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NATIONAL CONSULTANT UNDERTAKING OF ASSESSMENT of 11 ADOLESCENT YOUTH FRIENDLY SERVICE CENTERS
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UNDERTAKING OF ASSESSMENT of 11 ADOLESCENT YOUTH FRIENDLY SERVICE CENTERS
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Between 2012 and 2014, UNFPA and UNICEF partnered under a Joint Programme (JP) to enhance the demand for and supply to adolescent and youth friendly evidence based services and information in reproductive sexual health (RSH), child protection, civic engagement, etc. A total of 11 service delivery outlets were approached and engaged on a pilot basis and in view of their readiness and interest to consider expanding their service package for targeting young people.
As such, six Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) service development centers (SDCs), four Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) Primary Health Care (PHC) Centers, and one NGO center were selected from all over Lebanon in collaboration with both ministries (please see box 1 for geographical coverage per type of center). The UNFPA/UNICEF JP addresses one of the main recommendations of the National Youth Policy related to the need for space for social interaction among the youth from diverse confessions and cultural backgrounds. The JP aimed at increasing access to and utilization of quality health and non-health services as follows: promoting healthy behavior among young people and those at risk; focus on STI/HIV/AIDS prevention; provision of protection services and training and promoting civic engagement among young people and communities. This is done through the establishment and operationalization of eleven model adolescent and youth friendly services (AYFS) within the above-mentioned centers. Accordingly, UNFPA partnered with the Centre Universitaire de Santé Familiale et Communautaire (CUSFC) at Saint Joseph University (USJ) to implement the project, and given the latter’s prior experience in establishing and activating youth friendly services in and outside the campus setting.
During the duration of the JP (15 May, 2012 –30 April, 2014), several activities were implemented related to Advocacy, Capacity development, Awareness raising, and Generation of evidence/Monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Those activities targeted the centers’ directors, youth focal points, service providers (physicians, midwives, and social workers) as well as a youth network affiliated to the respective centers. The JP was operationally closed in 2014 following the completion of a related evaluation that aimed at assessing the level of operationalization of such services as well as providing recommendations to scale up the project to additional geographical areas.
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011, over two million people have fled Syria to neighboring countries including Lebanon. In Lebanon, according to UNHCR, the latest figure of registered Syrian refugees reached 1,174,690 persons as of June 10, 2015 . Adolescents and youth aged 10-24 years constitute around 30% of the refugees’ population. The humanitarian situation is affecting them in different aspects and in their various basic needs making them vulnerable and putting them at risk of adopting risky behaviors. A recent youth situation assessment in Lebanon, led by UNFPA in partnership with UNICEF, UNESCO, UNHCR and Save the Children International, during September 2013 – March 2014 confirmed such vulnerabilities . In addition, the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) for 2015-2016 clearly makes reference to young people as both a segment of the population (both refugee and hosting) who require special attention and need on the one hand as well as agents of change who need to be continuously empowered for bringing in positive change and avoid being driven into extremism and radicalization.
Based on the above, UNFPA and UNICEF joined their plans once again through a joint collaboration aiming at responding to youth needs within the humanitarian context and building on the numerous recommendations and findings as evidenced in the above mentioned Youth Situation analysis. One of the main goal of this joint collaboration is to promote the provision of appropriate services and information to the Syrian and host communities’ adolescents and youth affected by the crisis to enable them to protect themselves against conflict and involvement in violence, STIs/HIV, gender based violence, other types of violence, including sexual exploitation, labor and early marriage as well as other high risk behaviors . As such it was agreed to carry out a rapid assessment of the existing and mentioned 11 Youth Friendly centers. This assessment will explore their engagement and responsiveness in the humanitarian operations to affected youth as well as their willingness to participate in developing the capacities of their respective youth networks and volunteers in various competencies and skills and based on various tools/resources including a package to be developed for that purpose.
A national consultant will be recruited to carry out a rapid assessment among the 11 AYFS centers to collect evidence on 1) the current level of engagement of the AYFS centers in terms of provision of AYFS based on the previously implemented project with CUSFC/USJ as well as humanitarian related aid and relief by and for young people, and on 2) the willingness of the YFC to have their capacities further enhanced for scaling up their capacities for the provision of services and information to youth affected by the crisis (i.e. Syrian and from host communities)
The end goal of this exercise is to assess the capacity and status of the established 11 AYFS and include them in the Syrian crisis response plan as focal point for youth in their locations.
UNFPA and UNICEF (managed by UNFPA) will initiate the undertaking of the assignment through identification of the consultant based on the required qualifications as requested under this consultancy (please see below section on Qualifications) and in accordance with the Terms of Reference (TOR).
UNFPA shall proceed with the recruitment process and through a contract.
The consultant will work under the supervision of the UNFPA National Programme Officer and in coordination with the UNFPA Humanitarian Youth Coordinator. She/he will also report to UNFPA/UNICEF concerned staff on the different agreed upon deliverables.
He/she might need to consult with selected governmental counterparts and as advised by the direct supervisor.
UNFPA might also suggest involving selected young people (youth fellow and Y-PEER Focal point in Charge) in the consultancy process (i.e. pretesting of the youth questionnaires, data collection, and reviewing the report). They may also be invited to attend meetings for the review and dissemination of the findings.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following tasks are expected to be executed by the national consultant:
Draw up a plan of action and timetable for accomplishing various components of the consultancy;
Undertake desk review (material, reports, references and relevant resources) and internet search;
Consult with UNFPA and UNICEF on the various phases of the consultancy
Develop various instruments and tools for data collection to be used at the level of:
the AYFS center’s director, youth focal point, service delivery providers and young people;
the MOSA and MOPH
Finalize the tools based on UNFPA/UNICEF feedback;
Initiate data collection through field visits/interview with various related stakeholders as advised by UNFPA/UNICEF (i.e. MOPH, MOSA, AYFS);
Analyze data by ensuring preparation and timely delivery of the first draft report in English;
Finalize the English report on basis of comments received from UNFPA/UNICEF
Produce and finalize a power point presentation with key findings (in Arabic and in English);
Take part in 1-2 meetings to disseminate findings; and
Provide UNFPA office with an electronic and hard copy of the final report (English) and the PP (Arabic and English).
The duration of the consultancy is 6 weeks starting from the date of signature of the contract.
The following outcomes constitute the main two deliverables from this consultancy:
A comprehensive English report detailing the two axis under this consultancy: 1) assessment of the activities and tasks carried out by the 11 AYFS centers between January-June 2015 regarding provision of AYFS and information for young people and 2) an analysis regarding the engagement, willingness, interest of the 11 AYFS centers to have their own capacities and those of their youth networks enhanced for responding to the humanitarian needs and priorities (and as clearly spelled out in the youth situation analysis). The report shall consist of 40-50 pages (excluding annexes) and its structure will be discussed with UNFPA team.
A brief power point presentation (English and Arabic) and consisting of 20-25 slides) summarizing key findings under this consultancy.
Qualifications and/or specialized knowledge/experience
Bachelor/Master’s degree in humanities, sociology/anthropology, development, public health, or any other equivalent specialty relevant to the nature of the consultancy.
Relevant experience of no less than 5 years in the area of information/data generation and research.
Proven ability to assess and analyze information from various sources
Strong analytical and research skills
Proven ability to work with practitioners and field people
Proficiency in the use of IT tools and systems relevant to the field
Well-organized with ability to adequately manage time and meet deadlines
Excellent command in English and Arabic
Interested candidates may apply online by providing:
A letter of intend
A most updated CV
A duly filled request for quotation (RFQ)
The documents must be sent to the following email address:
UNFPA: email@example.com by no later than Monday 20 July, 2015
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