Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date:21 Jan 2019
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UNICEF South Asia is conducting a major review of the evidence related to skilling youth for the transition to work in the present day South Asian economies. This effort has been awarded to the management consulting firm of Ernst and Young (EY) India.
One deliverable in the total work package is to be guided by UNICEF, in partnership with EY. This is the following:
- A ‘Voices of Youth’ report, based on the several methods used to obtain youth views—i.e. structured social media engagement, an opinion poll, and/or focus groups. The report to explore the successes and frustrations following efforts by youth and their families to prepare for the transition to adulthood with a focus on skills building and employability in the present and emerging South Asia economies.
As detailed below, the work will include multiple lines of effort, in different countries, with different partners. A strong functional relationship must be retained with EY, which is expected to employ the results of this consultancy as part of their larger set of deliverables.
UNICEF is considered to have expertise in reaching youth via social media, and in figuring out a total package for gathering the data needed to complete this deliverable. Preliminary scoping has revealed that there will be a range of methods used, and many partners to be engaged. Although UNICEF has the knowledge and contacts, it does not have the time available to oversee the several initiatives that must be coordinated in the period January-March 2019. UNICEF seeks a consultant to coordinate this work.
- Support UNICEF and partners to complete a Voices of Youth report by not later than early April 2019.
- The purpose of the larger effort that this report is an element of is this:
‘Hear’ the voice of South Asian youth on their own investment in themselves, their understanding of how the labor markets work, and what can be done to improve their suitability for the market. Within this objective, to keep in view the particular needs of vulnerable and under-privileged groups, to ensure that efforts to meet their needs are specifically included.
Key Assignments and Tasks:
- To support UNICEF, EY, and partners to develop a work plan for the timely delivery of the range of items that will comprise the overall effort to understand the Voices of Youth.
See below for a preliminary list of the items/activities.
Indicative list of activities that will feed into the Voices of Youth report. This list is subject to change.
- A new data collection exercise-survey of youth across South Asia
- Exploitation of existing survey data on youth in South Asia
- Interactive dialogues [conversations, mini-surveys] via U-Report
- Interactive dialogue via social media
- Focus group discussion with 2-4 groups in each country
- Visual/narrative testimony from representative youth
- Literature review of major relevant efforts—e.g. Building Young Futures
- Establish links with all stakeholders and assist each stakeholder to make contact with all others relevant to their role. Maintain continuous contact among stakeholders to ensure knowledge and support are exchanged, timetables are known and observed, problems are raised early and brought for collective brainstorming, and the larger context that the Voice of the Youth (VoY) supports is known.
- Facilitate the work of the activity leads when needed, in actions such as a) helping locate documentation and informants; b) quality reviewing data gathering tools developed by activity leads – such as survey tools or focus group discussion guides; and c) others to be determined. (NB: By mutual agreement with ROSA, the consultant may be able to take the lead on one or two of the activities, but only if this does not compromise the overall coordination effort).
- Act as the first level quality control of products emerging from the different activities by reading and giving feedback. Facilitate second level quality control by identifying where additional feedback is needed, and arranging that it be secured on a timely basis.
- Maintain communication channels with Ernst and Young to ensure that information is supplied as needed for their roles in this effort. Their roles might be several—e.g. implementing certain activities, as well as using the results in the development of their main deliverables in the overall program of work.
Monitor overall work progress and the progress of each item. Keep ROSA management and others informed of progress and any constraints. Suggest solutions to problems encountered.
- Work plan for each of the activities is completed: all discrete activities have a workplan and the sum or these is visible in an entire workplan for the VoY effort.
- Mid-consultancy report: To cover progress, issues to be resolved, and recommendations.
- Quality control feedback delivered to the activity leads for the first complete drafts of the final products: this feedback to consist of both the views of the consultant and the views of others that the workplans have indicated are part of the QA group for that activity.
- Final report underway: Summation of the consultancy, with verification that each of the activities is completed and that Ernst and Young have received and are working on the items delivered.
*The individual contracted for this consultancy is not the author of the final report. That will be the accountability of Ernst and Young.
Education:Master’s degree minimum, in any social science field.
Work Experience:At least 5 years’ experience working in the fields of Monitoring, Evaluation or Research required, with at least 2 years of that in international development. Experience can be in the conduct of MER activities, or their management and supervision.
Experience with a UN organization an advantage; UN experience as an M&E staff member a significant advantage.
Work experience in the private sector and/or on issues of youth and adolescents an advantage.
- Exceptionally strong planning and coordination skills, with the ability to support multiple work streams managed by different activity leads and engaging varied stakeholders a must.
- Strong written and oral communication skills used in three scenarios: a) general communication around workplan progress, support needs etc; b) communicating with private sector entities, showing recognition of their interests and concerns; and c) specific technical feedback on draft deliverables.
- Drive for results: ability to maintain momentum and solve problems independently and with the support of others; willingness to raise issues early and with persistence to ensure early resolution.
Language Proficiency:Excellence in written and spoken English—required.
Duration of the Contract:
1 February to 30 April 2019 (50 working days)
Note:Please quote your dailyrate and other cost estimates while submitting the application.Application without daily rate, etc.will not be entertained.
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