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- BY Nicole Pelette
Project Title: Youth Co:Lab, Regional Youth Project on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
More than half of the world’s young people alive today, live on this continent. At the moment, roughly 68 of every 100 people in Asia are of working age. It is a region facing up to the challenges of extreme poverty and climate change but brimming with economic dynamism and a youthful workforce to deliver on unfulfilled potential. Furthermore, nearly a billion people in Asia are below the age of 15, which means by 2050 the region will have more working-age people, and fewer older and younger dependents than at any point in its history. This ‘youth bulge’ offers the region a unique opportunity for economic progress, to lift millions more out of poverty, and ultimately close the gap with the developed world.
Young people in the region are 5-7 times more likely to be unemployed than their older counterparts at the same level of education. Women’s access to education and participation in the labour force remain stubbornly low across populous swathes of the region. The next wave of development gains as envisioned by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals must address the needs of those left behind. These are big issues and our solutions must be equally bold. UNDP’s Asia Pacific Human Development Report for 2016, released in April this year, examines these demographic trends and sets out clear policy directions that governments can harmonize with their national development plans and strategies.
UNDP and its partners believe that youth can make a real and positive difference and create their own opportunities by engaging with these challenges head on through social entrepreneurship and innovation, exploring dynamic approaches to mobilizing their peers and communities and creating adaptive solutions to addressing Youth economic marginalization. Against this backdrop, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub together with its partners are developing a regional project on Youth Economic Empowerment and Social Innovation. With the great majority of Asia’s peak-era workforce still in their early years, now is the time to invest in interventions that will harness their potential. In not doing enough to ride this wave, we risk losing the most potent inter-generational opportunity we have had in ensuring the well-being of one-half of humanity.
In light of this, the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and partners have initiated a youth empowerment programme for the region.
Outreach and advocacy play a key role in engaging young people, their communities, governments and the larger ecosystem that surrounds them. Through effective use of powerful visual and written content, we hope to provoke and awaken the conscience of the people, the government and the country.
Considering above, we, as Youth Co: Lab, at the Bangkok Regional Hub seek a young, passionate Junior Communications consultant who finds shared value and purpose in our objective of empowering young people.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The consultant is expected to work towards the following work plan, and timelines to achieve the stated outputs:
The consultant will report to the Regional Youth and Civil Society Advisor and work in close collaboration with the UNDP country offices and other key parties. The success of the project depends on the timely delivery of each component. The Consultant should ensure timely identification of potential risks and signal any delays in deliverables. The contract will be effective immediately upon signature by UNDP.
UNDP BRH will have the following responsibilities:
Duration of the Assignment:
The Consultant is expected to commit, a full-time basis, to a period between 01 January 2020 and 31 December 2020, up to a maximum of 200 working days over the contract period.
The consultancy will be managed by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. The consultancy is Bangkok-based with regular travels to countries in Asia and the Pacific region.
Required Skills and Experience
The assignment will be contracted to a consultant with experience in the substantive area and knowledge of communication skills. The contractor should have the following competencies:
Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, marketing, digital media studies, public relations or any other related fields;
Language Requirement: Good command of English in both written and oral (native speaker preferred).