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International Consultancy to document the Child Protection Programme, UNICEF Rwanda, 7 Months., Rwanda

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Job no: 511968

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Rwanda

Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn’l(ESARO)

School/Unit: Rwanda

Department/Office: Kigali, Rwanda

Categories: Child Protection

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Background

UNICEF is one of a key partner for the Government of Rwanda in the area of Child Protection. The current country programme began in 2013 and is due to come to an end in 2018. The UNICEF Child Protection Programme in Rwanda is beginning to consolidate its role in programme implementation, across sectors and with key partners among UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.

Among the key steps taken on behalf of Rwandan children in recent years are the establishment of the National Commission for Children, which is dedicated to the promotion and protection of children’s rights; and the launch of a Strategy for National Child Care Reform, which aims at transforming Rwanda’s current child care and protection system into a family-based, family strengthening system whose resources (both human and financial) are primarily targeted at supporting vulnerable families to remain together and promoting positive Rwandan social values that encourage all Rwandans and their

communities to take responsibility for vulnerable children. The entry point for the implementation of the Strategy for National Child Care Reform is the placement of children from orphanages and other residential care facilities into families through the flagship Tubarerere Mu Muryango/Let’s raise children in families Programme.

UNICEF is among the Government of Rwanda’s key partners in preventing and responding to neglect, abandonment, violence and exploitation, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable, including children without parental care and children with disabilities.

UNICEF’s mandate and responsibilities in child protection have increased over the last decade, implemented through the pillars of the Child Protection Strategy that sets out approaches to systems strengthening, promoting positive social change, emergency preparedness and response. Â Programming for child protection seeks to strengthen systems across social sectors that respond to and help prevent protection-related risks. This includes a specific focus on child protection system and referrals made to social protection, health, and justice systems.

Since 2013, the following are some of the key achievements made in the UNICEF Child Protection Programme in Rwanda:

  • UNICEF with funding from USAID/DCOF provided technical and financial support to the National Commission for Children to implement the Tubarerere Mu Muryango programme (‘Let’s Raise Children in Families’). Over 2,900 children who were living in orphanages have been reintegrated into family-based care;
  • UNICEF supported the capacity-building and deployment of a cadre of 68 social workers and psychologists, who now represent the first-ever Government of Rwanda-led social service workforce in the country;
  • A new cadre of 29,674 community-based para-professionals (Inshuti z’Umuryango, or ‘Friends of the Family’) was established in 2015, with continuing support from UNICEF, and tasked with the provision of child and family protection services at the village level;
  • UNICEF supported the adoption of the Justice for Children Policy, which has led to a more child-friendly justice system for children in contact or conflict with the law.
  • More than 5,000 children who were victims of abuse and gender-based violence have received free assistance through the Isange One Stop Centres, an innovative country-led response to violence and abuse. The centres, which UNICEF helped to establish, provide a range of comprehensive services, including medical care, psychosocial support and police and legal assistance;
  • UNICEF helped to strengthen preparedness for and capacity to respond to cross-border movements of children related to emergencies and child trafficking;
  • UNICEF is a key participant in the National Partnership for Children with Disabilities, which was established to effectively coordinate services and programmes targeting children with disabilities;
  • UNICEF in collaboration with With the Ministry of Health, Rwanda Biomedical Center, and the Center for Disease Control, finalized the technical report for Violence against Children and Youth Survey (VACYS), assessing the national prevalence of physical, sexual and emotional violence against children and youth aged 13 to 24. Findings are currently being validated.

UNICEF Child Protection Programme has participated in a significant number of programmes that have had considerable achievements within this country programme, however UNICEF has not sufficiently engaged in documenting these achievements/lessons learnt. The lack of documentation means that specific successes and lessons learnt cannot be properly recorded and shared for the purposes of learning as well as showcasing the good work done in Rwanda.

Objective

The objective of this consultancy is to document selected key programmes and achievements from the current country programme for the purposes of sharing lessons learnt, showcasing the achievements in Rwanda and advocacy for future resource mobilization for child protection.

This consultancy will contribute specifically to outcome 3 of the UNICEF Rwanda Country Programme Revised Results structure 2014-2018 which is as follows: Outcome 3 – Girls and boys, especially the most vulnerable are protected from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect within an evidence informed child protection system.

Justification

Given the fact that UNICEF Child Protection Programme has advanced and had a lot of success in the implementation, and that UNICEF Rwanda is heading towards the end of the country programme, it is timely to consolidate all our interventions through various documentation in order to show case the success of the programme. This consultancy aims to document existing good practices on child protection programmes for the current country programme cycle. The consultant will be tasked to develop a selected number of deliverables on a range of protection issues and programming areas.

The consultant will be tasked to document the best practices and lessons learned during the TMM programme implementation cycle in the form of narrative, programme briefs and case stories, for showcasing to a wide spectrum of audience. The following programme areas will be prioritized:

  • Documentation on the National Child Care Reform;
  • The process of deinstitutionalization; and
  • Curriculum Development and training of the social workforce.

Furthermore, the consultant will be tasked to have a critical review of each programme area from desk review of programme documents and key informant interviews of various implementing partners and document the success of each area in a manner that is clear and succinct. The Programmes documented will be done in partnership with relevant actors such as government of Rwanda, donors and academic institutions. The guiding reference on the progress of the TMM Programme will be the TMM Programme Evaluation Report . The consultant is expected to review the long TMM Programme Summative evaluation and draft a summary document of not exceeding 20 pages.

The documentation will be used for different targeted audience such as our Government counter parts at national and sub-national levels, donors, other UNICEF country offices within and outside the Africa Region. Various Programme documents used by the UNICEF Child Protection Programme in Rwanda will provide the frame of reference for programme documentation throughout the assignment. Furthermore, consultation with UNICEF Child Protection partners will also be another resource that should not go untapped in order to get a broader perspective of the collaborations that contributed to the achievement of different Child Protection results for children.Â

To that end, UNICEF is hiring an international individual Consultant. The consultancy is for seven (7) months; the consultant will report to the Chief of Child Protection and will receive regular technical guidance from the Child Protection Specialist.

Specific tasks and expected deliverables

The incumbent will be accountable for the following tasks:

  • Review existing programme documents, reports, evaluations and other relevant documents from the Child Protection Programme;
  • Draft a 20 pager summary report of the TMM Evaluation;
  • Conduct interviews with a defined number of government stakeholders, civil society partners, key child protection and other programme staff in UNICEF Rwanda. Interviews can be conducted in Kigali or outside of Kigali. Adequate briefing to the staff and partners on the multi-sectoral approach to Child Protection will be important; otherwise there is a risk of not capturing a range of promising practices;
  • Outreach to other UN agencies, NGOs, Orphanage Managers and Social line Ministries doing similar work related to child protection to elicit key lessons that can be incorporated into the documentation. This will generate insights into how the collaboration between UNICEF and partners has contributed to the success of the child protection programme.

Expected deliverables include: Draft Summary report on the TMM Programme Summative Evaluation.

  • Narrative on the strategy for National Child Care Reform and how this catalyzed the development of the Child Protection system in Rwanda focusing on lessons learnt and success factors.
  • Two programme briefs aimed at stakeholders engaged in development on: The TMM Tubarerere mu Muryango programme (Let’s raise children in families) which includes the de-institutionalization process, and building the social workforce including the development of a national social work curriculum.
  • Five case studies from the TMM programme.

UNICEF Accountability

  • With support from the UNICEF Rwanda Communication, Advocacy and Partnership Section, ensure correct usage of UNICEF and Government of Rwanda brand in all the deliverables.

Reporting and time-bound output/product

Tasks and deliverables

Time

Payment

  1. One inception report outlining a clear methodology, time frame, list of key stakeholders to meet and final checklist and the content of themes and topics to be documented as best practices/lessons/case stories/programme briefs.

    To be proposed by Consultant

    20%

    Draft summary of the TMM Programme summative evaluation report.

  • Review the long technical TMM Programme Summative Evaluation and develop a 20 pages’ summary report, written in a succinct manner. The summary report is expected to be published and posted on the UNICEF website.

One paper on the overall best practices & lessons learned on implementing the strategy for National Child Care Reform.

Two programme briefs: TMM programme including de-institutionalization of Children living in orphanages to family based care;Building the social workforce, including curricula development and training.

Five case studies: Successful placement of a child from an orphanage to a foster family;A child reunited with their biological family;A young adult who has been supported to live independently in the community;Reintegration of a child with disability in a family;Importance of post-placement follow up by the social service workforce.

One power-point presentation on the different deliverables outlined above for use during internal (UNICEF) and the national validation and dissemination workshops

40%

  1. Â Incorporating comments from the validation meeting and providing the Final deliverables- Summary evaluation, programme briefs and case studies.

    40%

    Total

    100%

    Supervision and place of work

    The consultant may be located anywhere in the world; there will be two in country travels required for this assignment including travel to the field outside of Kigali specially to document the case studies. UNICEF will ensure that all steps are taken to find an office for the consultant’s accommodation during the in-country mission.

    The consultant will work under the supervision of the Chief of Child Protection who will provide with relevant guidance on the consultancy assignment and in close collaboration with the Child Protection Specialist managing the child care reform process.

    Payment schedule

    Payments are tied to deliverables and subject to satisfactory certification of services provided.

    Desired background and experience

    1. Education

    Advanced university degree, preferably in social sciences, communication, or another relevant field.

    2. Work Experience

    Minimum ten years of professional work experience at national and international levels in documentation with good knowledge on UNICEF programmes especially child protection and communication for development. Familiarity with the UN system. Prior experience of working in the East African region is an advantage.

    3. Language Proficiency

    Spoken and written fluency in English. Fluency in French is an asset.

    4. Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  • Extensive experience writing and documenting strategy and programme documents with ability to use different formats e.g. briefs, case studies, lessons learnt, and reports.
  • Experience in compiling good practices documents on development issues.Â
  • Good knowledge of Child Protection Programmes.
  • Familiarity with sensitivity and implication in communicating child protection data.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to promote collaboration and consensus building.
  • Knowledge and skills in the area of communication for development interventions with specific consideration to cultural/country context.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Technical proposal – 70%

Financial proposal – 30%

The minimum technical threshold required to be considered is set at 50% for the technical evaluation.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: PROCEDURES AND LOGISTICS

The consultant will work from home majority of the time and will be expected to have two in country missions to Rwanda. The consultant will use his (her) own computer. The consultancy fees, living allowances and travel cost will be included in the negotiated lump sum.

Technical and Financial proposals should be submitted detailing the costs of the consultancy and how the work is going to be carried out. The shortlisting criteria and weighting between technical and financial proposal is as follows: –

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter justifying their interest and suitability for the assignment, resume/CV and P-11 form ( http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc). In addition, a brief technical proposal (not more than five pages) and a financial proposal (all-inclusive lump sum) is required as part of the application submission.

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.

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Advertised: Mar 28 2018 South Africa Standard Time

Application close: Apr 15 2018 South Africa Standard Time

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