The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the global organization of national parliaments. We promote democratic governance, institutions and values, working with parliaments and parliamentarians to articulate and respond to the needs and aspirations of the people. We work for peace, democracy, human rights, gender equality, youth empowerment and sustainable development through political dialogue, cooperation and parliamentary action.
There are more young people today than ever before. More than half of the world population is under 30 years of age, and one-fifth of it is made up of youth aged 15-25. Despite this high proportion of the world population, youth are vastly underrepresented in political institutions. Concerned by low levels of youth political engagement and its threat to the future of democracy, IPU promotes youth participation by supporting parliaments in opening up to the youth and young parliamentarians in building their capacities and concerted action.
Cognisant of the lack of data on youth participation in parliaments, in 2014 IPU developed a first of its kind sex-disaggregated database on the topic. Since then, data and information are updated regularly and made available publicly. IPU data is now an official reference for the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16 by the United Nations.
In addition to presenting data, the IPU also provides recommendations to parliaments and other stakeholders on how to enhance youth participation in parliaments. Since 2014, it produces a biennial report on youth participation in national parliaments that provides comparative data, analysis of trends and recommendations for policy-making. For example, through youth quotas, support for young women’s participation, aligning the minimum age of eligibility for parliament with the minimum voting age or providing targets for youth representation. The most recent report was published in 2018.
In 2020, the IPU will produce an updated report on youth participation in parliaments. The 2020 edition will aim to inform policy action by:
Under the supervision and guidance of IPU, the consultant will (i) support the updating of IPU data and information on youth participation in national parliaments through information received in a survey sent to parliaments, (ii) review and complete an analysis of good policies and legislation carried out by the IPU in 2019, (iii) carry out additional research, including through interviews with young MPs and exploit existing interviews carried out in 2019 with stakeholders (ex. young MPs) to collect experiences, views, anecdotes and stories on promoting youth participation, (iv) draft the 2020 IPU report on youth participation in national parliaments including data and information, a review of good policies and practices, and a compilation of testimonies, and stories and anecdotes. The report recommendations will be framed as concretely as possible so that it provides practical guidance to MPs and stakeholders on how to enhance youth participation.
To support the updating of IPU data and information on youth participation (objective i), the consultant will:
In the review and completion of an analysis of good policies and legislation carried out by the IPU in 2019 (objective ii), the consultant will:
In carrying out interviews with stakeholders and the review of previous interviews (objective iii), the consultant will:
Draft a questionnaire and conduct interviews with stakeholders (primarily young parliamentarians) and extract key messages and highlights for presentation in the 2020 report on Youth participation in parliaments. The purpose of the interviews would be two-fold: to highlight the human experience of young parliamentarians, collect youth perspectives on what works and what should improve in existing legislation, policies and initiatives to enhance youth participation and to extract practical guidance based on youth experiences on how to enhance enhance youth participation through legislation, policies and other initiatives.
In drafting the 2020 Report, inspired by previous versions of the IPU report and data and information obtained from objectives i-iii, the consultant will draft a comparative report that will:
Tables and charts shall be presented in a way that facilitates their extraction and presentation as factsheets or policy briefs.
The final document should be of publishable quality in accordance with the criteria set by the IPU.
The outputs should be easily extractable so as to facilitate incorporation into factsheets or policy briefs for dissemination by the IPU.
MS Excel for the presentation of the data and information and MS Word for the report. All draft reports and the final report must be written in English or French.
Forty seven (47) working days between 27 July and 6 October 2020, with the following timetable (subject to final modifications):
Experience: The consultant should have advanced experience in quantitative and qualitative social science data collection, tabulation and analysis, ideally using MS Excel.
The consultant should also have strong experience in the study of parliaments, elections, youth political participation and youth policies. Global comparative experience in such topics is required.
The consultant should have conducted comparative research on youth political participation and youth policies. Recently published research would be a strong asset.
Skills: The consultant should have advanced proficiencies in research collection and analysis, as well in drafting high-quality concise reports. He/She should also be able to write in a style and in language that is accessible to the general public.
The consultant must also be proficient in the use of MS Word and Excel.
Academic achievement: An advanced degree (Masters/PhD) in the area of social sciences is required, with a PhD degree desirable.
Languages: The consultant should have excellent drafting and oral skills in English or French. Knowledge of both languages would be an asset. Knowledge of other languages, such as Spanish or Arabic, would also be highly desirable.
The IPU shall pay the consultant an agreed upon lump sum upon satisfactory delivery of the deliverables described above.
The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments.
What began in 1889 as a small group of parliamentarians, dedicated to promoting peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue, has since grown into a truly global organization of national parliaments. Today, our membership inches ever closer to being universal, with 179 Member Parliaments ,12 Associate Members, and increasing numbers of parliamentarians from all over the world involved in our work.
Our slogan is “For democracy. For everyone.”
Our vision is “We want a world where every voice counts, where democracy and parliaments are at the service of the people for peace and development.”
Our mission is “The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments. We promote democratic governance, institutions and values, working with parliaments and parliamentarians to articulate and respond to the needs and aspirations of the people. We work for peace, democracy, human rights, gender equality, youth empowerment and sustainable development through political dialogue, cooperation and parliamentary action.”
We are financed primarily by our Members out of public funds. Our headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. We also have an office in New York, United States of America.