UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual national consultants to provide support in Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation

UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare have started the implementation of the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (NAP III). The funding mechanism for some of the aspects of the NAP III is the Child Protection Fund II (CPFII). The lessons learnt from the NAP II indicated that Information and knowledge management of child protection was weak due to: 1) lack of an effective MIS system for child protection; 2) limited coordination for data collection and collation amongst child protection actors and partners across relevant sectors; 3) limited research evidence or data to demonstrate impact of child protection interventions; and 4) lack of agreement on measurement for child protection system strengthening efforts under the Child Protection Fund.

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.

 

Duration: 11.5 Months

Background and Introduction

UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare have started the implementation of the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (NAP III). The funding mechanism for some of the aspects of the NAP III is the Child Protection Fund II (CPFII). The lessons learnt from the NAP II indicated that Information and knowledge management of child protection was weak due to: 1) lack of an effective MIS system for child protection; 2) limited coordination for data collection and collation amongst child protection actors and partners across relevant sectors; 3) limited research evidence or data to demonstrate impact of child protection interventions; and 4) lack of agreement on measurement for child protection system strengthening efforts under the Child Protection Fund.

In view of the above noted lessons, NAP III aim to improve the process of data management through the provision of tools that facilitate near real time monitoring. Hence, the design of the NAP III and its M&E framework hinges on better data collection processes. The concern for the Ministry is that at a programme level, the main monitoring role will be to ensure the collection of relevant data and that it is entered correctly into the relevant MIS systems. Furthermore decentralize the data collection to the community level during the period 2016 -2020.

In order to address this, the CPF II M&E system will be aligned to the national M&E framework for NAP III. UNICEF together with other partners contributing to NAP III will provide technical assistance and support to prioritize the development and implementation of the national M&E framework for NAP III. This will include

  • Oversight of managing and implementing Annual Review recommendations for updates, edits, changes;
  • Annual updating of milestones; maintaining linkages, complementarities, coordination and harmonisation across the logframes and actual monitoring of CPF and NAP;
  • Evidence and recommendations for special studies, analyses of aggregated data, research integrated into child protection programming as well as capacity building in M&E.

UNICEF therefore requires the services of a consultant to support the Child Protection Section in developing and setting up a solid M&E system to support partners to implement the NAP III M&E Framework in Zimbabwe.

The M&E consultant will also support capacity development of Child Protection partners which include the Ministry of Public Services Labour and Social Welfare and Central Statistics Office among others in M&E.

 

Objective(s)

  • Put in place and mechanisms/systems for enhanced data collection and reporting by all CPF supported partners, including an easy to retrieve data repository in UNICEF.
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  • Support analysis of administrative and programme data for both HSCT and Child Protection Case Management and cultivate a culture of data use in UNICEF Child Protection and all CPF.
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  • Support the HSCT Impact Evaluation process, contributing to technical discussions, review of methodologies and lead compilation of feedback to the review team.
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  • Building capacity of UNICEF Child Protection section and Child Protection Fund (CPF) partners in operations research through incorporating it into ongoing CPF-funded partners' projects;
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  • Collaboration with WPO M&E Sub-Committee and Child Protection M&E focal point in setting up a community of practice for M&E professionals in Zimbabwe.
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  • Collaboration with the national case management technical committee, support the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (and other relevant partners) in ongoing roll-out of the NAP III M&E Framework through moderating on-line technical discussions, organizing periodic face-to-face technical meeting forums, providing one-on-one technical guidance on M&E related topics;
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  • Carry out regular data quality audits (DQA) with partners, including organizing field visits, developing workshop materials, developing new tools and guidance (as needed), managing field visits and providing guidance in data analysis and report writing.
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  • M&E capacity building, including developing capacity building plans with partners, developing workshop curricula, implementing targeted workshops for partners, providing mentoring to improve partners' organizational capacity to perform M&E and assessing M&E capacity improvements.

 

Methodology & Expected Output

 

Expected outputs:

  • Monthly review and quality assurance of Case Management Caseload analysis report (including District Sitreps) submitted by CPF partners
  • Monthly review and quality assurance of monthly MIS caseload analysis and district-based hot-sport analysis for Child Protection profiles
  • Quarterly NAP III M&E monitoring Progress and data reports
  • HSCT cycle by cycle data analysis reports
  • Analysis of technical soundness of research and special studies reports and provision of regular feedback
  • Existence of a data collection and reporting system that implementing partners and government will directly feed into.

 

Major Tasks and Deliverables

 

Task: Develop mechanisms/systems for systematic data collection and reporting by all CPF partners, including an easy to retrieve data repository in UNICEF

Deliverables: Easy to retrieve data repository system for CPF indicators and Monthly compilation of CPF partner reports

 

Task: Support analysis of administrative and programme data for both HSCT and Child Protection Case Management and cultivate a culture of data use in UNICEF Child Protection and all CPF

Deliverables: Monthly review and quality assurance of Case Management Caseload trend analysis report, monthly District hotspot analysis report and HSCT cycle by cycle data analysis reports

 

Task: Support WPO M&E Sub-Committee and Child Protection M&E focal point in setting up a community of practice for M&E professionals in Zimbabwe

Deliverables: WPO M&E Sub-committee held at least quarterly and Annual action plan of WPO M&E sub-committee

 

Task: Collaboration with the national case management technical committee, support the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (and other relevant partners) in ongoing roll-out of the NAP III M&E Framework through moderating on-line technical discussions, organizing periodic face-to-face technical meeting forums, providing one-on-one technical guidance on M&E related topics

Deliverables: WPO M&E sub-committee's quarterly newsletter prepared and Thematic learning events (at least twice a year) hosted by WPO M&E sub-committee

 

Task: Carry out regular data quality audits (DQA) with partners, including organizing field visits, developing workshop materials, developing new tools and guidance (as needed), managing field visits and providing guidance in data analysis and report writing

Deliverables: Existence of a data collection and reporting system that implementing partners and government will directly feed into. Field monitoring quality assurance framework, guidelines and tools

 

Task: Carry out M&E capacity building, including developing capacity building plans with partners, developing workshop curricula, implementing targeted workshops for partners, providing mentoring to improve partners' organizational capacity to perform M&E and assessing M&E capacity improvements

Deliverables: An M&E capacity building plan and a report on each of the M&E capacity building activities

 

Timeframe

The consultancy will be for 11.5 months starting in April 2017.

 

Consultancy Requirements

  • A minimum of a masters' degree in demography, public heath, economics, sociology or related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing monitoring and evaluation activities for child protection, social protection programmes, including strengthening M&E systems and conducting M&E trainings/mentoring activities.
  • At least 3 years of experience in conducting field research activities, including developing data collection tools, recruiting and training data collectors or data collection firms, conducting fieldwork, supervising research and managing primary research data.
  • Knowledge of child protection/social protection M&E systems and programming processes in Zimbabwe.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent data analytical and presentation skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a UN system, donor organization, governmental institutions, NGO, or private sector / consulting firm is an added advantage.
  • Familiarity with UN-assisted programmes and administrative requirements is an added advantage

 

Application Procedure

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical proposal and an all-inclusive financial proposal detailing monthly professional fees, field travel costs (estimated 4 field travel visits per month for the duration of the contract), by 10 April 2017. To quote "Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant" as the email subject heading.

 

Only shortlisted consultants will be contacted. UNICEF does not charge a fee during the recruitment process.

 

 

 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Closing Date: 2017-04-10

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