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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bridgetown
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-20

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Child Protection Consultant Adviser

Bridgetown (Barbados)

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Child Protection Officer, the Child Protection Consultant Adviser will provide strategic and technical guidance and oversight to the Permanent Secretary/Director, Family and Social Services Division to design and operationalize appropriate policies, staffing, prevention and response programmes to ensure an effective and efficient child protection system in Antigua and Barbuda.

 

Location of Consultancy: St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda

Duration: 11.5 months

Anticipated Start Date: 3 June 2019

Anticipated End Date: 14 May 2020

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.

How can you make a difference?

BACKGROUND:

Antigua and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin. Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Mount Obama (1319 ft., 402 metres), formerly known as Boggy Peak, located in the southwestern corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John’s on Antigua. Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity is experienced year-round.

While Hurricane Irma speared significant damage to Antigua, Barbuda was completely devastated, forcing the islands’ entire population to be evacuated to the larger island Antigua. Many livelihoods were wipe-out overnight and social cohesion disrupted, as agriculture and fishing, schools, homes and shelters were all negatively impacted.

Prior to the impact of Hurricane Irma, the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), in partnership with the UNICEF Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area (UNICEF/ECA), commissioned an assessment of the child protection and child justice systems, across all nine (9) English-speaking OECS Member and Associate States. The assessment was based on the premise that countries and territories must recognize their responsibilities and human rights obligations to children in order to be effective, and to comply with international standards. The respective country reports highlighted several bottlenecks and areas requiring strengthening, and culminated with an exercise aimed at developing a National Child Protection Plan for each country.

The country report for Antigua and Barbuda highlighted significant gaps in the coordination and institutional arrangements necessary to ensure children’s protection. Delayed implementation of legislative reform, gaps in the national system for children’s protection, inadequate programme responses to children in conflict with the law, as well as programme delivery for children in need of care and special protection are all challenges confronting the responses to the country’s most vulnerable children.

The Ministry of Social Transformation, Human Resource, Youth and Gender Affairs has restructured to better carryout its mandate, giving rise to a new Family and Social Services Division. An external change management adviser is required to provide strategic and technical advice to support the improvement and strengthening of Antigua and Barbuda’s child protection and child justice systems.

PURPOSE/SCOPE OF ACTIVITY/ASSIGNMENT:

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Child Protection Officer, the Child Protection Consultant Adviser will provide strategic and technical guidance and oversight to the Permanent Secretary/Director, Family and Social Services Division to design and operationalize appropriate policies, staffing, prevention and response programmes to ensure an effective and efficient child protection system in Antigua and Barbuda.

As part of the core responsibilities, s/he will:

  1. Provide technical advice to strengthen Antigua and Barbuda’s Child Protection system;
  2. Support design, initiate and monitor interventions to address the child protection and child justice gaps;
  3. Support definition and oversight of strategic setting and management of national child protection priorities/goals and work with stakeholders to collaboratively design and implement appropriate interventions to achieve them;
  4. Draft/revise policies, standard operating procedures, guidelines and/or manuals, revised job functions and work process flows; advise on staff structures; and/or identify capacity building requirements for strengthening the child protection system;
  5. Propose coordinating and oversight mechanisms for the implementation of Antigua and Barbuda’s National Child Protection Plan, and develop accountability and progress measurements that will provide meaningful data on achievements and barriers to progress;
  6. Initiate and/or carry out capacity-building of key staff members in specific care and child protection competencies, as needed;
  7. Support capacity building initiatives on Child Protection and Juvenile Justice with local authorities and civil society organizations with child protection stakeholder functions;
  8. Ensure the establishment of adequate monitoring and follow up for children in institutional care and advocate, plan and programme for longer term family-based care options for children in need of care and protection as well as community-based, pre-charge diversionary options for children in conflict with the law;
  9. Facilitate coordination between child protection actors;
  10. Lay the ground work for an e-data management system in the Division;
  11. Act as coach and mentor to management to support change agenda.
  12. Provide informational briefs as required.

KEY EXPECTED RESULTS:

Under the technical leadership of the Child Protection Consultant Adviser, by mid-May 2020, the Ministry of Social Transformation, Human Resource, Youth and Gender Affairs, Antigua and Barbuda will have:

  1. Draft National Child Protection Policy and Protocol for Child Safeguarding including Reporting and Management
  2. Staff consensus on organigram and staff accountability processes
  3. Updated Operational and Procedural Manuals
  4. HR capacity development plan
  5. Introduction of an e-management information system

WORK ASSIGNMENT OVERVIEW:

Key Activities/Responsibilities

Deliverables/

Outputs

Date

Review of relevant documents and institutional framework related to children’s protection

Inception Report

6/30/2019

National Child Protection Policy and Protocol for Child Safeguarding

Technical Monthly Report

7/31/2019

Development of divisional guidance. Updated Operational and Procedural Manuals

Technical Monthly Report

8/31/2019

Development of divisional guidance.  Updated Operational and Procedural Manuals

Technical Monthly Report

9/30/2019

Development of divisional guidance.  Updated Operational and Procedural Manuals

Technical Monthly Report

10/31/2019

In-service coaching and development of staff accountability mechanisms

Technical Monthly Report

11/30/2019

In-service coaching and development of staff accountability mechanisms

Technical Monthly Report

12/31/2019

In-service coaching and development of staff accountability mechanisms

Technical Monthly Report

1/31/2020

Data collection, analysis, management and use through eMIS

Technical Monthly Report

2/28/2020

Support divisional structuring processes

Technical Monthly Report

3/31/2020

Strategic coordination of national prevention and response to child abuse and juvenile offending

Full Technical report with products attached

5/14/2020

Travel Requirements:

There is no travel anticipated for the completion of required deliverables in accordance with Terms of Reference.

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

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in child protection, in a leadership, advisory or change management role.

Education:

  • A Bachelors & Master's degree in Social Work, Law, Social Policy with a specialty in Child Protection or Human Rights with a specialty in Child Protection.

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills:

  • Experience of designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating child protection and juvenile justice programmes;
  • Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection and juvenile justice in the given context to inform a holistic response for children;
  • Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to child protection;
  • Good team leader and team member skills. The ability to be part of and organise, support, manage and develop a small team;
  • Ability to manage stress under difficult circumstances. Pragmatism, initiative and ability to achieve results despite challenges;
  • Good knowledge of CRC and international standards;
  • Ability to communicate and maintain appropriate and productive relations with a range of actors, including children, parents, local authorities and civil society organisations; and
  • Strong leadership qualities, including the ability to influence senior management and exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to work in complex and ambiguous situations as well as competing priorities, both in a team and independent manner.

Language:

  • Fluency in English is required.

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.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE:

Before commencing work, a consultant or individual contractor shall submit a statement of good health and take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement, including confirmation that he or she has been informed of the inoculations required for the country or countries to which travel is authorized. Consultants and individual contractors shall assume all costs that may occur in relation to the statement of good health.

Consultants and individual contractors are required to certify that they are covered by medical/health insurance.

RECOURSE:

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. Performance indicators against which the satisfactory conclusion of this contract will be assessed include: timeliness/quality of submission and responsiveness to UNICEF and counterpart feedback.

PROPERTY RIGHTS:

UNICEF shall hold all property rights, such as copyright, patents and registered trademarks, on matter directly related to, or derived from, the work carried out through this contract with UNICEF.

TRAININGS:

Consultants and Individual contractors, even those working from home, must complete the following online courses prior to signature of contract.  All certificates should be presented as part of the contract.

Consultants and Individual Contractors must complete the following course before commencement of any travel on behalf of UNICEF. 

Any consultant or individual contractor who is issued a UNICEF email address must complete the following courses no later than 30 days after signature of contract. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Prospective consultants should apply through UNICEF jobs website using the following link: http://jobs.unicef.org and typing in the job number 521054 in the search engine, no later than Friday, April 18th, 2019. The application package should include the following:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae
  3. Financial proposal with a detailed budget*

*In the event of international applicants, financial proposal should include travel and living expenses in accordance with United Nations travel rules and regulations.

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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