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Support implementation “Empowering women and girls to realize their sexual reproductive health and rights Consultancy, Pretoria, South Africa 11.5 Months (Remote Work)

Pretoria (South Africa)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-03

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This consultancy will focus on project management for district-level system strengthening within existing structures including functional referral systems and capacity building among professional and lay providers in quality GBV, SRHR and HIV services targeted at young women and adolescent girls and young men and adolescent boys.

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, empowerment

Purpose of Activity/Assignment: 

In  The UNFPA-UNICEF joint programme (Joint Programme)“Empowering women and girls to realize their sexual reproductive health and rights in South Africa” aims to improve the SRHR and reduce Gender-Based Violence (GBV) among vulnerable AGYW (ages 15-24) in the three focus districts. This will be achieved by the combination of three strategic pillars working synergistically. Data-driven quality sexual and reproductive health services, including HIV and SGBV information, for AGYW (ages 15 - 24) will be enhanced in the three districts. The delivery of a multi-sectoral package of quality SRHR, HIV and GBV prevention and response services will be strengthened. Evidence-based policy, planning and multi-sectoral coordination at the national and sub-national level will be strengthened for scaling up quality SRH, HIV and SGBV services for AGYW, and preventing GBV. The results and lessons learned generated in the three districts will provide evidence for replication and scale-up across other districts and provinces.

The Joint Programme will work closely with the Government of South Africa and other partners in three selected districts, Nelson Man dela Metro and Alfred Nzo districts in the Eastern Cape Province and the uThukela district in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The project districts were chosen because they have a high burden of disease, show poor progress on selected SRHR indicators, high teenage pregnancy and HIV prevalence and incidence. In addition, both UNICEF and UNFPA have already established effective partnerships through ongoing programmes.

In addition, the Joint Programme will intensify national efforts towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals, NDP 2030 including 2019, UNSDCF as well as the Presidential emergency Action Plan on GBVF and 2019 National Strategic Plan on GBV and femicide. In line with the categorization of South Africa as an Upper Middle Income Country, implementation will prioritize upstream interventions at national and sub-national levels to strengthen the policy environment as applicable; strengthen integration pathways for SRH, HIV and GBV services delivery with a focus on adolescents and young women.  The UNFPA-UNICEF joint programme will promote greater coherence, based on common areas identified in the Delivering as One approach. Guided by the common chapter of UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, and UN-Women Strategic Plans, UNFPA will work together with the wider United Nations system and national partners for stronger coherence and collaboration.

This consultancy will focus on project management for district-level system strengthening within existing structures including functional referral systems and capacity building  among professional and lay providers in quality GBV, SRHR and HIV services targeted at young women and adolescent girls and young men and adolescent boys.

How can you make a difference?

SCOPE OF WORK: 

Under the supervision of the Child Protection Manager and HIV Manager, the consultant will contribute to the programme objective:

Improved institutional capacity of health and social services in the three targeted districts to provide quality age appropriate SRHR, HIV and SGBV services, inclusive of information, education, and counselling to AGYW.

Work Assignment Overview:

Activities and Tasks:  

Manage the Joint Programme relationship with key stakeholders and local partners in the district

The consultant will be responsible for leading the planning, execution, and monitoring of project activities in collaboration with partners within the districts. This will include continuous assessment of the local context and project activities and recommendation of changes in approach to ensure delivery of planned activities. The consultant is also expected to draft quarterly stakeholder reports and present at relevant fora. Furthermore, the consultant will also be expected to identify opportunities for evidence generation and best practices across districts.

Provide support to strengthen district coordination mechanisms

The consultant will be expected to provide leadership, technical and analytical support to the districts by strengthening of existing district-level intersectoral coordination structures. The consultant will support the design and monitoring of district implementation plans to contribute to the joint programme.

Contribute to the wider Joint Programme goals

As and when required, the consultant is expected to actively participate in the management process of the joint programme such as team meetings, knowledge sharing and exchange   as well as strategy development among other required tasks

Grant management

The consultant will be expected to provide support in the formulation of implementing partner work plans and budgets in close collaboration with Programme Officers and Budget Specialist. Responsibilities will also include technical guidance and support to stakeholders in district level implementation and ongoing monitoring to track key results including weaknesses and best practices.

Work relationships: 

The consultant will work closely with the UNICEF team under the leadership and direct supervision of the Child Protection Manager, liaise with different civil society stakeholders including the Department of Social Development and Health at the district and provincial levels as well as civil society.

Work Assignment Overview

Tasks/Milestone:                                                            Deliverables/Outputs:                 Timeline

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              10.5 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

Draft monthly monitoring and progress                              Monthly Report                              21 days

reports based on agreed priorities

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

Minimum Qualifications required:

Advanced degree, Social Work, Public Health, Social Policy, Development Studies, Social Sciences

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  1. An advanced University degree in Social Work, Public Health, Social Policy, Development Studies, Social Sciences or related, with 5-8 years of experience working within the children’s rights, public policy, and development environment.
  2. Demonstrated experience in grant management.
  3. Demonstrated experience in project management and partnership development
  4. Demonstrated experiences in working with government stakeholders at district, provincial and national level
  5. Outstanding research and analytical skills, including strong ability to analyze, integrate and summarize information from a wide range of sources
  6. Demonstrated capacity to engage with key stakeholders and facilitate workshops and dialogues
  7. An added advantage having working experience in the GBV, SRHR, HIV and/or VAC programming
  8. Excellent writing skills in English, including a demonstrated ability to draft clear, concise and reports
  9. Good computer skills, including familiarity with search engines and academic databases
  10. Ability to work independently and to ensure high-quality deliverables
  11. Demonstrated capacity to carry out the assignment within the allocated timeframe; and
  12. Excellent writing skills in English, knowledge of Xhosa or any Nguni language will be an advantage

Administrative details:

Home Based 

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=546370 by 03 December 2021.

This notice will also appear on http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/, http://www.unicef.org/southafrica, UN Job List, UN Jobs

Please indicate your ability, availability, and daily/monthly rate (in ZAR) to undertake the terms of reference above (including admin cost if applicable).  

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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