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INTERNATIONAL INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT

Purpose of activity: National Consultant to develop training resource package for facilitator manual (boys and girls circle and Healthy Relationship) and support in delivering ToT to the selected participants

 

Background

In Timor-Leste, adolescent pregnancies and early marriages are prevalent. In 2016, 20% of young women reported having given birth before they turned 20 (i.e. during adolescence) and 15% were already married before 18[1]. The World Health Organization however recommends avoiding teenage pregnancies since they can cause severe health problems for both the mother and child[2]. In Timor-Leste indeed, maternal mortality of adolescents is twice as high as the national average[3], and children born of teenage mothers are more likely to have a low birth rate, be born pre-term – or die before the age of five[4].

In order to ensure all adolescent and young people are aware of their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and empower them to make informed choices and decisions, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education should be introduced and made available. Comprehensive sexuality education is not only about sex; it is aimed at equipping young people with relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they need to determine and enjoy their sexuality. It helps young people to acquire accurate information on sexual and reproductive rights, develop life skills to make decision and take responsibility and nurture positive attitudes and values toward their sexual and reproductive health.[5] Issues such as preventing unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV/AIDS can be addressed through age specific sexuality education and promotion of responsible and healthy reproductive and sexual behaviour.

 

In addition, across the world, an estimated 246 million boys and girls experience school violence every year (UNESCO, 2017). A study of 19 low and middle-income countries found that, while 34% of students aged 11–13 had been bullied in the past twelve months, 8% had been bullied every day (Fleming & Jacobsen, 2010).

Scope of work:

(Description of services, activities, or outputs)

The boys and girls circle and Healthy Relationship are the facilitator’s manual for the young people learning about themselves, developing skills and confidence to interact with others in a positive and respectful way, and knowing how to seek help and support when it is needed. The main objective of the intervention is to transform gender stereotypes of young women and young men in and out of schools. The intervention targets students in Pre-secondary and secondary schools and out-of-school youths in Timor Leste, however, it will start with the students and youths in 7 prioritized Municipalities. Furthermore, The ToT is to ensure comprehensive understanding on the manual and strengthen the facilitating component before disseminating information amongst youth in and out of school.

 

The Consultant will collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, State Secretary of Youth and Sports and UNFPA and will:

  • Enhance the contents of Boys and Girls Circle Facilitator Manual through development of Training Aids for the 9-14 Years old and 15-18 years’ old
  • Develop training and teaching aids for ToT for Boys and Girls Circles and Healthy Relationship manual by collaboration with the co-trainer
  • Support in the delivering the ToT on the Boys’ and Girls’ Circle and Healthy Relationship facilitator’s manual to selected participants who will then provide ToT to teachers, students and youths from the selected municipalities.
  • Support the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports to introduce the training intervention in the selected municipalities and possible roll-out to other municipalities.
  • Develop the Trainers competency assessment
  • Support in monitoring the implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
  • Activities Report, Quarterly Report and end of Mission reports are to be submitted to UNFPA (template will be provided).

 

Targets:

  • Selected Participants of the ToT (an indicated CSO, INFORPDE facilitators, Youth Representatives)
  • Selected Participants of the trainings

 Duration and working schedule:

The work is expected to start in 23rd September- 14 December 2021

Place where services are to be delivered:

  • In Dili with travel to Municipalities

Interested candidate should submit a Cover Letter, and P11 form, by email to:  timor-leste.office@unfpa.org, and register your profile in the following link: http://www.unfpa.org/unfpa-consultant-roster. For the complete TOR you could find it on the following link: https://timor-leste.unfpa.org/en/vacancies

 

Deadline of submission of application is of 16 September 2021 at 17:00 pm.