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TERMS OF REFERENCE
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.
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.
Post-graduate university degree in social sciences, development studies or other relevant field.
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
Required: English, French and Portuguese will be an asset.
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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