Comparative Analysis Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund

Belgrade, Serbia

As Serbia aims to align its policies with those of the Europe, the National Youth Strategy of the Republic of Serbia states that the existing number of youth spaces is not sufficient to meet the needs of young people in the local community, and most of them are not accessible to all youth. There is a need to establish more of the centres and, if needed, clubs and renovate the existing ones according to the standards that should be developed in line with the EU Youth Strategy. To expand the number of centres and to improve the operation of the existent centres, recommendations for further action should be made to achieve the best solution for establishing and operating youth centres, in line with the proposed standards and other venues for youth including youth clubs.

According to the working plan between UNICEF and the Government of Serbia, UNICEF aims to support the improvement of the system for youth work within and beyond youth centres in Serbia. To align with the European standards and fulfil the envisioned objectives of the National Youth Strategy of the Republic of Serbia, it is crucial to continue this work with a higher level of attention to the best practices of the Europe and the Council of Europe and provide a list of standards/quality elements that could be used in Serbia.

Work Assignment Overview:
The purpose of this assignment is to conduct a comparative analysis of youth centres and other youth spaces in Serbia and Europe that would further contribute to the successful operation of the current, and the establishment of new youth centres in Serbia, aligned with the European Standards and the Youth Strategy in the Republic of Serbia for the Period from 2023 to 2030. In addition, the assignment will include mapping of the existing youth clubs and other spaces in the community for youth that could be used to prepare a proposal for an even and effective distribution of youth centres/clubs.

Task description:
  • Conduct a comprehensive desk review of the existing literature, reports and studies related to youth centres in Serbia and Europe.
  • Identify and compare the organizational structures, standards and quality assurance practices, funding mechanisms, and legal frameworks governing youth centres in Serbia and Europe, and develop a set of recommendations and a roadmap for further development of the youth centres.
  • Analyse the range of activities, programmes and services offered by youth centres and youth clubs in both Serbia and the EU, with a focus on their impact on youth development and quality assurance mechanisms.
  • Develop a comprehensive report presenting the desk review and the comparative analysis, as well as the recommendation/models on the best practices that could be adapted to Serbia.
  • Develop a proposal of standards to be adopted by the respective ministry/Government of Serbia that could ensure quality services implementation at the local level.
  • Keep ongoing communication with the Ministry of Tourism and Youth, and other relevant partners and stakeholders.
Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:
  • Advanced university degree (master’s or higher) in Statistics, Business, Economics, Social Sciences, Social Work, Youth Engagement, International Relations, or another relevant field.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in research in the areas relevant to youth work and humanistic sciences.
  • At least 5 years of experience in data collection, data analysis and report writing.
  • Very good communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of Serbian and EU youth policies.
  • Excellent knowledge of Serbian and English language.
  • Work experience with the UN will be considered an asset.