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Consultant (Local Self Governance)
Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre,

Location: Chandigarh
Last Date: November 25, 2010




Scope of Work

Scope of Work for review and complement the existing draft Action Research on Current Initiatives, Lessons Learnt, and Potential Best Practices in the Field of Youth & Local Self – Governance
About Us

A Commonwealth where young women and men are provided with the opportunities to realise their potential individually and collectively and are effectively integrated as agents of change for development and transformation. CYP has been driving this process through innovation and leadership.

CYP works to engage and empower young people (aged 15-29) to enhance their contribution to development. This is done in partnership with young people, governments and other key stakeholders.

The Commonwealth currently comprises 53 member states with a total population of 1.9 billion. Over 60% of the total population is under 30. The enormous number of young people in the Commonwealth, and the harsh conditions in which so many of them are struggling to survive, pose a daunting challenge.

CYP is unique in being the largest decentralized intergovernmental organisation solely devoted to young people. Over the past three decades CYP has grown from strength to strength in building the capacity of governments to address youth issues while, at the same time, enhancing young people’s skills in relation to youth development work, entrepreneurship and income generation

The Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia Centre, Commonwealth Secretariat, commissioned an agency to undertake an Action Research in the field of youth and local self-governance in the Asia Region with focus on South Asia.

The draft Action Research Report cover current initiatives, issues and interventions, which have a bearing on the youth situation today and local self-governance issues at the grassroots level in which the young people have a stake.

The Asia Centre has been mandated by the Commonwealth Youth Ministers in their meeting at the Bahamas to be a Centre of Excellence for Youth and Local Self-Governance. This action research is an initiative of the Centre to understand the situation of youth and local self governance in a more holistic way.

Specific Scope of Work:
• To review and complement the existing draft with relevant case studies
• To improve the quality of draft both in language and content
• To collect and collate information and critically examine current Youth Programme initiatives on local self governance.
• To identify and document good practices in youth participation in local self governance with a focus on gender.
• To develop a mapping of existing interventions on youth and local self governance
• To identify the policy gaps in selected countries
• To develop a set of generic recommendation for meaningful engagement of young people in local governance

• Significant improvement in the language
• At least two good practices case studies from the selected countries
• Mapping of the existing interventions on youth and local governance with a gender focus
• Clear identification of gaps in the existing policies
• Set of generic recommendations for meaningful engagement of young people in local governance

The project period would be two months

• Master’s degree in social sciences, preferably political science and governance
• More than five years of significant experience in governance preferably local governance
• Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including strong writing skills
• Strong experience and expertise of research and documentation
• Demonstrated experience and understanding of research methodology
• Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills.
• Excellent analytical skills.
• Excellent computing skills.

Application Procedure:

Please submit your resume and cover letter on the following address
Stanzin Dawa
Please put “Local Self Governance_Your Name” as the subject line.

Due to the high volume of applicant response, not all applicants may receive a response from us.

Last date for application: 25 November, 2010


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