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Consultancy: Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) C4D Consultant, Islamabad, Pakistan, 5

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N.G.O./Social Services
Total Position:
1
Job Type:
Consultancy
Department:
UNICEF
Apply By:
Nov 26, 2020
Posted On:
Nov 12, 2020
Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

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, a future!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves. 

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunised, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation, and registered at birth.

Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

To learn more about UNICEFs work in Pakistan, please visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistan and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

How can you make a difference?

Pakistan currently has the largest generation of young people in its history. According to World population review projections . 64 per cent of the total population of Pakistan is below the age of 30 years; and about 30 per cent of the population are young people between 10 24 years of age. Going by the 2019 population projection for the country, the estimated number within this age cohort was 65.4 million young people (33.8 million males and 31.6 million females). This makes Pakistan the second youngest country in South Asia after Afghanistan and one of the youngest in the world. This youth bulge provides unique challenges as well as opportunities for the countrys social and economic progress.

UNICEF Pakistan supports various initiatives for adolescents (age 10-19) in the education, child protection, WASH, and nutrition among others, which also includes communication for development activities. Some of these interventions are vertical, others are inter-sectoral:

  1. Education for adolescents, both in formal and non-formal settings. The main focus is on Accelerated/Alternative Learning programs (ALPs) for out-of-school children and adolescents age 9 and above to obtain an equivalent primary or middle school education.
  2. Child marriage and violence against children. The IKEA project reinforced the participation of adolescent and young people to actively engage in issues which are relevant to them. The child protection draft SBCC strategy also highlights the important strategy of working as adolescents as stakeholders in the prevention of child protection violations
  3. WASH: Menstrual Health Management (MHM) through promoting positive and healthy practices in schools with adolescent girls, teachers and mothers. This is undertaken jointly by WASH and Education. Programmatic interventions are accompanied by communication campaigns with well-known positive role models.
  4. Nutrition: Adolescent nutrition strategy has been developed, of which there is a strategic area on C4D which advocates for and supports large-scale social and behaviour change communication programmes about the benefits of good diets, healthy eating practices, among school-age children and adolescents.
  5. Health: The Health section is developing an adolescent health strategy.
  6. Youth engagement: various youth engagement initiatives are being undertaken in the context of GenU, including Youth Innovation Challenges, capacity building of youth to have their voices heard, as the basis of a We the Future platform for GenU Pakistan. Recently, a Youth Engagement Strategy was developed with other UN agencies in the context of COVID-19.

UNICEF Pakistan has a positive experience of producing and rolling out an integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) parenting package in the country. Building on this initiative, the C4D section in collaboration with programme sections and the ADAP technical working group is intending to produce a transferrable skills /integrated life skills-based package for adolescents

To make a difference, you will be accountable for the following tasks and deliverables:

Inception meeting to finalize the methodology, work plan and reporting.

  • Conduct a desk review of existing evidence and literature, communication products for adolescents from other countries particularly from the region or similar contexts and country specific existing delivery platforms.
  • Review the relevant communication material, approaches and programs - developed on adolescents in Pakistan.
  • In close coordination and consultation with the C4D working group and Adolescent Development Participation (ADAP) technical working group, produce a concept note on the package development and its implementation with clear recommendations on which will be the platforms to roll out, how to roll it out, capacity development needs, coordination structures etc.
  • Hold consultations with different groups of adolescents/young people to ensure an adequate representation from different groups of adolescents (socio economic status, location, gender, etc.) and relevant government counterparts, community stakeholders on prioritizing key elements of communication package both at the Federal and Provincial (including AJK and GB) levels to discuss technical content for the package and get inputs from the adolescents themselves on the format, coordination structures, capacity needs, roll out plans etc.
  • Develop transferrable skills/integrated life skills-based two separate communication packages: a) for age group 10-14 b) age group 15-19- based on the evidence, inputs from consultations and already existing resources.
    (This will include: a training manual, integrated set of peer-to-peer learning booklet / flipchart, quizzes, cards, interactive games, social media content, content for digital media and mass media campaign design)
  • Facilitate a consultative meeting with Government counterparts to share the draft packages and receive inputs to finalize.
  • Pre-test the package in different settings
  • Revise the package based on the pretesting and feedback
  • Finalize the Options paper
  • Finalize package and submit it to Pakistan Country Office (PCO)

Deliverables:

  • UNICEF approved methodology and workplan
  • Report of the desk review available
  • Concept note
  • Consultation with adolescents including with UNICEF sections and government counterparts
  • Production of transferrable skills/life skills-based communication package for adolescents, parents and communities
  • Stakeholder meeting to share the draft package with Government counterparts and partners
  • Pretesting
  • Revision of draft package and revised version available
  • Option paper for roll out of the package for Pakistan available
  • Final endorsement of the package

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An Advanced University Degree (Masters) in social sciences.
  • A minimum of six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in working with adolescents.
  • Experience in writing, developing educational/instructional material, training packages, literature for children.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

 

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEFs core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. Functional competencies required: Persuading and Influencing, Planning and organizing, Relating and Networking. View our competency framework at: Here

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

NOTE:

  • Estimated Duration: 150 days, estimate starting date: 1st December 2020                 
  • Official Travel Involved: Consultant will be based in Islamabad
  • Applicants are requested to submit a financial quotation indicating monthly fee as part of the application against each deliverable.
  • HEC Attested and verified degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process candidates will be required to present attested and verified degrees.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables.
  • UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered staff members under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEFs policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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