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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Harare
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-22

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UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual national consultants for the provision of an update of the Situation of Children’s and Women’s Rights in Zimbabwe from a rights-based, gender and equity-focused approach

Harare (Zimbabwe)

The main objective of this exercise is to update the situation analysis of women’s and children’s rights in Zimbabwe from a rights-based, gender and equity-focused

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  1. Introduction


    UNICEF Zimbabwe conducted the last situation analysis of women and children in Zimbabwe for the period 2011 – 2014 and report was published in 2015. This situation analysis informed the current program cycle (2016-2020). Within the changing development context at global (e.g. MDG era – SDGs), and socio-economic and political context at national level, UNICEF has planned to conduct and update the current SitAn from a rights-based, gender and equity-focused Situation Analysis (SitAn).

    A rights-based, gender and equity-focused Situation Analysis (SitAn) is an assessment and analysis of the country situation, with respect to women and children’s rights. The analysis provides a disaggregated assessment of the status and trends in the realization of children’s and women’s rights; a thorough and comprehensive in-depth analysis of the causes of and linkages between problems affecting women and children and how a country’s human, social, economic and organizational resources and structures (including its policies and institutions) can contribute to solving these problems. The analysis seeks to provide policy and programmatic recommendations to address the shortfalls and disparities and accelerate progress towards development goals and the fulfilment of human rights conventions such the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

    The SitAn also focuses on identifying key knowledge gaps related to gender inequalities and inequities including child deprivations and thus it is intended to make an important contribution to shaping national development strategies to accelerate achievement of the child-related goals with equity. The SitAn plays a formative role by improving the understanding of decision-makers, partners and stakeholders of the status of women and children’s rights in the country and the causes of inequities as the basis for policy formulation.

    National ownership is necessary to build consensus on the analytical results, including the use of internationally recognized data and standards.  Involvement of the government, civil society and other national stakeholders throughout the SitAn updating process is a pre-requisite for its acceptance into in policy and strategy formulation, budget allocation, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


  2. Justification

    The last Sitan was conducted during the MDGs era thus with the adoption of the Agenda 2030, it is critical to update the Sitan which will contribute to national knowledge on disadvantaged children and women to influence prioritization and implementation of SDGs in Zimbabwe. The Sitan will also provide updated information, data and evidence for reporting on SDGs.


    The updated Sitan will support national and decentralized planning and development processes including influencing policies, strategies, budgets and national laws to contribute towards an enabling environment for children that adheres to human rights principles, particularly regarding universality, non-discrimination, participation and accountability. Updating the Sitan is particularly relevant now as the country will be engaging in the development of the new National Development Framework as the current Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-ASSET) comes to an end in December 2018.


    Within the framework of the new UNICEF Strategic Plan, UNICEF Zimbabwe prioritized four key cross cutting themes (ECD, Adolescents, Disability, Environment) for mainstreaming into the country program. The updated Sitan will provide information, data and evidence that will inform mainstreaming of the cross cutting themes into UNICEF, the UN and development partners in support of national development goals. Furthermore, this updated SitAn is a complement to the on-going midterm review process.


    This Sitan which will be updated from a gender equity approach to provide information and knowledge to strengthen gender programming for promoting of gender equality within UNICEF, the UN, development partners, civil society organizations and private sector stakeholders.


  1. Objectives

The main objective of this exercise is to update the situation analysis of women’s and children’s rights in Zimbabwe from a rights-based, gender and equity-focused. The specific objectives are to:

  1. provide an updated disaggregated assessment of the status of and trends in the realization of children’s and women’s rights.
  2. provide an updated analysis of the immediate, underlying and structural causes of and linkages between problems affecting women and children.
  3. propose policy and programmatic recommendations to address the shortfalls and disparities to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and the fulfilment of human rights conventions.
  4. strengthen evidence-based policy advocacy: Based on evidence from this updated analysis, UNICEF Zimbabwe will enhance its policy advocacy and partnerships for realization of children’s rights.
  5. provide the government and other partners with comprehensive gender, equity-sensitive and evidence-based information on children for result-based decision-making. It will contribute to the formulation of key national strategies so that the priorities for the most disadvantaged children are integrated into the new national development framework post ZimAsset 1.


  1. The approach in updating SitAn

The approach in updating the SitAn will be mainly based on review of existing data and literature and guided by UNICEFs Monitoring Results for Equity System (MoRES) determinant framework and will include the following broad steps:


Step 1: Assessment of the manifestations of child rights including adolescents and children living with disabilities shortfalls and inequities.

1.1: Review of existing data: The consultant will be required to conduct a comprehensive review of the existing data, evidence and research on children and women. In updating the SitAn the consultant will review the trends in all the child outcomes in health, nutrition, education, HIV, water and sanitation, environment, child and social protection and participation in relation to international targets such as the SDGs and other goals related to the CRC, CEDAW and CRPD.


Both quantitative and qualitative data should be reviewed through a human rights, gender and equity lenses. The key reference documents to this exercise include:

  • Routine statistics generated by Ministries or ZIMSTAT
  • Special-purpose surveys e.g. ZDHS 2015
  • Routine Reports from Government
  • Reporting on internationally agreed Conventions, Treaties and Targets
  • Studies and Analytic work
  • Reports from Programme Reviews
  • Evaluation reports


Consultant can also make use of any updated data available in DevInfo.


1.2:  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The consultant will assess the manifestations of child rights including adolescents and children living with disabilities shortfalls and inequities within the context of the Agenda 2030 and in this case the consultant may engage with the UNICEF Zimbabwe facilitated INGOs SDGs partnership: Knowledge sharing platform.


Step 2:  Analysis of the major causes of child rights (including adolescents and children living with disabilities) rights shortfalls and inequities. The consultant is expected to carry out an in-depth analysis of data and information generated and the following types of analysis are proposed, however the consultant can have proposed other types of analysis which enhances quality of analysis:

  • Causality analysis
  • Role-pattern analysis – looks at the roles and responsibilities of duty bearers and rights holders
  • Capacity gap analysis - examines the capacity of key individuals and institutions responsible for respecting, protecting and fulfilling the rights of children;
  • An analysis of the enabling environment - examines broader policy, legal, administrative and budgetary issues and social norms which influence the realisation of human rights of children and women and the reduction of inequalities.


    Gender should be mainstreamed throughout the analysis and environmental sustainability should be emphasised.


    Step 3: Validation of the SitAn: The consultant will present the SitAn to stakeholders at a validation meeting which will include; government representatives, CSOs working on child rights, child representatives, development partners and UN agencies.


  1. Major tasks, Deliverables and Timeframe



Key Tasks


No. of days



Develop an inception report including the work plan

Inception report with clear work plan


By Wk 2


Present Inception report to TREG and SDGs INGO knowledge sharing group

Power point for TREG presentation

By Wk 2


Data and information collection

Draft updated SitAn report


By Wk 7


Present 1st draft updated SitAn report to TREG

Power Point of draft report for presenting to TREG


By Wk 8


Incorporate TREG comments

Revised report


By Wk 10


Share the draft with sections and present draft in UNICEF Program Management Team

Power point to present in Programme Management Team


By Wk 11


Incorporate comments from the sections, this may involve consultations with sections individually and further research or review of data

Revised Draft SitAn report


By Wk 11


UNICEF Share the draft report with identified stakeholders electronically



By Wk 12


Present the draft report at all stakeholders’ validation meeting

Power Point for presenting to stakeholders


By Wk 13


Submission of finalised updated SitAn

Final SitAn Report


By Wk 15


The consultants will be remunerated based on satisfactory completion of deliverables as specified in the table above.


Targets and delivery will be reviewed by the UNICEF in liaison with the Technical Research and Evaluation Group (TREG).


  1. Timeframe

    The consultant is supposed to work for a total number of 30 working days in a period of 15 weeks commencing on 1 June 2018.


  2.  Consultancy Requirements


To conduct this exercise UNICEF will contract an individual consultant who has outstanding expertise and experience in this field of work.

The assignment is expected to be undertaken by one national consultant to review and finalize a human-rights based, equity-focused, gender-sensitive and child-centred SitAn.


The required background and experience for the consultant is as follows:


  • Advanced degree in the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, development studies), Economics/Statistics or related fields relevant for the assignment
  • At least 10 years of research and other relevant professional experience
  • In-depth knowledge of children’s rights, including CRC, CEDAW and other international legal instruments the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), World Fit for Children (WFFC), and the SDGs.
  • Knowledge and Demonstrated experience with Human Rights Based Approach to Programming (HRBAP) and child participation methodologies.
  • Institutional knowledge of the UN and UNICEF is an added advantage.
  • Experience of having participated previously in a UNICEF Situation Analysis will be an advantage
  • Proven experience in writing analytical papers on children and gender issues
  • Familiarity with Zimbabwe current national development priorities and challenges would be an asset
  • Excellent facilitation and coordination skills
  • Strong writing skills in English
  • Ability to deliver quality reports/analysis and results in line with established deadlines.


Application Procedure

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical and an all-inclusive financial proposal detailing daily professional fees and other miscellaneous expenses.  Please note that this is a re-advertisement, candidates who responded to the first call need not apply.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.










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