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UNESCO seeks an individual consultant

UNESCO is seeking an independent expert to design an academic framework for measuring the impact of sport-based projects on youth development and empowerment. Deadline: 15 September 2017

UNESCO promotes physical literacy and access to sport as a fundamental human right and vital for peace and socio-economic development. As such, UNESCO is committed to advancing sport as a tool for achieving youth development and engagement.  

In July 2017, more than 100 countries adopted the Kazan Action Plan (KAP), the outcome document of the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI) held in Kazan, Russian Federation. The KAP represents a converging policy framework designed to guide governments in making effective policies that address three themes: i. Inclusive Access to sport for all; ii. Maximising the contribution of sport to sustainable development and peace and iii. Protecting the integrity of sport. The KAP is integrated with the UN Agenda 2030 / Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Korea entered an agreement in 2013 to develop the International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the Auspices of UNESCO (Category 2) as part of a mutual commitment to mobilise the power of sport as a vehicle for youth development. The agreement is based on the premise that traditional Martial Arts are especially powerful in reaching high-risk youth where other sports may be less appealing.  

Within the scope of the existing agreement between UNESCO and ICM, UNESCO is seeking to publish a Good Practice Guide on existing sports-based programmes for youth empowerment and youth development.

  • More information is available here


Under the overall authority of the Director, of the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, and the supervision of the Regional Adviser for Social Human Sciences, UNESCO Bangkok, the main role of the Individual Specialist shall specifically perform the following tasks: 

  1. Design a rigorous academic framework to evaluate the impacts of sport for development programmes on youth empowerment and youth development. 
  2. Review the data collected during the desk-top / field research of established sports-based youth programmes against the evaluation criteria of the framework. 

In line with UNESCO’s Gender Equality Action Plan, the Individual Specialist is expected to ensure that Gender Equality is a key concept in all activities. This will require applying gender analysis in the research components and ensuring specific gender equality outcomes and/or gender mainstreaming in all activities. 

  • The full job description and requirements can be found here

How to apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit to UNESCO Bangkok Regional Office the following specific requirements as stated below, by email no later than 15 September 2017:   

  • Updated CV including details of similar work assignments
  • Cover letter or motivation letter specifying the fee

Contact person:  Regional Adviser SHS

920 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Tel: +66 2 391 2577 ext. 367,  Email:


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