National Consultant to Conduct a Study on Youth Crime Prevention in Uganda – Jobs in Kenya
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: KAMPALA
Posting Period: 29 July 2021 – 08 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-160790-Consultant
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Result of Service
• Inception report, that details the methodology.
• Compilation of available data on the prevention of youth, crime, violence, and drug use over the last 3 years.
• Desk review of national policies and frameworks regarding the participation of youth in sports, arts, and culture.
• Conduct a rapid assessment report of interventions for available alternative livelihoods for youth.
• Determine and implement data collection methodology and tools document (key informant interviews, focus group discussions, survey, and participatory mapping).
• Conduct key informant interviews, reports/transcripts, group assessment reports/transcripts, survey reports, and other relevant systematization of information.
• Frame the research conducted and data collected from assessment findings within the framework of the methodology.
• Draft and submit a preliminary report on the study, to receive comments and feedback provided by UNODC and other relevant stakeholders.
• Develop PowerPoint presentation based on finalised report to be delivered at two (2) local and one (1) national policy workshop on youth crime prevention to promote evidence-based interventions.
Work Location – Kampala, Uganda
Expected duration – 42 Working Days between August and September 2021
Duties and Responsibilities
- Background of the assignment:
UNODC is the Office of the UN Secretariat mandated to assist Member States in countering and preventing illicit drugs, crime, corruption, and terrorism. The Regional Office for Eastern Africa covers 13 countries in the region, assisting UNODC’s mandate areas, including through its Criminal Justice Programme.Under the project funded through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ‘Youth Crime Prevention through Sports, Arts and Culture’, UNODC aims to:
(1) identify, and develop activities to enhance local capacity of youth engage in sports, arts and culture to prevent youth crime and violence;
(2) build youth resilience to crime, violence, and drug use through sports, arts, and culture coupled with life skills training, entrepreneurship, and innovation among vulnerable youth;
(3) increase adaptative and positive behaviour in youth, addressing vulnerabilities that are linked to violence, crime and drug use;
(4) enhance local capacity to implement youth-centered policies and approaches to prevent violent extremism in the context of comprehensive, evidence-based preventive actions.
UNODC ROEA will establish partnerships with different stakeholders in Uganda for youth empowerment, crime prevention, and the development of alternative livelihoods. This will include researching youth crime prevention, using data information from the criminal justice system related to youth offenders, mapping existing policies and the effectiveness of their implementation as well as on-going initiatives by government and other entities that support youth participation in sports, arts and culture. UNDOC will additionally organize workshops on youth crime prevention to promote evidence-based interventions, including enhancing the role of young African parliamentarians in promoting good governance and mainstreaming the role of youth in policy frameworks for youth crime prevention.
As part of its efforts to support the implementation of the Doha Declaration, UNODC launched a global youth crime prevention initiative that builds on the power of sports as a tool for peace. The initiative aims to promote sports and related activities to prevent crime and to effectively build the resilience of at-risk youth. Strengthening the life skills of youth is a key objective to minimize risk factors and maximize protective factors related to crime, violence, and drug use.
Using a mixed-methods research paradigm, that will use elements of UNODC’s Practical Guide for conducting Safety Governance Assessments. The work will involve gathering available data and information at local and national levels from various government, judicial and criminal justice institutions. This data will be complimented by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders at the local and national level to collect quantitative and qualitative data using both secondary and primary data collection methods, where possible within COVID-19 protocols. Ensuring that all research conducted is in line with ethical and safety standards and takes into account human rights and gender considerations.
The consultant will organize stakeholder consultations, youth surveys and key informant interviews on the prevention of youth, crime, violence, and drug use with relevant authorities from government, education, criminal justice, civil society, and youth leaders.
The consultant’s research will also assist in the organisation and inputs towards two (2) local policy workshops and one (1) national policy workshop on youth crime prevention to promote evidence-based interventions. The consultant will also present and validate the study findings to key stakeholders and the finalisation of the Youth Crime Prevention Assessment report.
3.Specific tasks to be performed by the Consultant
The consultant will carry out the following tasks:
• Conduct a policy review on the implementation of existing policies related to the participation of youth in sports, arts and culture in Uganda.
• Conduct a general review of public spaces and their accessibility for youth to participate in sports, arts and culture for recreation and livelihoods.
• Compile and analyse available data on prevention of youth crime and violence, based on published studies, reports, judicial reports statistics available from national/local structures, services, programmes and resources.
• Compile and analyse available data on youth drug use, prevention of drug use and rehabilitation and reintegration services and structures available for youth.
• Conduct interviews on prevention of youth violence, crime and drug use with relevant authorities from government, education, criminal justice, civil society, and youth leaders to assess challenges and opportunities.
• Assess data availability at the local level and develop means to overcome data availability challenges.
• Lead in developing the data collection methodology and tools following the framework of the Urban Safety Governance Approach.
• Map government frameworks for youth crime prevention;
• Facilitate and conduct stakeholder mapping and identification of participants for data collection.
• Conduct data collection using mixed-methodologies and processing including key informant interviews, focus group discussions, surveys, participatory mapping, and any other methods deemed appropriate.
• Assist and support in the presentation and validation of findings to key stakeholders at the local and national level through multi-stakeholder workshops/roundtables, as appropriate.
• Contribute to drafting a report summary presentation (PowerPoint) to be used at two (2) local policy workshops (1) national policy workshop on youth crime prevention to promote evidence-based interventions through sports, arts and culture.
Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sociology, anthropology, social science, political science, international relations, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
o At least two years of work experience in matters related to youth crime prevention as well as urban safety and security in Uganda is required.
o Experience in conducting qualitative research and analysis using participatory methods and report writing is required.
o Experience in quantitative and qualitative research in the field of youth development, crime prevention and criminal justice is required.
o Experience working with baseline surveys, statistics, data collection and analysis is desirable.
o Experience in research on youth and livelihoods as well as youth in Sports, Art and Culture in Uganda is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations Secretariat official language, is an advantage.
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