Pakistan is the fifth most populated country in the world, with projected population of 216.6 million in 2019 (Population Reference Bureau). The country’s high population growth rate, which stood at 2.4 % for the period 1998 – 2017, has been impacting been impacting the rate of urbanization and migration and almost all aspects of socio-economic life in the country. The total fertility rate is at 3.6 children per woman, with significant differentials among income groups

About two thirds of the population is under the age of 30, with a median age of 22. The large share of young people offers an opportunity to accelerate development known as the demographic dividend. But it largely depends on prioritizing investments in young people’s health, education, employment, participation and social security.

Even though Pakistan attained middle-income status and the per capita GDP of Pakistan in 2018 constituted $1,565, social and health indicators are comparable to those of least developed countries. For instance, lifetime risk of maternal death is high at 1 in 180 (the estimated number of maternal deaths in Pakistan is 8300), compared to 1 in 10200-30300 in other middle income and developed countries. The maternal mortality ratio is 140 per 100,000 live births, with wide variation between provinces, ranging from 314 per 100,000 live births in Sindh to 786 per 100,000 live births in Balochistan. The unmet need for family planning is high at 17 % among married women and the contraceptive prevalence rate for modern methods is 25 %, significantly lower than other South Asian and Muslim-majority countries. The spectre of gender inequality is large. According to World Economic Forum, Pakistan Gender Inequality Index ranks 148 out of 149 countries (2018). 32 per cent of ever-married women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence; 29 % of women were married before 18 years of age. Pakistan stands at 6th place with 1,909,000 child brides.

UNFPA Country Programme is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework for Pakistan, the Prime Minister’s Policy Statement titled ‘Ehsaas’, National Youth Development Programme ‘Kamyab Jawan’ and other federal and provincial sectoral policies and programmes. UNFPA Pakistan endeavors to improve maternal health (MH) and services and to accelerate delivery of family planning (FP) information and services by creating an enabling environment conducive to FP/MH policy development and implementation and advocating for FP/MH normative policies, regulations and sector-wide leadership and coordination.

Purpose of consultancy:

To provide technical expertise for the implementation of the work plans in the framework of the youth programme component, including activities under UNFPA direct execution and also facilitate with financial management, communications and general administration/ coordination.

Scope of work:

(Description of services, activities, or outputs)Major Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Supports routine implementation of assigned activities under youth workplans, facilitating the delivery of inputs and ensuring participation of national counterparts in trainings, workshops, meetings and study visits;

2. Assist in the coordination of programme planning and preparation of workplans; Participate in the preparation of annual and quarterly project workplans, and arrange for relevant work planning meetings within the office staff and with counterparts

3. Assists in monitoring of the youth work plans, analysing basic factors affecting the achievement of key milestones and recommending corrective measures;

4. Undertake monitoring visits to programme/project sites, when required, and verify programme/project assets annually.

  • Assist in the coordination of programme planning and preparation of workplans; Participate in the preparation of annual and quarterly project workplans, and arrange for relevant work planning meetings within the office staff and with counterparts
  • Assist in regular donor reporting and coordination.

7. Analyses and documents lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the youth programme component;

8. Ensure that all official documents are prepared and kept in the project files for retrieval and archiving.

9. Facilitate programme activities, or relevant missions, by arranging meeting schedules, coordinating logistical support, collecting reference documents, and maintaining records.

10. Provides assistance in organizing meetings with key stakeholders and public information events;

11. Coordinate with UNFPA’s communications team for visibility of UNFPA’s Youth Programme across social media platforms;

12. Support in developing success stories from the field and capturing voices from the field.

13. Assist in monitoring and roll out of online Youth Campaigns in coordination with regional office and Country office – communications team.

14. Provide inputs for all the IEC materials developed through IP.

Supervisory arrangements:

During the course of the assignment, the consultant will work under the immediate supervision of Programme Analyst – Youth.

Required institutional expertise:

  • Master’s degree in public health, population, finance, economics, demography and /or another related social sciences field is preferable.
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in the public or private sector and programme support;
  • Knowledge on results-based management and financial management would be an asset;
  • Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form;
  • Excellent writing/ drafting skills is mandatory, with experience writing talking points, briefing notes, programme summaries and reports.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems;
  • Proficiency in current office software applications;
  • Field experience is strongly desirable;. Knowledge of the UN system would be an advantage.

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