Closing Date : 2019-09-05
Duty Station : Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Uzbekistan
Closing date: 05 Sep 2019

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Background

The President of Uzbekistan has put forward an ambitious plan for enhancing the youth policy and its implementation. The Decree of the President "On measures to improve the effectiveness of state youth policy and support the activities of the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan" in 2017 sets out an objective of upbringing of a harmoniously developed, self-motivated, initiative and energetic youth, capable of taking responsibility for the future of our country, using their potential for the interests of people, as well as realizing their intellectual and creative potential.

The Government of Uzbekistan's Actions Strategy for 2017-2021 calls for an improvement of the state youth policy under the Priority Area #4: Social sphere development. Youth policy is also one of the key areas of collaboration between the Government and the United Nations (UN) in the framework of the recently adopted Collaboration Roadmap for 2017-2020. According to the Law of Uzbekistan on Youth Policy, youth is defined as being 14 to 30 years old, which constitutes about 60% of the population of the country. Currently there are many data gaps on the situation of young people, including from their own perspective. Having a comprehensive understanding of the situation of young people is a foundational requirement for enhancing youth policy and its implementation. Therefore, it is important to collect data on the aspirations, needs and risks of youth on issues that matter in their lives and for the realization of their rights.

Within this context, the Youth Union of Uzbekistan, Nationwide Movement "Yuksalish" and UNICEF agreed to cooperate on a study on the aspirations, needs and risks of youth in Uzbekistan to inform further strengthening of youth policy. The study is intended to give a voice to adolescents and youth, to analyse the issues they face and to inform youth policy development and implementation. During the first phase of the study, quantitative data has been collected nationwide with a result of 4458 interviews of young people of 14-30 years. The second phase of the study requires analysis of the collected data, collection of the qualitative data, elaboration of findings and development of recommendations.

In view of the above, UNICEF is seeking the services of an international individual consultancy to conduct data analysis and report writing on aspirations, needs and risks faced by youth in Uzbekistan.

Objectives

Analyze quantitative survey dataBased on the findings, develop interview guide for Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) for qualitative part of the studyBuilding on the results of the quantitative and qualitative data, develop a comprehensive report on aspirations, needs and risks of young people in Uzbekistan

Scope and methodology

The report on aspirations, needs and risks of young people in Uzbekistan will be compiled based on analysis of primary (quantitative and qualitative) and secondary data.

Quantitative data analysis. The consultant is required to undertake an analysis of the data collected from nationwide household survey of 4458 young people aged 14-30 years old. Three age cohorts of young people (14-18 years old, 19-24 years old and 25-30 years old) were interviewed on their needs and aspirations in various matters of their life, including education, employment, health, civic participation, migration, family and usage of the Internet. Quantitative data analysis should ensure disaggregation of data by age, gender, rural and urban area, and by occupation of young people. Factor analysis should apply where relevant and applicable.

Qualitative data analysis. To complement findings from the survey and build a comprehensive vision of aspirations and needs of young people, it is envisioned that 20 Focus Group Discussions (FGD) with young people will be conducted in 5 regions of Uzbekistan. FGD guide should be developed based on the findings of the quantitative data analysis with clear justification of the purpose of questions included and further usage of qualitative data obtained. FGDs should be targeted at different age, gender and occupation groups (to be discussed and agreed with UNICEF). The FGDs will be conducted by the same national research agency which completed survey and that is currently contracted by UNICEF.

The secondary data should be used to complement the findings of the primary (quantitative and qualitative) data analysis and to benchmark against the international best practices, as applicable. Additional country-specific secondary data will be provided by UNICEF.

Ethical Considerations

Ethical concerns will be of utmost importance in determining the research methods and their implementation. Researchers need to adhere to the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation, Data Collection and Analysis, requiring contractors to clearly identify any potential ethical issues and approaches, as well as the processes for ethical review and oversight of the research/evaluation/data collection process in their proposal.

Timeline & Deliverables

The deliverables are expected to be prepared within 36 working days in the period of 2 September - 31 December 2019:

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Tasks

Expected Deliverables

Estimated Timeframe

1

Analyze collected quantitative data from the household survey

Preliminary findings report with tabulations and summary of key findings as approved by UNICEF

By 27 September

(10 working days)

2

Develop Concept Note with FGDs guide for qualitative data collection, considering different age, gender and occupation groups

Concept Note with FDGs guide, description of methodology and suggested target groups as approved by UNICEF

By 3 October

(5 working days)

3

Train local research agency employees to conduct focus group discussion and joints pilot one FGD

Employees of the local research agencies are trained to conduct FGD. FGD is piloted and required amendments are made in the FGD guide(in country)

By 10 October

(3 working days)

4

Develop the first draft of the study report and recommendations, based on quantitative and qualitative data and desk review of secondary sources

The first draft of the report is provided for feedback

By 29 November (10 working days)

5

Present and discuss draft report with UNICEF office, UN Youth Task Team and national partners

Presentation and facilitation of roundtable discussion (in country)

By 13 December

(3 working days)

6

Develop the final study report and recommendations, based on the feedback provided by national partners, UN and UNICEF

The final study report is finalized and approved by UNICEF.

By 26 December

(5 working days)

Management

UNICEF Country Office supports this survey as part of the Work Plan for 2019-2020 signed with the Youth Union of Uzbekistan and partnership agreement with the Nationwide Movement "Yuksalish" . UNICEF Social Policy Team will be responsible for monitoring and coordinating the assignment within UNICEF, and facilitating engagement with programme sections and partners, as required. The international individual consultant will work in close collaboration with the Voices of Youth project manager, under the supervision of Chief of Social Policy.

Resource requirements

The final fees will be set up based on the "best value for money principle. The consultancy will be paid by bank transfer and upon acceptance of deliverables in accordance with the following payment schedule:

1. Preliminary Findings Report and Concept Note with FGDs guide is approved by UNICEF - 30%

2. First draft of the study report approved by UNICEF - 30%

3. Provision of the final study report approved by UNICEF - 40%

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

Masters/PhD in social science, sociology, statistics or relevant field

At least 5 years of experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research (Examination of applicant's resume and publications)

Experience in conducting youth-related research and development of youth strategies/policies are required (Examination of applicant's resume and publications)

Experience in using data processing and analysis software, e.g. Stata, SPSS (Examination of applicant's resume)

Analytical and report writing skills (Examination of a copy of the previously written report)

Fluency in English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Procedures and Working Conditions

The assignment will be home-based but will include one in-country visit (Tashkent, Uzbekistan).All travel-associated expenses will be covered by UNICEF, according to UNICEF rules and regulations. UNICEF will ensure the detailed briefing and feedback sessions of the contracted individual via Skype and/or other online tools. All necessary documents pertaining to the assignment and cleaned dataset of quantitative data will be provided.

Reservations

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverable(s) incomplete, not finalized or for failure to meet deadlines. UNICEF will reserve copyright of all developed materials and own primary data collected through this assignment. The materials cannot be published or disseminated without prior written permission of UNICEF. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. The contractor must respect the confidentiality of the information handled during the assignment. Documents and information provided must be used only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

UNICEF undertakes no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


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=525852

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