Systems Mapping, Youth Economic Opportunities

Systems Mapping, Youth Economic Opportunities

World University Service Of Canada


Systems Mapping, Youth Economic Opportunities


Details of the offer

Job Summary

Expressions of interest are invited for the above consultancy opportunity.

Minimum Qualification:Bachelor
Experience Level:Mid level
Experience Length:5 years
Job Description/Requirements

April 20, 2021
April 29, 2021
Country Manager, VCP
4 hours every day between April 28th to June 18th 2021*
Up to CAD $5,000

Terms of Reference
World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit
organization with a mission to enhance education, economic
opportunities, and empowerment for youth. We work with a diverse network
of students, volunteers, institutions, governments, and businesses.
Together, we foster youth-centered solutions to overcome inequality and

WUSC’s Volunteer Cooperation Program called IGNI+E (Innovative Global
Networks for Inclusion + Equality, pronounced IGNITE), is a 7-year
initiative (2020-2027) funded by Global Affairs Canada, that will
strengthen the performance of 70+ partner organizations to advance
gender equality and economic empowerment for 1.2 million poor and
marginalised youth, in particular young women (70% women). The IGNI+E
Project will harness the knowledge, capacity and expertise of skilled
Canadians through 1200 volunteer assignments to assist partners to
improve their performance, advocate for gender equality, and implement
more sustainable, innovative and inclusive initiatives and services for
poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women.

Background of the Project
There is a growing body of evidence that specialized employment and
entrepreneurship programs for young people do work, especially when they
target the marginalized, and when they combine training with other
forms of support. Given this background, IGNI+E aims to respond to these
challenges by supporting 70+ partners across six countries to improve
their performance in delivering inclusive and innovative programming
that advances gender equality. Through the improved performance of
service delivery organisations, employers, government bodies, training
institutions, advocacy groups, and a higher-performing and more
inclusive ecosystem of stakeholders (Intermediate Outcome 1100), IGNI+E
will contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic well-being of
poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women, and in some
countries forcibly displaced youth, by generating inclusive and
sustainable employment and entrepreneurship opportunities (Ultimate

The IGNI+E program prioritizes systems thinking and systems practice
in all work with partners, volunteers and stakeholders. The program
defines systems-led practice as:

Making decisions regarding your organizational strategy based on
understanding the systems within which you work and then envisioning
wider system change goals – goals you know you can’t achieve alone but
which help guide your actions so that those actions connect with, build
upon, and contribute to the wider impact of the collective.

This consultant will work with WUSC staff, partner organizations and volunteers in Kenya
to support a process of systems mapping and identification of spaces
for collaborative action. To do so, the consultant will facilitate a
process of systems mapping and where possible leverage on existing
reports to 1) specify challenges and opportunities faced by marginalized
young people, especially young women and refugees 2) map the root
causes of these problems along with potential solutions and gap; and 3)
offer recommendations on a) potential new partnership opportunities
and/or actions to be undertaken by IGNI+E; and b) opportunities for
IGNI+E local partners to invest in new goods and services relevant to
these challenges and opportunities; c) opportunities for collaboration
between IGNI+E partners to tackle key challenges and respond to

The consultant will collaborate with a global team of researchers,
students and consultants working in Canada, Kenya, Malawi Uganda, Ghana,
Sri Lanka and Vietnam. While working specifically in the context of a
single country, the consultant will be expected to collaborate with
global peers to share learning outputs and strategies. The consultant
will be supported by and support young people from the seven countries
listed above participating in WUSC’s 2021 International Seminar.
These young students and young professionals will provide research
support and assist in the documentation of results and recommendations.

To this end, the consultant will serve two mutually reinforcing
roles: first, to support IGNI+E partner organizations and WUSC staff to
articulate questions and identify solutions; second to support students
and young professionals in their learning and collaboration throughout
the International Seminar program. The ideal consultant will act as a
coach and facilitator to bring these two objectives together.

The consultant will work both in person and virtually, depending on
the local context. She or he will be expected to have access to a
computer able to run the most recent version of Google Chrome, and
adequate internet connection to participate in web conferencing and
online collaboration.

Component 1: Specification of Research Questions
The consultant will work with WUSC staff and partners to articulate
one or more key questions relevant to the systemic challenges faced by
marginalized young people (especially young women) in the specific
country or region. WUSC currently has a list of questions provided by
partners that should serve as a starting point. The consultant will:
? Revise questions to ensure that they are of an appropriate scope and depth for the Seminar.
? Provide background information for the questions, including additional context and links to resources.
? Develop a 2-page overview of the question, context and resources
for the use of students and young people participating in the Seminar.

Component 2: Systems Analysis
The consultant will work with WUSC staff, volunteers and partners to
conduct a systems gap analysis of key problems or problems, associated
with youth employment and entrepreneurship, that has been identified by
WUSC partner organizations. This includes:
? Validating key challenges posed by WUSC partner organizations through review of key documents and interviews;
? When appropriate, hosting virtual and/or in person stakeholder workshops with partners and stakeholders;
? Participate in Systems Thinking training facilitated by WUSC on May 7 at 7am EST
? With support from participants in the 2021 WUSC International
Seminar, lead research on systems mapping, using tools and resources
provided by WUSC.
? Collaborate with peer consultants in 5 other countries to share analysis

Component 3: Stakeholder and Solutions Mapping
The consultant will document stakeholders and relationships that are
important for driving change towards ensuring greater inclusion of the
most marginalized young people in employment and entrepreneurship
relevant programming. He/She will also leverage on existing reports to
document: What barriers exist? What public or private sector policies
currently create space or constraints for marginalized young women in
local labour markets and what are the implications for reform?
Institutional and systems mapping will also identify potential industry
partners that can aid in achieving program goals. This includes:
? Identifying resources, among INGI+E partner organizations to contribute to systems change;
? Identify complementary stakeholders in the public and private sectors;
? Map relationships between key partners and stakeholders, and potential contributions to systems change.

Component 4: Action Items
The consultant will produce a report documenting:
? The key problems and challenges identified by WUSC staff, volunteers and partners;
? Mapping of potential solutions;
? Identification of priority actions for WUSC partners, with a specific focus on detailing potential areas of collaboration;
? Recommendations to WUSC on how to support actions listed above.

Output Timeframe
Documentation of research questions and background information (2 pages) May 14th
Documented systems mapping analysis (4-5 pages) June 25th
Recommendations for partner actions (2-3 pages) June 25th

Individual consultants are invited to submit a CV and cover letter. The consultant should show:
? At least 5 – 10 years of experience in research, development management, or community engagement;
? Experience working with students and young professionals;
? A passion for collaborative problem solving and inclusive design;
? Understanding of systems thinking and design;
? Superior skills in online collaboration software, including Google Suite, Zoom and other collaboration tools;
? Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
Sound understanding of gender and development issues and commitment to gender equality

How to apply

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