National consultant on Child Friendly Community good practice replication at sub-national and national levels

Ulaanbaatar

Only open for Mongolian citizens

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.

Background

The overall goal of the 2017 - 2021 country programme is to narrow inequality gaps where child disparities are most prevalent, while making the new generations an area of strategic investment as a foundation for the Country’s human capital and sustainable development. The program’s strong equity focus targets most disadvantaged children and families with little or no access to quality services. Sectoral interventions at the sub-national level converge on one peri-urban district (the largest Bayanzurkh district, which is also an area of UNDAF convergence) and five rural provinces.  Support to pro-child and pro-equity national social policies and legislation will be instrumental to strengthen child-friendly local governance and quality service delivery at the sub-national level. The programme will demonstrate affordable, integrated and effective solutions to tackle inequalities at local level. Piloting and scaling-up of innovations and good practices is a critical component of the UNICEF Mongolia and replication of the pilot intervention to deliver impact on a larger scale.

 To support local authorities to replicate and sustain successful approaches for service delivery and child-friendly planning the programme will invest in capacity development as a core strategy, while also assisting in the implementation of behavior change communication campaigns at both national and sub-national level.

 One of the objectives of UNICEF country programme 2012-2016 was to model Child Friendly Communities programme in Khuvsgul province and Nalaikh district of Mongolia. The CFC model was successfully piloted and brought tangible results in lives of children in focus areas.  CFC Strategies (2014-2016) in Khuvsgul and Nalaikh had been developed, which became the main planning and monitoring tool for child rights at the local level, also setting accountability targets and milestones in child survival, development, protection and participation. Inter-sectoral coordination had improved through establishment of Councils for Children headed by province and soum governors. Provincial/District Citizen’s Assembly in focus areas adopted a decision to spend at least 10%  (Khuvsgul) and 30 %  (Nalaikh) of the Local Development Fund for children.  The percentage of budget investment for children from the local development fund has been increased from 8.8% in 2013 to 32.5% in 2016 as a result of CFC programme implementation. In addition, a number of service delivery models were piloted in social sectors illustrating positive changes in children’s lives and their communities.  

Hence, UNICEF Mongolia is seeking the services of a national consultant to support scaling-up these good practices and innovative service delivery models as well as replicating the CFC programmes in the new GFAs. 

Purpose of the Assignment

The overall purpose of this consultancy is to support UNICEF Mongolia to replicate good practices of the CFC programme and scaling up the innovative service delivery models and practices, which had been successfully piloted in the country programme 2012-2016 in Khuvsgul province and Nalaikh district of UB capital in the new GFAs (3 provinces and 1 peri-urban district) 

The replication of good practices of the previous country programme will be undertaken in the form of serving as a resources person, as well as facilitating the knowledge exchange between the government officials of Khuvsgul province and Nalaikh district and that from new GFSa under the guidance and supervision of the Community Development Specialist. 

This assignment is part of the UNICEF Mongolia’s Annual work plan for 2017, specifically linked to the Output 3 Local governance section under Outcome 3 Equitable Social Policies and Protective Systems. This is part of the UNICEF Mongolia’s approved service plan for 2017.

Assignment Tasks

In collaboration with the Community Development specialist, the consultant will:

  • Document and share learning from the implementation of the children’s programme in Khuvsgul province through participation at events/workshops, written knowledge products and other channels.
  • Prepare a practical guideline on adoption/implementation of CFC strategy at the provincial level for subnational government authorities (Province governor, Head of the Governor’s office, Head of the Province Citizens’ Representatives’ Khural and Soum governors)
  • Develop a training curriculum and materials for sub-national local government to develop and implement CFC
  • Conduct a capacity building training for sub national local government authorities in GFAs on CFC adoption
  • Provide professional technical assistance to each geographic focus areas in designing and implementing CFC strategy which will include assessment of current local government planning processes and identify key stages to integrate CFC planning, facilitation of stakeholder consultation, CFC assessment and planning process in GFAs
  • Assist in conducting experience sharing events for sub national local government authorities in GFAs on CFC and service delivery models and good practices’ replication 
  • Assist in refining/finalization of CFC tools/guideline for the use in GFAs and as well as national level
  • Support other sectoral programmes in introducing and laying foundation for replication of good practices and service delivery models in the new GFAs (At least one good practice in each sector)

     Expected Deliverables

Deliverables

Date of Delivery

Estimated period

·       Documentation of lessons learned and best practices to be shared with targeted audiences in GFAs

August 30, 2017

1 month

·         Assist in refining and finalizing CFC tools/guideline for the use in GFAs and national government

September 30, 2017

1 month

·         Preparation of practical guideline on adoption/implementation of CFC strategy at sub-national and national level

·         Develop a training package to build capacities of local government to develop and implement CFC

·         Two CFC trainings

October 30, 2017:

1 month

·         Conduct 2 CFC capacity building trainings for sub national local government authorities in GFAs

·         Provide technical assistance to each geographic focus areas in designing and implementing CFC strategy GFAs (CFC plan in each 4 GFAs)

·         Assist in launching CFC in at least in one province and one district

November 30, 2017:

1 month

·         Assist in conducting experience sharing events for sub national and national government authorities on CFC adoption/implementation

December 30, 2017

1 month

·         Contextualize CFC assessment tools and translation of assessment tools into Mongolian

January 30, 2018

1 month

·         Facilitate the application of FC tools in GFAs

·         Monitoring of CFC implementation processes in GFAs

 

February 28, 2018

1 month

·         Training on child friendly local development fund planning/ budgeting in GFAs

March 30, 2018

1 month

·         Experience sharing events in replication of good practice in health and nutrition

·         Experience sharing events in replication of good practices in education, ECD

April 30, 2018

1 month

·         Experience sharing events in replication of good practice in WASH

·         Experience sharing events in replication of good practices in education in child protection

May 30, 2018

1 month

·         Monitoring of adoption of good practices by GFAs

·         Final report

 

June 30, 2018

1 month

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education

  • Advanced university degree in Economics, Public Finance, Social Sciences, Public Policy and/or Administration, International Relations or other relevant discipline

    Specific Technical Knowledge Required:

    • Knowledge of social policy and social budgeting, planning, monitoring, and evaluation of socio-economic development
    • Familiarity with decentralisation of public services
    • Familiarity with participatory and accountability focused approaches to planning, monitoring, and evaluation of socio-economic development
    • Thorough understanding of public policy design, monitoring and evaluation

Years of relevant experience

  • Good knowledge of and experience of implementing of children’s programme in Khuvsgul province is required          
  • At least ten years’ experience in local development planning, multi-sectoral stakeholder consultation, project and programme planning meeting;
  • Excellent facilitation, communication and presentation skills;
  • Solid understanding of human rights, child rights issues;
  • Knowledge of local governance and local government planning processes;
  • Previous working experience with UNICEF and other donors and development project is an asset

Competencies of Successful Candidate

 

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Please indicate your ability, availability and monthly rate (in MNT) to undertake the terms of reference above .  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Ulaanbaatar
  • Grade: International Consultant
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social studies
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-04