Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
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:
Tasks and activities of the consultancy are presented in the action plan below:
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
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:
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;