Call for consultant: Collation of good practices on parliamentary-youth engagement

Decorative
15 December 2022
Vacancy - consultant

Call for consultant: Collation of good practices on parliamentary-youth engagement

WFD is looking to commission a specialist to develop a report collating examples of how parliaments are engaging youth in different countries. Whilst the scope is global, special attention should be given to examples of good practice from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Context

Around the world, WFD helps decision-makers include people who are often overlooked so that everyone's voice is heard, and no one is held back. In August 2022, WFD launched a new regional programme with a focus on addressing youth inclusion in Algeria, Lebanon and Morocco to help parliaments become more responsive to the needs and concerns of young citizens by:  

  1. Building the knowledge, skills and capacity of youth to engage effectively with their national parliament on key policy issues  

  1. Supporting parliaments to put in place mechanisms and platforms that facilitate youth engagement on key policy issues  

  1. Providing platforms and opportunities for young people and parliaments to come together to collaborate on key policy issues  

The MENA region is today witnessing its largest youth population, with approximately 60% of the overall MENA population under 30. While young people are often involved in informal political processes, such as activism or civic engagement, they are underrepresented in national political institutions such as parliaments and have little confidence in them. This issue is critical because a politically disengaged youth will impact the quality of democratic governance in the short and long term.  

 In the three participating countries of the programme (Algeria, Morocco and Lebanon) young men and women have expressed low levels of trust in institutions and most young adults are largely disengaged from formal political participation. Despite some countries having undertaken initiatives to acknowledge the role of young people in national institutions (for instance, Morocco has established an electoral quota for youth) and created opportunities for volunteering and civic engagement, young people are frustrated with the performance of public institutions and government to deliver on their concerns. According to an OECD report from 2020, young people in the MENA region feel that there are no genuine opportunities to shape the public discourse and participate in public life. These constraints are due to cultural, social, institutional and political factors discouraging young people from becoming active in political life. 

Objectives

To help inform the targeted interventions of this programme that will contribute to more meaningful mechanisms and platforms for the engagement of young people in parliamentary work, WFD is looking to commission a specialist to develop a report collating examples of how parliaments are engaging youth in different countries. Whilst the scope is global, special attention should be given to examples of good practice from the MENA region. The study should be a resource for WFD to use with senior parliamentary stakeholders to promote good practices for the inclusion of youth in parliamentary practices. The final product will be shared with youth organisations/groups participating in the programme as well as parliamentary stakeholders to explore lessons that could inform youth engagement.

Scope

As stated above, whilst the scope is global, special attention should be given to examples of good practice from the MENA region. WFD understands good practice as a successfully tested practice that has produced good results and can be recommended as a model. The expert will be given a draft list of principles to identify a good practice, but the final parameters will be defined and agreed with WFD and the specialist before conducting the assignment. When documenting an example of good practice, the specialist should include:  

  1. Description of the good practice (i.e., what is the engagement mechanism/platform, how does it work, what is its purpose) 
  2. Stakeholders involved 
  3. Description of how the mechanism/platform was developed 
  4. Impact of the good practice (i.e., examples of how it has successfully facilitated youth-parliament engagement on policymaking or other areas) 
  5. Enabling factors (what factors have contributed to this mechanism/platform working well?) 
  6. Key considerations for replication 
  7. If possible, confirmation by the beneficiaries involved in the practice to validate it 

Deliverables 

In order to produce the study, the following deliverables are foreseen – subject to discussion:  

  1. Desk research of best practices with a special focus on the MENA region. The research should include primary and secondary sources, interviewing-if possible-beneficiaries from the identified good practices.  
  2. Draft report presenting the information in a clear manner.   
  3. Final report addressing amends and feedback suggested by the WFD review team on the draft report.  

Note the report should be written clearly and without jargon in English to a standard suitable for publication. The structure of the report should reflect order and clustering of the examples issues identified, themes, and clearly outline the information gathered. As a guide, the report should aim to be 30 pages long.  

Timeline

The assignment is expected to be conducted in January, according to the following timeline. However, dates could be revised to accommodate Christmas commitments.  

Task/deliverable Timeline/deadline Responsible
Check in meeting w/c 3 December  Expert and WFD SPM  
Share draft study  23 January Expert
Review draft study and share feedback   30 January WFD review team
Share final chapter   6 February Expert

Working arrangement

The assignment will be completed remotely with WFD's Senior Programme Manager MENA providing guidance and input to the expert. The specialist will have an introduction with WFD Senior Programme Manager MENA to discuss the approach and key priority areas to be researched in the study. Before starting the research, WFD and the specialist will finalise and consolidate the list of principles to identify and define a good practice in a working session. In order to conduct the research, WFD will provide key documentation linked to the programme (including the mapping of youth groups in Morocco, Lebanon and Algeria and report on the legal frameworks/strategies and policies on youth inclusion in the three participating countries).  The research should include primary and secondary sources, interviewing-if possible-beneficiaries from the identified good practices. However, we would expect the specialist to suggest the most appropriate methodology. 

Payment

The expected length of this assignment is approximately 8 days at a daily rate of up to £450. The total remuneration is therefore max. £3,600. The total fee will be paid in one payment within 30 days of submission of the report and a valid invoice accompanied by a timesheet.

Qualifications and experience 

  • Solid knowledge of youth inclusion, ideally some engagements with parliaments 
  • Demonstrable experience in conducting other similar assignments relating to governance/democracy strengthening  
  • Experience working for an international organisation is desirable  
  • Fluent in Arabic or French is desirable  

If interested, please send your CV, quote, availability and methodology plan to Pilar Tejon (pilar.tejon@wfd.org) by 2 January 2023.