International Consultancy – Technical support to strengthen ESAR response to violence against girls, boys and women (Collective Focus Area) and Harmful Practices (Child marriage and FGM)

  • Contract
  • Kenya

UNICEF Global


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Background and Justification
Violence is a serious and life-threatening human rights’ violation for many girls, boys and women across all contexts and settings in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA). Across the region, rates of sexual, physical and emotional violence for children are among the highest in the Region:
• More than 1 in 5 girls (23.2%) and 1 in 10 boys (10.5%) experience sexual violence before reaching 18 years .
• More than half of boys (53.8%) and 4 in 10 girls (40%) have experienced physical violence in their childhood. Nearly 18% of girls and 20% of boys report experiencing emotional violence in childhood.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the various measures to contain and respond to the pandemic have further increased the risks of physical, sexual and emotional violence against girls, boys and children. While risks have increased, the capacity of formal and informal child protection systems to respond have been limited. The services to prevent, report, respond, care and support were restricted due to the pandemic or moved to remote support. The child helplines in the ESA Region have noted an increase in the number of contacts reporting violence against children and requiring support. UNICEF played a key role in advocating for schools to reopen and to build back better systems for the prevention and response to violence against children.
Towards the end of 2021, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office embarked on identifying collective programmatic focus areas across the programme sections. Child Protection prioritised to address violence against children and women based on the prevalence of sexual, physical and emotional violence in the region. The Section is now in the process of developing various documentation including data analysis to inform programming in the region and requires the support of a consultant with monitoring and evaluation experience to support with the tasks highlighted hereunder.

Scope of Work
1) Goal and Objective:
The main objective for the assignment is to support the section with monitoring, evaluation and evidence needs with a focus on the CFA of addressing violence against children and women and in relation to harmful practices (child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation); at the core of the consultancy will be strengthened data analysis to inform advocacy and program orientation, generation of reports and briefs to support country-level and regional-level positioning and dissemination of reports through webinars with country offices and relevant partners. A particular focus of the use of the data analysis will be to inform regional advocacy with Regional Economic Bodies (RECs), particularly SADC, and other regional bodies and influencers as identified by the supervisor.
2) AWP areas covered:
The goal and objective described in part one above articulates the scope of this consultancy which is in summary to support violence against boys, girls and women and Harmful Practices’ (HP) data analysis and evidence generation to inform regional advocacy with partners. This activity is included in the UNICEF ESARO Child Protection Section 2022 AWP activity 1.1 (VAC) Engage in and contribute to regional initiatives and fora to advance the agenda on ending violence against children including social service workforce strengthening, parenting and access to justice and its corresponding WBS 1.1-1 (VAC) Engage in and contribute to regional initiatives and forum ; and AWP 1.7 Engage in and contribute to regional initiatives and forum to advance the ending harmful practices agenda and its corresponding WBS 1.6-1 & 2 (CM and FGM) engage in and contribute to regional initiatives and forum.
3) Activities and Tasks:
To support the ESAR country offices engaged on the CFA to better understand data related to violence and harmful practices in their country, through the review of country offices’ annual reports and the strategic monitoring questions, in order to develop infographics and briefs that can support their engagement with governments, advocacy, resource mobilization and the focus of their programmatic interventions. Furthermore, based on the analysis done, the consultant will be expected to support the development of a Program Brief, capturing promising practices, which can be replicated and taken to scale across the region. This will include examples of adaptive programming in the context of the COVID pandemic. The consultant will be expected, with RO support, to convene and lead virtual meetings organised with country offices, HQ and other regional level meetings including supporting the establishment and running of regional virtual learning platforms related to violence against children and women and ending harmful practices.
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Child Protection Specialist responsible for managing the ending CFA on ending violence against children and ending harmful practices portfolio, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
1. Support the ending violence against children and women CFA and harmful practices (child marriage and FGM)

• Conduct/update situation analysis on violence against children and women in times of the COVID-19 pandemic to inform the regional framework on ending violence against children and women. The regional framework will provide an outline to all the engaged country offices in the region in strengthening child protection systems for the prevention and response to violence against children and women. Furthermore, provide support to the team and/or COs on building a regional research agenda on VAC for the current SP period, identification of evidence gaps and lessons learned, including those linked to the social and behavior change programming
• Review and report on development trends and (economic, social, health etc.) data for use in ending Harmful Practices (HP) and VAC programme management, monitoring, evaluation and delivery of results, and prepare required program documentations/materials/data to facilitate the ending violence against children and HP progress review processes.
• Maintenance of simple results database or data visualizations (SMQ/RAM data) on ESAR’s regional results, support in establishing the baseline and targets for the CFA in ESAR, in collaboration with Cos, and transition to the CSI platform based on the existing work done in the region.
• Develop regular country and/or regional briefs on VAC and HP, showcasing results and covering different topics each month
• Contribute towards regular updates of the Regional Framework on ending violence against children and women and HP including the evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and relevant climate change affecting the protection of boys, girls and women in in the Region.

2. Management, monitoring and delivery of results.

 Attend Regional Office meetings as guided by the Child Protection Specialist.
 Establish a virtual regional community of practice platform for the country offices to learn from each other and share knowledge on ending violence against girls, boys and women in line with the CFA and the Regional workplan.
 Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program mid-year and annual reviews with country offices and other counterparts to assess programmes and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of program management.
 Support to review country level programme strategy notes, CPD and GPECM and UN JP reports with monitoring and evaluation lens

3. Innovation, knowledge management and sharing

 Apply/introduce innovative approaches to support the implementation of the above task one and two and delivery of concrete and sustainable results.
• Keep abreast of, research, benchmark and implement best practices in child protection management and information systems in the region and globally. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned in order to propose best options to countries on how they can better track case management response to children and families experiencing violence.
• Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned, with a focus on ending violence against children

4. Work relationships: Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist, the consultant will be expected to engage with the country offices, Regional CSO partners and other Regional Office sections (such as Health, Education and Social Protection etc) for consultation purposes to inform the data analysis and report generation.

5. Deliverables:

 

Deliverables

Duration

(Estimated # of days or months)

Timeline/Deadline

Deliverable 1: An inception report that includes methodology, detailed timeframe for the various activities and deliverables, including an annotated bibliography listing resources to be used on data and evidence generation available.

1 month

June 2022

Deliverable 2: The ending violence against children and women CFA and harmful practices (child marriage and FGM) agenda supported. This will involve:

A desk review and analysis of the available 12 VAC survey reports in the Region and regional literature on violence against boys, girls and women and harmful practices.

Development of a compendium of resources to guide UNICEF data work.

Development of a report with key messages including a power point with notes that captures development trends (economic, social health etc) and data for use in ending violence against boys, girls and women and HPs monitoring.

(the report and power point should not exceed 15 slides)

Conduct key informant interviews with UNICEF, practitioners and policy makers at the national and regional level;

Preliminary identification and documentation of evidence gaps and lessons learned to date, including those linked to the social and behavior change programming;

Development of a draft conceptual and technical note for COs including case studies on promising practices;

Draft sent to Supervisor and country offices concerned for review and feedback;

incorporation of comments/feedback;

finalization of the note and powerpoint.

Development of monthly country and/or regional briefs on VAC and HP, showcasing results and covering different topics each month. (The first month should include testing the suitability and practicability of the format to be used)

Development and maintenance of simple results database or data visualizations (SMQ/RAM data) on ESAR’s regional results,

Establishing the baseline and targets for the CFA in ESAR, in collaboration with COs, and transition to the CSI platform based on the existing work done in the region.

3 months

July  – September 2022

Deliverable 3: Management, monitoring and delivery of results related to the CFA and HP supported. This involves:

-Attend Regional Office meetings as guided by the Child Protection Specialist.

Deliverable: Availability of  Meeting reports capturing key points of discussion and action points 

Development of a TOR for establishing the regional community of practice on data related to the CFA on ending violence against boys, girls and women.

Deliverable: Final TOR on oeperationalization of the  Regional community of practice on violence related data. 

Operationalization of the community of practice with COs in ESAR on data use for ending violence against children and women; This will include preparation, facilitation and follow up with meeting notes and agendas for action.  The consultant is to use this platform for   dissemination workshops of the data products developed in this consultancy; organise VAC data, prevention and response related workshops for country offices knowledge management and sharing.

Deliverables: monthly reports on the sessions facilitated in the regional community practice on ending violence, including power point presentations and other materials used.

Participation in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program mid-year and annual reviews with country offices and other counterparts to assess the ending violence against children and women and harmful practices programmes.

Deliverables: Mid and annual year reports available capturing key messages for advocacy

 Drafting of a report that includes the required action/interventions to increase data availability and use at the higher level of program management.

Deliverable: report availability with key messages on the findings for Regional advocacy with SADC and other selected partners

Review of country level programme strategy notes, CPD and GPECM and UN JP reports with a monitoring and evaluation lens.

Deliverable:  Submission of draft comments on country programmes documents to supervisor.

Three months

October  – December 2022

Deliverable 4: Innovation, knowledge management and sharing facilitated, this will involve the following:

 Development of a programmatic note that includes  an outline  and a clear  application of the innovation approaches to support the implementation of  deliverable one and two and delivery of concrete and sustainable results.( the programme note should not exceed 1 pages)

Keeping abreast of, research, benchmark and implement best practices in child protection management and information systems in the region and globally.

Assessment, institutionalization and sharing of best practices and knowledge learned in order to propose best options to countries on how they can better track case management response to children and families experiencing violence.

Keeping a record of reports and assessments in the UNICEF SharePoint page for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned, with a focus on ending violence against children

three months

January – March   2023

Deliverable 5:  Development of end of project internal report capturing the observations  made throughout  the consultancy including gaps in programming and recommendation moving forward

one month

April 2023

Total                                                                                                  11 Months

 

The hired consultant is expected to provide monthly progress reports which include details on: progress made in the data analysis and reports on violence against boys, girls and women. Furthermore, a quarterly catch up call will be organised by the supervisor for the consultant to provide updates on progress made.

Education:

Post-graduate university degree in social sciences, development studies or other relevant field.

Experience:

At least 8 years of relevant international experience in planning, monitoring, evaluation and child protection. Strong data analysis skills and experience in strengthening child protection management information system for development and humanitarian settings

Language Requirements:

Required: English, French and Portuguese will be an asset.

Administrative Issues:

The supervisor for this consultant will avail all the relevant resources required in the data analysis; The consultant will also be expected to draw a list of documents that are needed in this assignment and liaise with the supervisor to conclude the list of documentation for the desk review.
The consultant is expected to be home based with no travels expected. The consultant will be expected to work 3 full days per week in coordination with the child protection team’s hours, timing of virtual meetings and calls with COs at hours that are most convenient for COs, as needed.
There are no travel requirements for this assignment, you will need to include the below.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should apply online using the button below. As part of their application, candidates should provide:
1. A cover letter that specifies how you meet the desired competencies, technical background and experience (no more than 2 pages)
2. A short CV (no more than 4 pages)
3. A financial proposal that should include the daily rate and total fees for the assignment which includes travel/administrative/per diems, if applicable
4. 3 Referees.

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