Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 07 Aug 2019
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
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.
Any other activity necessary to fulfilling Expected Results.
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
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.
3. Outline of Integral Program for Life Skills Training
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
5. Outline training manual with contents, fact sheets and practical exercises for the implementation of the program.
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
7. Training manual with contents, and fact sheets, teaching and learning resources, and
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.
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