International Consultant (Analysis and Assessment of strategies and approaches for Child Protection Programmes)

UN Children's Fund, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd August, 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.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

The Child Protection Section of UNICEF Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone, supports the implementation of a range of activities with the aim of strengthening child protection systems that prevent and respond to violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect of children and ensure justice for children.

How can you make a difference?

While focusing on the establishment of formal structures, services and national capacities that can address all child protection concerns, UNICEF also recognizes the critical importance of local and/or community-based initiatives that involve the children and their families themselves, community members, traditional and religious leaders and non-state actors across all sectors working together to protect children, whereby a great deal of the work is done through partnerships with civil society organizations (CSOs).

This analysis and assessment aims to provide an external, objective view of the 1) relevance, 2) sustainability, 3) effectiveness and 4) efficiency of the strategies and approaches taken by the following five CSO partners in their programme implementation vis-à-vis each of the output areas, in order to capture best practices of interventions as well as their gaps and bottlenecks.

  • Advocacy Movement Network (AMNET)
  • Caritas Bo
  • Council of Churches Sierra Leone (CCSL)
  • Defence for Children International – Sierra Leone (DCI-SL)
  • Family Homes Movement (FHM)

It is important to note that some CSOs carry out a combination of work under all of the five outputs areas, whereas others focus exclusively on a single area.

While recognizing that a little under three years of programmatic implementation might not be sufficient to already generate significant levels of results and change, it is nevertheless critical to take stock of the results and learnings thus far, document promising practices which could be replicated and scaled up, help validate or reorient programmatic and geographic choices, and therefore, provide a more solid foundation for further programming. The findings will help inform strategic directions of the subsequent 2-year RWP in the course of its development, which is also when the CSO partnerships will be re-evaluated (end of 2019). Thus, if it is concluded that changes need to be made, there will be ample time for phase-out.

The methodology for the analysis and assessment will include:

  • Desk review and analysis of key programme documentation, including Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCAs) and related documents, reports, work plans, surveys, publications and any other available documents produced by UNICEF and the CSO partners;
  • Key informant interviews with staff of UNICEF, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, UN partners and CSO partners at both the national level (Freetown) and in selected regions/districts (UNICEF to identify geographic areas in consultation with the consultant);
  • Field travel to undertake observations/consultations with selected communities/beneficiaries (including community stakeholders) of the programmes implemented by the CSOs (a minimum amount of primary level data collection in 15-20 communities is envisaged – through activity observations, focus group discussions (FGDs), individual/household questionnaires, etc.) for the purpose of assessing the strategies and approaches of implementation taken, vis-à-vis challenges, opportunities and key results achieved (data collection tools will need to be designed by the consultant and approved by UNICEF). The desire is to involve feedback and consultations ideally with both adults and children. UNICEF Sierra Leone Field Offices in Makeni and Kenema will provide basic support such as coordination, office space and logistics as needed.

Some of the key questions to be explored through the analysis and assessment of strategies and approaches should include:

  • Relevance: Are the strategies and approaches of the programmes implemented by the CSO addressing and targeting specified problems? Are they relevant to the local context/issues? Are they in line with the signed Programme Document?
  • Sustainability: Are the intended and unintended effects of implementing the interventions likely to continue beyond the provision of UNICEF or other development partners’ support?
  • Effectiveness: To what extent are the objectives of the various output-level interventions likely to be achieved or have been already achieved through the CSO’s chosen strategies and approaches? Are they clearly reporting on these achievements?
  • Efficiency: Have the interventions been implemented cost-efficiently and have the objectives been attained on time? Does the organization possess the capacity that allows for efficient child protection-related programming?
  • The consultant will be based in Freetown, but will be required to undertake travel to various regions and districts to meet with CSO partners, stakeholders, community members and assess/document progress on the ground.

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

  • Advanced degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies or any relevant area of study;
  • At least 8 years of professional work experience in programme assessment, evaluation and research (qualitative and quantitative) fields working and writing on child protection at national and international levels
  • Previous programmatic research/assessment/documentation experience in Sierra Leone and/or West Africa with Government and CSO partners is a strong asset;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, networking and coordination skills;
  • Fluency in English;

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.

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 to become a part of the organization.


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