- Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
- Requisition ID: PUB00000B
- Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
- Grade: No grade
- Job Type: Consultant
- Number of posts: one
- Location: OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Prishtine / Pristina
- Posting Date: Mar 3, 2022
- Closing Date: Mar 17, 2022
- Target Start Date: Apr 1, 2022
- Education Level: Master's Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)
Taking in consideration that the current youth policy in Kosovo is based on the Law on Youth Empowerment and Participation adopted in 2009, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) have decided to update this policy with a new law that responds to the needs and priorities of the youth sector. In order to further promote inclusiveness and transparency, the MCYS has sought support from the OSCE Mission in Kosovo in conducting this process.
With the aim to increase public participation of young women and men in the policy-development process and incorporate their concerns and recommendations into the new youth policy, the Mission will contribute to a consultative and participatory process that will take into consideration multiple perspectives, including those of:
- youth from all communities and geographical areas in Kosovo, and youth with different academic and working backgrounds;
- civil society actors involved in the youth sector;
- government and local level authorities directly involved in the development and implementation of youth related policies (including the 2019-2023 Strategy for Youth);
- international and local experts in the field of youth empowerment and youth policy development.
In line with this, the Mission seeks to engage a local expert with legal background and professional experience on youth policy development (hereinafter referred to as the expert) for contributing to the drafting of the New Youth Policy Concept Document (hereinafter referred to as Concept Document), ahead of the projected legislative revision.
The local expert will be part of the MYCS-led Working Group (WG), responsible for the drafting of the Concept Document. The local expert will contribute to draft the WG-work plan in close coordination with MCYS officials and other experts involved, monitoring the implementation of the WG work plan, identify risks and propose mitigation measures, and produce periodical progress reports.
In this role, he/she will conduct a desk research and a baseline assessment of the current youth policies (central/local) and identify the key governmental and non-governmental factors that have direct influence on youth empowerment and participation in Kosovo.
With the support of the Mission, the local expert will conduct a series of consultative meetings with youth representatives, youth activists, CSOs actively involved in the youth sector, government and local authorities directly involved in the development and implementation of youth related policies. In order to ensure a Kosovo-wide relevance of the findings, the meetings will be conducted in at least five major Kosovo municipalities (Prishtinë/Priština, Prizren, Pejë/Peć, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica region and Gjilan/Gnjilane). The consultative meetings will be closely organized in coordination with the Activity Manager and with the support of the five OSCE Regional Centres (RCs).
Additionally the local expert will organize meetings with the WG and the Kosovo Youth Council to: (i) present the task (methodology, key issues and main activities); (ii) discuss the needed policy updates to be incorporated in the Concept Document; (iii) present the key findings of the task.
Based on the assembled findings (baseline assessment, desk research, field consultations, meetings with WG and Kosovo Youth Council) the expert will formulate policy-driven recommendations for the youth sector reform, and update of existing policies. The local expert will present the recommendations to the MYCS-led WC and support the WG to incorporate them into the draft Concept Document.
The expert will also contribute to a final conference, ahead of the official launching of the revision of the Law on Youth. This event is expected to contribute to create a conducive political momentum around the legislative update of the Kosovo youth policy.
The final Concept Document, which will be the base for the projected legislative revision of the Law on Youth Empowerment and Participation, is expected to reshape the institutional setting of youth organizations, such as the Kosovo Youth Council (KYC) and Local Youth Action Councils (LYACs). Additionally, the final Concept Document is expected to address pre-identified challenges related to:
Format, purpose and role of youth structures at all levels;
- Youth work and volunteerism;
- Official youth policies at all levels;
- Change of secondary legislation.
Objective of Assignment:
The Mission seeks to engage one local expert with legal background and experience on youth policy development, to assist the MYCS-led WG to draft the New Youth Policy Concept Document. The consultant is expected to provide the WG with specific technical support on legal aspects and youth policies throughout the drafting process.
Duration of Assignment:
The consultant will be engaged for 70 working days.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
The scope of the work that will be performed by the expert will include the following tasks:
- Participate in the coordination meetings of the MYCS-led WG. The local expert will contribute to draft the WG-work plan, monitoring the implementation of the work plan, identify risks and propose mitigation measures, and produce periodical progress reports.
- Participate in a meeting with the WG and the Kosovo Youth Commission to present the task (methodology, key issues and main activities).
- Conduct a baseline assessment of the current youth policy in Kosovo (including the 2019- 2023 Strategy for Youth) and identify key factors that influence youth empowerment and participation.
- Conducts desk research and analysis of the existing youth policies in Kosovo. The expert is expected to identify best practices as well as areas for improvement.
- Conduct and coordinate consultative meetings on the needs of Kosovo youth in terms of empowerment and public and political participation. Consultative meetings should be organized with:
- youth representatives and youth activists;
- central and local youth structures;
- CSOs actively involved in the youth sector;
- government and local authorities directly involved in the development and implementation of youth related policies.
The consultative meetings should ensure a Kosovo-wide coverage and will be conducted in at least five major municipalities (Prishtinë/Priština, Prizren, Pejë/Peć, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica region and Gjilan/Gnjilane). The meetings will be conducted in coordination with the Activity Manager and with the support of the five RCs.
The local expert will organize an additional consultative meeting with the Kosovo Youth Commission.
- Based on the above (baseline assessment, desk research and consultative meetings), the expert will present the key findings to the WG and the Kosovo Youth Commission.
- The expert will elaborate policy driven recommendations to be included in the final Concept Document. The expert will develop a final document with all recommendations and policy changes to be incorporated in the final Concept Document, and present it to the Mission and the WG.
- The expert will support the WG to incorporate the recommendations into the final Concept Document.
- Contribute to the final conference, ahead of the official launching of the revision of the Law on Youth. During the event, the local expert is expected to present the key findings and related recommendations incorporated in the Concept Document.
- Maintain regular communication with the Activity Manager, WG and MYCS.
The consultant will report to the Activity Manager, while working closely with members of the MYCS-led WG for the drafting of the Concept Document.
A final set of recommendations shall be delivered to the members of the WG and to Activity Manager, by 12 September 2022, in accordance with deliverables and time frame described in the table below. The local legal expert will also contribute to a final conference, tentatively planned for October 2022.
- Effective and regular communication with Activity Manger and WG members;
- Participation to the WG and Kosovo Youth Commission coordination meetings;
- Regular, high-quality contributions to the drafting process of the Concept Document, including contribution to the WG work plan and production of regular progress reports;
- Participation and co-facilitation of the consultation process;
- High quality deliverables are produced in line with the above timeline;
- All tasks are completed in a qualitative, timely and professional manner, in close cooperation and consultation with the Activity Manager;
- Final assessment document prepared by the end of mid- September 2022.
- Advanced university degree in Law or other relevant fields;
- At least six (6) years of professional experience in policy development, with focus on youth development, civic participation, social inclusion and economic empowerment;
- Fluent in Albanian and English language, knowledge of Serbian language is an asset;
- Demonstrated ability to produce high quality reports, with clearly defined recommendations;
- Strong analytical and research skills, and demonstrated experience in quantitative/qualitative data analysis;
- Ability to work in complex, multi-stake-holder project environments;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Team work skills, capacity to respond positively to critical feedback, and a consensus-oriented approach to work.
Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.
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