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Requirement National Consultant
Assignment Develop model working procedures for the establishment of subnational dialogue mechanisms for youth

Background

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.

Relevancy

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

Objective

The consultant will develop model working procedures for the establishment of subnational dialogue mechanisms for youth

Tasks

The major asks under this activity is as per;

  1. Review existing legal and policy framework to outline basis, and existing landscape for dialogue mechanisms between government and youth at subnational level
  2. 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;
  3. Develop model working procedure for dialogue mechanism between government and youth at;
  • Provincial level
  • Municipal level
  1. Incorporate any feedback that provincial and municipal governments have on the model procedure. Especially consider feedback provided by AYON and National Youth Council;
  2. 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.

Deliverables

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 Schedule

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

Timetable

All works and deliverables will be completed within the contract period

Minimum Qualification

  • 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
Remuneration: Competitive
Email address for application: [email protected]

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.

Association of Youth Organizations Nepal

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Requirement National Consultant
Assignment Support action research for employment centric planning across selected municipalities in province 2 and Lumbini province

 

Background

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.

Context

AYON in partnership with ILO’s technical assistance component of Skills for Employment Programme (ILO SEP) is working to promote employment and youth centric planning at subnational level.

The work is guided by changes to federal governance system. One, according to the Constitution of Nepal, the federal system of governance treats all governments (central, provincial, local) as equal governments and power has been devolved, rather than decentralized, to local governments. Hence local governments possess irrevocable authorities on different aspects of governance including governing certain aspects of labor relations. Two, local governments prepare their own annual budget and though a part of budget is received from the central government, there is certain flexibility regarding how the local governments can use the budget. Three, local governments are also implementing agencies for the Prime Minister’s Employment Program(PMEP), an ambitious employment guarantee program designed for unemployed adult population aged 18-60.

In this context, ILO SEP has prepared a Toolkit for Employment Friendly Budget (TEFB) which is expected to provide local governments a framework to make budgets more employment friendly. This task is expected to use TEFB and make suggestions for avoiding ambiguity in ranking employment friendliness of annual policies and programs of ten municipalities in province two and province five.

Furthermore, this task is also expected to collect key information regarding projects proposed to the PMEP by different wards of these ten municipalities since the beginning of the operationalization of the PMEP. The variables of interests are projects submitted, their status (rejected or accepted), amount of fund they received, and number of employments they generated.

Relevancy

This task contributes to our understanding of two important factors related to employment creation. One, how local governments are designing their budgets and whether they are providing sufficient attention to creating new employments. Two, how they are utilizing the fund provided by the federal government under PMEP and how municipalities differ in terms of creating new jobs with the federal fund.

While the understanding of the first factor helps in enhancing the employment friendliness of future local government programs, understanding of the second factor helps in understanding the efficiency as well as the variation in the efficiency across different municipalities in utilizing federal fund.

The first task also contributes to understanding the extent of either squandering of resources or capital intensiveness of the projects introduced by the municipalities. For example, if municipality A is spending X amount for different projects and generating   workdays of employment while municipality B is spending Y amount for different projects generating , where X>Y and , then municipality B is likely more employment friendly. Municipality A, on the other hand, is either employment inefficient and squandering its resources or using more capital intensive tools. It will be up to these local governments to decide whether they would like to be more labor intensive in their approach going forward.

Objectives

There are three objectives of this task:

  • To calculate the employment friendliness scores of ten selected municipalities of provinces two and five (given in annex 1) based on the methodology prescribed in TEFB and, where necessary, explain those scores,
  • To provide suggestions regarding ambiguities and other issues encountered while calculating the scores in (a) and ways to resolve those ambiguities,
  • To collect information regarding projects submitted for consideration to the PMEP from selected municipalities

Note municipalities will be selected from Lumbini Province and Province 2.

Methodology

To achieve objective (a), the research assistant should study TEFB document properly and carefully. The assistant will be provided the annual policy and program documents of ten selected municipalities of province two and province five (Lumbini). Based on the methodologies prescribed in TEFB, the assistant should estimate the scores of these annual policy and programs.

To accomplish objective (b), the research assistant should carefully note the statements in policy and programs that she/he deems to be equivocal and explain the reason behind it. The assistant is expected to provide suggestions on amending the methodology to make it unequivocal. When it is difficult to resolve the issue, the assistant should contact the supervisor.

To accomplish objective (c), the assistant should collect the following information.

  • Information on each project submitted by different wards for consideration to the municipality
  • Information on each project submitted by municipalities to PMEP
  • Information on the projects and total funds committed by PMEP to the municipalities and the wards associated with the municipalities
  • Information on actual fund spent by those projects
  • Information on total workdays eventually generated by those projects

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, masters preferred, in social sciences
  • Previous experience with employment planning to

Deliverables

Three documents each containing the final results corresponding to Objectives (a),(b), and (c). The due date for the delivery will be July 6.

Deadline for Application: 4th of June 2021
Working Days: 30
Remuneration: Competitive
Email address for application:
[email protected]

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.