Consultant – Development of UNDP Youth Strategy

Deadline: 3 July 2012
Open to: Holders of Masters Degree in social, economic, or political science or related discipline with experience in working in international development, working in an organization with multi-country operations and working on initiatives involving youth and development objectives
Remuneration: Not specified


On 25 January 2012, the Secretary-General of the United Nations outlined his Five-year Action Agenda which laid out five generational imperatives including the engagement of Youth in social, economic and political development. To help advance this agenda, the UN system will develop and implement an action plan, create a youth volunteer programme under the umbrella of the UN Volunteers and appoint a Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Youth.

United Nations Development Programme seeks a highly qualified and motivated consultant for a period of three working months to prepare a draft policy and strategy for UNDP engagement of youth. UNDP’s policy/strategy note for engagement of youth will need to be completed no later than 31 October 2012.
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP Youth Focal Point, the Director of the Democratic Governance Group, Bureau for Development Policy (DGG/BDP) and direct supervision of the Practice Manager (DGG/BDP), the Consultant will undertake the following activities towards the development of a draft policy and strategy for UNDP engagement of youth over the next 3-5 years:
  • Conduct a thorough situation analysis including review of existing initiatives on youth across the organization;
  • Establish a list of stakeholders, develop outreach strategy for engagement of stakeholders during the consultative and planning process;
  • Facilitate development of a 3-5 year vision for UNDP’s engagement of youth, with view to prioritization of activities consistent with UNDP’s organizational mandate, comparative advantage and roles of partner organizations;
  • Conduct through highly participatory process, a comprehensive organizational SWOT analysis to assess organizational readiness, commitment and capacity to adopt and implement an organizational policy and strategy on youth;
  • Consult relevant stakeholders (extensive consultation within UNDP system, with youth based organizations and other UN and regional bodies working on youth issues) throughout the process;
  • Compile a comprehensive situation analysis report to inform stakeholder consultations and ultimately, policy formulation;
  • Present a table of contents for a zero draft strategy;
  • Develop a zero draft policy, costed draft strategic plan including anticipated outcomes, indicators, objectives, activities, timeline, budget, monitoring and evaluation plan;
  • Ensure that the draft plan reflects emphasis on cross practice, cross sectoral collaboration (poverty, governance, crisis prevention and recovery, gender, capacity development);
  • Ensure that the principles of the draft UNDP policy and strategy are consistent with international policy guidance and frameworks on youth issues;
  • Stay actively abreast of international debates and discussions on youth issues, emerging issues and overall landscape of youth issues in the context of development. Stay actively abreast of process of the elaboration of the UN System Wide Action Plan on Youth;
  • Incorporate feedback and produce a first draft for review and inputs; revise documents accordingly and produce a second draft.
Deliverables and Timelines:
  • Situation analysis including SWOT   – 31 July 2012
  • Draft vision, mission and overall objectives 7 August 2012
  • Zero draft strategy  –  31 August 2012
  • Revised draft  –  30 September 2012
  • Finalized Strategy  – 20 October 2012


Corporate Competencies:
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of  the UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Contributes effectively to team-based activities, working collaboratively and sharing information openly; works effectively with colleagues inside the UN as well as its partners and other stakeholders to pursue common goals;
  • Remains calm, composed and patient when facing conflict, manages conflict productively, focusing on mutually acceptable solutions;
  • Takes initiative and seeks opportunities to initiate action.
Functional Competencies:
  • Experience in discussions, negotiations in international agreements, an asset;
  • Ability to document decisions and processes;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff;
  • Proven ability to formulate an organizational policy or strategy in a collaborative environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain inter-agency and other professional  networks and partnerships;
  • Understanding of UNDP’s priorities, structures, hierarchy of UN/UNDP, process flows throughout the organization, products and services and the perceptions of client will be an asset.
  • Masters Degree in social, economic, or political science or related discipline.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in international development;
  • Experience working in an organization with multi-country operations;
  • Experience working on initiatives involving youth and development objectives;
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, programme/project and/or policy formulation (demonstrated by policy or strategy being subsequently adopted and implemented by the organization);
  • Expertise in using modern technology tools in managing documents and data in shared spaces.
Language requirements:
  • Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic an asset.


Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. All the required documents should be compiled into one file which must be uploaded with your application online.
The application should contain:
  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the “Resume and Motivation” section of the electronic application.
  • Completed  P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees
    (blank form can be downloaded from;     please upload the P11 instead of your CV. );     please upload the P11 instead of your CV.
  • Financial Proposal – specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days, travel, per diems and any other possible costs). Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services…). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

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