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Consultant: Online Safety Programme (Government Support), Pretoria, South Africa, 11.5 months, Home-based

Pretoria

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Remote | Pretoria
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Democratic Governance
    • Security and Safety
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-11-30

Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist, the consultant will (a) strengthen the capacity of the Department of Social Development (DSD) by supporting the development of the Model of National Response in the country (MNR) considering the Disrupting Harm Study recommendations, (b) provide technical support to the Steer-Comm (Steering Committee) as they perform their oversight functions, and (c) strengthen coordination of different stakeholders working towards the protection of children online.

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, PROTECTION 

The fast-developing and continuously changing information and communication technology (ICT) environment is reshaping children's lives globally. Now more than ever, children are increasingly relying on online and mobile technologies to learn, participate, play, entertain and socialise. The digital age has brought opportunities to children and its use has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite the many positive opportunities it provides, the internet also increases children's risk of abuse and exploitation, and compounds offline risks and negative experiences such as bullying and harassment, exposure to pornographic and other potentially harmful materials, and possible dangerous contacts.

In SA, there are pockets of online projects that require coordination and synergy to ensure a meaningful impact on the safety of children online. Furthermore, the National Study on the online safety of children in South Africa, conducted in 2018 by the UNISA Bureau of Market Research (BMR), highlighted the importance of strengthening coordination for the effective utilization of resources across the country.

The Department of Social Development, as the coordinating line department for online safety, have expressed the need for onsite administrative support. The administrative support provided by this consultancy will strengthen programme implementation and more accountability.

Disrupting Harm is an unprecedented multi-country research project generating evidence on the nature and scope of online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA) and the national response systems in place to combat this threat. The study includes 13 countries across the East Asia and Pacific region and the Eastern and Southern Africa region, including South Africa. Supported by the Fund to End Violence Against Children, Disrupting Harm draws on the expertise of ECPAT International, INTERPOL, UNICEF, and their networks of both national and global partners.

The evidence generated for the Disrupting Harm in South Africa national report will highlight key steps for policymakers, law enforcement, civil society, the general public, and others to further disrupt the harm of online sexual exploitation and abuse to children in South Africa.

How can you make a difference? 

Scope of Work

Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist, the consultant will (a) strengthen the capacity of the Department of Social Development (DSD) by supporting the development of the Model of National Response in the country (MNR) considering the Disrupting Harm Study recommendations, (b) provide technical support to the Steer-Comm (Steering Committee) as they perform their oversight functions, and (c) strengthen coordination of different stakeholders working towards the protection of children online.

The consultant will strengthen the capacity of the Department of Social Development by

  • producing key required documents,
  • organising meetings/consultations for online violence,
  • producing reports and records, and
  • providing administrative support.

Outputs/Deliverables

This consultancy will review existing materials using regional and global documents and frameworks that are aligned together with the Government of South Africa and UNICEF to contextualize and strengthen current information packages and SBCC (social behavioural change and communication) materials and support Department of Social Services (DSD) to organizing consultations in regard to online safety, support producing documents, reports and keep a record of ongoing intervention in a regular basis especially supported by UNICEF.

- Desk Review of literature and information pack
- Develop an implementation plan for management response and Disrupting Harm Recommendations
- Consultations on the draft implementation plan and draft MNR Strategy
- Finalise MNR strategy and implementation plan
- Popularize the MNR strategy and implementation plan
- Child-friendly intervention
- Stakeholder coordination
- Develop the online safety social mobilisation strategy
- Compile and provide technical report interventions supported
- Technical support and monitoring

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

Education: Master’s in social science, Law and International Relations, Public Policies, and Development Studies, Computer Science, and Internet Security Systems

Experience: At least 10 years of experience in Online Security including minimum of 2 years of IT Auditing experience

Knowledge/expertise/skills required

  • Outstanding knowledge of addressing Online Violence including analytical and coordination skills
  • Knowledge of government processes and systems
  • Experience with civil society organizations (CSO)
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage key stakeholders and facilitate engagements with government officials
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently while ensuring high-quality deliverables
  • Added advantage: Monitoring and evaluation experience (at least 2 years)

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

 To view our competency framework, please visit here

 UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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