China nationals: Youth Partnership Coordinator (Promoting Youth-Led Entrepreneurship and Watershed Management)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
1.	The proposed Jilin Songhua Lake Integrated Ecological and Environmental Improvement Project (under 
preparation) will continue the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) long-term partnership with the Jilin 
Provincial Government (JPG) in Songhua River Basin water pollution control, taking a holistic approach 
and contributing to the integrated ecological and environmental improvement, sustainable growth, and 
climate resilient agricultural practices in Songhua Lake catchment area.
2.	The JPG and Jilin City People’s Government(JCPG) welcomed  inputs from the ADB Youth for Asia 
initiative and emphasized the need whilst improving watershed management in the Songhua Lake Area, to 
increase youth employment opportunities across Jilin Province which historically saw youth leave from 
the region. It was discussed that the pilot is to support the TRTA and the proposed loan and that:
3.	ADB through Youth for Asia can do a pilot for promoting youth-led entrepreneurship and watershed 
management in three ways: (i) identify and support the local young entrepreneurs in business plan 
preparation and business skill development to be engaged under Output 3; (ii) design and carry out youth-
led public awareness raising and behavior change campaign in sustainable farming and smart solid waste 
management to facilitate capacity development during the project implementation; (iii) collaborate with 
CityDNA to engage young people to facilitate online public consultation. The pilot will contribute to 
the project by (i) tapping into the strengths of the youth to expand the impact of the project, and (ii) 
improving youth livelihood in the Songhua Lake Area. The proposed pilot was well received by the EA. A 
budget of $50,000 proposed to support these activities, is pending approval by ADB. Once approved, the 
pilot needs to be implemented within 12 months.  
4.	The proposed demonstration aims to add value to the ongoing project preparation by incorporating 
youth-led participatory processes that will deepen stakeholder engagement and incorporate innovative 
design thinking approaches and pilot scalable youth-led activities to create entrepreneurial spaces jobs 
for young people and lead towards a more sustainable watershed management. The activities tie into 
several specific outputs of the project, including Output 3: Eco-friendly and inclusive rural livelihood 
improvement piloted and Output 4: Environmental and project management capacity strengthened. The PDA 
will support the operation and preparation of these outputs by testing and implementing innovative 
methods in strengthening data gathering, increasing public awareness of issues, and improving 
sustainable youth-led entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship aspect of the project aims to provide young 
groups with skills training, mentorship, and access to capital. This pilot program will be closely 
integrated with JCPG and JPG to ensure longevity of the program and will eventually be completely 
locally-run as well as be upscaled after the project loan is implemented.

Scope of Work
1.	The national consultant will be coordinating community related events, including volunteer 
mobilization for World’s Largest Lesson, and partnership building. The national expert will work under 
the supervision of ADB staff and in close collaboration with the TA coordinator and other experts from 
the Jilin provincial government.
2.	With particular reference to COVID-19, any need for international and national travel shall be 
assessed by ADB and consultant using ADB’s advice at the time of travel. Subject to ADB’s approval, the 
Consultant may use remote video technology meetings to replace face to face meetings as considered 
necessary. The consultant will report to the Principal Social Development Specialist (NGO and Civil 
Society Center), NGOC, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of ADB. 

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
1.	Specifically, the national consultant will be responsible for:

a.	Remote data collection advised. The consultant work in collaboration with the PinStreet and CityDNA 
on the following tasks:

•	Consultant will provide youth expertise as needed in the Pinstreet questionnaire; 
•	Consultant will recruit and empower volunteers for data collection and public participation;
•	Consultant will consult the Pinstreet team on effective remote teaching techniques for targeted 
villages and communities;
•	Consultant will coordinate online volunteers for Pinstreet Teaching Day; and
•	Consultant will create report on lessons learned and on remote training using youth engagement. 

b.	 Virtual World’s Largest Lesson coordinated. The consultant will work in collaboration with the 
national youth program coordinator on the following tasks:
•	Consultant will co-develop and localize virtual World’s Largest Lesson curricula;
Local youth volunteer teams and schools remotely recruited to implement World’s Largest Lesson including 
social media campaigns, logistic, partnerships; 
•	Consultant will develop partnerships with schools, communities, and other stakeholders to implement 
the World’s Largest Lesson; 
•	Consultant will run the Virtual World’s Largest Lesson at least three times across communities in 
Jilin City; and
•	Consultant will write a report on lessons learned about effective youth engagement tools.

c.	Virtual entrepreneurial workshops supported. The consultant will work in collaboration with the 
national youth program coordinator on the following tasks:
•	Consultant will conduct stakeholder analysis of local entrepeneurial support organizations;
•	Consultant will co-create workshops for mentoring young startup groups in the project area;
•	Consultant will co-develop curriculum with the team and relevant stakeholders;
•	Consultant will coordinate with local persons of interest and speakers coordinated to mentor workshop 
•	Consultant will communicate with local government and other relevant stakeholder to ensure continued 
support; and
•	Consultant will assist local government for choosing pilots.

d.	PDA project coordination supported. The consultant will work in collaboration with the national youth 
program coordinator on the following tasks:
•	Consultant will create Lessons learned report with the youth national program coordinator consultant 
on youth engagement;
•	Consultant will support Youth national program as needed.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
The consultant will preferably be a young adult, ages 23-29 inclusive. Citizen or permanent lawful 
resident of PRC with a Degree in water management, environmental science, political science, or 
agricultural related activities (Master’s Degree is preferred) Familiarity with ADB and Youth for Asia 
project implementation and management procedures will be considered a plus. The position requires a 
strong interest in youth development, social development and environmentalism. Prior experience in 
designing and running focus group discussions and multi-stakeholder consultations with diverse range of 
partners in Asia and the Pacific. Furthermore, the aability to design and implement specific capacity 
building initiatives for youth is needed. The consultant will have prior experience of working on youth 
development and leadership in Asia and the Pacific as well as previous work experience in North East 
PRC, especially Jilin Province. The consultant will have the ability to collaborate with teams remotely 
and working proficiency in Mandarin and English. The position requires the ability to design and 
implement events with a focus on building knowledge on youth development and the ability to maintain 
collaborative relations with diverse partners (government, civil society, youth groups, universities, 
etc.). Furthermore, the consultant needs demonstrated experience in partnership management, 
communications, project management, reporting.