UNHCR International Consultancy - Junior Contractor for Management and Economics Jobs in Kenya

UNHCR International Consultancy - Junior Contractor for Management and Economics Jobs in Kenya


  • UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

  • Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

  • And we never give up.

    Background and Justification

  • ESARO has entered a partnership with Botnar aiming at the creation of a new platform that supports digital innovation across Africa. A relational ecosystem emerged as a result of an one year design process, where different ecosystem partners agree to the key principle of Agency or Players First. At the core of the system is the young person with his/her identity and his/her control over his/her data and growth journey (Autonomy).

  • The ecosystem facilitates interaction with other youth, communities, service providers, employers,… based on shared values (Relatedness). Young people are offered the opportunity to participate in tailored skills acquisition that involves growth in action through impact tasks (Competence). The ecosystem is basically a market place that mediates along three lines:

  • between the demand for impact and youth that can achieve the impact,

  • between the personal aspirations and psychometric profile of young people and on/offline learning/skills acquisition opportunities and finally

  • between a more rich CV of the youth and employers/entrepreneurship opportunities. Given its focus on the agency of young people the ecosystem is called the youth agency market place or yoma.africa. Yoma builds upon exponential technologies such as blockchain and seamless ledgers, Self Sovereign Identity, privacy preserving and open AI/Machine learning and psychometric matching.

  • The first large scale minimum viable product (MVP) of yoma was initiated in mid-May 2020 through a challenge around COVID-19: More than 90,000 young people in Africa registered for the challenge, exceeding expectations and showing the potential for scale. Since then, yoma - together with its partners - has launched several challenges that reached over 300,000 youth across Africa.

  • Rich data has been collected and consolidated in a first version of a dashboard. In future, the important metrics will need to be defined further to be able to prove the concept to potential partners and allow for internal and external transparency and success monitoring. For certain key performance indicator the dataset will need to be complemented by the insights from the challenges and, hence, will have to allow for the integration of data from yoma partners and the google analytics data.

  • The contractor will focus the economic dimension of the yoma ecosystem and the collaboration of partners within it. While UNICEF staff members will focus more on the UNICEF internal process management, the contractor will focus more on the external partner management.

    Scope of Work

  • Goal and Objective: Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Manager (ICT4D), the junior contractor will assist on all topics related to coordination of the yoma ecosystem with a particular focus on economic dimensions and financial sustainability.

  • Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: Oversee overall coordination and provide TA to CO's on innovative platforms for youth engagement, skills building, and employability (ie YOMA, Atingi), as well as the African Data and Drone Academy (ADDA)

    Activities and Tasks:

    Management of Specific Components of the Yoma ecosystem

  • While the annual priorities will be elaborated jointly in the team, it is anticipated that the UNV
    will focus on all economic aspects of the yoma and its operational research component. Priority issues include: the youth token and its token economics, entrepreneurial pathways for youth, developmental evaluation and operational research. Monitor work progress and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.

    Programme management, planning and monitoring

  • Support the Yoma team in on the conceptualization, drafting and finalization of programme and project proposals. Elaborate monitoring systems and draft progress and end project reports. Stay engaged in the latest research outcomes relevant to Yoma.

  • Maintain an evidence base to guide the learning and iterating of the Yoma journey. Participate in strategic programme discussion across various areas to ensure the continued relevance of programme interventions. on the planning of education programmes. Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans for the sector using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM).

    Advisory services and technical support

  • Provide technical advice to the Yoma team and key counterparts on issues related to development economics, youth employability and evaluation/research/data. Operate data analysis where required.

  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence policy and agenda setting for enhancing youth empowerment, participation, relational wellbeing and livelihoods.

    Communication, advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organizations, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to support the development of the Yoma ecosystem. Lead on the communication elements in yoma with a particular focus on youth centric and relevant communication.

  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor

  • Work relationships: The contractor will work in close collaboration with the Senior Programme Manager. He/she will focus on the external partnership ecosystem of yoma.

    Outputs/Deliverables:

  • As an active UNICEF team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to Yoma and its ecosystem partners in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:

  • Quality economic analysis of relevant aspects for yoma provided.

  • The token economy and a universal token established.

  • Quality project proposals and reports.

  • Pre-evaluability of Yoma conducted and developmental evaluation initiated.

  • Quality oversight of the operational research components of yoma.

  • Appropriate and relevant communication strategy and implementation.

  • Diverse partner network maintained.

    Desired competencies, technical background, and experience

  • Education: Postgraduate degree in development economics or business administration.

  • Experience in working with young people in a digital environment.

  • Experience in working in the Global South.

  • At least six months of relevant work experience.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Good drafting skills.

  • Fluency in English, Knowledge of French an asset.

    Must exhibit the UNICEF Core Values of:

  • Care

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Trust

  • Accountability.

    Key competencies required:

  • Building and Maintaining Partnerships.

  • Drive to achieve Results for Impact.

  • Innovates and Embraces Change.

  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity.

  • Works collaboratively with others.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR International Consultancy - Junior Contractor for Management and Economics Jobs in Kenya


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