Consultant - Child Protection

UN Children's Fund, Monrovia, Liberia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th July, 2017


Job Description

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

BACKGROUND:

The Government of Liberia and UNICEF have under 2017 Annual Work Plan agreed to develop a five-year National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) for Liberia. The NPAC is to act as the framework document for actions, programmes and strategies that the state, through participative process, develops to ensure the children of Liberia are provided every opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential as active citizens of this Country. It is intended to help the Government strengthen the policy framework and provide the strategic plan for operationalizing the Children’s Law, securing the promotion and protection of children’s rights, government results focused accountability and budgeting and a systematically coordinated implementation and monitoring fulfillment of child rights in Liberia. The implementation of this NPAC is expected to ensure greater compliance with the UNCRC.

The Children’s Law of 2011 will serve as the foundation of the development of the NPAC and will include other relevant child protection/child rights priorities supported by the Government of Liberia to inform the development and implementation of this plan. The plan will also align with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Sustainable Development Goals and country’s Vision 2030. The activities within the NPAC will align with the Concluding Recommendations of the UNCRC (2008) for Liberia and will support priorities for Children as written in the Agenda for Transformation (AfT). The NPAC development will consider the on-going child and social protection system strengthening reform processes and Liberia’s efforts towards the accession of relevant international Instruments including but not limited to The Hague Convention on Inter Country adoption.

The development of the NPAC aligns with UNICEF Liberia’s extended Country Programme Document 2013-2018 which is comprised of four mutually reinforcing components: (i) Ensure equal access to a high quality free and compulsory basic education; (ii) Improve the health, nutrition, and social welfare status of the population of Liberia on an equitable basis; (iii) Increase access to safe water supply and sanitation and improve hygiene practices; and (iv) Protect the poorest and most vulnerable households and groups from poverty, deprivation and hunger.

The MoGCSP will coordinate and oversee the development of the NPAC in the absence of the National Child Well-being Council. UNICEF will provide technical assistance, including the engagement of the consultant to assist the Ministry in preparing the NPAC.

Purpose of the Assignment:

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide coordination, strategic and technical assistance support to UNICEF in its work with the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and other partners to prepare and finalize a five-year national Plan of Action for Children in Liberia.

The primary stakeholders for the NPAC are the MoGCSP and other members of the Child Protection Network and the inter-ministerial coordinating body established for this action at the national level.

Key elements of the assignment will include:

  • To prepare the advanced draft text of the new five year NPAC;
  • To provide technical assistance to the inter-ministerial coordinating body under the leadership of the MoGCSP to complete the validation and finalization of the NPAC.

Assignment Tasks:

Tasks and activities of the consultancy are presented in the action plan below:

  • Documentary research - desk review of relevant documents such as laws, strategies, action plans, reports and databases within Liberia, as well as the examples of action plans for the area of child rights from other countries in the ECOWAS region;
  • Define the list of participants for the consultations with the assistance of MoGCSP and UNICEF;
  • Conduct consultations with key stakeholders;
  • Conduct analysis of consultation results;
  • Write first draft of NPAC;
  • Assist in facilitation of validation workshop;
  • Write and submit final NPAC (taking into consideration inputs from the draft review and the validation)

Expected Deliverables:

Under the supervision of the Head of the Child Protection section in Liberia and in close collaboration with the Deputy Minister of Children and Social protection

  • Deliverable 1: Desk review to highlight the situation of children in Liberia; level of rights fulfillment; causal factors that keep the children in state of deprivations; fiscal space available for achieving the anticipated NPAC results; NPAC Conceptual Framework and/or Theory of Change for fulfilling the provisions of the proposed NPAC, Draft Outline of the NPAC.
  • Deliverable 2: Consultation report with key stakeholders – on Situation of Children in Liberia and Proposed Content of NPAC --- then a report of Key Action Points from stakeholder consultation to consider for Draft NPAC.
  • Deliverable 3: Draft NPAC and Key Action Points from stakeholder Validation meeting
  • Deliverable 4: Final NPAC considering Validation inputs – plus PPPT.

Organization and Management: The consultant may be asked to work in close collaboration with a national consultant to follow up with the MoGCSP on the role out of the NPAC. The consultant will work under the supervision of the Chief of Child Protection in Liberia.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate:

The Consultant is expected to have the following qualifications/specialized knowledge/experience required to complete the task:

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences or law;
  • At least 10 years of experience and expertise in the area of child rights and child protection;
  • Expert knowledge on writing National plan of action for children
  • Experience in working for the government(s) and/or with the government(s) in the area of child rights;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with the local context and child rights in Liberia and the sub region will be an asset;
  • Previous working experience with UNICEF will be considered as an advantage;
  • Excellent command of English; both oral and written

Duration: The consultant should complete the deliverable within a four month time frame.

Years of relevant experience: At least 10 years of experience and expertise in the area of child rights and child protection;

Competencies of Successful Candidate:

Core Competencies: Communication, Level 3; Drive for Results, Level 3; Working with people, Level 3;

Functional Competencies:

  • Analyzing, Level 3
  • Applying Technical Expertise, Level 3
  • Communication, Level 2
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Level 2
  • Leading and Supervising, Level 1
  • Relating and Networking, Level 2

Source: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=505634


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