International Junior Contractor for Project and Knowledge Management (Yoma), Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Nairobi

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Title of Assignment

Junior contractor for Project and Knowledge Management (Yoma)






11.5 month

Start/End date


To: 30-Nov-23

Background and Justification

Youth across Africa are facing unprecedented times for learning and employment with rapidly changing technologies, migration, labor markets, environmental and political contexts. UNICEF, in partnership with the Botnar Foundation, GIZ and other partners is developing a dynamic youth agency marketplace called “Yoma” to overcome these challenges. The vision is to build a digital marketplace for and with youth across Africa (long term: across the globe) that transforms their futures, by enabling youth to engage in social impact tasks and learning and earning opportunities. Yoma aims to identify, nurture and connect hidden talents using innovative tools and dynamic experiential learning which allows for an individual - yet scalable growth journey, linking them with opportunities provided by a range of partners including private enterprises, NGOs, and educational institutions. To do so, Yoma builds upon exponential technologies such as blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, privacy preserving and open AI/Machine learning and psychometric assessment.

The first large scale minimum viable product (MVP) of Yoma was initiated in mid-May 2020 through a challenge around COVID-19: More than 90,000 young people in Africa registered for the challenge, exceeding expectations, and showing the potential for scale. Since then, Yoma - together with its partners - has launched several challenges that have reached over 2 million youth across Africa. During these challenges, youth earn tokens, which can be redeemed both in a digital and physical marketplace e.g., airtime, data, grocery vouchers and bus tickets. As Yoma is scaling fast, there is need for a young professional to work on and support various elements of Yoma, such as the country roll-out as well as knowledge management and monitoring.

The contractor will focus the project and knowledge management of the Yoma ecosystem and will focus on ensuring that several simultaneous projects within the Yoma ecosystem are sufficiently supported and knowledge is managed efficiently in the growing ecosystem.

Scope of Work

  1. Goal and Objective*****: *Under the supervision of the Senior Innovation Manager (ICT4D), the junior contractor will support project management of the Yoma ecosystem with a particular focus on knowledge management and monitoring.

Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: Oversee overall coordination and provide TA to CO's on innovative platforms for youth engagement, skills building, and employability (ie YOMA, Atingi), as well as the African Data and Drone Academy (ADDA)

Activities and Tasks:

a. Support the Country Roll-Out of Yoma

With the rapid scaling of Yoma in several countries, additional roll-out support shall be provided to UNICEF Country Offices who are already or are considering to roll-out Yoma. This includes the finalization and continuous development and updating of the “Yoma Playbook” as well as technical support and regular check-ins with Country Offices to ensure Yoma implementation is supported, and lessons learnt captured accordingly. A particular focus shall be placed to the activities supported by the Yoma Ecosystem partner GIZ which is providing support to strengthen the linkage of Yoma to the learning platform atingi in several countries as well as the implementation of the SAP Digital Learning program in Kenya

b. Programme management, planning and monitoring

Support the Yoma team in the conceptualization, drafting and finalization of programme and project proposals. Participate in strategic programme discussion across various areas to ensure the continued relevance of programme interventions. Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans for the sector using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Provide technical support to finalize and maintain the Yoma monitoring systems in close collaboration with the Yoma team and specifically the Yoma data focal point. A specific focus on the programme management component shall be placed on the implementation of the partnership with GIZ as well as with the Fondation Botnar.

c. Knowledge management for the Yoma ecosystem

Provide technical support to establish a functioning knowledge management system for the growing Yoma ecosystem, which is building on the existing knowledge management efforts and takes into consideration the lessons learnt so far to share information and knowledge efficiently and effectively in a growing ecosystem of partners working on Yoma. Participate in strategic discussions to strengthen knowledge management and information sharing with the key stakeholders of the Yoma ecosystem. Maintain an evidence base to guide the learning and iterating of the Yoma journey.

d. Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor

  1. Work relationships: The contractor will work in close collaboration with the Programme Manager (Yoma) and the Senior Innovation Manager.
  2. Outputs/Deliverables:

As an active UNICEF team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to Yoma and its ecosystem partners in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:

  • Timely and quality support provided to Country Offices implementing Yoma in close relationship with the Programme Manager (Yoma)
  • Quality project proposals and reports produced and submitted, particularly for GIZ and Fondation Botnar
  • Yoma monitoring system is fully developed and maintained
  • Knolwedge management and information system is established and functional

A table may be used to summarize the tasks, deliverables, specific timeline, and milestones. Please state when and whether or not timeframes are negotiable - and if so under what circumstances.



(Estimated # of months)


Schedule of payment

Inception report and clear workplan for the assignment is developed and approved


31 December 2022

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities (focus on monitoring system)


31 January 2023

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities with focus on programme management (GIZ and Foundation Botnar)


28 February 2023

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities (focus on knowledge management)


31 March 2023

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities with focus on programme management (GIZ and Foundation Botnar)


30 April 2023

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities with focus on knowledge management


31 May 2023

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities with focus on reporting for partners and donors


30 June 2023

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities with focus on country roll-out support


31 July 2023

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities with focus on monitoring


31 August 2023

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities (focus to be decided with supervisor)


30 September 2023

Monthly Payment

Monthly report on activities (focus to be decided with supervisor)


31 October 2023

Monthly Payment

Final report on the assignment containing review of all the areas covered with corresponding recommendations


30 November 2023

Monthly Payment

Desired competencies, technical background, and experience

  1. Education: Minimum requirement: Bachelor’s degree in economics, business administration or similar field, preferably completing a Master’s degree in a similar field
  2. Experience in working with young people in a digital environment
  3. Experience working in start-ups with high level of ownership and independence is an asset
  4. At least six months of relevant work experience
  5. Strong analytical and knowledge management skills
  6. Good drafting and MS Office skills
  7. Fluency in English, Knowledge of a second UN language is an asset
  8. Must exhibit the UNICEF Core Values of:
    1. Care
    2. Respect
    3. Integrity
    4. Trust
    5. Accountability
    6. Sustainability
  9. Key competencies required:

1. Building and Maintaining Partnerships

2. Drive to achieve Results for Impact

3. Innovates and Embraces Change

4. Manages Ambiguity and Complexity

5. Works collaboratively with others

Administrative Issues

The contractor will work under the supervision of the Senior Programme Manager. As most of the Yoma team is working remotely most meetings will be online with occasional in person meetings.

The contractor is expected to be Nairobi based with potential travel to several countries in Africa and beyond for which the UNICEF office would cover DSA and travel costs. Travel will be in economy class.


  • The consultant will work from the UNICEF ESAR Office and his/her own premises as per the UNICEF Flexible Working Policy and use his/her own computer and related infrastructure.
  • As this would be a junior individual contractor for Yoma we are preferably looking for talented young candidates aged below 30 years of age.
  • All travel is by most economical fare and reimbursement as per UNICEF policy,
  • “As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary”.
  • 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.


All reasonable and risks associated with the consultancy assignment should be identified, and a relevant risk response and possible mitigating action defined.

How to Apply Interested and qualified candidates should apply online using the button below. As part of their application, candidates should provide:

1. A cover letter that specifies how you meet the desired competencies, technical background and experience (no more than 2 pages) 2. A short CV (no more than 4 pages) 3. A financial proposal that should include the monthly rate and total fees in USD for the assignment. (Any application without a financial proposal will not be considered) 4. 3 Referees.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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