United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Support The Department Of Social Development)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

In South Africa, the National Department of Social Development with support from it’s Provincial offices, is the lead agency to implement the project with support from EU and UNICEF.

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Background and Justification  South Africa is a major destination for children on the move from countries throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.  South Africa is a country of contrast, with wide socio-economic inequalities between children and communities. Despite some of the strongest economic opportunities in Southern Africa, South Africa still faces high levels of crime and violence and large populations living in informal settlements without access to basic infrastructure or services.

The Department of Social Development has set up a national taskforce on unaccompanied and separated children. The latter oversees and guides the implementation of an interdepartmental plan of action to address some of the above gaps. In partnership with service providers throughout the country, joint commitment has been demonstrated to finding solutions to the complex problems faced by these extremely vulnerable children.  Yet the reality for many children on the move in South Africa remains that their life continues to be a struggle for survival in the margins of society with an uncertain future – and as such, urgent action is further needed.

Global Promotion of Best Practices for Children in Migration” supported by  DSD, European Union (EU) and UNICEF 

This global project will be implemented in four countries: Mexico, El Salvador, Zambia and South Africa. The duration of the project is thirty (30) months, starting from 20th October, 2020, and ending on 20th April, 2023. The overall objective of the project in these four countries is: that children on the move are effectively protected and their rights are being realized.

In South Africa, the National Department of Social Development with support from it’s Provincial offices,  is the lead agency to implement the project with support from EU and UNICEF. In support of the implementation of the project, DSD will work with some Civil Society Organizations to complement some of the activities under the project in provinces linking with other government services for children on the move in South Africa.

The project will directly affect and engage with 1) duty bearers at a regional, national, provincial, district and community level and media; 2) public frontline officers and staff (police, civic and Immigration Officers, social workers, etc.), 3) providers of services (such as civil society organizations, and alternative care providers) 4) key stakeholders such as other UN Organizations, like IOM/UNHCR and other international organizations. The direct target group include the rights holders themselves (i.e. children and adolescents who are on the move or in mixed migration).

The project will mainly provide for activities such as technical assistance to national authorities to develop a multi-sectoral standard operating procedures (SOP) for integrated services, to issue directives and to implement the case management system (including developing cross border case management mechanisms) for children on the move. The activities also include support to DSD’s response to children on the move through the national Steering Committee on Unacompanied and Separated Migrant Children (UASM), supporting UNHCR’s led Best Interest Determination (BID) procedures and Capacity Building to public officers and frontline workers (social service professionals, police, border officials, immigration officers); support to improve mental health referral pathways; expansion of community-based Psychosocial Support; strengthening family and community-based care options for children on the move increase Access to Services such as birth registration, training of social service professionals on how to work with children on the move.

This consultancy will focus on project management to strengthen the capacity at DSD to guide, oversee, manage and steer the implementation of the project, organize advisory board and other meetings, tracking progress, liaison between DSD and UNICEF, liaison with civil society and other partners at all levels. 

Scope of Work 

  1. Goal and Objective:  Under the direct supervision of the Director: Adoptions and International Social Services, National Department of Social Development. The second supervisor will be UNICEF Child Protection Manager.
The  consultant will contribute to the following programme objectives:
  • Child protection systems include gender responsive quality and integrated services in reception centers and other care and attention facilities.
  • Child protection systems have integrated psychosocial services and prevention mechanisms addressing gender-based violence and other structural problems.
  • Child protection systems provide alternative care options, with emphasis on community and family-based alternatives.
  • Exchanges of gender sensitive good practices and lessons learnt across the two regions/ four countries serve as evidence for the protection of children on the move (CoTM) in different contexts, based on empirical evidence and data.   
  1. Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: This work will contribute to the achievement of output 4.3: Government response to children on the move.
  2. Activities and Tasks:  
  • Coordinating meetings of National advisory board, Technical team and National Steering committee projects.
  • Support the DSD’s response to children on the move through the national Steering Committee on UASM.
  • Supporting the coordination of cross border meetings.
  • Support follow-up actions of the Mapping exercise of non-national children (including refuge, asylum-seeker, stateless and migrant) children in alternative care.
  • Supporting organizing trainings for frontline workers (police, immigration officers, social service professionals etc.) on Gender-based Violence (GBV) and mental heath and psychosocial support (MPSS) in relation to children on the move.
  • Support to organize training for competent authorities on identification, case management, referral to services and determining Best Interest Procedures/Best Interest Determination of children in mixed migration.
  • Support to build capacity of staff of residential care facilities and teachers in schools for psychosocial support.
  • Support to develop inter-departmental protocol or standard operating procedures to clarify and standardize the roles of different departments and how they should work (understanding of process of other government departments in relation to how they deal with migrant children).
  • Maintaining, updating and keeping records / database of unaccompanied and separated migrant children.
  • Attend to ISS cases by responding to requests from the republic and outside of the republic.
  • Ensure professional services in conformity to ISS standards on cases requiring intercountry collaboration.
  • Quality check on ISS cases to other countries.
  1. Work relationships: 
The consultant will work closely with the National DSD and UNICEF team members and liaise closely with Provincial Partners from both government, UN and civil society. 
  1. Outputs/Deliverables:   
The consultant is expected to engage on a monthly basis (for 11.5 months) to reach an agreement on expected deliverables aligned with activities and tasks as outlined in section 3 above. 

Draft monthly monitoring and progress reports based on agreed priorities 21 days By 30th of each month R40 000  6. Required Travel:   The consultant will travel within the specified districts below when required. Travel costs for the consultant will be included in the total consultancy fee (with the assumption that the consultant is based in the Nelson Mandela Municipality).  Coordination meetings National and District level 15 days Field visit to monitor or observe implementation of project activities National and District level 10 days Payment Schedule

Payment to the consultant will only be made upon satisfactory monthly report which is accepted by DSD and UNICEF line managers to the consultant.

Desired competencies, technical background and experience 
  1. University bachelor’s degree in social work with minimum 5 years of experience working within the children’s rights, public policy and development environment;
  2. Demonstrated experience in social work supervision and registered with South Africa Council for Social Service Professions;
  3. Strong ability to analyze, integrate and summarize information from a wide range of sources;
  4. Demonstrated capacity to engage with key stakeholders and organize/facilitate workshops and dialogues;
  5. An added advantage having working experience in Children on the Move program;
  6. Excellent writing skills in English, including a demonstrated ability to draft clear, concise and reports;
  7. Good computer skills, including familiarity with search engines and academic databases;
  8. Ability to work independently and to ensure high-quality deliverables; and
  9. Demonstrated capacity to carry out the assignment within the allocated timeframe.
Administrative issues  The consultant will  be based at the National DSD and use office resources and materials provided for by DSD in the execution of this assignment. Salary and travel cost for the consultant will catered for by UNICEF. The consultant will have monthly meetings with line managers (DSD and UNICEF) to update on progress and if necessary, adjust the timeline and work plan accordingly. The consultant’s monthly report will be approved by DSD prior to submission to UNICEF for payment processing.  


  • The consultant will be based in National DSD office and will travel to provinces when necessary and in agreement with line supervisors at DSD and UNICEF.
  • All travel is by most economical fare and reimbursement as per UNICEF policy,
  • As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.
  • Estimate of any travel costs required for the consultancy will be included in the contract, in line with UNICEF travel cost guidelines. It will be paid on a reimbursement basis based on actual costs incurred.
  • The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.
  1. There may be delays in carrying out activities by consultant under the CotM project.
  2. National and District level intersectoral fora may not be functioning as required and may need to be revived and inclusive of key stakeholders representing national, provincial and district level government officials, civil society organizations, traditional leaders, communities as well as adolescent girls and boys, young women and men. 
How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=538779  by 31 March 2021.

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

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