Jul 112019

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


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.

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 (UNICEF 2018). In 2016-2017, just over 76.6 percent of Mexicans between 15 and 17 years old were covered, implying that 2 out of 10 were not in school –and 13.7 percent of young people dropped out that same school year (SEP 2018). In fact, by the end of 2018 people between the ages of 15 and 24 made up over a third of Mexico’s unemployed population (INEGI 2018).

Beyond striving to provide youths the access to quality education, they should also be supported in learning relevant work skills which would benefit their transition from school to their first job.

Within the framework of Outcome 4 of the CPD, UNICEF Mexico aims to build bridges of employability across the sphere of upper secondary education. To that end, we are searching for a consultant who specializes in employability issues to assist in creating a technical proposal alongside UNICEF officials, federation education authorities, and other relevant stakeholders.


Identify the skills that positively impact in the transition of adolescents in upper secondary education to the first job and develop a strategy articulated with the public and private sector for its development and implementation in existing educational and training programs.

Expected results

  • A mapping and evaluation of existing youth employability, job/vocational training, job skills development programs in Mexico, as well as examples of best practices on a global scale.
  • A study on which skills and skillsets most positively impact in the transition from secondary education to their first job,
  • A strategy to integrate findings and methods on employability skills within existing educational and job training programs in both public and private sectors, including a proposed methodology, timeline, budget, and list of potential actors
  • Principal activities

  • Map, analyze and evaluate existing youth employability, vocational/ job training, job skills development programs in Mexico, as well as examples of best practices on a global scale.
  • Prepare and conduct a study identifying skills that most strongly benefit adolescents in their transition from upper secondary education to their first job in Mexico, including the elaboration of standards and recommendations for the development of skills for employability
  • Conceptualize and articulate a strategy to integrate findings and methods on employability skills within existing educational and job training programs in line with public and private sector needs in Mexico –along with a proposed methodology, timeline, budget, and list of potential actors
  • Draft all documents relevant to the accomplishment of the abovementioned activities, including but not limited to agreements, meeting notes, presentations, progress analyses and reports, and summaries on ongoing compliance to parameters of the consultancy.
  • Propose working meetings with state, private 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.





    1. Workplan

    Week 1


    2. Mapping and evaluation of existing programs that offer skills for employability, incuding best practices at the global level

    Week 4


    3. Technical study with standards and recommendations on skills(sets) that most strongly benefit adolescents in their transition from upper secondary education to their first job

    Week 10


    4. Comprehensive strategy to include and integrate employability skills findings into existing educational and job training programs in Mexico

    Week 14


    5. Final report with recommendations

    Week 16


    Required profile

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Political Science, Economics, Business, Pedagogy or similar;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in project design, project management, strategic planning, coordination and implementation of projects, development of technical proposals, and/or public policies in the education sector working across sectors: public, private, civil society and/or academia;
  • Experience in developing job-training/employability/skills for work projects, programs and/or policies; Desirable experience employability programs for adolescents and/or young people.
  • Private sector experience desirable
  • Expert in project planning and monitoring tools such as Logical Framework, Work Plans, Reports, etc.;
  • Expert in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.);
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent written communications skills, ability to draft clear and concise technical documents;
  • Knowledge and Experience of UNICEF’s mission and work within Mexico/globally a plus;
  • Work conditions

  • During the duration of the contract the consultant will be able to work remotely, however, a minimum of 25 days on-site are required to attend working meetings and 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 and recommendations; this note will be considered by the selection panel together with other criteria.


    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

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