-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18 Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
Submission of an Inception report  1 inception report submitted  X                  
Update PBF Annual Work Plan  Work Plan regularly updated  X                  
Finalize the workplan for activities in consultation with the MoE, MYS, UNICEF and UNDP 1 work plan validated  X                  
Support development of the baseline tools and completion of the baseline report 1 baseline survey report validated  X X                
Submission of Monthly Performance Report  10 performance report submitted and validated  X X X X X X X X X X
Attend PBF Projects Monthly Coordination Attendance rate (Target: 100%) X X X X X X X X X X
Support the writing of Good quality reports on the project implemention progress (narrative reports, financial reports, coordination meetings)   1 annual report submitted on time to PBF Secretary (november)
1 Final report Submitted to PBF Secretary (June)
    X             X
Monitor Partnership with implementing partners  Monthly coordination meetings with partners X X X X X X X X X X
Tracking of the activities in the field including the information about participation and results through field monitoring visits, jointly with CSOs working on this project for quality assurance and guidance  10 Monthly PMV  reports submitted   X X X X X X X X X X
Establish a database on the project intervention communities and update them regularly.  Existence of a database with information for each communities targetted  X X X X X X X X X X
Identify human interest stories for documentation, along the project implementation  5 humanitarian stories  X X X X X X X X X  
Ensure technical support for the development and implement of all training package for young and adolescents      X X X X X X X X X  
Ensure good implementation of training sessions on peacebuilding competencies package with youth and adolescents and the use of child friendly teaching metodologies    X X X X X          
Support the Development and test of an  accelerated learning curriculum based on the national curriculum of primary education   X X                
Ensure Layout and printing of the accelerated learning curriculum based on the national curriculum of primary education       X              
Training of trainers on the accelerated learning curriculum based on the national curriculum of primary education and the use of child friendly teaching metodologies        X X            
Ensure good implementation of functional literacy and civic education sessions with illiterate and out of school adolescents aged 12-16 years old, trough the accelerated learning curriculum of primary education         X X X X X X  
Ensure equipment and the safety of the spaces identified for the work with adolescent in targeted communities   X X                
Support communities (SMCs) to developp and apply a SOP for the use of the equipment and materials   X X                
Support adolescents and communities members to develop and implement a community action plan with specific peacebuilding activities        X X X X X X X  
Support adolescents to organize regular communities meetings    X X X X X X X X X  
Support the organization of training sessions with adolescents on community radio programme development   X X                
Procure and distribute adequate material for adolescentes reporters trained    X X                
Support adolescents to develop and implement radio programmes on topics related to peacebuilding, education and child rights and SDG      X X X X X X X X X  
Ensure Assessment of youth network organizations and affiliated members training needs assessment on environmental peacebuilding   X X                
Support the production of a comprehensive survey on the so-called youth organizations "Bancadas"    X X                
Support the Development of a training package on environmental peacebuilding gender sentitive   X X                
Ensure the Training of Trainers      X                
Implement the training package on environmental peacebuilding sensitive to gender in the project sites     X X X X X X X X  
Produce and share training evaluations reports     X X X X X X X X  
Support the design and development of small grants schemes and tools   X X                
Set up small grants scheme Steering Committee   X X                
Organise Steering Committee meetings     X X X X X X X X  
Provide small grants in support of peacebuilding forum, media partnerships and community environment peacebuilding initiatives     X X X X X X X X  
Support the Development of a text book on how to design and implement small grants projects    X X                
Support the Development of youth skills and competences on advocacy/lobby for Natural Resources management innovative initiatives and peacebuilding (seminars. workshops, camping and  forum)     X X X X X X X X  
Promote youth dialogue initiatives around the drivers of conflict in Guinea-Bissau     X X X X X X X X  
Support to partneships between youth organizations with national media and journalists to develop comunication  materials and peacebuilding awareness campaigns      X X X X X X X X  
Undertake participatory evaluation of grantees and beneficiary communities                 X X  
Support the development of the endline tools and completion of the endline report ToR Developped and launched
1 baseline survey report validated 
              X X  
Facilitate the external evaluation process of the project  ToR Developped and launched
1 baseline survey report validated
              X X X

Duration: The contract will be for a period from September 2018 until end of June 2019. The activity and timeframe table is an indicative time table for the contract. The consultant is free to propose a different time table  of activities, as long as the proposal clearly explains the sequence of activities, Earlier delivery while maintaining quality standards will be favorably considered in the technical assessment. However, the contract will not be extended beyond said period.

Payment:

  • Payment will be based on successful completion and submission of the deliverables.
  • Payment schedule has been indicated in the key deliverables section.

The applicants have to send a financial proposal along with the application. Financial proposal should include the: professional fees and travel and transportation costs. In case of per diem, the rules of UNICEF will apply.

Conditions of work:

The assignment will be carried out in consultation with UNICEF and UNDP. The consultant will work from the office and a computer/internet connectivity will be provided. All the products developed will be the property of UNICEF. The consultant is expected to plan his/her travel respecting UNICEF rules. A DSA elsewhere covering accommodation and meals will be provide for every necessary permanence in the field (outside the duty station). The financial proposal should be comprehensive including the costs of travel/transportation. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced University degree in Socials Sciences, Education, and related fields.
  • Knowledge and experience of Peacebuilding, social cohesion, working with adolescents and youth.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent writing skills are essential in Portuguese and English.
  • Good command of Microsoft package.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bissau (Guinea-Bissau)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Youth
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Peace and Development
    • Conflict prevention
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-14

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