Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Children and young people in Mali, especially girls, continue to bear the brunt of the country’s complex and protracted crisis, risking their lives, losing their homes, being abducted and recruited by armed groups, separated from families, and exposed to sexual and gender-based violence.
The forced displacement of children, tearing apart of families and high rates of out-of-school children have all led to an increase in grave violations perpetrated by parties to the conflict, which rose by 46 per cent in 2018, with 500 serious violations recorded in the first half of 2018. Hundreds of children are estimated to still be in armed groups and around 406,000 children are estimated to be in need of protection in Mali.
In 2019, UNICEF is requesting US$4 million to meet the child protection needs of children and women in Mali.
While international media regularly report on the crisis in the north and center of Mali, children’s experiences are often obscured and the complex process of strengthening response and justice systems for the most vulnerable children draws little media attention and little funding.
To highlight the complex protection issues affecting children in Mali, UNICEF Mali is seeking a communications consultant to gather a collection of material on child protection in emergencies that will be used for media engagement in support of national and international advocacy and resource mobilization goals.
The objective of the consultancy is to:;
gather compelling, firsthand accounts from families and children living in conflict-affected areas of Mali, showcase their experiences, hopes and dreams, in order to build empathy and drive action
unpack the complexities of CPiE into digestible, compelling content to be used in national, regional and global initiatives
through compelling child-centered materials, make a case for increased investments in child protection in Mali.
Gathered material will be packaged into an interactive, digital Child Alert-style report. Through high-quality photos, video vignettes, children’s quotes, children’s drawings and children’s music, the report or microsite will focus on the following areas:
The different areas will also link to the issue of school closures wherever relevant and showcase dimensions of lack of access to education.
The deliverables will be:
Qualifications and/or specialized knowledge/experience required for undertaking the assignment