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Individual Consultant - Youth in Peacebuilding and Governance – Somalia

The individual consultant will develop a roadmap and a toolkit for ensuring meaningful and inclusive participation of young people in peacebuilding and governance processes and develop and implement an all-inclusive capacity building and empowerment training for young people and ensures communication for impact. This should be carried out using the public narrative approach to connect Somalia youth to a broader set of stories inspiring positive actions and enabling them to articulate the stories.

Somalia is a country of young people. Around 70 percent of the population are estimated to be under 30 years of age. Somali youth are a positive force with a strong chance to advance peace and socio-economic transformation. But it takes working with young people, empowering and engaging them in peacebuilding processes to achieve lasting peace and stability.

According to a survey conducted for the Somalia Human Development Report basic issues like the lack of proper care and guidance, lack of outlets to express aspiration and need, lack of quality education and employable skills, unemployment, the high cost of living, lack of self-esteem, limited space to participate in decision-making, inadequate recreational facilities, governance and weak economic support systems are all fomenting youth agitation.

Youth should be given opportunities to nurture the elements that are essential for their development to ensure their meaningful and inclusive in peacebuilding and development processes.

Thus, it is imperative to look at and invest in youth as “whole persons” on the way to adulthood, which requires holistic and integrated programmes, paying close attention to both the context in which young people live and to the relevant standards and principles.

Holistic and multisectoral endeavors should acknowledge various challenges currently faced by boys and girls, urban and rural youth, IDPs and non-displaced and returning refugees and diaspora youth and those who grew up in the country.

The overall development objective of the project is to scale up the ongoing interventions aimed at ensuring meaningful and inclusive participation of young people in peacebuilding and developmental processes in Somalia.

Applications with an updated CV and P-11 marked: “VA/FPA/SOM/06-1/2018 – Local Consultant: Youth in Peacebuilding and Governance – Somalia” in the subject line of the e-mail should be forwarded to the following
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Somali women are strongly encouraged to apply this vacancy announcement by submitting email applications only. UNFPA will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.