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National Consultancy, Assessing the Social Impact of BCL Mine Closure, Gaborone Botswana


UNICEF Botswana Country Office is recruiting a local consultant to undertake an assessment to determine the social impact of Bamangwato Concessions Limited (BCL) mine closure on families and children in Selebi Phikwe and surrounding areas.

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.

Purpose of the Assignment

The consultant will work closely with the UNICEF Botswana Monitoring and Evaluation officer to design and implement an assessment to understand the social impact of the BCL Mine Closure on families and children during the October 2016 November 2017 period. The objectives of the assessment are, inter alia, to;

Determine changes in the socio-demographic profile of Selebi Phikwe.

  1. Assess any changes in school enrolment (public versus private), truancy rates, dropout rates and children's performance.
  2. Determine if there are any changes in sexual behaviour of adults and children in Selebi-Phikwe and surrounding areas.
  3. Understand any changes in service uptake of NGOs working on issues around commercial sex work, gender based violence, alcohol and substance abuse.
  4. Determine if there are any changes in crime statistics as recorded by the Botswana Police Service.
  5. Assess and quantify any changes in those seeking healthcare service for domestic violence and sexual assault.
  6. Determine the availability of any support to those affected.
  7. Assess the sustainability of support availed to those affected by the mine closure.
  8. Make future projections on the continued social impact of mine closure.
  9. Make recommendations for actions that may be taken to mitigate further negative impact of the mine closure on families and children.

Assignment Tasks

The consultant will be supervised by the UNICEF Botswana Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with overall oversight of the process by the UNICEF Botswana Child Protection Specialist. The consultant is expected to engage closely with relevant authorities, not least the Department of Social Protection in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. Furthermore, the consultant is expected to coordinate with other actors, including UN agencies, in regard to complementarity and non-duplication of efforts.


The consultancy will cover 2 main work phases:


Phase I

  • Desk review of all available literature on the impact of BCL mine closure.
  • Collection and analysis of data from administrative entities such as, inter alia, the Regional Education Office, schools, Department of Social and Community Development, District Health Management Team, Botswana Police Service and NGOs on social and health-related issues during the period of interest.

Phase II

  • Primary data collection to fill in any gaps using key informant interviews or focus group discussions.
  1. The consultant will deliver an inception report and work plan detailing the proposed process and adjustment to methodology of conducting this assessment.
  2. Phase I
  • Review all available material related to BCL mine closure to determine impact. This will include, but not limited to level of job loss, government's response to mitigate impact and other key information related to BCL mine closure.
  • Facilitate the collection of existing secondary data from entities that provide services to families and children in Selebi Phikwe.
  • Analyze secondary data.
  • Determine any information gaps that may require primary data collection.
  1. Phase II
  • Based on Phase I, and in agreement with supervisor, determine appropriate means of collecting primary data to inform the social impact of BCL mine closure.
  • Conduct primary data collection and analyze the data to complement secondary data analysis.
  1. The consultant will deliver a final report (including a one page executive summary) detailing the findings of the assessment. The report will include recommendations for critical actions that should be undertaken by the Government and its partners to mitigate further impact of the closure of the mine.

Expected Deliverables


Duration (Estimated # of days or months)


Schedule of Payment (%)

Inception Report and detailed Work Plan the assignment.

5 days

December 8th, 2017


Phase I: Desk review of available material on the impact of BCL mine and facilitation of secondary data collection and analysis


Literature review on the impact of BCL mine closure and corresponding response by government and other entities to mitigate the impact including secondary data collection and analysis complete. This time period accounts for the December holiday period.

35 days

February 23rd, 2018

Phase II: Potential collection of primary data and analysis


Agreed upon plan to carry out primary data collection. Conduct primary data collection and analysis

15 days

March 16th, 2018

Draft report with recommendations on the way forward is compiled from all the phases of the assignment and is shared with UNICEF Botswana for review and approval.

Final report is submitted.

5 days

March 30th, 2018


Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • Masters level University degree in public health, statistics, epidemiology, nutrition or other relevant field of study.

Years of relevant experience

  • Significant experience (3-5 years) in conducting assessments.
  • Demonstrated statistical analysis skills and familiar with specific statistical software.
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection methods and data analysis.
  • Demonstrated skills in report writing.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

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Download File ToRs Assessing Social Impact of BCL Mine Closure.pdf

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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: Gaborone
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
  • Closing Date: 2017-12-01

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