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Individual Consultancy - Review of National Plan of Action and M&E Plan (2011-2015) and development of NPA/M&E Plan for Children (2018-2022)

Mbabane (Swaziland)

Under the supervision of the Chief, Youth & Adolescent Development, the consultant will review the National Plan of Action (NPA) for Children and the Monitoring & Evaluation Framework (2011-2015), and conduct a stakeholder analysis of all national child rights actors, undertake consultations on the implementation of the NPA 2011-2015, and associated Monitoring & Evaluation tools; and define focus areas for new action as well as provide technical support for the development of the new NPA, and M&E Plan for 2018-2022.

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Background and Justification

Following the first World Summit for Children in 1990, countries globally were encouraged to develop National Action Plans for Children, to direct governments’ focus towards the realization of children’s rights, including children’s health, education and protection. Further, the outcome document of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children 2002 entitles “A World Fit for Children” called upon Member States to commit to developing or strengthening specific, time-bound and measurable National Action Plans for Children by the end of 2003 to act as a roadmap towards the achievement of child specific global development goals. Governments were also called upon to ensure that the objectives of their country’s national plan of action for children are fully mainstreamed and integrated into other national policies and legislation. 
In 2007 the Government of Swaziland established a unit for coordinating issues of children within the Deputy Prime Minister`s Office - the National Children Coordination Unit (NCCU) which developed the National Plan of Action (NPA) for Orphans and Vulnerable Children-OVC (2006-2010) and a subsequent National Plan of Action for Children, 2011-2015. The relevant legal and policy instruments that guided the development of these national action plans included the Constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland of 2005, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the Optional Protocols on Sale, Trafficking and the Sexual Exploitation of Children 2010. the National Children Policy of 2009 and other relevant sector-specific policies of the Swaziland Government.
In 2013, when the project lifespan of the NCCU came to an end, the Deputy Prime Minister`s Office initiated processes of converting the unit into a fully-fledged department. after the evaluation of the NCCU. During the evaluation, consultation and reconstitution process that led to the now fully established and functional National Child Services Department (NCSD), the National Plan of Action for Children 2011-2015 and associated Monitoring and Evaluation Plan came to an end. During the same period the global, regional and national agenda for children has evolved, including the adoption of the Global Sustainable Development Goals, regional frameworks and a number of national sectoral policies and frameworks that have a bearing on children and adolescent growth and development.
It is against this backdrop that the Deputy Prime Minister`s Office through the National Children Services Department (NCSD) and with support from UNICEF, seeks to engage an international  consultant to review the National Plan of Action (NPA) for Children 2011 – 2015 and Monitoring & Evaluation plan guide the development of a new National Plan of Action for Children 2018 - 2022, with associated Monitoring & Evaluation plan, which will take into consideration global, regional and local policy developments.
This consultancy contributes to the Outcome 2 of the Government of Swaziland/UNICEF Country Programme 2016-2020; Output 2.1: Government institutional capacity to legislate, plan and coordinate for the prevention and response to violence against children strengthened; AWP Activity 2.1.6: Support development of national legislation and plans for prevention and response of VAC (Disability Act, National Plan of Action, Regulations for Children's Protection and Welfare Act).
 
Scope of Work
 
1) Goal and Objective:  Under the supervision of the Chief, Youth and Adolescent Development, the consultant will review the National Plan of Action for Children and Monitoring & Evaluation Framework (2011-2015), and conduct a stakeholder analysis of all national child rights actors, undertake consultations on the implementation of the NPA 2011-2015, and associated Monitoring & Evaluation tools and define focus areas for the new action and provide technical support for the development of the new NPA, and M& E Plan for 2018-2022.
 
2) Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: The consultancy fits in Outcome 2 of the Government of Swaziland/UNICEF Country Programme 2016-2020; Output 2.1: Government institutional capacity to legislate, plan and coordinate for the prevention and response to violence against children strengthened; AWP Activity 2.1.6: Support development of national legislation and plans for prevention and response of VAC (Disability Act, National Plan of Action, Regulations for Children's Protection and Welfare Act).
 
3) Activities and Tasks:   The key specific tasks to be taken in carrying out and completing the assignment will include:
• The review the National Plan of Action and Monitoring & Evaluation plan (2011-2015) for Children;
• A stakeholder analysis of all national child rights actors;
• Consultations on the implementation of the NPA 2011-2015;
• Defining focus areas for the new National Plan of Action;
• Development/ drafting of the new NPA and M& E Plan for 2018-2022.
 
4) Work relationships:  The stakeholder consultations will involve a number of stakeholders working in the advancement of child rights within government and in the non-governmental sphere. Stakeholders to be consulted will include, but not be limited to the following - The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs; The Judiciary; Royal Swaziland Police; Correctional Services; Deputy Prime Minister’s Office; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Home Affairs; Ministry of Education and Training; Ministry of Tinkhundla; Public-Owned Enterprises (POEs); NERCHA; Ministry of Labour and Social Security; Regional administration; Traditional authorities; Commission on Human Rights and Public Administration Integrity; Relevant development partners and Civil Society Organizations; Development partners; Private Sector; Municipalities; Civil Society Organizations; Children; Communities.
 
The consultant will work under the supervision of the Chief, Youth and Adolescent Development, and guidance of a Technical Working Group, which will be constituted to oversee the assignment and convened by the DPMO, National Children Services Department Director.

5) Outputs/Deliverables: [Outlined in fuller detail in table below]
• Desk review and inception report that describes the methodology and timelines for the development of a new National Plan of Action (NPA) and M& E Framework.
• Stakeholder consultations on NPA 2011-2015 and M&E Plan review and identification of focus areas for new 2018-2022 NPA and M&E Plan.
• Draft National Plan of Action and M&E Plan 2018-2022.
• Final and approved National Plan of Action 2018-2022 and M&E Framework.
 
Deliverable: Desk review and inception report that describes the methodology and timelines for the development of a new National Plan of Action (NPA) and M& E Framework.
Duration: 10 days
Timeline/Deadline: 10 August 2018
 
Deliverable: Presentation of inception report to a Technical Working Group facilitating the development of the NPA
Duration: 1 day  
Timeline/Deadline: 17 August 2018
Schedule of payment: 20% of contract amount
 
Deliverable: Stakeholder consultations on NPA 2011-2015 and M&E Plan review and identification of focus areas for new 2018-2022 NPA and M&E Plan.
Duration: 22 days
Timeline/Deadline: 21 September 2018
 
Deliverable: Presentation of consultation report on review of NPA 2011-2015 and priorities for new 2018-2022 NPA and M&E Plan.
Duration: 1 day 
Timeline/Deadline: 24 September 2018
 
Deliverable: Drafting of Draft National Plan of Action and M&E Plan 2018-2022
Duration: 30 days
Timeline/Deadline: 2nd November 2018
Schedule of payment: 40% of contract amount
 
Deliverable: Presentation of Draft National Plan of Action 2018-2022 to TWG
Duration: 1 day
Timeline/Deadline: 16th November 2018
 
Deliverable: Revision of Draft National Plan of Action to incorporate comments
Duration: 5 days
Timeline/Deadline: 23rd November 2018
 
Deliverable: Presentation of Draft National Plan of Action 2018-2022 and M&E Plan to national stakeholders
Duration: 1 day  
Timeline/Deadline: 27th November 2018
 
Deliverable: Revision of Draft National Plan of Action to incorporate stakeholder comments
Duration: 2 days
Timeline/Deadline: 30th November 2018
 
Deliverable: Presentation of Final National Plan of Action and M&E Plan for stakeholder’s validation
Duration:  1 day
Timeline/Deadline: 07 December 2018
 
Deliverable: Final and approved National Plan of Action 2018-2022 and M&E Plan that incorporates input received at validation. 
Duration: 1 day
Timeline/Deadline: 14th December 2018
Schedule of payment: 40% of contract amount

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Desired competencies, technical background and experience
 
a) A minimum qualification of a Master’s Degree in either Development Planning; Management/Project Management; Leadership; Administration; Business Management; and Monitoring & Evaluation.
b) At least 10 years’ experience working on children issues, with specific focus on multi-sectoral planning.
c) 10 years proven experience in the development and implementation of strategic Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks and Plans, with National Governments or corporates.
d) Proven knowledge and experience in drafting national plans and strategies as well as capacity to lead processes in large corporate or National Government levels
e) Strong research, analytical and report writing skills.
f) Capacity to ensure deliverables are within specified timeframes.
g) Demonstrated ability to effectively cooperate with Government and other stakeholders.
h) Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
i) Experience of working in collaboration with Government of Eswatini (Swaziland).
 
Administrative issues
 
Under the direction of the Principal Secretary (PS) of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office (DPMO) and a multi-sector Technical Working Group constituted by the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, and led by the Director Child Services Department.
Consultant will report to the Chief, Youth and Adolescent Development at UNICEF. Progress updates meetings will be held at the UNICEF Swaziland office with the supervisor. The Consultant will submit monthly progress reports to the Chief, Youth and Adolescent Development.
 
• The consultant is expected to work in his/her own office space, and where required office space will be made available for the consultant at UNICEF.
• The consultant should include costs of travel and communication within the consultancy proposal.
• The consultant will provide his/her computer for the assignment.
• The selected candidate will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.
 
As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.
The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.
 
How to Apply
Qualified candidates are requested to submit their application including profile, technical and financial proposal. Please indicate your ability, availability and rate to undertake the terms of reference above. Rates must include all expenses related to the assignment (including administration and logistics).
 
Applications submitted without a financial proposal will not be considered.

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UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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: Mbabane (Swaziland)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-26

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