Azerbaijan: International Consultancy on Azerbaijani Youth Advocate Programme (AYAP) review and Appreciative Inquiry Documentation

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Azerbaijan
Closing date: 24 Oct 2017

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Purpose of the Assignment

The key objectives of this activity is to review and document experiences of the implementation of the AYAP programme in the three LoC districts to support the Government (the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Local Executive Committees) with the future investment in building the resilience, advancement of active citizenship and meaningful participation of adolescents and young people in decision making and implementation of concrete joint actions aimed at resolving existing problems at the local level.

The review will focus on the effectiveness and impact of the AYAP on improving participation of adolescents and young people in decision making through analysis of following dimensions:

  • Increase in self-confidence/knowledge and skills as a result of capacity building. Empowerment of adolescents and young people.
  • Perception of adolescents and young people’s role in decision making/ voicing their concerns/ contributing to resolution of challenges by the local authorities before and after the project
  • Youth Advisory Council-Executive Committees joint meetings/activities/projects. What is the added value?
  • Areas of needs in further strengthening of cooperation between YAC and Executive Committees/local government.
  • Considering the limited human resources in UNICEF, external expertise is required with experience on documenting best practices/models/pilot projects.

    Methodology

    The Appreciative Inquiry methodology will be used in this exercise following the strategy of the community participatory approach. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) combines valuing with exploring. It asks for what works and what inspires, acknowledges success in the past and potential in the future. Using the AI focus in story writing on programmes and projects allows us to highlight successes that often stay hidden in the result-based way of reporting. AI identifies 5 different exploration steps: 1) define; 2) discovery/dream; 3) design; 4) delivery/destiny and 5) dream continued. AI stories start with the description of the issue (define) and then continues to reveal what inspired successful organizational and community processes by identifying the specific factors of success (discovery/dream). The ‘design’ part of each story summarizes the actual action, planning and execution of these processes and is followed by a section describing the impact, as derived from results-based reporting (delivery/destiny). Each story ends with a reflection on how the success can be maintained and multiplied in the future (dream continued).

    The key questions may include:

  • What were the issues?
  • What has been done?
  • What worked (in this context/ in the program) and why? What resources and strengths were available?
  • What were the impacts?
  • Vision for the future. What do we want to different in the future? What do we need to take to achieve these objectives?
  • Desk review of the existing documents:

    Data and information will be provided and reviewed from existing international frameworks, state youth policy related documents, and programme and project documents to inform development of the final methodology of the review. It includes but is not limited to:

  • Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women;
  • UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Programme Document 2016-2020;
  • “Azerbaijan 2020 Look Into The Future” Development Concept;
  • 2015-2025 State Youth Development Strategy;
  • The Law on Youth Policy of the Azerbaijan Republic;
  • 2017-2021 State Youth Programme;
  • UNICEF ECARO Regional Strategy and Theory of Change on ‘An Adolescent’s Right to a Second Chance’;
  • Project proposal and project reports;
  • Other project-related documents

    In-country visit:

  • The in-country visit will be carried out to hold meetings with the main stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports, International Eurasia Press Fund, sub-national authorities/Executive Committees, Youth Advisory Council members, young people and adolescents in the three project districts etc. Human interest stories with photographs and captions will also be developed during the visit of the selected consultant to the country.

    Assignment Tasks/Expected Deliverables

    Key deliverables of the consultancy will include development of the review report using Appreciative Inquiry methodology, indicating successes and lessons learnt of the project, including human interest stories and recommendations for scaling up. To conduct AYAP review and the Appreciative Inquiry Documentation, the selected individual will work closely with UNICEF, Ministry of Youth and Sports and its local departments in the three project districts, sub-national authorities/Executive Committees, IEPF, Youth Advisory Council members and other relevant stakeholders. The selected individual will perform the following actions as listed below:

    Tasks/Key Assignments

    Timeframe

    Deliverables

    1.

    Phase 1: Desk review and development of the methodology

    · Review all relevant background materials and programme documents

    · Develop detailed AI tool/ questionnaire/ format that will be used for documentation of stories

    · Discuss on the Tool and its finalization

    · Finalize schedule of activities/ planning of visits to all AYAP districts

    4 working days by 15 November 2017

    1. Outline of the report and work plan with timeframe (by the end of the first week)

    2.

    Data collection, preliminary analysis and draft report:

    · Visit three project districts

    · Meet and interview with YAC members, local AYAP coordinators, implementing partner, national and local level government partners and UNICEF programme staff

    · Further analysis of data/ information

    · Draft report writing/Prepare a presentation with preliminary findings and debriefing

    10 working days (in country) and 5 days out of country by 7 December 2017

    2. Draft report and a presentation, human interest stories

    5.

    Report finalization:

    · Receive the feedback from the country team

    · Finalization of the report including human interest stories

    3 working days out of country by 12 December 2017

    3. Final report

    Consultancy duration

    The consultant is expected to start within one week after selection and complete all the tasks by 31 December 2017. The total number of working days is expected to be approximately 22.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    The core competencies of the consultant are the following:

  • Advanced university degree in the Social Sciences/journalism.
  • Knowledge of adolescent and youth programming.
  • Robust experience in Programme review and Appreciative Inquiry Documentation
  • Proven experience of developing human interest stories reflecting strong features and outcomes of projects.
  • Good understanding of human rights based approach to programming and results based management principles.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate. Experiences of working with UNICEF/UN and working in the CEE/CIS region will be an added benefit.
  • Interested individuals must submit the following documents/information:

    – Individual resume/institutional profile;

    – A technical proposal include following components;

    – Detailed narrative and financial proposal;

    – Reference of previous relevant work;

    – Samples of similar work

    To view our competency framework, please click here.

    Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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