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Development of stocktaking document and external report to support Child Protection in the response to the Syria and Iraq crises

Amman (Jordan)

To consolidated available information relevant to Child Protection sector within the Syria and Iraq crises and, following participation in an interagency workshop on 4-5 December, produce a public document that will be used to raise the profile of the sector and its policy and advocacy asks.

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LOCATION/DURATION:

Duration:  2.5 months (estimated 25 working days)

 

Location: (Please specify)

On-site working days: 2

Off-site working days: 23

Field Missions/Travel: one mission to Jordan to participate in a child protection workshop, 4/5 December

 

Estimated Start Date: ASAP

Estimated end Date: 31 December

 

BACKGROUND:

The crises in Syria and Iraq continue to take a huge toll on the lives of children and adolescents. In a context of violence, continuous displacement, and worsening socio-economic conditions, children in Syria and the neighboring countries endure multiple protection risks and violations of their rights on a daily basis. Grave child rights violations in Syria remain a critical concern, with countless children killed and injured through the persistent use of explosive weapons in civilian areas, recruitment and use of children by all parties to the conflict, torture, detention, abduction, sexual violence, attacks on schools and hospitals, and the denial of humanitarian access particularly to children living in UN-declared besieged areas (WOS AoR Strategy 2018: 3). Inside both Syria and in refugee contexts, children endure violence in their homes, schools, and communities, often from those entrusted with their care. Children face constant risks associated with explosive hazards as well as lack of civil documentation to prove their existence. Out of sheer desperation many girls in particular are married off at a young age and boys and girls are withdrawn from school due to child marriage or to work. Child labor often takes place in dangerous conditions, falling under the category of Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL). Due to these accumulated risks and violations, children are deprived of their needs and rights and in a position of profound and prolonged distress (WOS AoR Strategy 2018:3). Adolescent girls and boys also face specific risks, including of forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and feel a sense of hopeless due to a lack of options for their future.

 

The international humanitarian system recognizes that Child Protection (CP) is a life-saving priority. CP responses have been established from the start of the Syria crisis. During the seven years, humanitarian agencies have been acting to protect children and adolescents by, addressing their specific needs and the risks they face through different programmatic interventions to prevent and respond to violence and abuse. Activities include providing displaced and conflict-affected children access to psychosocial support (PSS) and protection services by establishing or supporting national and community-level CP systems. However, gaps remain, including in specialized Protection services for children and adolescents. After years of hosting refugee populations, host country capacities are increasingly strained and Syrians both inside Syria and in refugee contexts are struggling with depleted resources and limited viable options for income-generation. A whole generation of children have grown up with sporadic access to education and face significant risks of statelessness. The current geopolitical and funding landscape is also rapidly changing. Decreases in humanitarian funding levels are reducing available services and programming, while new development donors and actors are entering the arena. Drastic changes in access within Syria and the end of the war in Iraq have brought up new programming needs and also highlighted the uncertainty regarding the nature of the future responses and modalities.

 

Since its launch in 2013, the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative has done much to galvanise international concern around the plight of children affected by the Syria crisis. While articulating fears about the possible “loss” of a whole generation of children to the effects of violence and displacement, the initiative has provided a framework for critical interventions in education and child protection, putting these front and centre of the response, in Syria, Iraq and affected neighbouring countries. In so doing, NLG has generated funding for sectors that are traditionally under-supported in humanitarian crises and has contributed to a dialogue about the need for investments in education and child protection service delivery systems that bridge immediate response plans and longer term development efforts. Much more needs to be done to expand delivery while increasing focus on the quality of services, to advocate for and develop critical interventions for targeting adolescents and young people, and to strengthen the overall response, including building the resilience of systems and communities.

 

 

Despite the ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to CP risks in the Syria crisis, the CP needs are still increasing (This Is More than Violence” HNO 2018). Partners under the second pillar of the No Lost Generation (NLG) have raised the visibility of CP on the country- and regional-level agendas, including the organization of two previous interagency regional CP workshops in 2015 and 2016 under the lead of UNICEF and UNHCR. A third interagency regional workshop focusing on CP in the Syria crisis is being organized for December, 2018 in Amman, Jordan. To support this workshop a stocktaking on CP is required, and coming out of the workshop a public document outlining the situation and priorities going forwards is envisaged. The exact purpose and content of this paper will be determined during the course of the workshop.

 

OBJECTIVE:

To consolidated available information relevant to Child Protection sector within the Syria and Iraq crises and, following participation in an interagency workshop on 4-5 December, produce a public document that will be used to raise the profile of the sector and its policy and advocacy asks.  

 

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

In close consultation with an established interagency steering committee for the December Child Protection workshop, and under the overall supervision and guidance of the UNICEF regional NLG adviser in Amman, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Consolidate information and data on the key child protection issues in the Syria and Iraq crises, using data sources such as:
  • Refugee Assistance Information System, Progress and other refugee related datasets
  • Child Protection I
  • HRP and 3RP related documents
  • Agency specific assessments, surveys and reports
  • Other publicly available documents
  • Interviews with steering committee members and key stakeholders
  1. Prepare a stocktaking document on the key child protection issues in and response to the child protection issues in the Syria crisis based on the above, covering:
  • The funding environment
  • Key child protection issues (including migration of children affected by the crisis within and beyond the region)
  • Response models addressing child protection, including key strategies and gaps (and including social protection / cash and livelihoods)
  • Crosscutting themes such as gender
  • Strategic directions
  1. Present on the above stocktaking at the child protection workshop during 4-5 December
  2. Prepare a final document for public use to raise the profile of the sector and its policy and advocacy asks based on the conclusions of the workshop

 

 

KEY DELIVERABLES:

  1. Stocktaking report
  2. Presentation of stocktaking report
  3. Final report for public use

 

 

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: progress of work will be assessed through regular calls and e-mail exchanges. The deliverables will be assessed based on the agreed upon requirements

 

 

TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS (PLEASE CHECK IF APPLICABLE):

 Mission travel

If the consultant is not based in Amman s/he will be required t travel to Amman to participate in a workshop and present the stocktaking report on  4-5 December.

 

For individual contractors and consultants, all travel arrangements to commence the assignment, including insurance and visas, will be managed and paid by the individual.  Therefore, expected travel costs must be included as a budget item in the financial proposal.  Should “mission travel” be required, UNICEF will manage and pay for travel via Travel Authorization.  However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites:  Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, the Basic and Advanced Security in the Field Trainings, Travel Visa, and liability waiver. Trip prerequisites will be met at the expense of the consultant.

 

Travel cost shall be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel.  Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC at http://icsc.un.org).  The consultant must travel on UNICEF approved airlines.

 

 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

1.          Education: Social Sciences, International Development Studies or other relevant technical fields

2.         Work experience: min 8 years of work in Child Protection and related fields; experience in evaluations,   report writing, and / or strategic planning. Experience in the MENA region preferred

3.         Technical knowledge: Child Protection, Refugee Protection, Gender

4.         Language: English (proven excellent writing skills

 

Payment Schedule:

 

12.       PROPOSED PAYMENT SCHEDULE

By Deliverable

 

(The selected methodology must then be supported by the suggested payment schedule below)

 

Deliverable

Due date

Payment as percentage of total fee

Stocktaking report

30 November

60%

Presentation of stocktaking report

5 December

-

Final report for public use

13 December

40%

 

 

 

UNICEF will only make milestone payment based on achievement of specific deliverables as listed on the table above. These payments should be stated in terms of percentage.  Also note that UNICEF does not make advance payment except under certain conditions in line with UNICEF Financial Rules and Regulations.

 

 

 

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/application.
  2. Financial quote as lump sum for professional fees, and lump sum for travel/administrative/subsistence, if applicable.
  3. CV
  4. Examples of previous, relevant work as applicable
  5. Proposed methodology/approach to managing the project.
  6. 3 Referees
  7. P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html ).

 

Late submissions, incomplete packets, or submissions with an incorrect email subject heading will not be considered.

 

Candidates will not be considered if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.

 

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: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Library Science
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-30

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