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Purpose of Assignment:
The ECHO-supported project will be implemented by UNICEF and Child Protection Sub-sector and Education sector partners with the principle objective of improving coordination and advocacy to advance education opportunities and the protective environment for children in Rohingya refugee camps and the host community in Cox’s Bazar District of Bangladesh.
The specific objective of this project is that sectoral structures in Rohingya camps have increased Capacity, knowledge and skills to improve the protective environment for children and access to education in the Rohingya response in Cox’s Bazar, including through systematic advocacy efforts. The Advocacy Specialist will be working closely with Communications, Advocacy and Partnerships Section to implement this project by leading the development of a detailed advocacy plan for Education and Child Protection and providing technical guidance to the two sectors for enhanced strategic advocacy at the local, national and global level. The Child Protection Sub-Sector is currently developing an advocacy strategy and action plan. The consultant will review the strategy and action plan and integrated it into the joint advocacy plan for education and child protection.
Major duties and responsibilities:
- Review existing Education and Child Protection strategies and reports on the Rohingya humanitarian response. Consult with the Education and Child Protection Sectors and identify priorities and areas of focus for the advocacy strategy.
- Prepare an inception report, outlining the proposed methodology and timeline to develop the Advocacy Strategy and workplan.
- Develop a complete and costed joint advocacy strategy and workplan for Education and Child Protection Sectors including evidence-based advocacy priorities outlining clear objectives, target activities, target audiences, deliverables and success indicators, as well as an implementation plan for the duration of the project. The Plan should be situated within the framework of Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards to provide guidance and key actions to consider when advocating for, developing and strengthening education policy. It should also adhere to internationally agreed human rights and refugee response frameworks.
- Facilitate discussion with the key stakeholders and come up with realistic and time-bound advocacy goals for Education and Child Protection to be reflected in the advocacy strategy and workplan.
- Coordination and consultation with government counterparts, education sector and child protection sub-sector partners and relevant stakeholders to engage them in the development and validation of the costed Advocacy Strategy and workplan, including a schedule of advocacy events and roundtables on key issues.
- Organize a review meeting with key stakeholders to validate the Advocacy Strategy and workplan.
- Develop a capacity building plan to improve advocacy efforts by sector partners through coaching, training and workshops to advocate better results for children.
- Desk review and preparation of inception report: Outlining details of activities with proposed methodology and timeline/ delivery dates for Advocacy Strategy. 20%
- Draft joint Advocacy Strategy and workplan for education and child protection sectors. 30%
- Conduct validation workshop of costed Advocacy Strategy and workplan with key stakeholders including government counterparts. Submit report highlighting workshop outcomes and planned actions. 20%
- Submit final Advocacy Strategy and workplan and associated tools and assets to implement the plan, including a schedule of workshops, events, and a capacity building plan for relevant sectors and stakeholders and key messages to help achieve advocacy goals. 30%
- At least 8 years’ professional work experience in leading advocacy efforts and materials preferably in humanitarian emergency context.
- Strong conceptual and analytical/research skills with ability to analyze data quickly from different sources and prepare report.
- Demonstrated strengths in written and oral communication skills with ability to convey complex ideas in a clear, direct and engaging manner.
- Professional experience in education, child protection adolescent and/or gender programming is required
- Understanding of community-based channels of influence, community-based communication and development, participatory methodologies.
- Knowledge and experience working with ECHO funded project is an asset.
Education: An Advanced University Degree within international development context-Public Policy, Economics, Education, Advocacy and Communications or other relevant discipline is required.
Language Proficiency: Oral and written proficiency in English required.