Youth Toolkit and Handbook Consultant
United Nations Association of Canada
Ottawa, ON

Duration of Assignment: 5 months (June 2019 – October 2019)

Work Station: Remote / Office

Background

Generation SDG – Youth Action on the SDGs is a “youth-to-youth” service initiative of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), with the goal to activate civic engagement through the creation of volunteer projects that promote meaningful service opportunities in Eastern Ontario. Through empathy-based training and disciplined mentorship, 60 Ambassadors, aged 15-17, will engage in and co-create projects that respond to pressing issues identified in their communities. These ‘SDG Ambassadors’ will then empower 600 of their peers to take action to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Canada by 2030. Additionally, youth will partake in mentorship opportunities and engage with other youth through an online dashboard, which will be populated with their community service initiatives and showcase their work.

UNA-Canada seeks an engaging consultant to work with the project team on substantive writing and editing of a youth community engagement toolkit and handbook for Generation SDG.

Definitions

  • The Toolkit: A user-friendly resource to assist project teams, subject matter experts, school boards and community partners assess, improve and sustain youth-engagement practices and leadership development through the creation of innovative service projects. The Toolkit will guide SDG Ambassadors through a process of four (4) collaborative training sessions culminating into a summit where adults and youth work together to create projects that strengthen the sustainability of their Canadian communities.
  • SDG Ambassador Handbook: A youth-friendly yet informative tool to enable ambassadors, along with their mentors, to expand their planning and implementation of service projects in their respective communities.
  • Training: Process of knowledge transfer and skills development for youth participating in Generation SDG initiative.
  • Focus group discussions: Disciplined reviews, examination, and exchanges among selected key stakeholders including youth representative to offer constructive feedback on the content of developed tools.
  • Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

Expected Outputs / Deliverables

Reporting to the Senior Director of Programmes and Innovation, the Consultant will:

  • Review background guides and related documents to become familiar with the Generation SDG programme goal and objectives;
  • Participate in briefing sessions with the project team to clarify on expected deliverables and to offer insight on how to fill existing content gaps drawing on existing and new content;
  • Conduct research on promising practices on entrepreneur skills and youth community engagement for a diverse population of young Canadians to ensure UNA-Canada builds on existing knowledge and lessons learned to elevate the programme;
  • Work closely with the Project Manager and Project Officers to ensure that service-initiative modules included in the Toolkit and Handbook align with the youth background, literacy and competency levels;
  • Ensure content focuses and addresses the UN’ Sustainable Development Goals in the activities highlighted in the Toolkit and Handbook and offers a clear path of how youth from diverse background can incorporate SDGs in their service projects;
  • Incorporate relevant website links into the Toolkit and Ambassador Handbook for additional learning by the user;
  • Work closely with the project team to explore the process of content design and layout to ensure the Toolkit and Handbook are user-friendly, particularly for targeted youth;
  • Participate in ‘focus group’ sessions to field-test developed content and incorporate suggested input/feedback as appropriate.

Timeframe, Scope, and Management

1. Generation SDG Toolkit outline including introductions and summaries

July 31, 2019

2. Generation SDG Handbook outline including introductions, summaries, and takeaways for Ambassadors

August 15, 2019

3. Revise the Toolkit and Handbook content to include training resources, focus group recommendations and mentorship guidelines.

September 1, 2019

4. Finalize Toolkit & Handbook writing and design in collaboration with the project team

September 15, 2019 (The Handbook must be ready for use by September 21, 2019)

5. Develop a Youth Engagement Evaluation Tool to include a rating scale for the following and more as applicable:

  • Organizational readiness to engage with youth
  • Youth-Adult partnerships: with SMEs, teachers, Mentors
  • Youth leadership and decision-making: opportunities and promising practices related to SDGs.
  • Youth self-assessment/ reflection on their knowledge transfer
  • Diversity: youth perspectives and barriers
  • September 15, 2019

6. Toolkit and Handbook final submission

October 31, 2019

Qualifications and Skills

Education:

An ideal Consultant will possess a Master’s degree in Education or a field relevant to the assignment, i.e. community engagement and development studies, entrepreneurial studies, results-based management related social science fields. Teaching certification or demonstrated equivalency is an asset.

Technical Experience and Requirements

  • Five years of experience in a related field, with preferred 2 additional years of experience in community development;
  • Proven experience in developing secondary school curriculum and/or other educational modules;
  • Good understanding of the UN system, procedures, activities and projects related to sustainable development goals;
  • Excellent interview and facilitation skills with individuals or in a group setting (e.g. leading a focus group discussion);
  • Knowledge and empathy for active engagement with youth from diverse backgrounds (cultural, religion, abilities and socio-economic circumstances);
  • Be self-directed, able to work independently and remotely, and open to input from the project team and focus group participants;
  • Knowledge of the evolving social media tools and their relevance to creating community-based service projects for the Canadian youth;
  • Have a maturity level to work with senior management officials, educational and youth community partners and relevant government officials as necessary;
  • Strong research and analytical skills using diverse methodologies including online publications, databases, survey/evaluation tools, library, and School reference materials.

Language:

Excellent English writing and oral skills. Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset.

Documents

Interested candidates must submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualifications:

Proposal (Maximum 1 page plus appendices if applicable):

  • Explaining why they are the most suitable to perform the work and deliver the outputs.
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work based on the timeframe and activities;
  • Examples of toolkits and/or handbooks or related content they have worked on in the past.

Curriculum Vitae (Maximum 2 pages)

  • Highlighting past experiences in similar projects/assignments

Compensation

The contract pays up to $8,000 payable upon receipt of invoices, and in accordance with the quality of outlined tasks and deliverables.

Interested applicants should send required documents with the subject line “Generation SDG Toolkit submission” to melissa.mutunda(at)unac.org by May 26, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST.

Type d'emploi : Contractuel