Individual Consultant (Maldivian National) for coordinating youth-led advocacy for Transforming Education in UNICEF Malé, Maldives

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Transforming Education

Maldives Country Office, Male’ Maldives

Background And Rationale

Inspired by young people for making positive change, UNICEF’s Education and Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) team’s Youth-Led Action for Transforming Education Programme aims to young people with improved knowledge, skills and capacities to successfully bring about positive change in their lives and in their communities.

The Education sector is in a global crisis – one of equity and inclusion, quality and relevance. This crisis is having a devastating impact on the future of children and youth worldwide with progress toward the education-related Sustainable Development Goals off track. If unaddressed, it’s negative impacts on our collective pursuit of peace, justice, human rights, and sustainable development will be felt for decades to come.

From successful advocacy on budget allocations to ensuring more equitable local policies on education, young people around the world are already making change for a better today, and tomorrow.

The Youth-Led Action Transforming Education Programme will help young people hold countries accountable to their commitments taken at the Transforming Education Summit (TES).

Purpose of the consultancy

The Programme will support young education advocates through a journey to influence national education policies which consist of Awareness and Advocacy, Policy negotiation and strengthening of youth-led movement.

UNICEF will do so by building the knowledge, skills, capacities and ally-ships necessary for young advocates to influence and succeed as changemakers for transforming education. Against this backdrop, UNICEF Maldives Country Office intends to hire a young leader who will be responsible to coordinate the planning and the implementation of activities of young advocates.

Duty station: UNICEF Maldives Country Office, Male’, Maldives

Supervisor: Program Specialist, Education and Skills Development. (Supported by the UNICEF program team)

Major tasks to be undertaken and deliverables

Major tasks


Delierables/ Output

Agree with UNICEF country office on expected results and define a work plan.

  • UNICEF CO has a vision for youth engagement in transforming education. In occasion of one/two meetings, an appointed focal point at UNICEF CO will explain its vision and expectations from the consultancy as well as the support that UNICEF will provide to the consultant. The consultant will maintain contact over the consultancy duration and agree as relevant on updates of the plan.
  • For networking of young advocates, UNICEF will broker with key stakeholders for these policies. Young coordinator will also rely on their connections. Networking should start as soon as policy is identified and continue throughout the consultancy.

Work plan and deliverables agreed with UNICEF CO (week 1)

Identify national processes for policies/ strategy/plans on transforming education and networking through stakeholders.

  • Agree with UNICEF CO what policy/programme/strategy to target through advocacy.
  • These can be Education National Policies, Sector Plans, or local strategies for education but also other policies that will have an influence on education (e.g. youth employment, digitalization policy).

1 or 2 policies/ strategies/ plans identified (week 4)

Map out youth organizations/ key individuals active on transforming education advocacy.

  • Transforming education individual advocates or organizations are probably already active in the country. It is very important that the work of this consultancy supports the work of already existing initiatives.

List of youth organisations and individuals to work together (week 6)

Establish a partnership and coordination team of youth organizations to conduct transforming policy advocacy.

  • Advocacy activities will have to be coordinated among the different youth organizations and individuals that agree to collaborate. The consultant will establish a coordination team or, if a coordination mechanism already exists, the consultant will join existing team and provide support as needed.
  • The coordinator will leverage community, civil society & government professional ties to create a partnership for successful advocacy.
  • Criteria will be defined for the coordination team to help select a team to work with

Membership of team available calendar if planned meetings available (week 8)

Attend capacity building sessions organized by UNICEF HQ team with SDG4 Youth Network.

  • 6 modules (about 3 hours each) will be provided by UNICEF HQ on theory and planning for Awareness raising and Advocacy, Policy Negotiation and Strengthening of a youth movement. The consultant will attend the training inviting 2 other advocates who will then work together to develop action plans.

Certificate of attendance of ToT obtained (week 4)

Develop an advocacy plan.

  • The plan (consisting of Awareness and Advocacy, Policy negotiation and Strengthening of a youth movement), will be developed together with the coordination team composed by the coordinator and the other young advocates from the country who attended the training.

Plan of action for advocacy available (week 10)

Coordinate the implementation of the advocacy plan

  • Since the implementation of the advocacy plan will be a collaborative effort of various youth organizations, the consultant will coordinate this work.

Quarterly report

(from week 11)

Conduct policy negotiation on transforming education

  • UNICEF will facilitate “a sit at the table” where policies/strategies/plans are developed. From the onset of the consultancy, policy work will start, initially on a light modality and then become more substantial by involving youth organizations and entering into more detailed input. This is when the focus moves from advocacy to policy work, i.e. giving input in the process. The modalities, the timing and who gets these sits will be agreed with the counterparts, it can be the consultant or other members of the coordination team. UNICEF will play the role of convener and remain vigilant that inputs of transforming education activists are taken into consideration

Policy proposal available (week 11)

Connect with colleagues in other countries

  • This consultancy will happen in a total of 7 countries. The consultant will attend coordination meetings and “cliniques” organised by UNICEF HQ and SDG4 Youth Network. The consultant will also, on a need and spontaneous basis, be in touch with other consultants in other countries.

Presentation to the young activists about the results of advocacy (ongoing)

Organize a local consultation

  • Consultation on youth and transforming education. In addition to influencing policies, this advocacy journey will bring a lot of experiences and learning. At the end of the consultancy the consultant will organize a local conference (online) to take stock of the process and agree on way forwards.

Recording the conference is available (week 21)

Estimated duration of the work: 120 working days over 11 months; part-time.

Official travel involved and duty station: UNICEF Maldives Country Office

Education Qualifications

Qualifications required of the consultants.

  • A bachelors or a Master degree in in education, communication, social, political science or similar area.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience on programmes related to advocacy for education or any other social issue.
  • Experience in advocating transforming education at national or international level (as part of a youth organisation) would be an asset
  • 2 years of experience in training delivery
  • Strong coordination, interpersonal, teamwork and drive for results skills.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Fluency in English essential (verbal and written).

Other Requirements

  • Applicants must be between 18-25 years.

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UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

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UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Company: UNICEF

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location:  Malé, Maldives

Application Deadline: N/A

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