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Consultancy for developing “Protocol for Integrated Protection of Children and Adolescents in Disaster Situations” for Belize

Belize

Consultancy for developing “Protocol for Integrated Protection of Children and Adolescents in Disaster Situations” for Belize

I.  PURPOSE OF THIS CONSULTANCY

The objective of this assignment is to develop a Protocol for the Integrated Protection of Children and Adolescents in Disaster Situations for Belize.  This will involve the review of existing relevant documents such as the Guidelines for Child-Friendly Disaster Management and Response (2005, ODPEM Jamaica), Brazilian National Protocol for Integral Protection of Children and Adolescents in Disaster Situations (2013), UNICEF protocols and guidelines, and national legislations and programmes, among others. Furthermore, these guidelines will include additional population groups identified by UNICEF such as women and persons with disabilities. The development of such a Protocol will provide an opportunity to reflect recent international agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sendai Framework, and the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21) into national DRR planning. The development of the Protocol is a component of the activities for the 2018-2019 Rolling Work Plan with UNICF and the National Emergency Management Organization in Belize.

The expected product is a protocol that will guide national emergency responsible units into placing the needs of children and adolescents at the center of emergency response strategies and programmes. The protocol will include a step by step guide on how to do it and will review existing national tools and mechanisms to ensure that the rights of children are fully included. The protocol will reflect national, regional and international agreements on integrated protection of children as well as all conventions and existing protocols.

II. BACKGROUND

The Caribbean Region has a high level of vulnerability and exposure to natural disasters, primarily related to climatological events such as tropical storms, hurricanes and droughts. These are already being and will increasingly be exacerbated by climate change. 2017, for example, was an unusual year for the region, with two major hurricanes, namely Irma and Maria, devastating several countries within the space of a few weeks. Such hazards, as well as increasing social violence and development gaps among the population, are a major challenge to sustainable development and the survival and well-being of children, threatening the consistent exercise of basic child rights.

In light of this, UNICEF is prioritizing support to infuse a child focus preparation to ensure adherence to the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in the increasing number of humanitarian situations faced in the Caribbean and in this case specifically, Belize. By taking this into account, the Belize Country Office is seeking the support of a consultant to develop a Protocol for the Integrated Protection of Children and Adolescents in Disaster Situations that reflects recent developments in the fields of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilient development, all while adhering to the Caribbean Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy 2014-2024, particularly Priority Area 2 – Knowledge Management, the CDEMA CU Corporate Plan 2014-2017, and UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children (CCCs).

The consultant will conduct a mapping and desk review of documents drawn up by NGOs, Government Agencies and International Organizations working in Belize; including innovative approaches to the protection and reduction of disaster risk for children and the identification of good practices such as the Standards for the Inclusion of PwD drafted in Central America. From this, the consultant will draft Protocols for the Protection of Children and Adolescents in Emergencies. These protocols will then be presented to NEMO and UNETT.  Based on the review and recommendations made by NEMO and UNETT, the consultant will then prepare a final draft.  It is expected that the duration of the consultancy will be thirty (30) working days within a period of up to three months.

III. EXPECTED OUTCOMES

The consultant will be responsible for:

  • Preparing an inception report detailing proposed strategy to undertake this consultancy
  • Drafting the Belize Protocol for the Integrated Protection of Children and Adolescents in Disaster Situations based on a mapping and desk review of documents drawn up by international organizations, universities, NGOs specializing in humanitarian aid, and which includes innovative approaches to reduce disaster risk for children and adolescents and identifies good practices.
  • Presenting draft Protocols to NEMO and UNETT and documenting all stakeholder inputs for guidance in preparation of final draft.
  • Submitting a final draft of Protocols, reflecting all inputs and guidance received.

Deliverable

Main component

Duration

 

 

5 days

Inception Report

-        Preparation and acceptance of Inception Report

Draft Protocol

-   Desk review

-   Preparation and submission of draft Protocol to Steering Committee

-   Finalize draft Protocol

10 days

Presentation and facilitation of stakeholder review sessions

-   Present draft to virtual focus group review process.

-   Documentation of stakeholder inputs

-   Presentation of revised draft Protocols to NEMO & UNETT

10

 

 

 

1 day

Final Reports

-   Prepare final draft of Protocol

-   Finalize report based on feedback from  NEMO & UNETT

4 days

 

 

IV. QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENT

Qualification and necessary experience:

  • University degree, preferably but not limited to: communication, marketing, journalism, literature, social science, international development, international relations or related areas
  •  More than 3 years of proven experience in the review or production of publications.
  • 2 to 4 years of proven experience with proven experience in preparing protocols or guidance documents as well as in editing publications, including technical or complex material.
  • Experience in humanitarian programming and or at least knowledge of humanitarian landscape in the Caribbean.
  • Previous experience working with UNICEF or other United Nations agencies will be valued.
  • Knowledge of the rights of children and adolescents.
  • Proven command of verbal and written English
  • Strong technical skills in edition, style correction and consolidation of variety of inputs.
  • Strong skills to produce concise and easy-to-understand documents. 
  • Proven experience of having worked within a multi-cultural environment.

Language skills: Fluency (oral and written), required in English. Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset

V. REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES/SUPERVISION

The Emergency focal point for UNICEF will be supervising this consultancy

VII. APLICATIONS

To apply, send cover letter, P11, financial and technical proposal to lagomez@unicef.org with the subject  2018 Emergency consultancy.

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: Belize
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Security policy
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Youth
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-02

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