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CONSULTANT TO CONDUCT ANALYSIS OF NATIONAL YOUTH STRATEGIES ACROSS YOUTHCONNEKT MEMBER STATES

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CONSULTANT TO CONDUCT ANALYSIS OF NATIONAL YOUTH STRATEGIES ACROSS YOUTHCONNEKT MEMBER STATES (21)

 

Duty Station

Remote - Africa

Type of contract

Consultant

Languages Required:                                    

English and French

Duration of Assignment

                              

 

60 days 

Expected starting date

Aug 2021

Expected closing date

Oct  2021

 

 

  1. BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

 

A new emergent and integrated Africa can only be fully realized if its demographic advantage “large population of youth” is mobilized and equipped to help drive Africa’s integration, peace and development agenda. This vision emanates from the belief and conviction that a strong and accountable leadership and successful integration needs to be anchored on participation; the investment in youth; and mainstream the great potential of the population of which the Youth are an essential pillar.

Against the foregoing and in light of the great potential, dynamism, resourcefulness, resiliency, and aspirations of African youth, the continent continues to face daunting challenges of maximizing benefits from this critical social capital by for example, adequately investing in youth empowerment and development. The African Population is estimated to be more than a billion people of whom over 60% are young men and women under the age 35. The majority of African youth continue to face: unemployment, underemployment, lack of skills, relevant education, access to capital, unmet need for health-related information and services including those related to diagnosis, treatment, and care of those living with HIV and, above all, prevention of new HIV infections among them. This situation is even more accentuated among youth in rural areas. The greater proportion of youth does not have the opportunity to fully develop its potential and contribute effectively to the realization of the declared Vision and the Mission of Africa’s leaders. Along with other groups including women and the disabled, youth bear the brunt of internal and external crisis, be it those related to economic decline, food crisis, climate change and human insecurity amongst others. In addition, many disadvantaged youth are unwittingly conscripted into armed struggle, used to settle political scores and are exposed to various negative media that erode their positive heritage- leading them to delinquency, drug use, and other risky behaviour. Furthermore, and as it is well known, most youth that migrate to foreign countries or even within the continent, in search of greener pastures, also face exploitation, extreme abuse and mistreatments among other things.

Africa needs deliberate efforts to accelerate social development that give high priority to youth empowerment and development. This is also a sine qua non-condition for sustained economic growth.

At national level, there is full recognition of the dire challenges and great opportunities of youth and most African countries are making efforts to involve young people in political and decision-making processes, as reflected in the establishment of national youth parliaments and youth appointment in executive positions and consultation with young people on policies and programmes that affect their lives. At regional and continental levels, Youth networks have been established including the Pan African Youth Union to serve as a channel for youth engagement and for conveying youth perspectives for integration into national, regional and continental policies, strategies and programmes. Most African countries have youth related policies and programs. The same is the case with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

At continental level among other things, African leaders adopted and approved the African Youth Charter in 2006, which as of date 37 countries have signed and 24 have also ratified. The Youth Charter, which entered into force on 8 August 2010, is a comprehensive framework that addresses the rights and obligations of young people. It also constitutes the social contract between the State and the Youths that responds to the priority needs regarding their empowerment and development. Member States under the Charter are obliged to develop and implement comprehensive, integrated and cross-sectoral Youth Policies and programs with the active involvement of young people. Such policy and program development process needs to be underpinned by the mainstreaming youth perspectives into broader development goals and priorities, and investing in a meaningful participation and contribution of young people towards Africa's progress and sustenance of current gains. Despite the ratification of the AYC, many member states are struggling to effectively implement it due to various contextual challenges.

The YouthConnekt Africa Hub as a regional ecosystem partner that supports Governments and national ecosystems, is mandated to support in an advisory capacity with the modelling and adaptation of policies that meet the changing demands and contexts of nations. Through working with national chapters, the YouthConnekt also develops knowledge from emerging best practices and successful programs that have demonstrated scalable solutions to the issues pertaining youth socio-economic transformation in Africa. To date, the YouthConnekt counts 20 national chapters namely: Liberia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia. The Gambia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea (Conakry), Madagascar, Sao Tome, Ethiopia, Mali and Rwanda.

It is against this backdrop that YouthConnekt Africa is endeavouring with UNESCO to conduct an analysis on national youth strategies. This national youth analysis will contribute to the development and implementation of policy reforms, institutional capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and resource mobilization. 

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