Closing date: Nov 26, 2020
UNICEF Pakistan supports various initiatives for adolescents (age 10-19) in the education, child protection, WASH, and nutrition among others, which also includes communication for development activities. Some of these interventions are vertical, others are inter-sectoral:
- Education for adolescents, both in formal and non-formal settings. The main focus is on Accelerated/Alternative Learning programs (ALPs) for out-of-school children and adolescents age 9 and above to obtain an equivalent primary or middle school education.
- Child marriage and violence against children. The IKEA project reinforced the participation of adolescent and young people to actively engage in issues which are relevant to them. The child protection draft SBCC strategy also highlights the important strategy of working as adolescents as stakeholders in the prevention of child protection violations
- WASH: Menstrual Health Management (MHM) through promoting positive and healthy practices in schools with adolescent girls, teachers and mothers. This is undertaken jointly by WASH and Education. Programmatic interventions are accompanied by communication campaigns with well-known positive role models.
- Nutrition: Adolescent nutrition strategy has been developed, of which there is a strategic area on C4D which advocates for and supports large-scale social and behaviour change communication programmes about the benefits of good diets, healthy eating practices, among school-age children and adolescents.
- Health: The Health section is developing an adolescent health strategy.
- Youth engagement: various youth engagement initiatives are being undertaken in the context of GenU, including Youth Innovation Challenges, capacity building of youth to have their voices heard, as the basis of a “We the Future” platform for GenU Pakistan. Recently, a Youth Engagement Strategy was developed with other UN agencies in the context of COVID-19.
UNICEF Pakistan has a positive experience of producing and rolling out an integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) parenting package in the country. Building on this initiative, the C4D section in collaboration with programme sections and the ADAP technical working group is intending to produce a transferrable skills /integrated life skills-based package for adolescents
To make a difference, you will be accountable for the following tasks and deliverables:
Inception meeting to finalize the methodology, work plan and reporting.
- Conduct a desk review of existing evidence and literature, communication products for adolescents from other countries particularly from the region or similar contexts and country specific existing delivery platforms.
- Review the relevant communication material, approaches and programs – developed on adolescents in Pakistan.
- In close coordination and consultation with the C4D working group and Adolescent Development Participation (ADAP) technical working group, produce a concept note on the package development and its implementation with clear recommendations on which will be the platforms to roll out, how to roll it out, capacity development needs, coordination structures etc.
- Hold consultations with different groups of adolescents/young people to ensure an adequate representation from different ‘groups’ of adolescents (socio economic status, location, gender, etc.) and relevant government counterparts, community stakeholders on prioritizing key elements of communication package both at the Federal and Provincial (including AJK and GB) levels to discuss technical content for the package and get inputs from the adolescents themselves on the format, coordination structures, capacity needs, roll out plans etc.
- Develop transferrable skills/integrated life skills-based two separate communication packages: a) for age group 10-14 b) age group 15-19- based on the evidence, inputs from consultations and already existing resources.
(This will include: a training manual, integrated set of peer-to-peer learning booklet / flipchart, quizzes, cards, interactive games, social media content, content for digital media and mass media campaign design)
- Facilitate a consultative meeting with Government counterparts to share the draft packages and receive inputs to finalize.
- Pre-test the package in different settings
- Revise the package based on the pretesting and feedback
- Finalize the Options paper
- Finalize package and submit it to Pakistan Country Office (PCO)
- UNICEF approved methodology and workplan
- Report of the desk review available
- Concept note
- Consultation with adolescents including with UNICEF sections and government counterparts
- Production of transferrable skills/life skills-based communication package for adolescents, parents and communities
- Stakeholder meeting to share the draft package with Government counterparts and partners
- Revision of draft package and revised version available
- Option paper for roll out of the package for Pakistan available
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