Mar 032018

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 08 Mar 2018

Title of consultancy: Child Protection in Emergency and Psychosocial support (PSS) Expert

Possible start date: 1 April 2018

Closing date: 8 March 2018

Duration: 2 Months

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The UNICEF Programme in Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the triple threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

In response to the combination these threats involve the Programme supports national efforts to improve service delivery in the key areas of: child health and nutrition and HIV and AIDS, quality basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene education, child protection and social policy, advocacy and communication.

Background of the Consultancy

Since October 2017, the number of asylum seekers crossing the Zambian borders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has continued to increase. New arrivals are reportedly fleeing serious insecurity determined by the clashes between Congolese security forces FARDC and a local militia groups in towns of Pweto, Manono, Mitwaba (Haut Katanga Province) as well as in Moba and Kalemie (Tanganyika Province). Arrivals are reporting experience of extreme violence including killings, rape, looting and burning of houses.

On 26th January 2018, the total number of asylum seekers in the Nchelenge transit centre reached 14,456 individuals. Out of 14,456 individuals registered, 51% are females and 49% are males. 59% from the total population are children below the age of 18. By the end of March 2018, the expected number of refugees is expected to reach 25,000 (including 15,000 children) with the number of unaccompanied and separated children potentially reaching 1500.

First responders have observed that the most vulnerable, including women and children are in situation of serious distress and urgent need of psychosocial support in addition to access to clean water, nutrition and safe shelter. Among the many protection concerns identified, the current number of separated and unaccompanied children is worrying. UNHCR Registration Statistics as of 14th January 2018, list 1414 UASCs, which represents 15% of the total amount of refugee children. In addition to the physical threats and risk of being exposed to violence, including GBV, unaccompanied and separated children face they also struggle with psychological distress after losing their loved ones, witnessing violence and/or living in deprivation.

Urgent action is needed to ensure protection of the most vulnerable and unaccompanied children, to ensure fast and effective registration and when possible activate the tracing and reunification procedures in collaboration with main stakeholders (UNHCR, Zambian Red Cross, IFRC, etc).

Justification for the Consultancy

UNICEF is planning to scale up the Child Protection response to ensure child asylum seekers are protected from violence, exploitation and abuse. UNICEF will focus on lifesaving interventions that mitigate the direct loss of life, physical and psychological harm or threats to children. Displaced children are in urgent need to access safe and friendly spaces where they can be involved in psycho-social support and recreation activities including informal learning, life skills sessions, information and awareness raising and counselling sessions.

Two Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) have been already established with the support of UNICEF in the transit center in Nchelenge, but additional CFSs (4) and youth centers (2) will need to be set up in the new site in Matanpala to respond to the increasing needs and number of children and adolescents that will access the new site. CFS staff and volunteers need to trained and their work monitored to ensure services are up to Child Protection Minimum Standards. Coordination among Child Protection partners should be strengthened to ensure all child protection interventions are efficiently planned and delivered.

This work will require dedicated technical support for two months and hence the need for the consultancy contract.

Objectives and Targets for the consultancy

The Child Protection PSS Expert will contribute to strengthen the child protection intervention in the framework of the overall refugee response. In particular, he/she will be responsible to:

  • Strengthen the capacities of volunteers engaged in the CFS/youth centre activities to deliver relevant PSS to children and adolescents
  • Support and strengthen a child protection coordination system to ensure child protection interventions are well coordinated, efficient and up to minimum standards
  • Improve reporting on child protection issues (child vulnerabilities, child access to services)
  • Set up an informal monitoring system in collaboration with partners for unaccompanied children formally or informally placed in foster families
  • Description of Assignment and Scope of Work/Specific Tasks

    Working under the guidance and supervision of the Child Protection specialist the consultant will be required to complete the following tasks;

  • Train and provide ongoing coaching and mentoring support to CFS and youth centre facilitators on basic psychosocial support and child safeguarding
  • Train CFS and youth centre facilitators in data collection and record tracking
  • Monitor CFS and youth centre activities
  • Support the set-up of a data collection system (including in the CFS / youth centres)
  • Identify and train facilitators for parenting sessions
  • Establish and co-facilitate CP sub-working group sessions
  • Attend weekly protection working groups meetings and Inter-agency meetings
  • Expected Deliverable

    The consultant shall be paid on a monthly basis after submission of a monthly report in accordance to approved quality assurance as indicated on the payment schedule and all deliverables.These activities may run concurrently.


    Expected Output




    Payment Schedule

    1. Train CFS + youth centre volunteers in basic Psychosocial Support

    20 Volunteers Trained

    – Training Report

    – Pre and Post Tests Assessment/

    – Evaluation

    2 weeks


    2. Train a select number of volunteers in identification and referral of children with specific needs

    10 Volunteers Trained

    – Training Report

    – Pre and Post Assessment

    1 week

    3. Strengthen coordination and information management system

    CFSs + youth centre register in Place.

    Unaccompanied children’s needs and referrals tracked

    – Minutes of Coordination Meetings CP Partners

    – Register of unaccompanied children

    4 weeks

    4. Train volunteers in monitoring UAM

    20 Volunteers trained in monitoring UAM

    – Training Reports

    – Pre and Post assessment

    1 week

    Reporting requirements

  • Weekly sitrep on child protection situation (Friday afternoon)
  • Training Reports and Pre / Post test/Evaluation Reports for each training delivered according to schedule
  • Training Material (2 days before each training)
  • Minutes of Child Protection Working Group Meetings (on a bi-weekly basis)
  • Mission Report
  • Project Management

  • The consultant will report to the Child Protection Specialist.
  • Weekly progress calls will be organized on a weekly basis on Friday morning.
  • An initial meeting will be held in Lusaka with CP Specialist and Humanitarian Focal Point, Chief Child Protection before the deployment to Nchelenge.
  • At the end of the Consultancy a debriefing meeting will be held.
  • Location

    The consultant will be based in Nchelenge, Luapula Province with frequent travels to Mantapala. An initial and a final briefing will be organized in Lusaka.

    Payment schedule

    The consultant will be paid on a monthly basis upon submission of a monthly report and invoice. The monthly report will show evidence of progress towards the deliverables.

    UNICEF holds the right to withhold payments if deliverables are not met or not to expected quality standards.

    Administrative Isssues

  • Travel from the home base to the duty station and back and within the district will be covered by UNICEF. DSA will be paid where applicable, for example for travel from home base to duty station. Any travel will need to be approved by UNICEF (Grant: SM180031)
  • UNICEF will provide internet connectivity and office space in Nchelenge
  • UNICEF will not provide accommodation (accommodation options are available in Nchelenege).
  • How can you make a difference?

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

    Qualification/Specialized knowledge and Experience

  • Master in Social Work or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Child Protection Programming
  • Experience in Child Protection in Emergency is an asset
  • Previous experience in capacity building
  • Knowledge of Psychosocial Support and Case Management process and principles in an emergency context
  • Previous experience in coordination
  • Good communication and reporting skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Fluency in English and Bemba is required
  • Knowledge of Swahili will be an asset
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    View our competency framework at

    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.


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

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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