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Call for Proposals: Youth as agents for change during elections

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Youth as agents for change during election

  1. DURATION OF CONTRACT

Five months starting March 2022.

  1. CONTEXT

Younger generations are the driving force of change in any country and they have the creativity and capacity to make this change happen on multiple levels.

UNESCO has engaged with thousands of youths to create change, and is committed to empowering youth by providing them with spaces to participate and the right tools to be capable of making informed decisions.

Elections are a democratic way allowing youths to speak up, influence their societies, and lead the way to change.

In Lebanon, UNESCO Beirut office is working on helping younger generations counter disinformation and hate speech in addition to promoting media and information literacy plus access to information especially during elections time.

Empowering youths, and including them in the rebuilding of Lebanon’s political class is essential to create change and accountability. Therefore, they need to learn, exercise their rights, and discover the power of their votes. In addition, young Lebanese with special needs have the right to learn how the current electoral law protects their right to free and independent access to polling stations, as well as participation in the elections.

As a result, UNESCO Beirut office would like to spread awareness among young generations, mainly first time voters, and increase their capacities on combating hate speech and disinformation within the upcoming elections context, targeting four to five different Lebanese regions. Through these sessions, UNESCO seeks to empower youth by giving them the right knowledge and tools in addition to simplifying the electoral process in a creative manner, hence helping younger generations take independent and informed decisions. 

This activity is made possible by the Government of Netherlands, within its support to UNESCO's flagship initiative LiBeirut.

  1. ASSIGNMENT

This call targets NGOs, organization and institutions working on media, youth and/or election. The selected NGO/organization will need to undertake the following:

  • Selection of trainers: Assigning a trainer or more for each of the selected regions (regions to be suggested within the proposal);
  • Selection of the youth participants: Selecting of participants (20 – 25) in consultation with UNESCO with agreed upon criteria;
  • Training of youth selected: Training selected youth on Media & information Literacy, combating hate speech with a special focus on election;   
  • Assessment of understanding: Organizing a hands-on session on the provided information related to the electoral process;
  • Debate panels with youth: organizing 1-2 debate panels about Youth constituency check and how access to information can promote transparence, accountability and hence, contribute to good governance;
  • Document the work: producing audio-visual material showing the implementation and results achieved using creative methods;
  • Reporting: providing a detailed report to UNESCO on the plan and content of the training sessions.
  1. BENEFICIARIES

The target of this project are Lebanese youths with ages ranging between 20 and 26, with a special focus on youth with special needs and female representation.

  1. TO APPLY

If you are interested in this assignment, please send a written proposal in English or Arabic to Beirut@unesco.org mentioning “Youth as agents for change during election” before 11th of March 2022, 23:59 Beirut time. The proposal should include:

          a) The methodology to be used;

          b) Suggestions for Lebanese regions/areas to be targeted, and

          c) A budget breakdown.

Any additional information you may request will be sent to you as soon as possible. However, any delay in providing such information will not be considered a reason for extending the date for submission of your proposal.

Kindly note as well that until the selection is made and the contract is formally signed by UNESCO, the Organization has not undertaken any commitment, whether oral or written, to you or other prospective contractors.

Thank you for your interest in this UNESCO assignment, and we look forward to receiving your proposal.