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Consultancy - Documenting the Child and Adolescents Friendly City Platform in Belarus

Geneva (Switzerland)

We are seeking a qualified consultant to document and identify lessons learned of the the Child- and Adolescent-Friendly City Platform in Belarus with a view to inform future UNICEF programming in Belarus and in other Country Offices as well as to inform the roll-out in other cities.

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Background 

 Global CFC Movement:

The child-friendly cities movement globally targets attention of local administrations on children and has provided a channel for children themselves to become involved in the dialogue for CFCs.

The role of local government in the fulfilment of children’s rights was officially placed on the agenda in 1992 in Dakar, Senegal, when the Mayors Defenders of Children Initiative was launched by UNICEF. Within this framework, a wave of child-centred activities and programmes took shape and were initiated at the local level.

In 1996 the Child Friendly Cities Initiative was launched to act on the resolution passed during the second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II). The Conference declared that the well-being of children is the ultimate indicator of a healthy habitat, a democratic society and good governance.

A Movement of child friendly municipalities started flourishing in low, middle and high-income countries and an increasing number of cities promoted and implemented initiatives to realise the rights of the child. The CFC Initiative should be seen alongside with other related efforts such as UNESCO’s Growing Up in Cities and UN Habitat’s Safer Cities. The growing interest in CFC was rooted in several factors: the increasing number of children living in cities versus the limited structures and capacities of cities to respond to their needs; a general trend in governmental decentralisation; a growing interest in community approaches to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the recognition that civic engagement and child participation are key ingredients to good governance.

CFC Development in Belarus:

UNICEF in Belarus is currently in its third year of implementation of the UNICEF-Government of Belarus Country Programme of Cooperation for 2016-2020. The overall goal of the country programme is to support Belarus in closing equity gaps in the realization of children’s rights and applying the principle of the best interests of the child in national policy- and decision-making. The focus lies on the most disadvantaged among young children, children with disabilites, children deprived of parental care, juveniles in conflict and in contact with the law, children and women survivors of violence, and adolescents.

As development is increasingly driven by local communities and governments, UNICEF has been supporting  the scaling up of the Child-Friendly City initiative in Belarus, aimed at creating an environment conducive to children’s participation and enhancing effectiveness of local planning and budgeting.

The National Coordination Body (Coordination Council on CAFC was established under the auspices of the National Commission on the Rights of the Child composing of the officials of the National Assembly, Ministries of Health, Education, Labor and Social Protection, Foreign Affairs, representatives of NGOs, Local Authorities and UNICEF. The Coordination Council is chaired by the Deputy Minister of Education and functions in accordance with the regulation. 

The normative and methodological frameworks were developed including the methodological guidelines, regulation of the accession to the CAFC implementation and certification of the honorary title “Child and Adolescents’ Friendly-City,” and the assessment tool.

The capacity of local authorities and adolescents was strengthened through the policy and advocacy dialogues, workshops, trainings and roundtable discussions at the national and local levels to effectively address local development problems in the best interest of children, and ensure adolescents empowerment and participation. 

25 children-youth parliaments are in function in Belarus as youth self-governance bodies. Children-Youth Parliaments created in cities participating in the CAFC platform and play an important role in the participation of active adolescents in local governance and decision-making.  Adolescents become active agents of social change, develop and implement socially-oriented and creative initiatives and introduce innovations. During the last years, the focus was made on the engagement of children with disabilities and adolescents from the most vulnerable groups in the work of Children-Youth Parliaments.

At the beginning of 2018, 25 cities joined CFCI implementation, 15 of them completed assessment process, calculated CFC index and were accredited as Child and Adolescents Friendly Cities (CAFC): Novopolotsk, Pinsk, Brest, Pruzhany, Polotsk, Soligorsk, Zhodino, Baranovichy, Novogrudok, Slutsk,d Minsk, Mogilev, Ghorky, Klimovichy and Shklov.

An independent assessment of CFCI was conducted in 2015-2016. The assessment confirmed that the priorities of CFCI are highly relevant to the country’s context; the sustainability remains its strongest part; the assessment mechanism (Child Friendliness Index) is very comprehensive, well-designed and reliable tool for child rights monitoring; Children’s/Youth Parliament is the key achievement and serves as a platform for a productive dialogue between adolescents and the municipalities.

Future strategies envisage the greater focus on adolescents as an active agent of change and the tranformation from CFCI to Child and Adolscents City Platform that will be used as a tool for SDGs localization.  The need for transformation is due to the growing recognition of the importance of children’s and adolescents’ interests and needs and their understanding as a cross-cutting concept which affects all the spheres of city life.  Based on this context, the Child and Adolescent Friendly City platform provides supportive and enabling space for children and adolescents at all times and ensures whole-city involvement. The CAFC title confirms not only that the city is willing to be a part of global initiative, but its full commitment to development and actions in interests of young people.

CAFC Platform continues to be developed to explore opportunities in the future for analysis of budget allocations and local spending and capacity development. In this capacity, UNICEF will strive to create consensus around the benefit of investing more resources in children, using the central and local government budgets as tools, in order to achieve sustainable equitable progress in the realization of children’s rights. To monitor progress in CAFC a database of key Child and Adolescent Friendly City level of indicators will be developed as part of activities related to the SDG agenda localization.

Scope of Work

 1)      Objectives: 

This consultancy aims to document and identify lessons learned of the the Child- and Adolescent-Friendly City Platform in Belarus with a view to inform future UNICEF programming in Belarus and in other Country Offices as well as to inform the roll-out in other cities.

2)      Methodology and deliverables:  

Methodology

Under the direct supervision of Deputy Representative of the Belarus Country Office, and with guidance from the Child Rights Monitoring Specialist, the consultant will:

  1. Read background/programme documents which will be provided by the Youth and Adolescent Specialist.
  2. Draft an outline for the case study.
  3. Document the Theory of Change of the interventions as well as the results achieved so far and critically assess the quality of result indicators being used for measuring progress.
  4. Visit field locations with administrative and technical support from the Programme Assistant and the Youth and Adolescent Specialist.
  5. Interview key UNICEF staff and partner staff.
  6. Analyse information and data obtained and draft the case study clearly articulating the programme components; the lessons learned; tips for the implementation, and a clear mapping of which interventions have been supported by UNICEF.
  7. Draft a package for roll-out with a bibliography of key materials related to the Child Friendly City Initiative including any M&E materials available, financial information on the intervention; references to available guidelines, protocols, training materials.
  8. Develop recommendations for areas to be developed further or new components to consider – feedback on developments – e.g. SDG indicators incorporated in certification process, etc.

Deliverables

  1. Deliverable 1: Case study outline
  2. Deliverable 2: Case study (20 pages) - including an executive summary (2 pages) including the Theory of Change of the interventions as well as the results to-date.
  3. Deliverable 3: Package for roll-out with a bibliography of key materials related to Child- and Adolescent-Friendly City Initiative and guidance/tools
  4. Deliverable 4: Recommendations for areas to be developed further or new components to consider

3)      Working relationships

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of the Belarus Country Office and can discuss substantial issues with the Youth and Adolescent Specialist of the Belarus Country Office.

The Youth and Adolescent Specialist will provide the background documents; establish the contacts with the selected locations to be visited and participate in the field visits.

The Programme assistant will organise the travel to the field locations.

4)      Tentative Schedule  

Timeline

Activity

Duration

(Estimated # of days)

Deliverables

 

 

 

 End August 2018 – end September 2018

 

 

 

 

Briefing of the consultant by the Deputy Representative, the Child Rights Monitoring Specialist and the Programme Specialist

 

½ day

 

 

Reading background documents

3 days

 

 

Visits to carry out on-site research in Borisov (Minsk region), in Mogilev, Novopolotsk (Vitebsk region) and Pinsk (Brest region).

5 days

 

 

Drafting deliverable 1

1 day

Draft deliverable 1

Drafting deliverable 2

4 days

Draft deliverable 2

Drafting deliverable 3

3 days

Draft deliverable 3

Drafting deliverable 4

1 day

Draft deliverable 4

Finalisation of the deliverables to incoroporate the comments from UNICEF reviewers

2 days

Deliverables 1,2,3 and 4

Debriefing with team

½ day

 

 Payment Schedule

Payment will be made upon satisfactory completion of the 3 deliverables at the end of the contract; upon submission of the final invoice and its certification by the Deputy Representative of the Belarus Country Office.

 Desired competencies, technical background and experience

  1. Have a master degree in international development, social sciences or related field
  2. Have relevant experience in writing reports, conducting focus group discussions and documenting case studies in an international development context
  3. Have at least eight years of working experience
  4. Have proven excellent writing skills in English and Russian
  5. Have appropriate country knowledge
  6. Have relevant subject matter knowledge and experience.

Administrative issues

The consultant will use own equipment (computer, digital voice recorder etc.) to produce the documentation.

Conditions

The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.

Travel

The consultant will include the cost of travel to Minsk and the 5 days’ mission in the overall quotation and in addition to daily professional rates. 

Nature of Penalty Clause in Contract

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete or not delivered. All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

How to Apply

Interested individuals with the required profile are invited to submit an offer to Ms. Nele Bostoen at nbostoen@unicef.org by July 25th 2018, 12am CET.

The offer should contain:

a) Cover Letter

b) CV

c) P11 form (which can be downloaded at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc)

c) A sample of writing in English, related to the ToR or similar assignment

d) Daily rate in US dollars and lumpsum travel costs (5 days' mission in Minsk) 

 

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-25

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