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Background

Since 2015, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) have worked together to strengthen humanitarian actors’ work with and for forcibly displaced young people. During 2015 and 2016, UNHCR and WRC jointly organized the Global Refugee Youth Consultations (GRYC), a series of participatory engagement workshops during 2015 and 2016 that involved over 1,500 youth from 34 countries to analyze the challenges they face and make recommendations. Building on that effort and recognizing the value of engaging young people to contribute to global level policy efforts, the High Commissioner created the Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) in December 2017. Since 2015, UNHCR also implemented the Youth Initiative Fund (YIF), which funded youth-led initiatives at the local level and in coordination with UNHCR country operations.

The purpose of this consultancy is to research and draft a scoping study on the development and establishment of an online youth engagement community of practice (CoP) that facilitates networking, skill-sharing, capacity-building, and the collection and dissemination of good practices related to youth-led initiatives and work with and for refugee and displaced youth amongst youth, youth-led organizations, and those who work with and for young people in forced displacement contexts. This scoping study will explore existing platforms; consult with youth and those who work with and for them; consider how to most effectively facilitate youth networking and sharing of good practices; look into what would be technically, culturally, and geographically accessible to youth in forcibly displaced contexts; and outline options and recommendations for the establishment of the community of practice during 2021.

Estimated Scope of Work

Task 1:
Establish informal project reference/advisory group (UNHCR Youth Advisor, WRC, GYAC Coordinators, and others as needed) and set advisory group meetings and regular coordination meetings.

Task 2:
Develop inception report that explains approach, notes research questions, identifies key informants and resources to explore, highlights consultation tools to be used, outlines of scoping study report and details workplan.

Days of Work: 15 days

Time Frame/Deadline: September 14-30

Task 3:
Conduct research for scoping study including:

  • Review of online communities of practice (CoPs) to identify potential models from a technical and substantive angle.
  • Review resources, literature, and technical information on different types of communities of practice.
  • Consider existing youth networks and communities of practices, document good practices and lessons learned, and explore possibility of linking with or building on existing practices as well as creating a new platform.
  • Identify and consult with or interview key informants, such as young people who have participated in YIF projects, UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) members, relevant UNHCR staff, partners, and consultants, including those working in country operations, HQ regional and others as suggested by Youth Advisor to explore what would be useful to young people, what would facilitate networking and technical, cultural, linguistic, or other considerations that could influence accessibility and attractiveness.
  • Develop a model or examples of how such a community or practice could work, including different options to consider (noting pros and cons) and recommendations.

Days of Work: 25 days

Time Frame/Deadline: October 1-30

Task 4:
Analyze findings and draft report that clarifies the purpose of the CoP and its proposed members/audience, domain, methods, cost, and sustainability. This should include a description of potential model/s including options, considerations, and recommendations.

Days of Work: 15 days

Time Frame/Deadline: November 1-15

Task 5:
Submit initial draft of scoping study for review and complete annexes.

Days of Work: 10 days

Time Frame/Deadline: November 15

Task 6:
Revise draft based to address suggestions and questions raised through feedback from WRC, UNHCR, and other members of advisory group.

Days of Work: 10 days

Time Frame/Deadline: December 1-15

Task 7:
Submit final draft with all notes, documentation, and annexes complete.

Time Frame/Deadline: December 15

Key Deliverables

  • Develop inception report that explains approach, notes research questions, identifies key informants and resources to explore, highlights consultation tools to be used, outlines of scoping study report and details workplan.
  • Draft scoping study on development of an online platform to support a youth engagement community of practice, including description of model/s including options, considerations, and recommendations.
  • Final Report: Scoping study on development of an online platform to support a youth engagement community of practice with revisions that addresses all questions and suggestions from WRC and UNHCR.

Supervision

Consultant will be supervised by WRC staff and will have regular calls with WRC (suggested every two weeks as a minimum) to discuss the progress and direction of the consultancy. UNHCR will be invited to the regular updates.

Required Skills and Experience

  • University degree in international development, humanitarian policy, youthwork, knowledge management, anthropology, community development, or other related field; masters’ degree preferred;
  • A minimum of five (5) years of professional work experience related to community development, knowledge management, or other work relevant to establishing and/or facilitating communities of practice;
  • Familiarity with youth, refugees, humanitarian response, international development, and/or humanitarian response and understanding of displacement contexts;
  • Sensitivity and skill in communicating in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural environment and excellent writing and presentation skills;
  • Experience working with young people in challenging contexts;
  • Proven ability to work independently, under pressure, with tight deadlines, and to deliver in a timely manner;
  • Proficiency and proven experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, Zoom, and other relevant platforms used to facilitate documentation, knowledge management, and communication;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; working knowledge of another UN language would be highly desirable.

How to Apply

Interested candidates (individuals or teams) must submit CV and cover letter to Women’s Refugee Commission via this LINK.

Deadline to Apply

Applications must be received by midnight (NYC Time) September 15, 2020.