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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Lusaka
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-27

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Individual Consultancy - Child Welfare Systems Framework, Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka (Zambia)

Exciting consultancy to support the development of the child welfare systems framework and the VAC Commitments Plan

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, ...

UNICEF works to uphold the rights and well-being of all children in Zambia, across health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), protection, social inclusion, emergencies, disabilities and adolescent development.

In Zambia, UNICEF’s Country Programme aims to reach the most disadvantaged children. UNICEF works with the Government on policy to improve basic social services, as well as on the ground to make sure that these services reach all children, especially the most vulnerable. 

To find out more about UNICEF’s work in Zambia, please visit

How can you make a difference?


In partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNICEF (child protection) is undertaking a Service Efficiency and Effectiveness for Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (SEEVCA) project. The project is being implemented over 2 years, and will be integral to the strengthening of the national GRZ child and family welfare system. SEEVCA will be programmed through responsible GRZ structures (national, provincial, district, ward, community) with uniform systems and standards across 15 districts in the Copperbelt and Lusaka provinces.

The cross-cutting nature of child vulnerability, and the substantial role played by poverty in driving or exacerbating vulnerabilities for children and adolescents, means strong linkages need to be maintained or developed with other sectors. Strategies to address child welfare need to be driven by families, communities, community-based groups, civil society organizations, and the government.

To support the development and strengthening of a Child and Family Welfare System national level coordination is imperative. This will be facilitated by the development of a Child and Family Welfare System Framework which includes the long term vision of the Government for child and family welfare and the components that need to be in place for a strong Child and Family Welfare System.

Objectives / Target

The consultant will:

  1. In collaboration with MCDSS and UNICEF, draft the Child and Family Welfare Systems Framework that details the verall vision; components of the system
  2. Support MCDSS to kick-start coordination meetings with child and family welfare stakeholders to include: reviewing and finalising the draft framework; validating the framework and support to organizing meetings where all partners report on progress in line with endorsed framework.
  3. In collaboration with MYSCD, finalise the VAC commitment plan and organize a national round table discussion to validate the plan and kick start its implementation

Description of the assignment (Scope of work) / SPECIFIC TASKS

  1. Inception meeting with UNICEF and MCDSS to discuss the Child and Family Welfare System Framework outline and agree a way forward
  2. Using existing documents and policies, draft the Framework
  3. Review the draft Framework with UNICEF and MCDSS colleagues and ensure cross-issues related to multiple deprivations including disability, rural isolation, gender are addressed.
  4. Jointly with MCDSs plan and co-facilitate three meetings with child and family welfare stakeholders
  5. Inception meeting with MYSCD and UNICEF to review the draft VAC commitments plan and agree away forward
  6. Conduct follow up visits to line ministries, CSO partners and others who have provided inputs to the draft VAC commitments plan.
  7. Finalise the draft VAC commitments plan.
  8. Jointly with MYSCD plan and co-facilitate a meeting with VAC stakeholders to validate the final VAC commitment plan

Expected Deliverables

These activities may run concurrently. Payment schedule is on a monthly basis after submission of a monthly report.





For part-time submissions

Payment schedule

  1. Inception meeting with UNICEF and MCDSS to discuss child and family welfare framework outline

Submission of interview schedule and key documents to be consulted

1 day

30 April


  1. Inception meeting with MYSCD and UNICEF to review draft VAC commitment plan and agree way forward

Agreed schedule for follow up with stakeholders shared

1 day

30 April


  1. Interviews with UNICEF, MCDSS and other key stakeholders including national NGOs, international NGOs, Academia and professional associations for the child and family welfare systems framework

Interview notes available

8 days

10 May


  1. Draft Child and Family Welfare Systems Framework

Draft framework in word document

8 days

30 May

Payment 1

  1. Review draft child and family welfare system framework with UNICEF and MCDSS

Share updated framework following review meetings

4 days

5 June


  1. Conduct follow up visits with all stakeholders on VAC commitments plan

Interview notes available

10 days

15 June


  1. Plan and co-facilitate with MCDSS 3 meetings with stakeholders to review draft child and family welfare systems framework

Meeting minutes shared with MCDSS and UNICEF

6 days


30 June




  1. Finalise the child and family framework

Final version of framework shared with UNICEF and MCDSS in word (hard and soft copy)

3 days

15 July

Payment 2

  1. Plan and co-facilitate with MYSCD meetings with stakeholders to review draft framework

Meetings minutes shared with MYSCD and UNICEF

3 day

25 July


  1. Finalise the VAC commitments plan

Final version of VAC commitments plan shared with MYSCD and UNICEF

6 days

15 August


  1. Assist UNICEF in organizing and holding presentations to key stakeholders of the VAC Commitments Plan and Family Welfare Plans

Minimum two maximum four presentations, including development of power-points

2 days

15 September

Payment 3


The concrete deliverables defined in the above table will meet the reporting requirements. The overall process will be overseen by the Child Protection Specialist (child and family welfare), UNICEF, whom the selected consultant will be answerable to for the fulfilment of this assignment.

PROJECT Management

Throughout the assignment period, the consultant will be expected to liaise on a regular basis with the contract supervisor, the Child Protection Specialist (child and family welfare) and work in close collaboration with the nominated focal persons at MCDSS and MYSCD. Contact with the relevant responsible government counterparts will be facilitated by UNICEF.


The start date of this assignment is 15th April 2019. The contract will be for 52 working days implemented over a five month period.

The consultant will be based in Lusaka and will need to provide their own laptop and office space.

Payment schedule

The consultant will be paid on as per the schedule provided in the deliverables table above.  UNICEF holds the right to withhold payments if deliverables are not met or not to expected quality standards.

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

  • At least 5 years work experience in development in area of service provision.
  • Previous experience in child and family welfare sector in Zambia, ideally working with MCDSS and MYSCD
  • Demonstrable relevant experience in supporting Government in development of national child related policy/framework/plans of action;
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Degree in Social Work, international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field or relevant fields

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

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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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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