International Consultant - UNICEF partnership with ECCAS and ECOWAS:A review of data and evidence, to make policy recommendations, WCARO, Dakar Senegal
To fill a consultancy position
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How can you make a difference?
This consultancy is twofold:
On the one hand, the consultant will examine ongoing initiatives developed within the partnership framework of UNICEF and the two Regional Economic Communities, with the aim to better understand expectations, capacities and common agendas between all actors involved.
On the other hand, it will review existing information and data on children, including around the effect of COVID-19 on children and households. The aim is to prepare a concise evidence-based summary of progress and expected challenges for the coming years, aligned to child-centered SDGs and regional / sub-regional priorities, with the intent to contribute to decisions regarding which social policies should be prioritized in each of the partnerships. With a view to accelerate progress and guide future partnership effort, the consultancy will present findings, including emerging trends from existing and ongoing analysis of COVID-19 effects, and it will propose options on courses of action for UNICEF and the two regional commissions, and distill lessons learned to provide policy advice.
The summary is expected to take the shape of a policy brief about children in ECCAS and in ECOWAS countries (one policy brief for each sub-region), presenting an analysis disaggregated at the sub-regional level (i.e. for the two groups of countries composing each community). The brief will use the most recent available data and information about child-focused SDGs, UNICEF strategic corporate goals, as well as regional frameworks of the AU and the two commissions. The briefs are not expected to require the collection of primary data, with the exception of a few interviews with key actors involved in the partnership. The briefs should highlight where there are significant data gaps, especially with regards to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The objectives of these briefs are to:
- Better present and disseminate to regional and national audiences, including national and local governments, current knowledge of the state of children’s right in the respective geographical zones that ECCAS and ECOWAS cover,
- Help to understand the changes that COVID-19 is bringing, and what are the most urgent actions to take for the promotion of a relevant and prioritised gender-sensitive and child-centred regional agenda
- Identify areas where additional information is required, to help inform a regional research agenda
- contribute to a more focused children’s agenda led by ECCAS and ECOWAS in their respective geographical zones of influence.
SCOPE OF WORK:
Under the overall direction of the Senior Monitoring Specialist, the consultant will accomplish the following objectives:
Review ongoing and past initiatives under the UNICEF partnerships with both ECCAS and ECOWAS: this work will consist primarily of a desk review, but it will also be accompanied by brief interviews with stakeholders, from UNICEF, ECCAS and ECOWAS.
- Organized by areas of work / sector; aimed at understanding strengths and weaknesses of each partnership; and potential for further joint work;
- Include a review of how COVID-19 would affect and/or has already been affecting these partnerships.
Compile a summary of the state of children’s right pre- and post-COVID-19, vis-à-vis the strategic objectives of each partnership: this will consist primarily of a desk review and analysis of existing information and data. The outputs will include:
- Tables with data around key indicators for each strategic objective (SDGs, KRCs – inputs provided by UNICEF)
- Table / summary of what emerging evidence is showing around the effects of COVID-19, e.g. poverty increasing, nutrition decreasing, more kids out of school, etc. (not necessarily from robust statistics, but can be from small surveys and/or prelim results)
Present recommended actions to strengthen the partnerships between UNICEF and each of the two communities, specifically to improve how these can be more evidence-based.
- These documents – one for each of the two partnerships - is intended as an internal document for UNICEF and ECOWAS/ECCAS audiences, to improve how the partnership works.
Produce two policy briefs, using a similar template and structure but each focused on a regional community (ECOWAS and ECCAS), to provide a brief situation overview, including an assessment of how COVID-19, climate change, and conflict are impacting on this, going forward; and to make key recommendations around policy actions.
- The briefs will serve as a vehicle for providing policy advice to policymakers at regional / sub-regional level.
As the result of his/her work, the consultant is expected to deliver the following products at the indicated point of time, after the start of the contract, as indicated in the below table.
DELIVERABLE 1: Inception presentation: Power Point presentation describing the approach for:
- Desk review of strengths and weaknesses
- Interviews with stakeholders in UNICEF and ECCAS/ECOWAS
- Data tabulation and analysis (including data needs from UNICEF)
- Analysis of findings
§ The presentation should be delivered to UNICEF team, within 10 days of signature of the contract.
§ It is expected to reflect the contractor’s understanding of the scope of work, indicating the methodology, the data needs and the specific inputs required from UNICEF staff.
§ It is envisaged as an opportunity to agree on specific issues, and outline in more details all the steps to complete deliverables 2-3-4
10 days / 20% of payment
The PME team and other UNICEF staff will be available to discuss aspects of the work prior to this presentation
DELIVERABLE 2: Two tables with validated data for all child centered SDGs, the UNICEF SP and KRC indicators for both ECCAS (1 table) and ECOWAS (1 table) countries.
Tables with available “COVID data” to show effects and emerging trends
The data tables should be accompanied by a 2-page methodology note
§ The deliverable will be an update to the work conducted in 2019, an overview of the State of Children’s Rights in the member states
§ Data will be taken from the KRC dashboard, CRAVE, SOWC, and from other validated global or regional database, as needed.
§ Additional data will be presented from emerging evidence on the effects of COVID-19 – this might include different sources of data, big data etc.
§ The information will be organized around the “strategic objectives” of each partnership
§ This will help focus the analysis, make use of existing data as well as point out data gaps to fill.
15 days / 30% of payment
The PME team will provide the data needed for the consultant to compile and analyze
DELIVERABLE 3: A 6-to-10 -page document with partnership recommendations, emerging from the desk review for both ECCAS and ECOWAS, based on key documents (UNICEF SDG brochure, SOWC, UNICEF N-moda analysis, Country SITAN reports, analysis of social investments for children, humanitarian situations, etc.) and interviews with key stakeholders
§ The document is an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the partnerships, vis-à-vis the current situation of children including the ongoing COVID-19 crisis
§ The document can be organized by areas of work / sector; describing strengths and weaknesses of each partnership; and the potential for further joint work;
Include a review of how COVID-19 would affect and/or has already been affecting these partnerships.
10 days / 30% of payment
It might require conducting brief interviews with stakeholders in UNICEF, ECCAS, ECOWAS to record their experiences, and to get their views vis-à-vis the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
DELIVERABLE 4: Two policy briefs (one for each partnership, 10-15 pages as indicative length), summarizing:
- Situation overview in the sub-region (ref deliverable 2)
- Strengths, weaknesses and potentials (ref deliverable 3)
And making macro-level policy recommendations for decision-makers
§ Analysis of ECCAS and ECOWAS sub-regions socio-economic and political context, that of social sectors, and that of thematic issues (gender, adolescents, emergencies and children on the move, etc.) with linkages to ECCAS and ECOWAS current agenda and priorities for children.
The expected format is as follows:
§ Key elements of ECCAS socio-economic context
§ Key elements of the situation of children in ECCAS by sector, by age (lifecycle)
§ User-friendly graphs presenting social services, privations data
§ Analytical boxes about thematic issues such as (gender, adolescents, children on the move, etc.)
§ Concluding points, recommendations and key messages
20 days / 20% of payment
Documents to review will be made available to the consultant
While analytical, the brief is designed for a decision-maker as well as a general audience.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
Qualifications of successful candidate:
- An advanced university degree in social sciences, public policy, international affairs or related field with a focus on children’s rights and social policy data analysis. *A Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional relevant work experience might be accepted in lieu of the Master.
(2) Work experience
- Minimum of eight (08) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in children’s rights and social data analysis
- Strong familiarity with UNICEF’s organizational structure, WCAR programming and key partners strongly preferred
- Strong familiarity with data used for global monitoring of the wellbeing of children and/or experience working with household survey data (DHS, MICS, etc.) preferred
- Strong familiarity with UNICEF mandate and the child-centered Sustainable Development Goals
- Excellent analytical, written, and verbal communication skills both in French and English is required.
(4) Competencies of successful candidate:
- A proven knowledge and experience in analyzing data and child-centered issues (CRC, SDGs, etc.) using a human-rights, gender, and equity perspective.
- Expertise in situational analysis strongly preferred
- Proven experience in developing effective reports, briefs, articles in the relevant social policy areas of work for monitoring and communication
- Good knowledge of the ECOWAS and ECCAS regions and their different contexts
Two written work samples should be submitted when applying for this consultancy.
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