UNCT in Bosnia and Herzegovina is conducting activities that will lead towards development of United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (former United Nations Development Assistance Framework) after the existing UNDAF expires. At the same time, UNCT is implementing a project that aims to capacitate and prepare private and public sector partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the SDGs implementation, thus directly supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina’s efforts to contribute to the largest global agenda that exists today – Agenda 2030.
UNFPA and UNICEF, UN entities that are directly engaged with youth, are focused on positioning youth issues prominently in the new UNSDCF development process, by doing three things: a) gathering evidence on youth needs in the country; b) cross-referencing global, regional and national plans and policies to identify strategic directions and gaps; and c) developing concrete, long-term solutions for youth needs.
To that end, on behalf of UNCT, UNFPA and UNICEF a Youth Expert who will work closely together with a National UN Volunteer (Youth Officer), that will generate necessary inputs, synthesize knowledge and provide backstopping for strategic youth positioning within UNSDCF, and with a strong emphasis on utilizing innovative approaches to involving youth in SDG process. Following this breakdown, Youth Expert will provide direct inputs for the UNSDCF, and from there also generate a UNCT joint project on youth that will tackle some of the most pressing issues identified throughout this exercise.
Both UNFPA and UNICEF bring into this process strong partnerships, knowledge and networks across national, entities’ and local levels, all geared towards delivering sustainable, long-term solutions into youth and their potentials.
This ToR describes the role, tasks and responsibilities of UNFPA consultant.
Under the overall coordination of UNFPA and UNICEF, and under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative, the consultant will be responsible for developing a long-term, comprehensive approach to youth issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Consultant will work in close relation to UNV Youth Officer) and is responsible for the delivery of the final product, which is inputs for the UNSDCF and UNCT Joint Project proposal.
This entire process rests on the assumption that partner agencies have gathered enough credible evidence from which to generate proposed ways forward, all the while triangulating that roadmap with global, regional/national, and local policies.
Overall, Youth Expert is expected to deliver the following:
A more detailed breakdown of tasks and responsibilities is listed below, and reflects duties and expectations from expert consultant:
1. Youth Expert will develop overall methodology to be used in the process:
i. In order to fully develop a grounded strategy that relies on insights, knowledge and capacities of all relevant stakeholders, Youth Expert will define consultative sessions with stakeholder groups where the starting point for the discussion will be the summarized findings from desk research conducted by youth specialist
ii. To that end, Youth Expert will define at least three, and maximum of six stakeholder groups to be consulted in BiH, and they should include at least:
1. Representatives of entities’ govts, line ministries and related bodies working on youth issues
2. Civil society organizations, faith-based organizations and the media
3. Youth associations, including youth leaders and representatives
iii. Youth Expert will define draft questionnaires and interview/focus group guides to be used in the process
2. Youth Expert will oversee the development of the desk research and (once developed) produce a synthesis report that contains the following, at the minimum:
a. A cumulative description of an average young person in BiH (socioeconomic indicators, yes, but additional insights and information that relates to their aggregate needs and wants; fears and grievances; plans and hopes)
b. Main trends relating to the overall position of youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina (is it improving?; is it deteriorating? – all compared against indicators extracted from the desk review)
c. Main gaps, challenges and issues relating to the position of youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina (as opposed to the existing policies, and available socio-metric information)
d. Extrapolated assessment of whether the existing policies and strategies at the global, regional/national and local levels are responding to these identified needs.
a. Based on these refined inputs, Youth Expert will develop a general thematic framework for the new, comprehensive youth intervention in BiH by the UN system in the form of a Joint Program (JP) on youth and SDGs. At the same time Youth Expert will solicit inputs from UN agencies and stakeholders and combine them with youth specialist’s inputs into a draft JP, to be submitted to UNFPA and UNICEF senior management for review
Youth Expert will make sure to streamline two core approaches when delivering on the tasks:
While it is expected that the overall design of the methodology, including the delivery, will follow the usual best practices and established procedures, it is strongly encouraged that the team strives to develop innovative approaches to youth issues in BiH. Areas in which innovation would be highly appreciated are:
Innovation requirements relates to the overall design process; but also to the innovative solutions that approach existing problems and issues from a novel, previously overlook or underappreciated angle. However, innovation for the sake of innovation will be discouraged as we are striving to really add value.
We also underline how cross-sector cooperation underlies the three key mechanisms that are driving social innovation:
At the same time, the team must pay attention to the fact that this entire intervention must be directly rooted, and related, to Sustainable Development Goals, and associated targets and indicators. That is not to say that envisaged youth interventions must be limited in their design to provisions already defined within SDGs, but rather that they must use them as the starting point for further exploration and upgrade.
Consultant will directly report to the UNFPA Representative, while day-to-day communication will go through CRSV Project officer. UNFPA will provide reporting templates, while reporting dates are listed above.
Consultant’s overall supervision and quality assurance rests with the UNFPA Representative.
Also, given the complexity of the assignment, UNFPA M&E Analyst will be backstopping the process along the way.
Mostly home based, with expected travel to Sarajevo (presentations), and to several local communities (consultations)