Association of Youth Organizations Nepal
Terms of Reference
|Assignment||Develop model working procedures for the establishment of subnational dialogue mechanisms for youth|
Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON) is a not-for-profit, autonomous and youth led-youth run network of youth organizations established in 2005. It acts as an umbrella organization of youth organizations throughout the country and provides a common platform for collaboration, cooperation, joint actions and collective endeavor among youth organizations in Nepal. AYON is registered with the District Administration Office (DAO), Kathmandu in 2005 and has its affiliation with the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Nepal in 2006. It represents 92 youth organizations representing more than 600,000 members of 44 districts.
Nepal’s youth were among the most vulnerable groups in the national labour market. Indicators from unemployment (15-24 years), underemployment (25-39 years), and informality (15-24 years) showed a predominant concentration of Nepali youth as per findings of the Nepal Labour Force Survey (NLFS 2017/18). Those who were in the formal economy were also largely engaged in casual employment, which by nature is a short term work without guarantee of employment security.
These and other pre-existing factors meant that the impact of COVID-19 on Nepal’s labour market has been primarily concentrated on youth. We know that the first to lose their employment were those in informal employment and those with casual jobs, who were youth. The broader problem is that this impact has been sustained over a year now, with the possibility of extending further. That has the potential to drive up already high underemployment among youth, and which has serious consequences for national development especially with regards to benefitting from our current ‘demographic dividend’.
There were different measures launched by the Government of Nepal to support youth in response to the pandemic. ILO conducted nationally representative survey on Youth perceptions, anxiety, and opinions showed that most Nepali youth (over 70 percent) were unaware about what labour market integration support was offered. This figure was higher for young women, and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Federal system of governance in Nepal has decentralized authority on labour and employment related matters to subnational governments. Municipal and Provincial governments not only have policy authority, but are now are also often the delivery mechanisms for central government initiatives. They are also crucial instruments in the delivery of relief and recovery initiatives in response to COVID-19.
The potential of subnational governments must be harnessed to better target existing evidence of poor youth labour market integration, and lack of youth awareness/engagement with existing integration schemes. A best approach forward is the development of dialogue mechanisms that allow for two way knowledge sharing, discussion on current issues, and also incorporation of youth voices in policy making required to tackle the COVID-19 amplified youth employment challenge.
AYON is looking for a suitably qualified consultant who can work together with National Youth Council, and selected provincial (Province 2 and Lumbini Province) and municipal governments to develop model working procedures for such a dialogue mechanism
The consultant will develop model working procedures for the establishment of subnational dialogue mechanisms for youth
The major asks under this activity is as per;
- Review existing legal and policy framework to outline basis, and existing landscape for dialogue mechanisms between government and youth at subnational level
- Conduct consultations with National Youth Council, Provincial Ministry of Social Dialogue, and selected municipalities to understand their views on what a subnational dialogue mechanism at Province and at Municipal level might look like;
- Develop model working procedure for dialogue mechanism between government and youth at;
- Provincial level
- Municipal level
- Incorporate any feedback that provincial and municipal governments have on the model procedure. Especially consider feedback provided by AYON and National Youth Council;
- Present model working procedure to selected municipalities for their adoption, and the provincial government.
Additionally, consultant should work to promote recognition of model working procedures from National Youth Council as well. The two working procedures should also identify how youth dialogue mechanisms across federal governance structure can be better linked together.
The following are required from the consultant;
- Model working procedure for provincial dialogue mechanism between youth and government
- Model working procedure for municipal dialogue mechanism between youth and government
Note all deliverables must be submitted in editable format.
Payment will be made in two installments upon submission of agreed deliverables to the satisfaction of AYON;
First installment: 30% of total consultancy fee after submission of work plan
Final installment: 70% of total consultancy fee after submission of all deliverables
All works and deliverables will be completed within the contract period
- Masters in Law/Social Sciences from a reputable university
- At least 5 years of experience working on youth, and on policy issues around the world of work in Nepal
Deadline for Application: 4th of June 2021
Working Days: 15
Email address for application: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested applicants are requested to email their CV along with a short cover letter (no more than 750 words) describing their relevant expertise to showcase how they best fit the role.