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Jul 062018
 

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 18 Jul 2018

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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.

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Purpose of theConsultancy

To support the Department of Social Welfare and stakeholders to pilot the National Framework for Diversion in three Districts in Zambia.

Location

Lusaka with frequent travel Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe.

Duration

11.5 months

Reporting Line

Child Protection Specialist- Justice for Children; with regular reports also submitted to Focal Point in Ministry of Community Development and Social Services.

Brief Background of the Consultancy

The minimum age of criminal responsibility in Zambia is set at the very low age of 8 years[1]. Detention of children is not used as a last resort, and there is no specific law that provides for and fosters the implementation of diversion. In Zambia, it is an established practice to incarcerate children below 18 years in detention facilities and for a prolonged period. First -time child offenders, accused of misdemeanor are imprisoned or given custodial orders in children’s correctional institutions such as a reformatory school. Although the law provides for some alternatives to detention, such as probation, conditional sentence to community service and suspended sentences, there are no explicit provisions for diversion programmes as diversion is not yet entrenched in the Zambian laws. This situation causes several challenges, not only to the effective implementation of diversion but to child protection in general.

Rationale and key aspects of the overall context of the assignment;

The National Consultant will support the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS) to pilot the National Framework for Diversion (NFD) in the 3 selected districts of Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe. In order to guide and inform the pilot process, the national consultant will support the District Social Welfare Officers, and District Technical Working Groups (DTWG) comprising representatives of Police, Social Welfare, Public Prosecutors, Magistrates and NGO service providers. The roll out of the pilot phase will be a participatory process, promoting maximum input from all the relevant stakeholders. At National level, the consultant will support the Senior Social Welfare Officer responsible for Statutory Services and will liaise with the National Technical Working Group (NTWG) with representatives from the Child Justice Forum (CJF) and relevant government and non-government agencies, including Ministry of Justice and its agencies, Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), Zambia Police (ZP), Human Rights Commission (HRC), National Prosecutions Authority (NPA), the Judiciary, Zambia Law Development Commission (ZLDC) and Human Rights Commission. The National Consultant will work from the offices of the MCDSS and regularly visit partners and stakeholders in pilot districts.

Objective/Target

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance to the DSW in the set up and operationalization of the pilot of the National Framework for Diversion in three Districts of Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe for a period of 11.5 months effective July 2018.

Description of the assignment (Scope of work) / SPECIFIC TASKS

The National Framework for Diversion aims to assist all stakeholders, including the Police, Social Welfare, Public Prosecutors, Magistrates, NGO service providers and traditional mediation structures to respond to child offending by way of diversion out of the formal criminal justice system, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The pilot of the National Framework for Diversion seeks to initially roll out the framework in 3 districts of Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe with the aim of drawing lessons with regard to the relevance, feasibility, and scalability of framework to national level. Under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services and UNICEF, the National Consultant will provide technical assistance to the National and District level staff of the MCDSS and stakeholders in the set up and operationalization of the pilot. In particular, the consultant will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Support the mapping of all key stakeholders including diversion service providers in each of the 3 districts and provide technical guidance for addressing gaps and weaknesses noted in the mapping exercise.
  • Support the District Social Welfare Officers and the Diversion TWG in Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe district (comprising of representatives of the Police, Social Welfare, Public Prosecutors, Magistrates and NGO service providers) to coordinate implementation of the pilot.
  • Support the MCDSS to develop and implement an accreditation for the diversion services providers that provide mediation, restitution and rehabilitation services.
  • Work with the MCDSS to promote growth and development of diversion in the three pilot districts through organization and evaluation of focused training and refresher trainings, follow up visits, coaching and mentoring of district level stakeholders.
  • Facilitate monitoring and evaluation exercises in the implementing districts ensuring data flow based on the monitoring framework and plan.
  • Liaise with Child Protection Specialist, National TWG and provide them with advice on policy issues regarding diversion.
  • Provide input and facilitate the process of development of a Communications strategy and plan and supports its implementation including through development of a leaflet, district level events and one national level event.
  • In consultation with the MCDSS and key stakeholders; and based on pilot results, assess and make recommendations and develop a national plan of action for scale-up.
  • Expected Deliverables

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    Deliverable

    Tasks

    Expected Outputs

    Working Days (Duration)

    1

    Mapping of diversion service providers and provide technical guidance for addressing gaps and weaknesses noted in the mapping exercise

    Develop mapping tools

    Mapping tools

    2 weeks per

    district

    Conduct a mapping of all key stakeholders including service providers to carry out the diversion pilot within the selected districts

    Report of the mapping exercise per district, with identified stakeholders/partners (including contacts) and with recommendations for next steps.

    Based on the results of the mapping exercise, identify strengths and potential as well as gaps and draw a roadmap of implementation

    Roadmap for capitalizing on existing strengths and potential and addressing gaps for implementation

    2.

    Support District Social Welfare Officers and the Diversion TWG of Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe district to coordinate implementation of the pilot

    Develop terms of reference (ToRs) for the District TWGs of the Diversion Pilot

    Teams of reference developed and endorsed.

    1 week

    Provide orientation to members of the TWGs on their coordination tasks and responsibilities based on the ToR and the National Diversion Operational Framework

    Reports of orientation trainings/Report templates.

    1 week in each district

    Identify coordination mechanisms as well as gaps and bottlenecks and provide technical advice utilizing existing mechanisms or setting up new ones as necessary. Support the processes of defining referral pathways, reporting requirements and roles and responsibilities of actors involves.

    Monthly reports of coordination meetings conducted and issues addressed.

    Monthly

    3.

    Support the MCDSS to develop and implement an accreditation system for providers of diversion services such as mediation, restitution and rehabilitation,

    Work with the International Consultant and the MCDSS to develop the Accreditation framework for Diversion Service Providers

    Accreditation framework exists & M&E Tools

    1 month

    Train DSW staff and service providers in the implementation of the accreditation framework

    Training reports for roll out of the Accreditation framework

    2 weeks

    4.

    Promote growth and development of diversion pilot in the 3 pilot districts

    Develop Training Evaluation Form and provide targeted trainings for Diversion actors in the 3 pilot districts based on the Training Manual of the National Framework for Diversion

    Evaluation Form/

    Trainings Reports

    1 week in each district

    Develop M&E tools and monitoring plan for the diversion pilot based on the Diversion Operational Framework

    M&E tools and Monitoring plan completed and endorsed by key stakeholders

    4 weeks

    Conduct regular field visits to the 3 pilot districts to provide on the spot coaching and mentoring to diversion stakeholders based on identified challenges and constraints

    Field visit reports of coaching and mentoring provided

    2 weeks in each district

    Regularly update national TWG on progress, issues and constraints related to the implementation of the pilot.

    Monthly reports provided to the National Task Force

    Monthly

    5.

    Facilitate monitoring and evaluation exercises in the implementing districts ensuring data flow based on the monitoring framework and plan

    Develop and roll out Monitoring Tools for the diversion pilot in each of the 3 districts based on the monitoring plan.

    Monitoring tools developed and rolled out

    2 weeks per district

    Support the district Diversion Task force to monitor implementation of the monitoring plan ensuring data flow.

    Monthly monitoring update reports

    2 weeks in each district

    Submit diversion pilot implementation status reports to the National Task Force.

    Quarterly report to the National Task Force

    Quarterly

    6.

    Liaise with Chief Social Welfare Officer and National Task Force and provide them with advice on policy issues regarding diversion

    Provide advice on diversion policy related issues based on lessons from the piloting districts.

    Quarterly reports to the National Task Force

    Quarterly

    Support key stakeholders’ meetings on the assessment of the of pilot (in collaboration with International Consultant)

    Assessment Report submitted (for each pilot)

    3 weeks

    7.

    In consultation with the international consultant and key stakeholders and based on pilot results, make recommendations and develop a national plan of action for scale-up.

    Support compilation and sharing findings, lessons learnt and recommendations (in collaboration with International Consultant)

    Report on lessons learnt, recommendations and review of the model to scale up the programme

    2 weeks

    Support development of NPA for scale up (in collaboration with International Consultant)

    Scale up plan finalized

    2 weeks

    REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

    The consultant will be expected to provide the following:

  • Minutes for the meetings held at national and district levels
  • Training reports
  • Field visits/monitoring reports
  • Monthly Progress Reports
  • Quarterly progress report
  • PROJECT Management

    The National Consultant will report to the UNICEF Child Protection. The consultant will be expected to provide consolidated monthly progress update reports to the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist which will be reviewed technically by the National Director.

    The consultant will attend the following meetings:

  • Monthly update meetings with the National Director and UNICEF Child Protection Specialist
  • Fortnightly update meetings with District Social Welfare Officers
  • Quarterly district Task Force Meetings and
  • Quarterly National Technical Working Group Meetings
  • [1] No. 63 of the Concluding observations on the combined second to fourth periodic reports of Zambia adopted by the Committee at its seventy-first session (11-29 January 2016) put emphasis on the above issues.

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

  • An advanced Degree in Law, Social Work, Criminal Justice or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Child Protection Programming.
  • Experience in Child Protection in Emergency is required Previous experience in capacity building.
  • Knowledge of Psychosocial Support and Case Management process and principles in child justice/diversion.
  • Previous experience in coordination.
  • Good communication and reporting skills.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Fluency in English and Bemba is required
  • Knowledge of local language is an asset;
  • EVALUATION PROCESS AND METHODS

    The evaluation process will include the following steps:

  • Review of the application: CV / previous experiences;
  • Technical interview with a panel of experts for shortlisted candidates;
  • Analysis of financial proposal (ration technical/ financial: 85/15);
  • Review of references.
  • Item

    Evaluation Criteria

    Points

    Technical Evaluation Criteria

    1

    Qualifications for the post

    10

    2

    Understanding of the government interventions in the National Framework on Diversion

    20

    3

    Previous experience in Child Protection Programming

    10

    4

    Previous experience in capacity building

    10

    5

    Knowledge of any training material/child justice principles

    10

    6

    Familiarity with national and international standards on child justice

    10

    7

    Range and depth of organizational experience with similar projects

    10

    8

    References

    5

    Financial Criteria

    9

    Financial proposal

    15

    Grand Total

    100

    Item

    Evaluation Criteria

    Points

    Only proposals which receive a minimum of 55 points under a technical evaluation will be considered technically compliant.

    POLICY BOTH PARTIES SHOULD BE AWARE OF

  • Under the consultancy agreements, a month is defined as 22 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly. Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.
  • Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant or Contractor.
  • No consultant may travel without a signed contract and authorization to travel prior to the commencement of the journey to the duty station.
  • Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.
  • Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/Individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical Evacuation.
  • The Form ‘Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary’ must be completed by the consultant.
  • 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.

    The technical competencies required for this post are….

    View our competency framework at

    http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

    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.

    Remarks:

    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 http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=514348

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