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Jul 112019
 

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Mexico
Closing date: 07 Aug 2019

Context

There are over 40 million children and adolescents in Mexico –close to a third of the population – whose wellbeing is important for the country’s present and future development. Over 13 percent of this group falls between the ages of 12 and 17 – a crucial stage in youth development for self-identity, personality and interests, as well as for the development of skills and abilities needed to thrive in life and work.

This stage between 12-17 also, however, exposes adolescents to threats to that development, most notably the effects of dropping out of school, and when risks to future wellbeing are highest, such as adolescent pregnancy, violence, incorporation into informal employment and connection to crime, among others (UNICEF 2018).

During this critical stage of adolescent development, it is important that adolescents acquire skills that allow them to make the best decisions for their futures and provide them with tools to confront challenges in violence, climate change, obesity, addictions, sexual transmission and early pregnancies, among many others. These skillsets will contribute to their job prospects and minimize their exposure to various daily risks to their wellbeing and livelihood (UNICEF 2018).

Launched in 2018, Generation Unlimited is a public-private partnership initiative aiming to ensure that every young person between the ages of 10-24 has an access channel for schooling, training, or employment by 2030. Generation Unlimited focuses on three areas: Secondary Education, Skills for Employment, and Youth Empowerment. By promoting youth participation in confronting todays’ issues, Generation Unlimited aims at building public-private partnerships to facilitate more efficient and effective solutions across scale, as well as paths to support young people from the classroom to their first jobs.

UNICEF’s Project ECHO: “Guaranteeing Education and Protection to adolescents affected by violence in the states of Chihuahua and Guerrero”

In 2018, UNICEF Mexico received funding from Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (ECHO) to develop the project “Guaranteeing education and protection to adolescents affected by violence in the states of Chihuahua and Guerrero.” The ECHO project responds to the needs of safety and education needs of 4,500 adolescents through: a) developing alternative learning methods through innovation, vocational and life skills training, b) strengthening the abilities of the Procurator’s Offices Children and its service providers to identify, treat and support children and adolescents who are survivors of violence; c) provide safe spaces and psychosocial support activities for adolescents in communities and schools.

A result of Project ECHO has been the creation of a curricular package of life skills for adolescents, developed for teachers but still needing work to complement and perfect.

Spotlight Initiative: Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations have launched a new alliance to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. This initiative promotes a series of political commitments at the highest levels and contributes to reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those of Goal 5 related to gender equality. The initiative will focus on all forms of violence against women and girls that exist and propagate gender inequality, paying special attention to domestic violence; sexual and gender-based violence; harmful traditional practices; trafficking in persons and sexual and economic exploitation. The Spotlight initiative in Mexico is structured around the following pillars: 1. legislative and policy frameworks; 2. institutional strengthening; 3. prevention and social norms; 4. quality essential services; 5. availability and data capacity; and 6. support for the women’s movement.

Within the framework of pillar 3, the development of guides and training materials on life skills and school community participation is being considered.

Desde UNICEF México, y en el marco del Outcome 4, se busca fortalecer las habiliades para la vida de las y los adolescentes. Para poder llevarlo a cabo, se requiere de un consultor especialista en habilidades para la vida que pueda generar un programa integral de capacitación con perspectiva de género y enfoque de la niñez sobre habilidades para la vida para las y los adolescentes y jóvenes mexicanos en estrecha consulta con las y los oficiales de UNICEF, las autoridades educativas, y otros aliados.

Within the framework of Outcome 4 of the CPD, UNICEF Mexico aims to improve the life skills of adolescents. To this end, we are seeking a consultant to develop a comprehensive Life Skills training program with rights of children and gender perspective for Mexican adolescents and youths, in close consultation with UNICEF officials, education authorities, and other stakeholders.

The proposal should contain at minimum of the following content with regards to Life Skills:

• Learning: creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving

• Employability and Entrepreneurship: cooperation, negotiation and decision-making

• Empowerment: Communication, resilience and self-care

• Active Citizenship: participation, empathy and respect for diversity

Objective

Develop a comprehensive Life Skills training program with a rights of children and gender perspective for Mexican adolescents and youths, to be used in educational (school), professional (work), and community (“espacios seguros”) settings, integrating all relevant materials including a logical framework, curricular structure, content, fact sheets, teaching and learning resources, and methodology for program monitoring and evaluation.

Expected results

  • Document summarizing existing Life Skills programs and policies in Mexico, best practices at national and global level, and potential areas of opportunity
  • Conceptual note with standards and recommendations for the development of life skills of adolescents and young people for the Mexican context, with emphasis on developing implementation strategies in the educational, professional and community spheres, in accordance with existing resources and programs.
  • Document detailing a comprehensive life skills program for Mexican adolescents and youth, with a gender perspective and focused on children’s rights, across educational (schools), professional (businesses) and community (safe spaces) frameworks. This document will also integrate a logical framework, curricular structure, content, and methodology for monitoring and evaluating programs.
  • Training manual for the program described in the previous point that includes descriptive cards, teaching and learning resources.
  • Principal activities

  • Conduct a quantitative and qualitative analysis and evaluation of existing Life Skills programs and projects and best practices at national and global level
  • Identify public/private sector resources and programs to develop a roadmap on the opportunities for implementing and strengthening of life skills programs.
  • Prepare and design a conceptual note with standards and recommendations for the development of life skills of adolescents and young people for the Mexican context, with emphasis on developing implementation strategies in the educational, professional and community spheres, in accordance with existing resources and programs.
  • Identify and design methodologies, modular courses, content, fact sheets and training materials for teachers (schools), tutors in teaching (work) and facilitators (community) of life skills.
  • Prepare a document describing the comprehensive life skills program for Mexican adolescents and young people across the sectors for school (schools), work (business) and community (safe spaces). This should include conceptual framework and curriculum. The program must also contain mechanisms for implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Prepare a training manual with contents, fact sheets and practical exercises for the implementation of the program.
  • Propose working meetings with state and civil society actors, as well as write the necessary documents to carry out abovementioned activities, such as agreements, meeting minutes, presentations, situational analysis, reports, etc.
  • Any other activity necessary to fulfilling Expected Results.

    Deliverables

    Deliverable

    Deadline

    Payment

    1. Mapping and evaluation document of existing life skills programs and best practices at national and international level, as well as resources and training programs across public and private sectors

    Week 4

    10%

    2. Conceptual note with standards and recommendations for the development of life skills of adolescents and young people for the Mexican context, with emphasis on developing implementation strategies in the educational, professional and community spheres, in accordance with existing resources and programs.

    Week 8

    10%

    3. Outline of Integral Program for Life Skills Training

    Week 10

    10%

    4. Program proposal based on conceptual note, curricular structure and with methodology for program monitoring and evaluation, including along with a proposed methodology, timeline, budget, and list of potential actors

    Week 12

    20%

    5. Outline training manual with contents, fact sheets and practical exercises for the implementation of the program.

    Week 16

    10%

    6. Comprehensive training program on life skills for Mexican adolescents and youths across the academic (schools), professional (business) and community (safe spaces) sectors that integrates logical framework, curriculum structure, content, cards descriptive, didactic and learning resources, and methodology for program monitoring and evaluation

    Week 18

    20%

    7. Training manual with contents, and fact sheets, teaching and learning resources, and

    Week 20

    20%

    Required Profile

  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Social Sciences or similar;
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in design, management, and implementation of training programs, projects and/or public policies with a focus on life skills development;
  • Related experience in the development of materials for training and teaching across sectors: public and private sector, civil society and academia. Experience in training adolescents in life skills and work experience with adolescents and youth is desirable;
  • Mastery of the use of planning and monitoring tools such as Logical Framework, Work Plans, Reports, etc.;
  • Excellent written communications skills, ability to draft clear and concise technical documents;
  • Expert in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Fluency in English and Spanish;
  • Knowledge and Experience of UNICEF’s mission and work within Mexico/globally a plus.
  • Condiciones Laborales

  • During the duration of the contract the consultant will be able to work remotely, however, a minimum of 35 days on-site are required during the duration of the contract at the UNICEF Mexico Country Office to attend working meetings and to collaborate with UNICEF officials, education authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders, when requested by the supervisor. On-site days will be agreed upon with the supervisor at the beginning of the contract. The consultant may also work in UNICEF’s Mexico City office 3 days a week, in which case, the days will be agreed between the consultant and his/her supervisor.
  • Regular meetings via Skype when requested by the supervisor are required.
  • The consultant will not need to travel.
  • Further information on the selection process

    Interested parties should separately submit technical and economic proposals, the details of how they shall be evaluated are elaborated below. Candidates must also present a conceptual note, no longer than 15 pages, including an introduction, methodology, preliminary workplan, proposal and recommendations; this note will be considered by the selection panel together with other criteria.

    Evaluation critera

    The selection criteria of the candidate will be based, including but not limited to compliance with the requirements indicated above, and calculated as follows. The selection criteria of the candidates will be based, including but not limited to compliance with the requirements indicated in the terms of reference and calculated as follows. The technical evaluation will have a value of 60% and the economic one a weighting of 40%.

    Candidates must ensure at least 40% of the 60% of the technical assessment assigned by the evaluation committee to proceed with the evaluation of their economic proposal.

    The economic proposal will be evaluated with the following formula: Lowest economic proposal multiplied by 40% divided by the proposal to be evaluated.

    The project will be assigned to the candidate whose profile gives with the best overall rating of the three abovementioned criteria.

    UNICEF is committed to achieving diversity of the workforce in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and people with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

    How to apply:

    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 our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=523818

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