Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 16 Mar 2018
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Background & Rationale
UNICEF’s policies recognize the importance of providing opportunities for adolescents to contribute to their communities and a more just and sustainable world. Adolescent participation received a prominent focus in the new UNICEF 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. The SP defines adolescent participation as a result and as a change strategy, a “HOW”, across all its Goal Areas 1-5. Goal Areas 1 to 4 pertain to the domains of Health, Nutrition, HIV, Education, Protection, Water and Sanitation, while Goal Area 5 has a specific result and an indicator on civic engagement: “Adolescent girls and boys participate in or lead civic engagement initiatives through UNICEF supported programmes”. Adolescent participation also appears among the SP change strategies as an indicator: “% of CO routinely engaging children in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF country programmes”.
Despite UNICEF’s long term commitment to supporting adolescent participation, it has often proved challenging to ensure governments, schools, service providers and families uphold the rights of children to express their views and have them taken seriously in areas that concern them. A major difficulty in promoting efforts which support meaningful adolescent participation is that varying interpretations are used to define different elements of participation. Terms such as participation, engagement and empowerment are used interchangeably by governments and development agencies
UNICEF along with a group of global experts, has developed a conceptual framework that seeks to define what is meant by participation, outlines the elements of meaningful participation, and identifies outcomes of participation for adolescents. Additional work is underway to further develop the outcome areas of participation in order to articulate globally-representative indicators.
While these efforts are essential at a global level and will ensure UNICEF and its partners have access to universally accepted indicators and population-level data on adolescent participation, what is required urgently for UNICEF’s day-to-day programming efforts with and for adolescents is practical guidelines on adolescent participation which include a robust Theory of Change and Results framework which captures programmatic-level indicators. This consultancy seeks to address this need. The guidelines are intended for UNICEF staff although they may ultimately serve as a reference for partners and other practitioners working on adolescent participation. They will provide country offices with conceptual clarity and tools to implement the Goal Area 5 result of the UNICEF Strategic Plan on civic engagement and help articulate how programmes across the sectors (Health, WASH, Education, etc.) in both development and humanitarian settings can improve their engagement with adolescents as critical agents of change and accountability. The Guidelines will also address partnerships that can be established with youth (> 18 years) to deliver results for children particularly for the adolescent group since youth are considered key “influencers” for adolescents.
To design programme guidelines on adolescent participation that provides UNICEF staff with conceptual clarity, actions and entry points to support adolescent participation across sectors (including civic engagement) and to strengthen organizational participatory processes with adolescents.
Scope of the document
The document will align with the Programme Guidance for the Second Decade and will refer to terms and principles defined in the Conceptual Framework for Measuring Adolescent Participation. The document will provide guidance to country offices on how to strengthen and institutionalize opportunities /spaces/structures for adolescent participation, how to support adolescent led initiatives where adolescents plan, design and implement their own initiatives and how to support adolescents in co-creating (co-designing, co-implementing, monitoring etc) policies and programme interventions relating to their lives.
The document will align with the UNICEF Programme Guidance for the Second Decade, UNICEF Adolescent and Youth Engagement Strategic Framework, Conceptual Framework for Measuring Adolescent Participation and the Communication for Development Programme Guidance. It will build on the pieces of work already developed at the regional level on adolescent and youth participation including the toolkits developed by UNICEF MENA Regional Office. Other key documents which will provide crucial background to the guidelines will be provided including: the “Toolkit for Monitoring and Evaluating Children’s Participation”; a “Review of Adolescent Participation in UNICEF Programme Monitoring and Evaluation” (currently being developed), “UNICEF’s Guidance Note on Child Participation in Local Governance”, and the “Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action” (currently being developed) amongst others.
The guideline should provide considerations on how to facilitate the participation of the most vulnerable adolescents characterized by among others, dimensions of gender, age (younger adolescents (10-14) as opposed to older adolescents (15-19)), ethnicity, disability status, socioeconomic group, context (e.g. urban/rural, low/middle income country, humanitarian/development settings). The guidelines should also provide links to resources and tools that can be used by country offices to support adolescent participation across different contexts.
Expected results: (measurable results)
Home based with possible mission to HQ and/or one region.
Start date: 02 April 2018End date: 31 August 2018
(See the last page for guidance on formulating deliverables)
(Estimated # of Days)
Prepare a Workplan
Consult with relevant key informants, administer a survey and assess the results
Conduct a stocktaking exercise of existing literature
Prepare a summary of the stocktaking exercise, a draft Theory of Change, and an annotated outline for the guidelines
Feedback from the reference group
Revise TOC, prepare a first draft of the guidelines including a proposed list of the case studies to include in the Guidelines
Consult with adolescents and young people
Feedback from the reference group
Develop an advanced draft of the guidelines
Feedback from the reference group
Finalize the guidelines, the Results framework and case studies
Prepare ppt present to the ADAP network via webinar
The deliverables associated with each of the tasks mentioned above will be reviewed by the Reference group and feedback will be provided to the consultant to revise the documents accordingly.
Key competences, technical background, and experience required
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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