Consultant, Sustainability Strategy for Baidoa Youth Centre, Nairobi, Kenya At United Nations Human Settlements Programme


Closing date: Monday, 26 June 2023
Result of ServiceA sustainability plan developed for the youth center in Baidoa

Work LocationSomalia

Expected duration2 months

Duties andResponsibilities

The United Nations Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) Programme is the United Nations agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development. UN-Habitat’s mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities and adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat works with partners at all levels, including government, civil society, and the private sector to transform cities into safer, healthier, greener, and more inclusive and resilient places with better opportunities and quality of life for all. Somalia, like many countries in Africa, is one of the fastest urbanising countries in the world. The rapidly and spontaneously growing urban population is characterized by disproportionately large share of youth, high rates of unemployment and high dependency on the informal sector for jobs and increasing proportion of poor households in informal settlements. An estimated 46 percent of the Somali population are children (age 0-14), and 27 percent are adolescents and youth (age 15-24). The children and youth make up almost three quarters of the Somali population. Unemployment rates have soared, particularly among youth. 67% of Somali youth are unemployed. In a country where youth (aged between 14–29 years old) comprise 42% of the population, this constitutes a significant challenge. Faced with grim prospects for the future, over 60% of Somali youth have intentions to leave the country for better livelihood opportunities. Conflict, poverty, being jobless and voiceless leave youth frustrated, and can fuel conflict escalation and anti-social or violent behaviour – which has significant social costs. The role of safe spaces for the youth to connect, learn and enhance their skills to create opportunities to participate in meaningful livelihood activities or gainful employment is thus very crucial. The consultant will report to the Project Manager for YOURS and collaborate with other team members in the project, as well as with support staff at the UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi. Under the overall supervision of the Head of Country Programme and the direct supervision of the YOURS Project Manager the consultant will perform the following responsibilities: • Develop a work plan to be approved by UN-Habitat. • Review and analyze existing youth centre operational models in Somalia and global best practice including governance, income generation and service delivery. • Identify and analyze specific supply and demand opportunities for the Baidoa Youth Centre to generate income. • Consult with relevant stakeholders (government, NGOs, CSOs) and service users (young people) to collate best practices of sustaining the Baidoa Youth Centre. • Develop a Sustainability Strategy including a one-year action plan for how to sustain the Baidoa Youth Centre effectively, and in ways that are practical, realistic and long-term. • Develop a process for meeting the immediate costs of the Baidoa Youth Centre such as initiation of trainings and services, staffing, and running costs such as electricity, water, internet etc . • Develop relevant and practical capacity building tools to support the management of the youth centre by selected youth organizations to effectively maintain the centre while implementing crucial services that are free of charge. • The Sustainability Strategy and capacity building tools must consider and address dimensions such as gender, context-based human rights values, targeted community, equality and diversity. • Present the Sustainability Strategy to UN-Habitat and key stakeholders through a consultative process to further revise and improve the strategy based on inputs. • Present findings to the steering committee.

Qualifications/special skillsMaster’s Degree in International Development, Social Works, Political Science, Law, Anthropology, Human Rights or another relevant field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience in the humanitarian sector in developing countries, preferably Somalia, with government actors, international organisations or NGOs is required Experience in post-conflict/fragile states is desirable Experience in developing youth centre sustainability strategy, preferably in Somalia, is desirable. Strong research and writing skills including experience producing studies and reports is desirable

LanguagesFor this post, fluency in oral and written English is required

No FeeTHE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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