Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
Adolescence, defined by the United Nations as the period between the ages of 10-19 years, ushers in the transition from childhood to adulthood – a period when many critical factors influence the foundations for adult life. There is a staggering 340.3 million adolescents in South Asia – 19 percent of the total population of the region. In India, home to more adolescents than anywhere in the world, there are a total of 250 million adolescents (19 per cent of the population). In Afghanistan, there are 8.5 million adolescents, 25 per cent of the total population. Afghanistan is also one of the world’s youngest and fastest growing populations. In Pakistan, there are 38.9 million adolescents making up 20 percent of the population.
Despite representing a large proportion of the population, adolescents are largely invisible as citizens, excluded from decisions that affect them and have limited access to information. They also have limited opportunities to acquire and share knowledge and to actively participate in decision-making processes.
The ADAP section in the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) and IKEA Foundation launched a programme on “Improving Adolescents’ lives in South Asia” from 2015-2020. The programme seeks to demonstrate effectiveness of specific interventions in targeted areas in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. This is the first time that a regional approach has been taken to bring adolescent programmes from various countries together
Communication is an integral component of this IKEAF funded programme. ROSA has committed to ensure increased visibility for adolescents’ issues in South Asia all over the programme duration. The initial steps have been undertaken with the development of a regional framework for action in 2016. Starting in 2017, ROSA has been rolling out the framework and major milestones have been achieved. ROSA is accountable to keep on delivering communication outputs up to the end of the programme in 2020.
The consultant will be in Kathmandu based to ensure optimum interaction with ROSA. Three travels are planned in the region (places to be decided). The consultant is required to use his/her own personal laptop required for this consultancy, unless specific tasks require to use UNICEF equipment.
Education: Advanced University degree in communication, journalism or relevant Social Sciences (Development Studies, Sociology, or Anthropology) or a combined degree in both sectors would be advantageous.
Language Proficiency: Excellent written and spoken English language.