Project Background: The DFID/CSO Youth Guidance Project
Students Partnership Worldwide (SPW) is seeking to recruit a proof reader to finalise the language, content and flow of the Donor Youth Participation Guide. This is a vital aspect of the Youth Guidance Project which aims to develop, pilot and disseminate guidance and resources to Donor Agency country offices on how to meaningfully engage young people in their work. The project is a collaboration between DFID and a range of civil society partners and a number of other Donor Agencies (e.g. World Bank, UNICEF, UNFPA, etc.), with project management being led by SPW through the Project Manager. It represents a strategic opportunity to engage with and support major institutional donors in developing a more effective approach to working with and for young people in development.
Job Description: Proof Reader
S/he will be responsible for:
* Making sure all punctuation, spelling and grammar is accurate.
* Making sure all spellings are in English – not American English.
* Final check of sentence structure (an initial check is being done by a separate editor).
The Proof Reader will need:
* Be an enthusiastic, pro-active advocate for Youth Participation & Youth led development
* Have a significant amount of practical experience in copy editing youth focused development reports.
Time frame & location of job
The role is a short term position starting from Thursday 28th January 2010 (for between 2-4 days; this is an indicative date and the finalization of actual dates will be discussed at the interview). The work is to be conducted from either SPW offices in Westminster, London or a place of the successful candidate’s choice based in the UK. This will be agreed upon in discussion with the Project Manager.
Payment for Services
The Proof Reader will be employed as a consultant to SPW, and will receive payment for successful consulting services at the end of February at a rate of £100/day (expected to be 2-4 days of work).
Please email your CV (no more than 2 pages) with a one page cover letter, which explains your suitability for the job (to include the name, email address & telephone number of 2 references). Please email to the Project Manager, Sarah Huxley at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 10am Friday 22nd January 2010.
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This is comprehensive toolkit produced by the Commission for Refugee Women and Children geared to supporting organisations to plan and execute appropriate interventions to promote sustainable livelihoods. Our team has used it for a study under the ‘Post Conflict Transitions..’ theme of the project.
As ever, comments are welcome.
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At the end of February; Barbara, Derek and Hannah held their Focus groups at various locations in London.
Barbara’s focus group was held at the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council and the topic was “Youth, Conflict, Peace Building and the Role of Donor Agencies.”
Barbara said; “The focus group discussion represented a consultative opportunity to engage with the Youth Guidance Project and its approach to working with and for young people in development, particularly in relation to “Post-Conflict Transitions and Youth Civic Participation”. The focus group looked at the importance of youth civic participation within pre-conflict countries for donor agencies; exploring issues of social exclusion and marginalisation as key barriers to young people becoming peacebuilders.”
“Was a very interactive session. Diverse ideas and opinions really came up and enriched my horizon” (Focus Group Participant)
Derek’s focus group was held at the British Youth Council and the focus was “Youth Participation: Governance, Voice and Accountability”
Derek said “The group was a nice mixture of people from different backgrounds and experiences which meant that a good rapport was built amongst participants. Through the duration of the discussions, the group remained engaged and gave equal contributions to the sessions.
I felt that for me the Roadmap analogy really was really useful in fully unpacking the role of donor agencies and the need to bridge the gap between them and youth participation. This was useful, as the stronger focus of the group discussions was on looking at preventative measures (pre-conflict) that donor agencies could work on.
Though I had a small group, I felt that I was really able to engage them in the project and manage expectations accordingly. The fact that participants were happy to contribute to the process and show an interest in joining the other focus groups later that week was also testament to the utility of creating a platform for such a unique dialogue to take place. “
Hannah’s focus group was held at Unicef Uk and focused on “Youth Participation in HIV and AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health.”
Hannah said ” For me, the focus group was all about encouraging the Young people attending to enter into an open dialogue about HIV and Sexual health and to gain an idea of what young people thought about projects that donor agencies were running and how engaged they were in sexual and reproductive health programmes.
I had concerns that often when you get young people together to talk about these issues there are some prejudices that people have been exposed to. To have real, meaningful Youth Participation in Sexual and Reproductive health projects is something which is vital to the health of the world’s population and I was so excited that the young people involved were able to explore the issues and ideas central to this.”
Below you can see pictures and videos from the focus groups.
Our learnings from the three sessions have influenced our work on the project in a number of ways. Firstly, we all felt it was important to have some real youth participation in the project, which is all about Youth participation! To be able to share some of our initial ideas and findings and gain some new perspectives on these was really helpful and I think we all appreciated the way in which all the young people involved were engaged and interested in what we were doing.
We’d like to say a massive Thank You to everyone involved.
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On the 17 April 2009 we began the process of launching the second pilot project in Nepal.
The aims of the workshop were to:
1. To inform key partners regarding the aims of the Youth Guidance Project. Notably, to pilot and test selected and manageable resources related to youth participation over a 10 month period, which will add value to ongoing initiatives (or those in the pipeline). These may be both initiatives already focusing on youth, or those where youth involvement has not yet been sought.
2. Increased awareness on youth participation issues and commitment built towards taking action in this area.
3. Collaborative discussion involving mulitlaterals, bilaterals, CSOs, youth representatives & government representatives on scoping the potential strategic opportunities for youth participation in policy, planning or programmes. For details of the workshop please see the presentation.
Some good initial discussions were had by all, and strong foundations set for the future. Please see the Workshop Minutes for outcomes and a list of participants.
Thank you to all who participated.
Sarah and the Team (including Samrat, our Nepali Youth Participation officer in the photo below)Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Interested in International Development?
16-29 and living in Greater London?
Free on the afternoon of
Tuesday 24th February
Friday 27th February or…
Saturday 28th February?
If you answered Yes to all three questions please read on…
The DfiD/CSO Working Group on Youth is creating a Youth Participation Guide for funders of development projects. To support us in putting the document together we’re running focus groups on different sections of the guide.
This is an opportunity to tell us how we’re doing so far, share your experience and apply your knowledge and skills to a Youth driven international project. SPW are running three focus groups introducing the purpose of the guide, its intended effects and some of the examples we’re currently working with. We want you to strengthen what we’re doing by contributing your time and energy for a couple of hours and to have fun whilst doing it!
The three focus groups are all over the next week and the themes, times and locations are listed below.
‘Youth, Conflict, Peace Building and the Role of Donor Agencies’
Tuesday 24th February 1-4PM
Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council,
7 Lion Yard, Tremadoc Road,
To inquire about this focus group please contact Barbara Soetan at email@example.com
‘Youth Participation, HIV/AIDs and Sexual Reproductive Health’
Friday 27th, 2-5PM
30a Great Sutton Street
To inquire about this focus group please contact Hannah Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Youth Participation: Governance, Voice and Accountability’
Saturday 28th, 1-4PM
British Youth Council
CAN Mezzanine London Bridge
1 Downstream Building
1 London Bridge
London, SE1 9BG
To inquire about this focus group please contact Derek Oakley at email@example.com
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