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Short-term Individual Consultancy with Expertise in Child Protection, focusing on Child Marriage

Istanbul (Turkey)

Short-term Individual Consultancy with Expertise in Child Protection, focusing on Child Marriage

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.

Start & End Date           : 15 August-14 November, 2017

Reporting Supervisor   : UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Gender Adviser


Seven countries in the CEE/CIS region have invested in research to better understand the drivers of child marriage, nationally and among ethnic and linguistic minority groups. Globally, UNICEF and UNFPA have collaborated on an Ending Child Marriage Programme that spans across 12 high prevalence countries, with important learning that can benefit policy and programme development in the region.  The proposed outcomes of this workshop are programmatic, operational, and developed with an eye to identifying strategies for progress, programming and capacity building over the next four years.  The Consultant will carry out an expert desk review of work thus far and facilitate the planned workshop.

Ending Child Marriage is one of the target priorities in the UNICEF Gender Action Plan.  Child marriage is defined as the marriage or informal union before 18 of a boy or a girl. Whether it happens to a girls or a boy, child marriage is a violation of human rights. UNICEF estimates that globally, around 1 in 3 young women aged 20-24 (or approximately 70 million) were married before the age of 18.[1]  The right to “free and full consent” to a marriage is recognized in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and states that a person must be suitably mature to make an informed decision.  The Convention on the Rights (1989), protects children from harmful and traditional practices like child marriage. General Comment No.4 (2003) of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on adolescent health and development further urges countries to set the minimum age for marriage for both men and women (with or without parental consent) at 18 years of age.

Boys are also married as children, but girls are disproportionately affected. Child marriage is a manifestation of fender inequality, reflecting social norms that perpetuate discrimination against girls. Young girls who are married are a uniquely vulnerable, though largely invisible, group. They are often required to perform heavy amounts of domestic work, are under pressure to demonstrate their fertility, and are responsible for raising children while they are still children themselves.  Married girls and child mothers have limited power to make decisions, are generally less able to earn income, and are vulnerable to multiple health risks, violence, abuse and exploitation.

Humanitarian crises often lead communities to rely on negative coping mechanisms to ease the financial burden on the family and/or ‘protect’ their daughters from harm. In some cases, this may lead to an increase in early marriage, which is shown for example in the rise in early marriages among Syrians in Turkey and Jordan following the refugee influx.[2]

Goal and Objectives:

The goal of this assignment is to gain a better understanding and analysis of child marriage practice in CEE/CIS Region with focus on Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, fYRoM, Georgia, Serbia and Turkey, in order to identify promising prevention and response programmes, and a regional framework for this area of programming.

Objectives of the assignment are to:

1. Compile, review and analyse existing quantitative data and research on prevalence child marriage that exists in the target countries, including impact of the conflict and political environment in the region on prevalence of child marriage,

2. Review and evaluation of the existing studies of other counties and learn from their experiences especially on the programmatic responses,

3. Examine alignment of the programmatic responses in respected countries with the Global Programme to accelerate action to end Child Marriage and identify promising/good practices as well as gaps to be addressed,

4. Develop county specific recommendations and regional recommendations on how to strengthen and scale up promising practices in addressing child marriage,

5. Facilitate a regional workshop on child marriage and produce workshop report.


Expected Deliverable, Timeline and Payment:

The consultant will produce the following deliverable in English within specified timelines upon signing of the contract.  


1. Methodology: Develop the methodology of the assignment including interview methodology and questionnaires for the country visits - 7 working days (Timeline : 15 August –1 September 2017)

2. Desk Review: Review the existing legal documents, policies stipulating protection from child marriage; data and another relevant documentation on prevalence of child marriage and programming practice in addressing (prevention and response) early marriage - 10 working days (Timeline: 30 September 2017)

3. Regional Workshop (Tbilisi, Georgia): Organize and facilitate a regional workshop, present the findings of the assignment and draft recommendations for strengthening scaling up the promising practice in addressing child marriage – 7 working days (Timeline: 31 October 2017)

4. Final Report: Finalization report on the feedback and recommendations of the Regional Workshop including region and country specific recommendations on how to strengthen and scale up identified promising practices in the selected countries - 7 working days (Timeline: within 14 November 2017)


50 % payment after completion of number 1 & 2 deliverable

50% payment after completion of number 3 & 4 deliverable

Note: Based on quality of deliverable satisfactory response by the contractor, UNICEF will judge whether initial TOR have been met, otherwise payments should be withheld. In case of any unexpected delay in the estimated time frame (approval process, force majeure etc.) the duration of the assignment might be extended subject to the same conditions and mutual will of the parties.

UNICEF reserves the right to terminate the contract and/or withhold all or a portion of payment if the rules and the regulations regarding confidentiality, ethics and procedures of UNICEF and the partners are not followed, the performance is unsatisfactory, or work/deliverables are incomplete, not delivered or fail to meet the deadlines.  

The Contract for the Consultant will be issued in US Dollars.

Official Travel:

The assignment requires travel to Tbilisi, Georgia for the Regional Workshop. The consultant will be required to secure his/her own visa. The relevant cost of visa arrangements as well as the consultant’s travel costs will be financed by UNICEF CEECIS RO.  Flight costs and DSA will be covered at economy class rate and as per UNICEF policies.

Desired Qualifications, Specialized Knowledge or Experience:

Advance university degree in Law, Social Sciences, Public Administration or other related fields

At least 8 years international experience of work in organizational development and reform

Proven previous experience in working one child marriage

Proven knowledge on the International Human Rights law and international standards of working with children and women

Understanding of child protection issues and services

Experience in collaborating Governments’ and/or NGOs’ social welfare staff; and experience in programme design, administration, monitoring and evaluation in related fields is an asset

Knowledge of legal framework regarding Child protection, women’s rights, UNCRC, CEDAW and other relevant conventions and international regulations on child protection and gender equality

Fluency in written and spoken English

Proven research and analytical skills, facilitation and developing written material (report writing)

Good negotiation skills and flexibility

Excellent interpersonal communication skills


The consultant will work under direct supervision of the Gender Adviser for UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Office. The consultant is expected to also work collaboratively with respective UNICEF country office teams, UNFPA regional colleagues, and regional gender focal points.

Performance Indicators For Evaluation Of Results:

Proposed timelines for completion of activities are met and deliverable submitted on time with good quality and as per the standards described in the TOR. Overall performance at the end of the contract will be evaluated against the following criteria: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, and quality of the products delivered.           

Frequency of Performance Reviews will be held upon receiving each deliverable.

How to Apply:

The applicants should upload their Personal History Form (P11), the financial and the technical proposal (methodology) on the online application platform. Please indicate your availability and daily rate (in US Dollars) on the basis of the above-mentioned programme and deliverable, including a total sum demanded. Kindly note that applications without financial bid (daily rate and total sum demanded) will not be considered for further process. Travel and accommodation costs arising from planned visits will be covered by UNICEF as per established rates; costs related to administrative tools, communications, etc. shall be covered by the consultant.

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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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-31

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