Indus Consortium and VSO Pakistan are organizing a Provincial Youth Policy Dialogue on youth employability. The purpose of the Policy Dialogue is to bring the major stakeholders together to present the recommendations of youth developed in consultation with all key stakeholders from Multan and Muzaffargarh and endorsed by the same during District Policy Dialogues. These recommendations will be presented to the Youth Ministry of Punjab. The Dialogue will discuss the implementation of Punjab youth policy especially with regard to clauses on employability and entrepreneurship. 200 people will bring together at dialogue which will include 50% primary actor (youth) to discuss on ground situation and issues recommendations. The dialogue will provide a platform to donors, government officials, UN agencies, TVET providers, private sector representatives and member of NGO/CSOs to discuss and recommend innovative ideas and solution for livelihoods enhancement of youth.
Objectives: To bring the primary actor, stakeholder, and policymakers on a common platform to highlight the policy issues regarding youth employability and entrepreneurship in Pakistan. The key objectives are as follows:
The EYEE- Youth Employability Network representatives will present the policy recommendations to the youth ministry and the parliamentarians endorsed during district policy dialogues and seek the political commitments of elected representatives.
To find innovative ways of redressing the barriers of youth employability by the collaboration of key stakeholders against the needs of primary actors.
To highlight the role of academia, private sector and parliamentarians regarding youth employment
To give due space to the marginalized segments among youth
The areas of focus of the workshop are as under:
Youth Policy framework
Youth Entrepreneurship current trends and support from various institutions and private sector
Public-private partnership a way forward to youth employability and empowerment
Inclusive approaches to youth employability and opportunities for the marginalized youth
Indus Consortium intends to seek the support of consultant which can ensure the media coverage of the policy dialogue to be held on January 22, 2019 in Lahore.
Media Coverage of workshop on policy dialogue
Indus consortium is seeking a media consultant who can ensure the Media coverage of the event in mainstream English and Urdu media as per the following criteria:
S/he will develop the press release in English and Urdu
S/he will ensure the coverage of the event in English and Urdu media such as DAWN, The News, Daily Times etc AND in Urdu newspapers such as Daily Jang, Daily Express etc
S/he will ensure that signed off a press release in both Urdu and English is sent in the print media on the same day after the workshop is finished
He/she will ensure that electronic media shall cover the event in news bulletin as well as in news packages.
He /she will share the recording and evidence of media coverage the next day with the IC team.
Qualification and Experience
The consultant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Master Degree in Journalism, Mass Communication, Media or any other relevant program
3-5 years’ experience of doing similar work
The interested candidates are requested to submit their profiles along with the technical and financial proposal at firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline.
Indus Consortium is a collaborative platform of three rights-based development organizations i.e. Laar Humanitarian Development Program (LHDP), Doaba Foundation and HELP Foundation. These three organizations have been active since long time mainly responding to natural disasters and other development needs of their respective operational areas along River Indus. These organization adopted an innovative approach to create a joint platform for learning, synergy, evidence based advocacy to address macro level structure causes of development problem on the basis of their field experience and create solidarity among communities living around river Indus and are vulnerable to natural and manmade disasters.
The joint platform is a manifestation of a joint force of the people living around Sindhu (Indus River) basin in Pakistan. The Consortium represents the unity among various groups of different ethnic, linguistic and geographic features and their determination to struggle for the development of the people around Indus River.
The concept of a joint forum of various organizations for the holistic socio-economic development of these least served rural, riverine, disaster-prone and marginalized communities was visualized by Doaba Foundation district Muzaffargarh and shared with LHDP in District Badin. This pragmatic and innovate idea got acceptance and proved a step towards joint thinking in 2004. . In 2005 another likeminded organization - HELP Foundation - from povertystricken district of Rajanpur in Punjab, joined the two organizations i. With the association of these three based organizations the thinking firmed up to create a development consortium for improved research and coordination.. For this transitional purpose, another prominent research & development actor - Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) based in Islamabad – became part of the consortium in 2008.
The idea was materialized in the form of establishment of Indus Consortium in 2008. The consortium being a joint platform form aimed to carry out socio-economic, environmental, DRR-centric and rights-based development initiatives primarily in proximity of the banks of historical River Indus in the districts like Thatta, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Ghotki and Kashmor in Sindh province, and Layyah, Jhang, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, D.G.Khan, Rajanpur and Rahimyar Khan in Punjab province. The consortium devised the Terms of Reference (TORs) with the consultation of the three founding organizations at field level work, and with the RDPI for research, collaboration and coordination.
Source: Strategic Planning Document of Indus Consortium (2014-2018)