United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Child Protection in Emergency and Disability Inclusion)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The Child Protection section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking an individual consultant to provide Technical Support to Country Offices in the East Asia and The Pacific Region and the Regional Office on child protection in emergencies and disability inclusion in emergency programming. 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 fulfilling 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, a better future UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:
  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;

  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;

  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, Child Labour and other forms of exploitation; and

  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

How can you make a difference? The Child Protection section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking an individual consultant to provide technical support to Country Offices in the East Asia and the Pacific Region and the Regional Office on child protection in emergencies and disability inclusion in emergency programming. Purpose of Assignment:
  • Provide timely technical guidance to country offices based on evolving needs from the socio-economic impact of Covid-19 and preparedness and response to a possible second wave/spike of the COVID-19 outbreak;

  • Provide immediate remote and in country technical support for emergency affected countries, with a focus on CPiE, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Gender-Based Violence in Emergency (GBViE), and disability inclusion;

  • Build the capacity of UNICEF staff at regional and country offices on CPiE, GBViE, MHPSS and disability inclusion through a combined approach of training, and workshops/simulations that may be delivered face-to-face and/or remotely;

  • Source and expand the internal and external regional roster and support for CPiE, MHPSS, GBViE and disability inclusion;

  • Strengthen data and evidence collection and knowledge management on CPiE, MHPSS, GBViE and disability inclusion in the region, including documenting promising practices and encouraging experience sharing across the region. This includes coordinating and supporting engagement with COs and the global CP Area of Responsibility (AoR) within the child helpline global initiative.

Work Assignment: The consultant will work under the supervision of the Regional Adviser Child Protection, with secondary oversight from the Regional Adviser Emergency and the Programme Specialist – Disability, UNICEF EAPRO.
  1. Provide timely technical guidance to country offices based on evolving needs from the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and preparedness and response to a possible second wave/spike of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  2. Provide immediate remote and, if conditions allow, in-country technical support for emergency affected countries on CPiE, MHPSS, GBViE and disability-inclusive humanitarian programming in child protection and other key sectors.

  3. Source and disseminate relevant tools and resources, including through regular desk reviews and consultations of the most prominent online platforms (e.g. mhpss.net, the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action websites, The CP AoR resource menu and dropbox, the GBV AoR website, etc.).

  1. Strengthen knowledge management in the region, in particular on CPiE, MHPSS, GBV and Disability Inclusion, utilizing the UNICEF share point and other means.

  1. Identify and consolidate promising practices, case studies and encourage experience sharing across the Region, including through regional calls, webinars, and clinics.

  1. Build the capacity of UNICEF staff and country offices on CPiE preparedness and response, including through the organisation of learning opportunities, such as webinars, interactive clinics, workshops/simulations and tailored coaching calls to support countries, and, in particular, the development a CPiE and GBViE training course for CP staff in the region and facilitate the training face-to-face or online, depending on the needs and movement conditions.

  2. Support countries to strengthen their emergency preparedness capabilities internally and with Government and UN/NGO partners in CPiE and disability-inclusive humanitarian programming and support countries to integrate their response and preparedness plans with lessons learnt and key actions necessary to address the COVID-19 emergency.

  1. Support ongoing partnership with CP AoR and Child Helpline to support COs to strengthen their helplines and gather and analyse data on cases.

  2. Support the regional office on CPiE, MHPSS and GBV in emergency preparedness, response and recovery and disability inclusion in emergencies at RO level and in enhancing the linkages between system strengthening/development and emergency programming; especially building on inter-sectoral integration (between CP and Social Protection, Health and Education, with the Gender and ADAP sections, among others), and programmatic opportunities such as case management and MHPSS, Capacity Building of frontline workers and partners, etc.

  3. Source and expand the internal and external regional rosters for CPiE, GBViE, MHPSS in emergencies and disability inclusion in emergencies.

  4. Strengthen the aspects of disability inclusion, GBV and MHPSS in Humanitarian Needs Assessments, Response Planning and Humanitarian Performance Monitoring.

  5. Support the roll-out of the IASC guidelines and UNICEF guidance on inclusion of children with disabilities in humanitarian action and monitor its use.

  6. Support capacity of UNICEF and partners in Inter Cluster Coordination groups to strengthen evidence and data collection and disaggregation on disability.

  Estimated Duration of Contract:  9 months, starting 7 September 2020 Official Travel: 
  • The consultant will primarily work in his/ her own premises but will be expected to spend time at the Regional Office as per the agreed work plan.

  • The consultant will be expected to undertake regular missions to support country offices and to the regional office.

  • It is envisaged that eight weeks of missions comprised of 4-6 missions will be undertaken in the region during the consultancy.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • A minimum of eight years’ experience of working in emergencies with a focus on child protection.

  • Knowledge of UNICEF’s CCCs, the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, key reference tools on GBV and MHPSS, accessibility standards and participatory approaches for persons with disabilities.

  • Demonstrable experience of training/capacity building and knowledge of participatory methods of learning, including through remote delivery.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work independently and to tight deadlines.

  • Good written and oral skills in English.

  • Good programme management skills.

Desirable:
  • Experience of working with UNICEF in emergency settings.

  • Experience of cluster/coordination mechanisms.

  • Experience of providing remote and in country technical advice.

  • Experience of undertaking rapid child protection assessments.

  • Experience of MHPSS, GBViE, and disability inclusion, including in emergencies.

  • Familiarity with the World Humanitarian Summit charter on persons with disabilities and DFID’s Disability Inclusion strategy.

  • IM skills in emergency settings.

  • Understanding of the PSEA framework.

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed monthly professional fee in USD by 2 August 2020.   For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results. 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. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.
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