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Consultancy - Evaluation of the Child Protection System in Jamaica

Kingston (Canada)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kingston (Canada)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-30

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UNICEF Jamaica is seeking a dynamic Consultant to conduct a comprehensive system-wide evaluation at the national and sub-national levels, which will assess the existing structures and procedures established to provide care and protection for Jamaica’s children.

Duration:   22 weeks

Anticipated Start Date:  January 5, 2021

Anticipated End Date:    June 15, 2021

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?

Download File Term of Reference Evaluation of Child Protection System in Jamaica.pdf

Queries on the TOR should be sent to the jam-procurement@unicef.org

 

The Consultant will complete the following tasks:-

KEY ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Review the role and responsibilities of the child protection ministries, department and agencies (MDAs)in Jamaica;
  2. Review the legal and regulatory framework, as well as specific policies related to child protection; 
  3. Map and describe the formal and informal structures and functions of key agencies of the sector;
  4. Assess the adequacy of existing  networking and coordinating structures among the various sub-sectors and their effectiveness in facilitating service delivery;
  5. Review the minimum standards and oversight (information, monitoring and accountability mechanisms);
  6. Review human, financial and infrastructure resources;
  7. Assess the extent of social participation
  8. Determine the way forward

 To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:-

QUALIFICATION ,EXPERIENCE EDUCATION  AND COMPETENCIES

The consultants/institutions are required to possess proven experience in planning and implementing evaluations using robust methods and understanding of the UNICEF Jamaica protection system and context.  

The description of the expected team leader and team members of the evaluation team is the following: 

Team Leader 

  • A minimum of 8 years of evaluation experience in developing countries with excellent understanding of evaluation principles and methodologies, including capacity in an array of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, including previous experience supporting evaluations involving national government partners 

  • Experience in conducting evaluations for UN agencies or major bilateral donor programmes, and familiarity with UNEG Norms and Standards 

  • Previous experience of working in Jamaica is strongly preferred 

  • Experience in leading and managing programme evaluations of UNICEF or other UN organizations. 

  • Diplomacy and tact in carrying out and presenting findings of evaluation processes in sensitive contexts 

  • Strong English report writing skills and a track record of producing high quality reports  

 

International and/or National Team member(s) 

  • Having a child protection background, and understanding, key child protection areas in the Jamaican context,  

  • Proven experience and knowledge of child protection systems and social norms 

  • Experience of, and ability to design and factor in, essential cross cutting areas such as gender, human rights and child rights effectively into the evaluation process 

  • Knowledge of the Jamaican context is an asset 

 

The members of the team should have: 

  • Advanced university degree in evaluation, social policy or other social discipline; 

  • Proven experience in evaluation of protection programmes for children, with experience in conducting at least two similar assignments and delivering quality evaluation reports; 

  • Strong analytical skills and experience in qualitative data collection and analysis, including the conduct of KII and focus groups virtually in fragile States; 

  • Specific experience of conducting programme evaluations with UNICEF will be an advantage; 

  • Familiarity with international evaluation guidelines and quality standards; 

  • Strong inter-personal skills and ability to engage effectively with senior stakeholders 

  • Bringing a strong commitment to delivering timely and high-quality results, i.e., credible evaluations that are used for improving strategic decisions 

  • Workshop facilitation skills  

  • Commitment and willingness to work independently, with limited regular supervision and respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner; s/he must demonstrate adaptability and flexibility, client orientation, proven ethical practice, initiative, concern for accuracy and quality;  

  • The ability to concisely and clearly express ideas and concepts in written and oral form as well as the ability to communicate with various stakeholders in English. 

  • Ability to write and communicate in English with professional standard is an asset 

The evaluation team should have a high level of expertise on gender equality and human rights and responsibilities in this regard, calling for a gender balanced and culturally diverse team that makes use of national  evaluation expertise. 

 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of  Care , Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

 

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 and completion of all mandatory trainings. 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:

For Individuals: To apply, click on the Apply link found either at the beginning or at the end. The application package should include the following:

  1. A cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae 
  2. Technical Proposal - titled Technical Proposal -  Jamaica Protection System  Evaluation
  3. Financial Proposal - titled  Financial Proposal -  Jamaica  Protection System  Evaluation

For Registered Companies: Please submit  your Technical and Financial Proposals in separate emails no later than November 29, 2020  to  jam-procurement@unicef.org 

  1. Technical Proposal - titled Technical Proposal -  Jamaica Protection System  Evaluation
  2. Financial Proposal - titled  Financial Proposal -  Jamaica  Protection System  Evaluation

 

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.

 

Remarks:

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

 

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