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Uzbekistan is at an important demographic juncture. Today's children and young people, accounting for 60% of the population, in 15-20 years will become the largest labour force Uzbekistan has ever had. With the right investments now, today's bulging youth population can be the generation that takes Uzbekistan to the next level of socio-economic development. Alternatively, a failure to adequately invest in the well-being of today's children and young people may lead to greater disenfranchisement, hopelessness and higher level of youth unemployment. This in turn could create a breeding ground for discontent, political and social tension and intensify labour emigration, thereby leading to a loss of the precious "demographic dividend".
The Government of Uzbekistan prioritizes youth wellbeing and empowerment in the ongoing socio-economic reforms. Substantial resources are allocated and many programmes are created to support young people. However, the programmes are often developed centrally, lacking the evidence base on the situation of young people, and mainly benefiting young people that are the most active and advantaged.
UNICEF jointly with the Youth Union and the Nationwide Movement Yuksalish conducted the national study on aspirations, needs and risks of young people that provides representative data on all spheres of youth life, including from the perspective of young people. Among other findings, preliminary analysis of the study demonstrate that youth remains one of the most vulnerable groups of the population. Almost every second young person after completion of the compulsory secondary school is not in education, employment or training (NEET). NEET rate among females is more than two times higher than among males. Among young people with disabilities, NEET rate varies from 77 to 91% depending on severity of disability. As a result, young men see labour migration as an option - one in 12 young people are temporary living abroad.
Based on the findings of the situation analysis of youth, during the next country programme 2021-2025 UNICEF aims to ensure that the most disadvantaged young people, including those with disabilities and women, have skills, competencies and opportunities for a smooth transition from education to labour market. ÂThe programme initiatives include support to national partners in (1) development of youth policy responsive to the needs of the most disadvantaged young people, (2) implementation of social entrepreneurship and social innovation programmes to equip vulnerable young people with skills and strengthen their confidence, (3) connecting young people to internship/apprenticeship/volunteer opportunities to strengthen their employability skills.
The objective of this individual consultancy is to prepare the ground for youth portfolio implementation during next country programme, including policy engagement and advocacy, resource mobilization and piloting of UPSHIFT curriculum in Uzbekistan.
Timeline & Deliverables
The deliverables are expected to be prepared within 12 months during the period of April 2020 - March 2021.
Detailed workplan with timeframe in the agreed format
Policy advocacy on the findings of the youth study
30 October 2020
Technical assistance in youth policy development and enhancement
throughout the year
Resource mobilization strategy for youth portfolio in the next country programme
UPSHIFTMapping of stakeholders, including implementing partners, mentors, facilitators Contextualized methodology and developed implementation plan Training of mentors and facilitators Outreach to young people Capacity-building workshops for young people Implementation of the selected youth projects Monitoring and evaluation of the pilot results
April 2020 - January 2021
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Social Policy, the incumbent will focus on the activities specified below.Policy advocacy on the youth study results and technical assisstance Prepare study report for publication in three languages - English, Russian, Uzbek Jointly with the Youth Union and Yuksalish, present study findings to the Parliament, President's Administration, other relevant government agencies and mass media Develop and disseminate infographics and an article on the results to the general public, including young people, through traditional and social mass media Conduct SDG policy dialogue Based on study results, publish 3 articles with elaborated recommendations on youth policy/work enhancement in traditional and/or social media Participate in conferences and round table discussions Support national partners in development of youth programmes and policies Resource mobilization. Prepare resource mobilization strategy for youth portfolio.
UPSHIFT pilotingStakeholder mapping Conduct mapping of potential partners, including implementing partners, donors, mentors, facilitators; Develop a landscape analysis with positioning of UPSHIFT among the existing youth programmes. Contextualization of the methodology and development of the implementation plan Conduct focus-group discussions (FGDs) with government agencies, CSOs, representatives of academia, education sector, private sector and young people Based on the outcomes of the FGDs identify and agree on roles of the potential partners in UPSHIFT implementation process; adapt existing universal UPSHIFT implementation guide to the context of Uzbekistan; develop implementation plan.
Jointly with the national implementing partner(s)conduct outreach campaign to young people with a special focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized youth select 10 teams of young people to take part in capacity-building trainings conduct capacity building trainings and select 5 teams to receive seed funding support young people during implementation of their projects Monitoring and assessment Jointly with the national partner(s), monitor and assess results of the conducted capacity-building workshops, and results of the projects. Based on the observations and obtained data, revise the methodology and the implementation plan. Taking stock of one-year work with national partners, academia and private sector, including on piloting of UPSHIFT, develop recommendations for youth portfolio implementation during next country programme. Recommendations shall include examples of good practices, lessons learned, examples of promising partnerships, and options to ensure sustainability of the implemented initiatives within the framework of the next country programme.
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of Chief of Social Policy Section, in consultation with Education and Communications Sections.
Resource requirements and payments
All required travel expenses within consultancy will be covered by UNICEF according to its procedures (transport fares, terminal, DSA)
The consultancy will be paid upon acceptance of deliverables in accordance with the following payment schedule:
Deliverable 1: Detailed workplan with timeframe in the agreed format
Deliverable 5.a: UPSHIFT: Mapping of stakeholders, including implementing partners, mentors, facilitators
Deliverable 5.b: Contextualized UPSHIFT methodology and developed implementation plan
Deliverable 5.c: UPSHIFT: Training of mentors and facilitators
Deliverable 5.d: UPSHIIFT: Outreach to young people
Deliverable 4: Resource mobilization for youth portfolio implementation
Deliverable 5.e: UPSHIFT: Capacity-building workshops for young people
Deliverable 5.f: Implementation of the selected youth projects
Deliverable 5.g: Monitoring and evaluation of the pilot results
Deliverable 2: Policy engagement following the findings of the youth study, including dissemination of the report, SDG policy dialogue and 3 newspaper articles.
Deliverable 3: Technical assistance in youth policy development and enhancement
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…Master's Degree in social science or other relevant disciplines. At least five years of professional experience in the areas of social policy, youth policy, adolescent development and participation. Proven experience in project management. Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and Uzbek or Russian - Examination of a previous authentic written work in English. Contextual knowledge of government structure and functioning, with a particular focus on understanding national youth policy planning and implementation processes. Experience working with UN(ICEF) is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
Procedures and Working Conditions
The assignment is office-based but will require travel within Uzbekistan.
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverable(s) incomplete, not finalized or for failure to meet deadlines. UNICEF will reserve copyright of all developed materials and own primary data collected through this assignment. The materials cannot be published or disseminated without prior written permission of UNICEF. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. The contractor must respect the confidentiality of the information handled during the assignment. Documents and information provided must be used only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.
UNICEF undertakes no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract.
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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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