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UNFPA Youth Programming Specialist

UNFPA Youth Programming Specialist

Application Deadline: 01-Sep-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Languages Required: English 
Duration of Initial Contract: September 2017 - November 2017
Expected Duration of Assignment: Up to 20 working days



Bosnia and Herzegovina does not have a national youth strategy. The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has developed the Youth Strategy for Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016-2020, which has not yet been adopted. The National Assembly of the Republika Srpska adopted the third Youth Policy of the Republika Srpska for 2016-2020 in July 2016. The Brcko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina does not have a Youth Strategy. Most of the constitutional competencies regarding youth issues are at the level of the government of the entities. The youth policy issues at the state level are in the jurisdiction of the Commission for Co-ordination of Youth Issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Over the years there have been many youth related initiatives and programmes aimed at improving the situation of youth in the country, implemented by various organisations including different UN agencies. However, they were by and large uncoordinated and lacked common strategic approach.
With this in mind, and taking into account the role youth can and should play in the new Agenda 2030 (SDGs) the UN Country Team has decided to establish a UN Youth Task Force in order to agree joint strategic vision and to identify UNCT youth related priorities and corresponding internal structure fit to respond to the new demands. As per agreement of the UNCT, youth will comprise age group between 10 and 30 years old.
As a Chairing agency, on behalf of the UNCT, UNFPA is seeking the services of an experienced local expert to undertake review of youth related initiatives in the country by various stakeholders and propose common UNCT strategic approach to youth issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Duties and Responsibilities

The scope of consultancy will be two-fold:

To undertake:

  • mapping of relevant global UN youth related framework and  various initiatives by BiH UNCT and
  • assessment of overall youth related environment in BiH (policy and regulatory framework, most relevant initiatives and interventions and emerging priorities);

To propose common strategic advocacy and programmatic priorities for the remaining UNDAF period (2017-2019) and beyond.

Indicative timeframe and deliverables:

  • Consultation with select UNCT team (Minutes from the meeting) - by 15th September 2017;
  • Desk review and development of methodology (Agreement reached on goals, targets and timeframes for implementation and presented in the proposed methodology) - by 29th October 2017;
  • Consultations with relevant stakeholders (Presentation of preliminary findings to select UNCT team) - by 13th October 2017;
  • Preparation of UNCT Youth strategic document which will contain:
    a) Relevant background and presentation of relevant youth frameworks, initiatives and interventions (global as well as in the country); Identified priorities for the UNCT Youth Task Force with concept note for one joint strategic; intervention Draft proposal of the strategic document - by 27th October 2017;
  • Submission of final document to UNCT Final strategic document - by 3rd November 2017;

The bulk of services are expected to be delivered from home but stakeholder meetings may take up one working week. The consultant will be expected to undertake meetings with various UN agencies, key development partners with programmes on youth issues, including key institutional stakeholders. UNFPA, in coordination with Youth Task Force, will prepare relevant background and contact information. It is expected that most meetings will take place in Sarajevo and Banja Luka.
The consultant will be expected to deliver the final document (in line with above mentioned outputs) in electronic version by Friday, 1st December 2017.
The expert’s work will be directly monitored by UNFPA Representative and Assistant Representative, who will ensure the internal UNCT coordination through Youth Task Force membership.


Core values:

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and its conscientious and efficient in meeting
  • commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Core competencies:

  • Results-Orientation: Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals, generates innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations;
  • Quality of work:
  • Consistently ensures timeliness and quality of work;


  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to assess complex concepts and environments and turn them into clear and logical recommendations.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Preferably postgraduate degree in social science, political science, economics;
  • More than five years of research experience, with specific experience on youth issues and programs;
  • Previous experience in undertaking assessments and developing concepts;
  • Excellent knowledge of English language; knowledge of local languages strongly preferred.

UNFPA reserves the right to offer to the selected candidate the rate in accordance with UNFPA consultant rates and UNFPA available budget. Payment for contractor will not exceed average UNFPA rates for local consultants.
Where the contractor fails to deliver the required quality of products, the rate payable will be reduced. UNFPA reserves the right to assess the quality of products. Contractor has obligation to finalized products/documents to the full UNFPA satisfaction.