Consultant – Support the organization of an international Knowledge Exchange Forum on Youth participation in Local Governance, UNICEF Thailand Country Office, Bangkok, Job No
Application deadline 3 months ago: Monday 10 Oct 2022 at 16:55 UTCOpen application form
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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 fulfilling 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 better future
UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region. This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:
- survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
- development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
- protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them
How can you make a difference?
UNICEF Thailand Country Office is seeking an international consultant to support the Young People Participation in Local Governance: International Knowledge Exchange Forum hosted by the Department of Local Administration (DLA) of Thailand’s Ministry of Interior and the Embassy of Finland Thailand. The Forum is to inspire and promote youth participation at the local level in Thailand by exploring successful international examples of youth participation in local governance and will focus on the perspectives of public administrators or civil servants and young people from around the world, who work directly with young people to support their engagement in public policy at the local level.
The knowledge exchange forum will target DLA’s executives, municipal administrators in Subdistrict Administrative Organizations (SAOs) responsible for youth participation and Children and Youth Council (CYCT) in their localities, Department of Children and Youth (DCY), Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, youth leaders from CYCT, youth-led networks, and civil society organizations.
Programme and format of the forum
The full programme agenda, which includes guest speakers and a forum format, will be discussed and finalized with the DLA and the Embassy of Finland. The forum style is subject to agreement of the co-organizers and COVID-19 safety measures. The forum could be hosted: 1) online 2) onsite in Bangkok, or 3) hybrid modality. The seminar will use English and Thai languages for communication. UNICEF will provide English-Thai translation throughout the event.
The selected consultant will perform the following tasks:
1. Support the finalization of an existing draft concept note and agenda, including through preparatory meetings with UNICEF, DLA, the Embassy of Finland, and international speakers. The concept note will include the rationale for the event, an agenda with short description of sessions, and bios of speakers.
2. Prepare moderator’s notes and guiding questions for international and national speakers.
3. Identify, engage and brief international speakers, together with UNICEF.
4. Prepare content for poster and flyer to promote the event.
5. Provide moderation for the whole event.
6. Prepare a summary report containing key discussion points and a suggested action plan for promoting young people’s participation at local governance in Thailand, including drafting a possible agenda for a study visit for Thai government officials to Finland to learn about good practices of youth participation in local governance.
Work Schedule: From 15 November 2022 to 30 October 2023.
By 15 November 2022
• Final concept note and agenda (based on kick of meeting with UNICEF and engagement with speakers)
• Moderator’s notes and guiding questions for speakers
• Content for flyer of the event
• 30% payment will be made upon submission of finalized concept note, agenda, moderators notes and guiding questions for the speakers and content for event flyer
By 15 December 2022
• Successful moderation of the event (tentative in the first week of December 2022)
• Submission of final report
• 70% payment will be made upon successful moderation of the event and submission of final report, including draft agenda for study tour to Finland.
End Products: Finalized summary report of the International Knowledge Exchange Forum of Yong People's Participation in Local Governance
Duration of Contract: 10 October – 31 December 2022 (20 working days)
Official Travel: Travel cost will be involved if only the forum is hosted onsite in Bangkok, Thailand. UNICEF will cover travel costs for the consultant as per existing policy and procedures.
Work Location: Consultant will work remotely from their own premises. If the Forum will take place in person in Bangkok, the consultant will travel to Thailand for about one week.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
• Master's degree in International Development, Public Administration, Youth Development, or any related social science discipline.
• A minimum of 8 of professional experience in the areas of youth policies, and young people’s participation specifically
• At least 5 years of international experience on youth participation in local governance
• Previous experience in facilitating national and international forums/conferences.
• Previous experience in working with UN agencies, national governments, and international civil society organizations
• Strong English report writing skills and a track record of producing high quality reports.
Interested candidates are requested to submit CV, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 10 October 2022****.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
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.
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.
UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.