Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 22 Jan 2018
Adolescence, defined by the United Nations as the period between the ages of 10-19 years, ushers in the transition from childhood to adulthood – a period when many critical factors influence the foundations for adult life. There is a staggering 340.3 million adolescents in South Asia – 19 percent of the total population of the region. In India, home to more adolescents than anywhere in the world, there are a total of 250 million adolescents (19 per cent of the population). In Afghanistan, there are 8.5 million adolescents, 25 per cent of the total population. Afghanistan is also one of the world’s youngest and fastest growing populations. In Pakistan, there are 38.9 million adolescents making up 20 percent of the population.
Despite representing a large proportion of the population, adolescents are largely invisible as citizens, excluded from decisions that affect them and have limited access to information. They also have limited opportunities to acquire and share knowledge and to actively participate in decision-making processes.
The ADAP section in the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) and IKEA Foundation launched a programme on “Improving Adolescents’ lives in South Asia” from 2015-2020. The programme seeks to demonstrate effectiveness of specific interventions in targeted areas in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. This is the first time that a regional approach has been taken to bring adolescent programmes from various countries together
Communication is an integral component of this IKEAF funded programme. ROSA has committed to ensure increased visibility for adolescents’ issues in South Asia all over the programme duration. The initial steps have been undertaken with the development of a regional framework for action in 2016. Starting in 2017, ROSA has been rolling out the framework and major milestones have been achieved. ROSA is accountable to keep on delivering communication outputs up to the end of the programme in 2020.
In line with the “Improving Adolescents’ lives in South Asia” programme’s communications objectives, this consultation aims to:
Support UNICEF country offices in South Asia, particularly in the three countries involved in the IKEA Foundation-funded programme for adolescents (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan) to create an enabling environment for adolescent champions to express their voice at national, state and district levels.
ROSA will build upon the communications strategies developed in 2016 and the milestones achieved in 2017 to increase visibility for adolescents’ issues in South Asia with a plan to reach an audience of 50 million people in 2018. The team will continue using social media campaign and regional publicity events as a means to reach out to more adolescents and engage with them through the public domain; and by developing communications materials.
The consultant will be in Kathmandu based to ensure optimum interaction with ROSA. Three travels are planned in the region (places TBD). The consultant is required to use his/her own personal laptop required for this consultancy, unless specific tasks require to use UNICEF equipment.
Advanced University degree in communication, journalism or relevant Social Sciences (Development Studies, Sociology, or Anthropology) or a combined degree in both sectors would be advantageous
Duration of the Consultancy:
10 months (1st March 2018 to 31 January 2019)
 UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children, 2017
How to apply:
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