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Call for Consultants 2020 - 2022

Youth LEAD is the Asia Pacific Network of Young Key Populations (YKP) ages 14-30.

Youth LEAD was created to develop partnerships among young key populations (YKP) organizations in Asia and the Pacific. We equip our members with the necessary skills and tools to advocate for change by empowering YKP at the grassroots level.

Youth LEAD is unique because we bring together all young key populations to the same platform. Our organization and programs are led, designed, and implemented by young people, working for other young people. We embrace each other’s differences and celebrate our similarities, connected by our values and needs of being young and our shared passion to end HIV/AIDS. This is what makes Youth LEAD strong: our network of young men who have sex with men, young sex workers, young people who use drugs, young transgender persons, and young people living with HIV, who all come together to advocate for issues that affect us and our communities.

Objectives of the organisation

  • Promote a unified platform and common voice for YKP in the Asia and Pacific region, through providing representation and coordination at various forums where YKP should be represented.
  • Establish or strengthen national networks of YKP in Asia and the Pacific region to ensure their representation at all decision-making forums and processes that affect their lives.
  • Advocate for the harmonization of policies that negatively impact on the health and well-being of YKP, reduce stigma and discrimination for HIV persons and promote/raise awareness on HIV related issues in relation to YKP
  • Advocate for universal access to a diverse range of evidence-based, locally driven harm reduction approaches in conformity with the ‘UNFPA, UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNICEF’ Technical Guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for adolescents and YKP in the Asia and Pacific region.
  • Establish strategic alliances and forge collaborations with various like-minded individuals, groups and organizations to promote and support the effective and meaningful participation of young people and adolescents in the regional and global response to HIV.
  • Provide expertise, resources and support to country networks in advocating for issues affecting young key populations.

Purpose of the Call for Consultants

The purpose of this call for consultants is to develop a roster of consultants (experts) for the year 2020-2022. It will primarily benefit Youth LEAD by reducing the time and level of effort that is required while hiring a consultant.

Below are some Q&A that will facilitate everyone to understand the process.

Who are we looking for?

Anyone may submit his/her application. However, we would encourage applicants* who have experiences working with adolescents and young key populations that includes work with young MSM, young transgender persons, young people who sell sex and young people who use drugs and young people living with HIV to apply. Applicants with experience working in health, primarily in HIV and sexual health, SRHR and youth are also encouraged to apply.

*Individual Consultant means a person who works as a freelance.

Experts from the young key populations and key populations will be given high priority.

What type of work will Youth LEAD outsource in 2020-2022?

To align with Youth LEAD strategic priorities and outcomes, the consultant may be asked to work on the areas of:

  • Advocacy and policy briefs writing on adolescents and YKPs
  • Proposals development
  • Studies and assessment of adolescents and YKPs
  • Capacity development training manuals development
  • Facilitation of capacity development trainings on adolescents and YKPs
  • Organisational development
  • Strategic plan development
  • Evaluations of the project and initiative
  • Short movies and documentary production
  • Designing of the reports

 What do we need from you?

 Individuals interested to submit an application must submit the documents below:

  1. A cover letter explaining your area of expertise and experiences, and
  2. A complete CV with two referees (Applicants who have had consultancy experiences may also submit details of their previous consultancies including the fees you were paid).

Deadline for submission

The deadline to submit the application is March 30 2020, before 17:00 (GMT+7).

How do I submit my application?

Please submit the above mentioned documents via email to [email protected]

We would appreciate if you could keep your email subject in the quoted format – “Submission for the Consultant – YOUR NAME – COUNTRY”.

 What will happen after I submit my application?

After the given deadline of this call, Youth LEAD secretariat will review all the applications and shortlist. Shortlisted applications will be registered in the Youth LEAD Consultants Roster.

Please note that there will be no acknowledgement of receipt of your application submission email. Shortlisted applicants will be notified individually via email in April 2020.

Information in regards to roster

Once you are registered in the roster of consultant, Youth LEAD secretariat may contact you for any consultancy opportunities that are more relevant to your expertise. The issue and areas of consultancy will depend on various current and upcoming projects that will be implemented by Youth LEAD throughout 2020-2022. Though, please understand that being registered in the roster does not in any way assure a consultancy contract.

When you are selected as the consultant for a specific contract, you may be required to submit some additional documents such as a scanned copy of your ID/passport (registration documents for organizations) and documents that would verify the rate of your previous consultancies (depending on different funding agency’s requirement). The role of the selected consultant will be defined in the contract to be signed for the specific task.



The United Nations Development Programme in Jamaica develops and implements projects in the islands we serve (The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Island ) to help them find solutions to global and national development challenges. The projects are wide ranging in the expertise and knowledge they require; therefore we are inviting suitably qualified, experienced persons/institutions who wish to apply as consultants to these projects to submit their CVs for consideration.

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Programme Development, implementation and monitoring
  • Project design and formulation
  • Poverty
  • Governance
  • Environment and
  • Information Technology

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Draft comprehensive project documents
  • Implementation of the agreed work programmes detailed in Terms of Reference
  • Provide short term consultancies


  • Strong analytical skills
  • The ability to manage information and deliver accure and concise reports in a timely manner
  • Sensitivity to developement issues, in particular Poverty, Environmental Management, and genger issues
  • Experience in project design, implemention, monitoring and reporting
  • Regional experience and familiarity with the operational proceures of regional and international financial agencies

Required Skills and Experience

  • At least a Masters degree in Economics, Developement Studies, Communication, Social Sciences or relevant field
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A minimum of 8 years progressive experience
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.

In view of ensuring quality of materials used for awareness rising, advocacy and public dissemination, UN Women seeks to hire English Editor Consultants to provide timely and qualitative editing of UN Women’s documents.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Communications Specialist, and in close collaboration with communications focal points, the consultant (s) will be responsible for the following:

  • Editing, revising and rewriting as needed and formatting to produce high quality communications materials, programme and policy research reports and other documents and materials aligned with UN Women's established standards and formats, and in compliance with the RO's clearance and routing process;
  • The editing would entail:
    • Ensuring correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax and general usage of the language;
    • Checking the overall clarity and consistency of style, tone and structure;
    • Reorganizing the text or changing paragraph order to improve overall clarity and flow;
    • Rephrasing to improve the structure and content without changing the original meaning;
    • Remove redundancies, repetitions, inappropriate terms or jargon in track change mode;
    • Ensuring the consistency of formats for footnotes, bibliography, Tables, Figures, Annexes, etc.?


The consultant (s) will be expected to deliver communications materials and documents that reflect high quality and format established by UN Women.

Duration of assignment:

The consultant (s) will be engaged under a 1-year retainer contract, which facilitates direct engagement (maximum of 100 days) of the consultant depending on the need and availability within the contract period for a pre-agreed fee.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated abilities and track record writing high quality English-language reports and information;
  • Demonstrated abilities and track record editing communications materials on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Ability to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax;
  • Ability to verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master's degree or other advanced degree in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, international development, and/or communications related fields;
  • Bachelor's degree in those fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in writing and editing of high-quality English materials;
  • Experience writing/editing on the issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment is preferred;
  • Excellent track record of writing and editorial wok in a professional working environment, including web content, blogs, social media posts, success stories and feature stories;
  • Strong theoretical and practical background in graphic and information design and data visualization;
  • Working experience in international development, and/or other UN agencies is an asset.

Language Requirements:

Selection Criteria:

The candidates will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (i) educational background and work experience as reflected in their CV; (ii) writing samples.

Application Guidlines:

UNWOMEN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


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