Background & Description

Background:

Pakistan has the largest population of youth ever recorded in history, according to a comprehensive National Human Development Report 2018 (NHDR) report[1] launched by UNDP. Young people account for 64% of the total population of Pakistan which is the highest it has ever been in the history of the country. However, 29% of the population belongs to the age bracket of 15 to 29 years old[2]. If the youth of Pakistan is managed well in their most productive years, this will create a demographic dividend.

Bedari in collaboration with Oxfam is implementing Empower Youth for Work (EYW) in District Layyah. Empower Youth for Work (EYW) is a 5 years’ project that aims to work towards poverty reduction, youth empowerment (especially young girls), and gender equality. The project is working for improved economic and social empowerment for young women and men living in rural climate-change affected areas. The project facilitates in implementation of effective policies and practices that address the economic and gendered exclusion of youth and lead to productive and decent employment prospects for young people. Pakistan is a young country with 64 percent of the population under 30 years of age.  This youth bulge can be converted into a positive dividend of the country and can develop into a real economic strength if engaged productively

EYW project intends to establish a National Level Young Leaders platform to provide a safe and bold space for youth where they can voice their opinion. In Pakistan total of 55% population of the population resides in rural areas; therefore, it is of vital importance that young people from rural and urban areas be engaged and work together where they can take forward their agenda together.

[1] https://www.pk.undp.org/content/pakistan/en/home/library/human-development-reports/PKNHDR.html

[1] https://propakistani.pk/2018/05/04/pakistan-has-the-largest-percentage-of-young-people-in-its-history/

Objectives of the assignment:

  • Enhance youth agency by engaging them in a series of training such as leadership, life skills, influencing/lobbying, and campaigning
  • Ensure meaningful youth participation at various levels of influencing and leadership
  • Engage youth in a way they understand the importance of volunteerism and connect with people and voice their opinions.
  • Engage youth in influencing and lobbying activities using social media and offline channels
  • Capacitate youth for social actions for the betterment of their communities.

Scope of the assignment:

The primary objective of the assignment is to deliver life skills, Gender mainstreaming and GALS methodology, leadership, Job Readiness, influencing/lobby/campaigning skills, and how to take social initiatives. The consultant will develop manuals and finalize the delivery of training. The consultant will design and organize youth dialogues and workshops.

The Consulting firm will deliver the following;

  • Develop the training modules, organize training workshops, deliver training.
  • Organize workshops, design workshops on meaningful youth dialogue, and social impact.
  • Compile Learnings and insights which can guide the EYW project.
  • Develop a mentorship trajectory to provide guidance for youth on social and economic issues.
  • Produce a well written and comprehensive progress reports and final report

The details of training, meaningful youthful dialogue and exposure trip will be as following;

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Description of Activity

Deliverables

1

Life Skills Training:

Youth will be enabled to develop abilities for adaptive and positive behavior, that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

The consultant will develop the training content and conduct the training.

Training will be organized for 80-90 participates. Preferably in three batches. The training location will be Islamabad, Layyah, and Lahore.

The training duration will be for 2 days.

 

 

2

Gender mainstreaming and GALS methodology:

Creating gender equality in a country like Pakistan is very important. Rigid gender norms hampering the effective participation of young women and girls in the economic and social sphere of life. Youth will be trained on Gender concepts through Oxfam’s “Gender and Power Course”. Tools of GALS will also be practiced developing a greater understanding of gender issues.

 

The consultant will develop the training content in consultation with Bedari GALS tools will be employed in training.

Number of participants: 80-90

Number of Training: 3

Duration per training: 2/3 Days

 

 

3

Leadership Training:

· International Humanitarian Laws (overview)

· Policy dialogues

· Youth Elections

The consultant will develop the training content and conduct the training.

Number of participants: 80-90

Number of Training: 3

Duration per training: 2/3 Days

 

 

4

Training of developing influencing/lobby/campaigning skills:

The youth will be equipped with influencing/lobbying/ campaigning techniques. This will not only enhance their leadership skills but also help to develop a campaigning culture in Pakistan. Youth can take up the agreed agenda for one year and do effective influencing under the platform of EYW.

Manual development.

Delivery of training.

Number of participants: 80-90

Number of Training: 3

Duration per training: 2/3 Days

 

 

5

Job Readiness Training:

· Help them to enter in the challenging job market by capacitating them on

· How to prepare them to seek or obtain employment,

· Grow on jobs once they are hired. 

· Preparing a resume or job application.

· How to develop an effective CV.

Manual development.

Delivery of training.

Number of participants: 80-90

Number of Training: 3

Duration per training: 2/3 Days

 

 

7

Meet the Mentors (development of a mentorship trajectory which can help youth in polishing their skills):

· Why mentors are important

· How to find a mentor

· How to become a mentor

· Breakout sessions with a mentor of your choice

· Development of mentor platform

Development of mentor platform.

Call for mentors

Mentors engagement (List of mentors who can guide students voluntarily).

Linking youth with mentors through the development of online platforms.

Arrange/facilitate sessions for youth

 

 

8

Youth Dialogues (3-4 Hours) on a quarterly basis:

 

· Youth will identify a topic for dialogue and have discussed among themselves to get the awareness of the issue. They will prepare an action plan to resolve at their level.

 

Designing of workshop

Selection of topic for dialogue

Moderation

Develop one-pager on insights/learnings

Youth action plans

 

 

9

Exposure Visits (2 Visits):

· Youth from Urban and Rural areas will meet with an agenda mainly based on sharing learning with each other and identify a pathway to collaborate for continuous support

Arrange 2 exposure visits of Youth from Urban and Rural areas will meet with an agenda mainly based on sharing learning with each other and identify a pathway to collaborate for continuous support

 

 

10

Social impact workshops:

Pakistan is a country with a high dividend of youth. Youth are considered very important and instrumental in social change. When young people contribute their ideas and energy to addressing social issues, they begin to see themselves as capable leaders who can make important contributions to the lives of others. Social impact workshops will be arranged to trigger the capabilities of youth that can bring social change. This will be achieved through.

 

· Organization of social impact workshops, where they can go through the concepts and methodologies of achieving social change

· Engagement on Youth on International Days such as Youth Day, Human Rights Day, International Women’s Day, Earth Day, and Entrepreneurship Day

· Youth will take actions on their own and organize activity based on a cause of their choice (once in every quarter)

Organize three social impact workshops.

Locations: Islamabad, Lahore, and Layyah

Per workshop participants: 20-30

Duration of workshop 2/3 Days

 

 

 

Requirements and Skills

Target Audience:

80-90 Youth male and female between age 18 to 29 years from different cities and districts of Punjab. The sessions will mainly be held in Islamabad. Lahore and Layyah.

Methodology

  • The training is intended to deliver by employing interactive tools.
  • The consultant will work in close collaboration with Bedari

Timeline:

The consultant will complete the assignment within the timeframe of August 2020 to March 2021.

Required skills and competencies

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in conducting training and content development
  • In-depth understanding of Gender issues, government policies affecting youth and the role of local government and private sector
  • Excellent and proven writing skills
How to Apply

Interested consultants/firms should submit their detailed financial and technical proposals in line with the above TORs by COB 7th August 2020 to:

Bedari

House no 2, Main Street, Ghouri Town Phase II, Islamabad

Contact# 051-2303511-12

Bedari is an equal opportunity employer. Women, persons with disabilities, persons from different religions, and transgender with relevant qualifications are encouraged to apply.

The hiring Organization is committed to safeguarding children and adults –at- risk and will do all background checks before the appointment.

About Organization

Bedari is a national level non-governmental, voluntary, development organization in Pakistan working with women and children for the promotion and protection of their human rights. It started its activities in 1991. It got registered in 1992 under Societies Act 1860. Its registration number is RS/ICT/155. It established Pakistan’s first crisis centre for women survivors of violence. In the past 22 years, it has developed expertise on issues of gender empowerment, addressing violence against women and children, and processes of attitudinal change.

Bedari’s Genesis

In a society that blames women for whatever goes wrong in a relationship, family or society, it is extremely difficult for them to raise their voice against the manipulation and abuse that they go through in their own homes.  As a result, innumerable incidents of mental torture, rape, incest and domestic violence go unreported. Those few women who do break the silence and seek help are usually driven by desperate and intolerable circumstances. Even for those few, the society provides no appropriate means of immediate or longer term assistance.

The lack of support to women in difficult situations results in many returning to the same unbearable circumstances that they had tried to escape from. Alone, isolated, no productive assets and with no one really to turn to, many women continue to tolerate all sorts of injustices and harsh treatment in their homes, in their job situations, in public and in the society as a whole. It was the urgent need for providing help and support to women in Pakistani society that led a group of professional women to initiate Bedari (Awakening) in 1991.

Bedari’s Evolution

Bedari started as a small organization with no regular staff. It relied entirely on the time and efforts of volunteers for the achievement of its objectives. It continued to work in this mode with only one office assistant working as full-time employee. The lawyers, psychologists, doctors – all were working as volunteers. Bedari supported around 1000 women in distress every year.

As the demand from other areas grew, so did the workload, which made Bedari rethink its methodology. It became difficult to continue working with a large number of volunteers with fluctuating availability. Bedari constantly received new volunteers to replace old ones, but still it was not matching the demand. This situation led to the realization that there was a serious need to redesign the strategy. In 2006, the process for redesigning started.

Now Bedari has a formal, paid full-time working staff that has a support from a wide network of volunteers. It is establishing partnerships with donors to execute various projects with specific objectives. It has not dissociated itself from its past. Discrimination and violence against women remain core subjects. However, it has expanded its wings to other areas which affect women’s condition in the society. These include education, economic empowerment and formulation of explicit laws and their implementation to safeguard women’s rights.

Today Bedari is working more vigorously on these issues. Moreover, it has expanded its geographic coverage from Rawalpindi/Islamabad to Chakwal, Attock, Jhelum, Muzaffargarh, Vehari, Multan, and Lahore. It continues to rely on volunteers, but has a skeleton staff as well.