UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s 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…
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere. Over the decades, UNICEF has worked to protect the rights of children of all ages — from earliest childhood through adolescence – and will continue to deliver for all children and adolescents under the five goal areas of the Strategic Plan. In recent years, our work to support the unique needs of adolescents has gained momentum, as the challenges facing them have come more sharply into view. The second decade of life is a time of tremendous opportunity – but for far too many adolescents, great risk and increasing challenges.
Building on work across the UN with and for young people, and in line with the UN Youth Strategy, in 2018 UNICEF launched a new global partnership dedicated to expanding opportunity for young people, ages 10-24. Generation Unlimited (GenU) is centred on finding new ways to ensure that every young person is in school, learning, training or employment by 2030 — with a focus on those in the greatest danger of being left behind, including girls, the poorest, those with disabilities, young people on the move and those affected by conflict and natural disasters. This partnership brings together leaders from governments, UN agencies, the private sector, academia, international and civil society organizations, and young people, and identifies, co-creates, resources and scales-up innovative solutions to expand opportunity for young people. Young people participate meaningfully in the co-creation of solutions, informing, advising and helping implement at every step of the way.
For young people, the COVID-19 pandemic is not just a moment in time. It threatens to define their futures. Even before the pandemic, the world was reeling from a learning crisis—and COVID-19 has deepened it. Never before has the growing skills gap been more apparent, and never has it been more urgent to ensure that young people can access the opportunities for upskilling and employment that are available to them. As the world’s focus shifts to economic recovery and “building back better”, GenU’s focus on upskilling youth and connecting them to opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship and social impact is now more important than ever. It has become clear that the world is also in an educational crisis. GenU and its partners adapted to the growing needs of young people by scaling up digital connectivity, skilling and livelihoods. In doing so, GenU pivoted its strategy early on to put job-relevant skilling at the heart of its work to combat the adverse effects of the pandemic on young people. There is now a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure all young people have the skills and opportunities to succeed.
Digital solutions now exist that have the potential to reach every young person and allow them to fulfil their dreams. GenU is uniquely positioned to champion this cause, by leveraging its close relations with government, private sector, youth networks, and UNICEF’s extensive field presence at national and state/provincial levels in over 190 countries and territories. Building on a longstanding collaboration with partners, particularly Private Sector in this case, GenU and UNICEF is alongside these partners developing a new flagship skilling platform named Passport to Earning which will provide young people aged 15-24 with free, job-relevant skills, and position them for job opportunities for at least 10 million young people (at least 50% adolescent girls and young women) across several countries within the next three years. While the programme as recently been launched in India, it is still being further expanded upon and will launch in additional countries in 2022.
How can you make a difference?
The Passport to Earning Consultant is primarily responsible to support the coordination, development, planning, implementation and reporting of this new flagship skilling and opportunities platform. She/he is to work with internal and external partners and stakeholders at global and country levels to ensure that the platform is developed in a collaborative manner, including all planning elements for workstreams, ensuring that guidance is developed, that a roadmap is defined and tracked, and implementation commences with select countries and its progress is a monitor/tracked in addition to being reported against to the Steering Committee and other key stakeholder structures.
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor Country Support and under the overall guidance of the Senior Adviser of Planning and Programmes and Senior Adviser of Partnerships, and in collaboration with UNICEF and GenU partners the consultant will support the conceptualizing, planning, activation and reporting of GenU’s new flagship skilling and opportunities platform which aims to provide young people aged 15-24 with free, job-relevant skills, and position them for job opportunities for at least 10 million young people (at least 50% adolescent girls and young women) across several countries within the next three years.
The Consultant Will Be Responsible To
DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Provide day-to-day support, pro-active engagement and troubleshooting to country teams developing and/or implementing Passport to Earning. In doing so ensuring adequate planning and tools to enable effective development and coordination across the various work streams including content curation, blended and self-paced streams, demand creation, M&E, partnerships and advocacy.
Drive the development of a global Passport to Earning instance which can be accessed by youth from around the world. In doing so gather and develop global databank of skilling content and best practice which can be leverage by countries adopting local Passport to Earning.
Support Generation Unlimited’s (and UNICEF) activities in the Steering Committee already operational with the platforms founding partners to ensure effective and efficient meetings. A quarterly high-level coordination meeting between the parties is being conducted to track progress, troubleshoot, course correct and more for both global and country level activities which the consultant would provide critical coordination, information gathering and other support to. Weekly meetings are also conducted which will be supported by the consultant.
Contribute to the successful official launch of Passport to Earning in new countries/markets though coordination with partners, developing material/information and more.
Document lessons learned and best practice for dissemination and scaling model to new countries/markets.
Update or develop concept notes and proposals for resource mobilization purpose for both Public and Private Sector donors. Support the pursual and development of new partners to Passport to Earning. In doing so going beyond financial resources and looking for ways for the prospect to engage from a shared value lens.
Support donor/partner report coordination and development.
Support other GenU skilling and opportunity platforms upon request of the supervisor and senior management
Other duties and regional/country support upon request of the supervisor and senior management.
With Support Of The Supervisor, Internal And External Stakeholders
Enable new country roll-out of digital skilling platform in coordination with country offices and partners
Develop and launch global Passport to Earning instance.
Ongoing (with continuous improvement)
Document, disseminate and share learning and best practice to articulate and improve the implementation and advancement of the skilling platform in-country in addition to globally.
Effectivity support multistakeholder engagement and coordination. In doing so ensuring regular meetings are conducted on time in a high-quality manner while actions are documented and followed up upon.
Standard UNICEF Performance Evaluations will be conducted every 6 months and/or at end of contract. The performance indicators for evaluation of results will be the quality and timeliness of outputs delivered by the consultant.
Home-based – Remote
TRAVEL (IF APPLICABLE)
No travel is expected. In case of unforeseen official business travel, actual cost, including the visa fee, vaccination will be reimbursed in accordance with UNICEF Policy/procedure on official travel.
TIMEFRAMEEleven and ah half (11.5) months
Start date: 1 Feb 2022
End date: 15 Jan 2023
Technical Background, And Experience
Advanced university degree in Business, Education, Technology, or other relevant field; or related practical experience;
At least 5 years of work experience in education technology, education or project management or relevant areas.
Strong experience in skills development, education technology database and/or platform development in the social development sector;
Strong understanding of Learning Management Systems such as Microsoft Community Training an asset
Experience in working with organizations focused on engaging and empowering adolescents and youth, especially the most marginalized
Fluency in English is required, strong written and verbal competency is necessary
Working knowledge of another UN language an asset
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies are …
Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
Works Collaboratively with others (1)
Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
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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.
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At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage and the consultant must provide proof of health insurance. Consultants and individual contractors are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their services as they consider appropriate.
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