International Consultant (Child Labour Specialist); Dhaka, Bangladesh
UNICEF Bangladesh is looking for a Child Labor Specialist who has interest and experience in child labour in the urban sector. The selected candidate is expected to support the design of a strategy to understand the drivers, situation and needs of families and children engaged in domestic labour, hazardous industries, and in the tea estates in the Sylhet division. The selected candidate will also support the development of child labour in BCO’s urban strategy, and planning around the inclusion of child labour as a cross-sectoral and multi-dimensional priority in the next country program. She/he will guide/ make recommendations to UNICEF Child Protection in the area of collaboration with possible partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
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The child labour survey carried out by BBS in 2013 identified 1.7 children engaged in child labour out of 3.45 million working children. From these 1.7 million, 1.28 million were identified to be working under hazardous conditions. Child labour heavily impacts the fulfilment of the rights of children, hampers their development and prevents them from reaching their full potential. Moreover, child labour not only affects the present child, but perpetuates cycles of vulnerability and poverty to the next generations. Despite the relevance and importance of child labour as a major challenge for many children in Bangladesh, evidence is lacking around how to best tackle this practice in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.
UNICEF Bangladesh is looking for a child labor specialist who has interest and experience in child labour in urban sector. The selected candidate is expected to support the design of a strategy to understand the drivers, situation and needs of families and children engaged in domestic labour, hazardous industries and in the tea estates in the Sylhet division. The selected candidate will also support the development of child labour in BCO’s urban strategy, and planning around the inclusion of child labour as a cross-sectoral and multi-dimensional priority in the next country program. She/he will guide/ make recommendations to UNICEF Child Protection in the area of collaboration with possible partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Key Responsibilities and Tasks:
Development of proof of concept and evidence generation for key child labour interventions focusing on domestic labour, labour in tea gardens and labour in hazardous industries in Sylhet, Bangladesh. This includes the following tasks:
- Carry out a desk review of existing literature on the topic.
- Develop a theory of change for the three types of child labour for the proof of concept focusing on domestic labour, hazardous industries and tea gardens.
- Develop the quantitative and qualitative data collection tools that will be used to assess drivers for child labor in the fields of (domestic, tea gardens and hazardous industries). Contact with families and children, where possible, should also already provide an idea of what they believe could help them prevent engagement in these activities and what they would need to have access to or the alternatives they need to see available for them to bring the children back from work. All data collection needs to abide by the highest ethical standards and ensure no child/family member is put in danger and that not harm is done as a result of this assignment. Contact with employers as well that will help to understand the perceptions and alternative solution identified by them to avoid engaging children in hazardous labor.
- Train qualitative and quantitative data collectors and guide the data collection process
- Using desk review and early findings from fieldwork, develop a multi-dimensional intervention package to be proposed
Provide thematic expertise on the design and enhancement of UNICEF’s engagement in child labor interventions, including the design of a strategy note for the inclusion of child labour as a multi-dimensional and cross-sectoral priority for the next country program
- Design a strategy note on child labor in Bangladesh. This should include a problem tree and theory of change, a description of the context and existing data, a summary of data available and data gaps around child labor and proposed way forward in the next country programme
- Develop results framework, including baseline levels and targets around the proposed child labour strategy
- Organize and guide multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder consultations to validate the proposed strategy. If possible engage youth and ensure their participation in the design of the strategy.
Guide UNICEF Child Protection in identifying area of cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MoLE)
Review the exciting programs and policies of the MoLE, identify the area of collaboration with the MoLE and make recommendations to the section for initiating partnership;
Miscellaneous: Any other task related to coordination, document preparation and process facilitation, upon request by the Chief, Child protection Section or the Representative.
- Develop UNICEF strategy note on child labor as a multidimensional and cross sectoral priority including identifying areas of collaboration with the Ministry of Labor
- Submission of Draft proof of concept for key child labour interventions focusing on domestic labour, labour in tea gardens and labour in hazardous industries in Sylhet, Bangladesh.
- Submission of final draft of concept for key child labour interventions focusing on domestic labour, labour in tea gardens and labour in hazardous industries in Sylhet, and note with recommendations to Child Protection Section on its engagement in child labor programs.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, Public Policy, or Public Administration.
- At least 8 years of progressive work experience in relevant area of work.
- Specific field experience on child labour is required, and specific experience with domestic, bonded and/or and hazardous labour is highly appreciated.
- Excellent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, evaluation skills and data analysis.
- Fieldwork experience and/or policy design in the area of domestic labour and worst forms of child labour.
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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.
- Duration: 6 months.