National individual consultancy to provide advisory support on development of national impact source intermediary platform, 81 w/ds, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (for Tajik nationals only)
Application deadline in 1 day: Sunday 3 Dec 2023 at 18:55 UTCOpen application form
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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
UNICEF with support of funding from EU, and in partnership with MoES/MoLMEP is implementing “Improving skills and competencies of adolescent girls and boys for school to work transition in Tajikistan and national support to continuity of learning within the framework of the National Education Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19 Project” which aims to enhance continuous access to quality education and employability of the youth in Tajikistan.
In 2018 UNICEF conducted a feasibility study of Impact Sourcing/Remote jobs in Tajikistan to assess the country environment and provide recommendations on employment opportunities for adolescents and young girls and boys. The study shows that within the virtual economy, microwork appears to be particularly relevant for Tajikistan, as it overcomes geographical boundaries to provide earning opportunities for young people with diverse skillsets and access to relatively basic digital infrastructure. With the support of the EU five Impact Source Hubs have been established in Tajikistan to promote the microwork. Using the "Impact sourcing" model, UNICEF Tajikistan aims to link the trained young people to existing and newly established internship and employment opportunities within socially responsible businesses in the digital economy. Currently in the country there is no platform that could perform the role of National aggregator platform at global level.
Within the frames of this initiative UNICEF together with the Ministry of Labor aims to develop the first Tajikistan´s First Impact Sourcing Intermediary Platform, based on the assessment recommendations for an impact sourcing industry development in the country and based on best practices in other countries. Long term objective of the platform is to create education, job and income opportunities for young people, including the most marginalized youth in Tajikistan, specifically NEET. Platform will bring together Tajik government, international and local private development sector, civil society in having one National Impact Sourcing Intermediary platform. Platform will contribute to improvement of the marketing of the country, introducing Tajikistan for the first time on the global map of the ICT impact sourcing and outsourcing industry. Platform will be also integral part of the work force industry to decrease unemployment which Government aim by 2030.
The challenges in job allocation and employer outreach in Tajikistan arise from the absence of a unified and innovative source that effectively connects job seekers and recruiters based on their needs. Existing websites lack the necessary robustness and functionality to serve as a concrete platform for effective job matching. To address this issue, UNICEF will support development of a national unified platform. This platform will allow job seekers to create profiles and be matched with current open positions by employers. By providing real-time updates on job openings and in-demand skills, the platform will empower job seekers to stay informed about the labor market trends. Apart from job seeking function, platform will provide learning opportunities through selected ICT courses as well as AI generated career guidance support feature to enhance users’ knowledge and skills in desired sectors, boosting their soft skills and improving their employment chances.
Out of existing platforms (www.somon.tj; www.upgrade.tj) platform managed by MoLMEP considered as a more suitable for further expansion. Based on the preliminary assessment of the RO T4D specialists during their mission to Tajikistan, it was agreed and recommended to expand the existing ministerial platform (www.kor.tj)) instead of developing new one.
How can you make a difference?
Under this assignment, consultant will provide advisory support to UNICEF TCO in coordinating the development process of National Impact Sourcing Intermediary Platform by third party. Consultant expected to coordinate full-scale communication between MoLMEP/UNICEF/Technical team to develop the platform, its content, functions, etc. Assignment has three main components: overall management and coordination; joint work with IT team on the platform; technical support with Impact Source approach; Apart from this, consultant will ensure that career counseling (AI based function) and guidance component is included in the platform. Final product of the assignment is a platform approved and accepted by the MoLMEP.
Duration: 81 working days between December 6, 2023 - 30 April 2024
Supervisor: ADAP Officer, UNICEF Tajikistan
The overall objective of this assignment is to provide advisory support to UNICEF TCO and to the MoLMEP on “National Impact Sourcing Intermediary platform” to guide and manage the development process.
All activities under this consultancy will be designed in consultation with UNICEF team and the following tasks will need to be accomplished by the selected Consultant:
- Introduce the design of the Intermediary platform to MoLMEP management and IT team.
- Jointly with MoLMEP develop the scope of work and timeline to complete the process.
- Periodical meeting/stock taking session with key UNICEF staff/MoLMEP/RO T4D.
- Provide overall direction, prioritization, sequencing and ensuring coherence of work.
- Provide advisory and technical support on integrating the Impact Sourcing model into the platform.
- Provide continuous review and coordination at each stage of the development process.
- Support development of the final product with review brief, presentation, blog, webinars, op-ed, etc. and other relevant knowledge products.
Tasks/Milestone: (in line with the scope elaborated in section-III)
% of payment maximum up to 5 payments)
Introduction of the concept to MoLMEP and UNICEF
Concept presented and approved
1 day (December 2023)
Scope of work and timeline developed.
Technical details of the concept prepared and timeline agreed.
10 days (December 2023)
Regular update meetings
All parties updated on the development and on time corrections implemented.
Continuously throughout the consultancy
Supervise technical work on the platform (design, testing, integration, etc)
Draft version of the platform developed and contain impact source component/option
60 days (December 2023-February 2024)
Regular monitoring and quality assurance of the development process and product
Assignment completed on time.
Prepare final report on the assignment and endorsement of the final product by MoLMEP
Platform available and accepted by the MoLMEP
10 days (March 2024)
100% upon completion of all deliverables
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Education: Advanced Degree in Economy, business administration, public finance, entrepreneurship, IT or other relevant field;
- Work experience: Minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of Business Process Outsource, Impact Source.
- Good knowledge of Tajikistan TVET system, it’s legislation, structure and practices.
- Good knowledge of Tajikistan business context, Public Private Partnership.
- Experience in dealing with jobs platforms;
- Skills: Strong strategic planning, writing and analytical skills.
- Basic knowledge in developing the multi-functional website.
- Languages: Good knowledge of English and Russian languages.
Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
- Cover letter/application/CV.
- A technical proposal with proposed approach to managing the consultancy deliverables, showing understanding of tasks.
- Financial proposal specifying consultancy fee, per day of work, requested for the tasks described in the Terms of Reference in TJS.
- Examples of previous, relevant work related to the deliverables.
- Applications without technical and financial proposals will not be considered.
Applications must be received in the system by 3 December 2023 on UNICEF website.
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