Consultant - Survey Coordinator, ICT Child Labour Survey, Child Protection

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th November, 2018


Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

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Background

Pakistan carried out its first and only National Child Labour Survey in 1996 through the Federal Bureau of Statistics (now, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis (Labour Wing) and the International Labour Organization, as a component of the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). According to the 1996 National Child Labour Survey, an estimated 3.3 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 were economically active, with 46 per cent of the working children active beyond the standard 35-hour work per week. Boys accounted for 73 per cent (2.5 million) of working children in this age group, and girls accounted for 27 per cent (0.8 million). Provincial distribution rates indicated that the volume of child labour in the Punjab is approximately 1.9 million, which is about three-fifths (60 per cent) of the total child labour in the country. The survey also revealed that children in rural areas were eight times more likely to be economically active than those in urban areas almost 60 per cent of child labour occurs in the agriculture sector alone. It is also important to note that the survey did not include several informal forms of child labour such as domestic child labour and children involved in the worst forms of child labour. Post publication of the findings of the 1996 survey, additional comprehensive information on child labour in Pakistan is, at best, fragmented and imprecise. Several anecdotal estimates put child labour between nine to twelve million children. In Pakistan, data on the number of working children between the ages of 5-14 are neither well-documented nor regularly collated.

In 2011, Pakistan devolved most social sector responsibilities to provincial governments including matters related to labour regulation. Accordingly, from the perspective of efforts to eliminate child labour, a renewed policy and legislative reform focus shifted to the provincial governments, including investment in service delivery structures and programmes aimed at supporting the eradication of child labour. From early 2015, UNICEF Pakistan initiated policy dialogue with provincial governments of Punjab and Balochistan with a broader agreement to kick-start the reforms in the area of child labour by collecting child labour statistics covering the number (spread) and characteristics of the problem. So far, with UNICEF advocacy and technical support, the Government of Punjab, Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan have approved a Planning Commission-Form II (project document) to conduct a child labour survey in the province, whereas, all the other provinces are in the process of approving a similar project. Given the long-term policy and program implications, a comprehensive household-based Child Labour Survey applying the internationally recognized SIMPOC (Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour) methodology shall be used. The model SIMPOC child labour questionnaire is based on ILO Conventions 138 and 182 and covers 5 to 17 year old children. SIMPOC surveys calculate estimates on the basis of definitions existing in the national legislation of each country, which may vary across countries and result in divergent estimates.

Purpose of assignment:

The principal objective of investing in child labour statistics is to provide reliable, comprehensive and timely data to serve as a basis for determining priorities for national action for the elimination of child labour, in particular its worst forms. Additionally, statistical information on child labour is also expected to serve as a basis for increasing public awareness of the problem, and supporting the development of regulatory frameworks, policies, and programmes on elimination of child labour.

The main objectives of the Child Labour Surveys are as follows:

  • Measure prevalence of child labor and its variations by geographical location, household type and characteristics, school attendance status, gender, age group, occupation, industry etc.
  • Investigate circumstances, characteristics and consequences of child labor (type of children involved, type of work performed, conditions at work, socio-economic characteristics of children and their households, impact on education, health, emotional well-being, etc.).
  • Facilitate policy makers to determine the seriousness of the issue and take appropriate steps to provide education, health and skills training to these children.
  • In view of the above, UNICEF is providing ongoing technical support to the provincial governments of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad Capital Territory. In the case of ICT, the survey is being led by the Labour Welfare Department ICT. UNICEF hired an international consultancy firm (University of Mannheim- UM) for the delivery of technical assistance to government counterparts for the Child Labor Surveys and also hired an MIS consultant to develop the software application for the CLS. The successful delivery of the survey requires close coordination among all the stakeholders involved in the survey implementation.

For the delivery of this assignment, the consultant will work closely with Labour Welfare Department and UM and UNICEF.

To make a difference, you will be accountable for the following tasks and deliverables:

Task to be Performed:

  • Oversee and guide the implementation of Islamabad Capital Territory Child Labor Survey according to the policy, strategy, action plan, and other guidelines.
  • Carefully read and understand all project manuals, survey tools, action plans and guidelines
  • Coordinate with the Project Director to ensure that survey teams receive appropriate and timely logistics, administrative and financial support
  • Provide support to the PD and other Labour Welfare Department staff in finalizing the roll out plans, and other necessary steps to ensure timely execution of the planned activities
  • Coordinate with the Consultants and provide due support to Labour Welfare Department in data related issues (data cleaning, coding, translation of others etc.)
  • Prepare monthly reports detailing the progress on the following outputs:
  • Training conducted: Participate in all trainings / meetings organized for execution of the ICTCLS (Islamabad Capital Territory Child Labor Survey) and assist in the training of the survey staff.
  • Systems/Applications Functioning: Coordinate with the Software Development consultant and locally hired IT consultant to ensure the applications and systems are working properly throughout the survey.
  • Process Monitoring and spot checks: Conduct field visits during the data collection, to monitor and provide feedback to the Project Director, UNICEF and Consultants on the processes, progress and issues (if any) faced by the field teams. Coordinate with the consultants and Labour Welfare Department to ensure required steps for monitoring and follow up are being taken as per agreed protocol.

Dashboard Monitoring: Regularly use the monitoring dashboard and provide feedback to Labour Welfare Department and UNICEF.

Deliverable(s)

  • D1. 1st Monthly Progress Report (trainings/activities performed, process monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D2. 2nd Monthly Progress Report (trainings/activities performed, process monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D3. 3rd Monthly Progress Report (trainings/activities performed, process monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D4. 4th Monthly Progress Report (trainings/activities performed, process monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D5. 5th Monthly Progress Report (activities performed, process monitoring, dashboard monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D6. 6th Monthly Progress Report (activities performed, process monitoring, dashboard monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D7. 7th Monthly Progress Report (activities performed, process monitoring, dashboard monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D8. 8th Monthly Progress Report (activities performed, process monitoring, dashboard monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D9. 9th Monthly Progress Report (activities performed, process monitoring, dashboard monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D10. 10th Monthly Progress Report (activities performed, process monitoring, dashboard monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D11. 11th Monthly Progress Report (activities performed, process monitoring, dashboard monitoring, systems/applications status, technical backstopping provided, any further support required by Labour Welfare Department.
  • D12. Final Report.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required

  • Bachelors level qualification in relevant field (Social Sciences, Public Administration etc.)
  • At least 4 years practical experience with data collection and management
  • Previous experience of supervising large-scale Household surveys using Android application
  • Practical experience of training enumerators / field staff for execution of HH based surveys
  • Practical experience of using survey monitoring dashboard and applying it for course correction in the field
  • High level of communication/interpersonal skills & experience in working effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Sensitivity to diverse opinions and difficulties arising from differing social and cultural perceptions
  • Result-oriented and committed to respecting deadlines
  • Highly proficient in written and spoken English and Urdu
  • Good coordination, negotiation and mediation skills.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Source:https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=517952


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