Consultancy: Review of UNICEF Iraq and World Bank life skills tools, Iraq (Open to nationals of Iraq only)

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Purpose of Activity/Assignment Iraq has the fastest growing population and is currently in the pre-dividend stage. Changing demographic trends in Iraq – with a youth population expected to reach 17.6 million by 2040 (27.1 % of the population) make it important for the country to promote development and participation of adolescent and youth in the second decade of life, to enable them to develop to their full potential and transition to adulthood responsibly. Chronic and systemic gaps in upstream work and in the enabling environment can be found in the consistent lack of focus on young people across sectors, including lack of budget-specific allocations for young people across existing laws . There is a need for effective policies first and foremost to recognize young people holistically, as a distinct population with rights, unique needs, and capacities. This will enable the realization of their rights, promotion of quality (adolescent and youth sensitive and need based) supply and for generating demand for services which are tailored to the needs of young people.

UNICEF Iraq, ILO, and WB commissioned this consultancy to review and draw on tools (UNICEF, WB) to be adapted to the Iraqi context, providing a gateway to increase self-confidence, build positive self-perception and maximize non-cognitive and technical skills that will encourage project’s beneficiaries to contribute to the socioeconomic development of their communities. This will include a range of soft skills training module (emotional coping skills, social/ interpersonal skills, and life skills training) and psychosocial support. This will ultimately facilitate improved employability and entrepreneurship, supported by referral pathways between partners’ core areas of focus. The overall approach will rely heavily on local service providers and trainers.

PROSPECTS partners will receive capacity building- training course on methodologies and tools, to ensure service delivery continues after the PROSPECTS intervention finishes. The inferred purposed of this assignment will be determined through discussions with the UNICEF team and WB Consultant reviewing soft skills tools produced through WB-financed projects in line with the ToR, to review existing tools and life skills training tools to adapt them with the framework of PROSPECTS programming based on OF outputs. Moreover, the consultant is going to provide orientation session for partners under Iraq Opportunity Fund to use adapted tools in their intervention to support young people to earn required skills on employability and entrepreneurship skills.

Scope of Work: Under the overall guidance of ADAP team in UNICEF Iraq Country Office: - The consultant will consolidate UNICEF training modules and those produced through WB-financed projects to provide comprehensive structured life skills courses for targeted young people. The developed training curriculum will line with objectives of PROPSECTS Opportunity Fund to provide vulnerable young people among IDPs and Host Community with transferrable and entrepreneurial life skills, therefore supporting them to make smooth transition between learning to earning. - The consultant is going to provide a set of training courses for implementing partners under Opportunity Fund, building to be able to cascade and monitor provided life skills courses and ensure that targeted young people are well equipped with required employability and entrepreneurship skills. In the course of the consultancy, the developed tools will be consulted and tested to ensure they match with overall project goal which is about: - Promoting Youth Employability, Entrepreneurship and Engagement in Local Economic Recovery and Development. - The consultant is going to develop a monitoring tool, including pre and posttest, tools to get feedback from end user about the effectiveness of the developed tools. Furthermore, other annexes will be developed to help partners and young people to find their employment pathways and guide them to develop their business in competitive labor market.

Work Assignment Overview (90 working days) - Preparation of the inception report: An inception report detailing the expected content, methodology, timeframe for the assignment and expected results. Language: English. August 2022 - Review of relevant training tools by UNICEF Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) and those generated through WB-financed projects, and cross checking them with PROSPECTS Opportunity Fund objectives. Needs assessment and report summarizing identified gaps and opportunities of the consolidated/ merged training tools. Language: English & Arabic. August 2022 - Development and design of consolidated joint training tools (Development of training modules; Development of training sessions assessment tools; Guidance for the employment referral pathway). Language: English & Arabic. November 2022 - Training and orientation for governmental and NGO implementing partners to implement and practice the new developed joint tools: Facilitating training and orientation session for implementing partners to use training modules with and for young people. December 2022

While the consultancy will be home base, some travel within Iraq is planned: The PROPSECTS Opportunity geographic locations are Mosul city, Tal Kaif, Al-hamdaniyah, Shiekhan.

Qualifications required - Possession of a recognized master’s degree in fields such as Social Sciences, Economics, Public Policy, Governance and Development Studies or any related fields. - 5 years’ experience in research and development activities, with an emphasis on youth development or similar. - Excellent knowledge of the latest trends and policy issues in the Iraqi context. - Proven ability to develop training tools for development programming operation. - Ability to lead training and orientation session for partners to use tools - Strong analytical and writing skills. - High proficiency in English and Arabic.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed 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

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 UNICEF’s 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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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