Consultancy Title: Adolescents’ and Young people’s participation and engagement in MENA – support to establishment and strengthening of volunteering as a platform for civic engagement, skilling and transition to work
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Location: Jordan
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Duration:  45 working days

Location: (Amman, Jordan)

On-site working days: 0 working days (remote assignment)

Off-site working days: 45 working days between 1st of November 2020 and 31 January 2021

Field Missions/Travel: 0

Estimated Start Date: 1 November

Estimated End Date: 31 January



UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children's lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. This consultancy assignment is to support UNICEF’s work for adolescents (10-19), with focus on supporting adolescent engagement and participation, skilling, and transition to work in MENA region.


MENA has a very large demographic of 124 million adolescents and young people. A population of this magnitude presents an enormous opportunity to transform economic and social outcomes in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), raising global productivity and reducing inequality, if investments are made to ensure young people thrive.


To further this agenda, UNICEF works together with a range of partners, including Generation Unlimited (GenU), a global multi-sector partnership created to meet the urgent need for expanded education, skill development and employment opportunities for young people aged 10-24.  By bridging secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, Generation Unlimited supports young people to thrive in the world of work and become productive problem solvers and engaged members of society.


The partnership aims to:


  • Modernize secondary education and training to build the skills young people need for productive lives and work.
  • Increase and improve the number of quality work opportunities available to youth.
  • Foster entrepreneurship as a mindset and a livelihood for young people.
  • Collaborate with youth as problem-solvers and engaged citizens to help create the world they want


One of the platforms to support civic engagement, skilling and transition to work is adolescents’ and young people’s engagement in volunteering. The 2010 report by the Middle East Youth Initiative of the the Wolfensohn Center for Development, the Dubai School of Government and Silatech on “Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East – toward sustainable development for the next generation” points to increases in volunteerism among the region’s young people, showing a generation with a strong commitment to society and social responsibility[1].


Powerful examples showing the potential for expanding young people’s volunteering in MENA region include the COVID-19 response in Jordan and the volunteer response to the 4th of August blast in Beirut.


In Jordan, The National Youth Engagement and Volunteering Platform,, allows young people in the ages of 15 and 24 (including the most vulnerable) to register and be matched to relevant engagement opportunities near them. Companies, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and institutions (partners) can post the opportunities they have available for youth on the platform. By June 2020, UNICEF Jordan had recorded about 43,000 volunteers who have logged over 866,000 hours in more than 71,000 volunteering opportunities for the benefit of their communities in this emergency response period provided by more than 270 entities.


In Lebanon, just days after the devastating explosion in Beirut on 4th of August 2020, UNICEF launched a drive to mobilize volunteers and over 1,000 young people signed up within 36 hours.  These young volunteers are complementing the over 1150 that have being mobilized by partners in a community-based response to clean up affected neighbourhoods.  Within a week, youth volunteers had supported the clean-up of 650 houses and 10 streets, including the minor rehabilitation of 142 households and shops damaged by the blast. Youth assisted in the distribution of 20,100 cloth masks, along with 400 helmets, 300 goggles and 300 safety vests.


In order to support results for adolescents in the MENA region, UNICEF Regional Office seeks to strengthen Country Office capacities to support adolescents’ and young people’s volunteering as a pathway for civic engagement, skilling, employability and entrepreneurial thinking.




To map and document good practices across the region with regard to adolescents’ and young people’s volunteering, to facilitate mutual exchange of learning and to produce a practical guidance document to help country offices to develop and operationalize a way forward for volunteering of adolescents / young people, which will contribute to furthering the SDGs as well as supports adolescents and young people themselves through increased engagement, skilling, employability and entrepreneurship capacity.



Main objective:

The objective of the assignment is to facilitate a collaborative process with teams in UNICEF country offices as well as other relevant stakeholders, resulting in a practical guidance document for adolescent and youth volunteering in MENA region, including a strong focus on adolescents 15-19.


Specific tasks include:

  1. Desk review of relevant documents (inclusive of UNICEF guidance on adolescent engagement and participation, guidance on online civic engagement, Life Skills and Citizenship Education Framework for MENA, Generation Unlimited documents, Global Volunteer Office documents, existing documentation on volunteering, relevant documentation on volunteering and social entrepreneurship in MENA, relevant documentation provided by COs) (estimate 7 days)
  2. Prepare inception report (estimate 3 days)
  3. Mapping of adolescent and volunteering initiatives supported by UNICEF in MENA COs based on documentation and interviews with COs (estimate 7 days)
  4. Conceptualize and facilitate Regional Network meeting (technical meeting of all MENA COs) on volunteering to support civic engagement, skilling, employability and entrepreneurship capacity involving country, regional and global level technical participants. (estimate 6 days)
  5. On the basis of document review, mapping of initiatives and outcomes of network meeting, draft practical guidance document on adolescent and young people’s volunteering for COs (estimate 12 days)
  6. Liaise with technical experts in ADAP and other sectoral teams, Global Volunteering Office, Innovation Office and GenU secretariat as required (estimate 3 days)
  7. Validation and review of draft guidance document (estimate 6 days)








Inception Report

15th November 2020


Regional Mapping of initiatives

20th November 2020


Regional Network Meeting

30th November 2020


Completed practical guidance on adolescents’ and youth volunteering in MENA

31 January 2021




1. Education: Advanced degree in social sciences and/or research methodologies.


2. Work experience: 8-10 years of professional experience, including experience in adolescent and youth programmes; coordination and capacity development with civil society and youth Networks.


3. Technical knowledge:

Specialized expertise and experiences working on adolescent/youth engagement volunteering

Excellent knowledge of the political economy and the situation of young people in the MENA region.

Knowledge in adolescent and youth programming, especially in the MENA region.

Excellent facilitation and communication skills, good in working with people

Excellent analytical and writing skills

Practical and operational mindset

Experience with developing practical guidance notes for practitioners

Experience working for the UN/UNICEF an asset


4. Language: Oral and written fluency in English (Arabic and/or French an asset)




Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

1. Cover letter/application.

2. Financial quote as lump sum for professional fees, and lump sum for

travel/administrative/subsistence, if applicable.

3. CV.

4. Examples of previous, relevant work as applicable

5. Proposed methodology/approach to managing the project.

6. At least 3 Referees


Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

“UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.”



[1] Abdou Fahmy, Greenwald and Nelson (2010) Social entrepreneurship in the Middle East – toward sustainable development for the next generation, Wolfensohn Center for Development, the Dubai School of Government, Silatech []


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