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International Consultant on Migration of Children


The Gambia Country Office is seeking An International Expert Consultant on Migration of Children




The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated.

In the Gambia, 44% of youth are unemployed and many youth do not have access to meaningful jobs; more so, 19% of children ages 5-14 are engaged in child labor. In 2014, 31% of children of primary age and 21% of adolescents of lower secondary school age were out-of-school and gross enrolment rates at lower and upper secondary school and tertiary education were 64%, 48% respectively and 3.1% respectively. Only 73.2% of youth are literate.

In recent years, The Gambia has experienced unprecedented flows of irregular migration towards Europe through the so-called ‘Backway’,’ an often life-threatening journey undertaken primarily by youth. In 2015, 4.31% of all citizens of Gambia lived outside their country of origin. From 2010 to 2015, The Gambia’s net migration rate was negative, at approximately -13 per 1,000 people. Between January and August 2016, Gambians comprised 7, 500, or 7% of total migrants arriving in Italy, ranking fourth behind Nigeria (22, 326), Eritrea (15,043) and Sudan (8,066). The Gambia’s migration rates are alarming in light of the country’s relatively small population and absence of violent conflict.

According to anecdotal data during the irregular migration through “Backway” children have been subject of various violence such as rap, sexual exploitation, trafficking, etc. Therefore, UNICEF intervention is pivotal in generating evidence, raising awareness of national stakeholders and developing a national action plan in addressing adverse implications of irregular migration.  



UNICEF country office is seeking an international expert on migration to:  

(i) Bring out better understanding and knowledge of the situation of children affected by irregular migration

(ii) Identify available formal and non-formal services for the protection of Children on the Move

(iii) Develop a roadmap to support national partners in addressing the risks/negative aspects of unsafe and irregular migration on children.



Under supervision of the Chief of Protection and Inclusion of Children, the international migration expert will have the following duties and tasks:

  • Develop a work plan of the assignment which including the methodology;
  • Conduct the mapping of key stakeholders working on migration issues both in-country and within countries of transit and destination; advise on potential partnership opportunities in this area;
  • Conduct field visits at departure points and communities to assess the situation of children in view of better understanding key social and behavioral drivers triggering irregular migration and issues that affect children during the migration;
  • Collaborate with UNICEF Libya, Niger, Senegal and Mauritania country offices on the situation of women and children in detention centres;
  • Based on the UNICEF global policy tasks, regional office report on children on the move and the outcomes of field visits and mapping, develop a roadmap or strengthening child protection programme on child migration issues.



  • Work plan and methodology of the assignment - 10 % of total contract amount;
  • Mapping of key stakeholders working on child migration - 20 % of contract amount;
  • Roadmap for strengthening child protection programme to address child migration issues. The key findings of road map should be presented and validated to national stakeholders -30% of total contract amount;
  • Final report of the situation analysis - 40% of contract amount. The final report of the consultancy should be maximum 60 pages with an executive summary, the results of the mapping, the roadmap providing clear guidance on strengthening child protection programme to address the issue of child migration and outlining Standard Operating Procedures for care and protection services of children on the move, BID and the family tracing and reunification process



    This assignment will be completed in two months (July-August 2017) which will start from the date of signature of the contract. The contract duration can be extended based on the assignment progress. Interested candidates have to submit their technical and financial proposals as part of their applications. 


    This assignment will require in-country field work.


    It is office based work. UNICEF CO will provide the international expert with a temporarily space during the assignment period.


    Professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities as follows:              

  • At least 5-year professional experience in Child Protection planning and management in general, and in particular migration issues
  • Experience in conducting research and developing policy proposals in developing countries;
  • Experience in capacity development and documentation of child protection
  • Working experience in West and Central Africa will be an asset. 
  • University degree in law, social sciences, development planning, planning, evaluation, survey implementation, advanced statistical research;
  • Field work experience is required;
  • Excellent report writing and presenting skills in English;
  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Fluency in local language(s) an asset.



UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadline. UNICEF reserves the copy rights and the products cannot be published or disseminated without prior written permission of UNICEF.

The expert should respect the confidentiality of the information they handle during the assignment. They are allowed to use documents and information provided only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

Adequate measures should be taken to ensure that the process responds to quality and ethical requirements as per UNICEF Standards. As per UNEG Standard and Norms, consultants involved in research exercises should be sensitive to beliefs, manners and customs and act with integrity and honesty in their relationships with all stakeholders. Furthermore, they should protect the anonymity and confidentiality of individual information.



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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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bangui
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security policy
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-09

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