Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 09 Nov 2018
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UNICEF works to uphold the rights and well-being of all children in Zambia, across health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), protection, social inclusion, emergencies, disabilities and adolescent development.
In Zambia, UNICEF’s Country Programmeaims to reach the most disadvantaged children. UNICEF works with the Government on policy to improve basic social services, as well as on the ground to make sure that these services reach all children, especially the most vulnerable.
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Purpose of the Consultancy
Coordination, timely execution, and quality assurance of the inception phase of the Service Efficiency and Effectiveness for Vulnerable Children and Adolescent programme.
Duration; 11 Months
Many children and adolescents in Zambia face multiple vulnerabilities including household poverty, violence, lack of education, malnutrition, HIV, early pregnancy and child marriage. These impact the development and growth of children and adolescents, reducing opportunities for them to thrive, to reach their full potential, and to contribute to the health and well-being of Zambia.
In Zambia, the overall poverty rate stands at 54% and inequality between urban and rural areas has widened significantly. An estimated 700,000 children of school-going age are out of school, having either dropped out or never entered school. Over a quarter of children from the poorest families are out of school compared to the 4.3% from the wealthier families. The number of girls out of school at the lower secondary level is nearly double that of boys. Multiple dimensions of child poverty emerge in Zambia’s urban areas with 54% of children and adolescents considered deprived, across all dimensions of poverty (education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation, shelter and information). Overall, 18.2% of urban residents are HIV positive, compared to 9.1% of people in rural areas. Over 40% of girls and a third of boys aged 13–17 years old experienced one or more forms of sexual, physical, or emotional violence in the previous 12 months, with physical violence being the most common.
Currently in Zambia interventions for vulnerable children are implemented in an ad hoc manner. The long-term vision is to ensure more predictable and planned interventions which lead to the optimal results for children at ward-level.
SEEVCA is led by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS) with funding and technical assistance from UNICEF and USAID to produce a sustainable approach to case management for VCA living in households receiving SCTs. The intent of the SEEVCA program is to reduce vulnerability and expand protection for the most vulnerable and marginalized households in 15 districts. The strategy to reach the main target group (vulnerable children and adolescents) combines the SCT programme with standardised case management that supports access to other existing services and information –to reduce vulnerability and equip households to be more resilient. The goal is for the Government, with support under SEEVCA, to enhance the capacity of existing structures and systems to provide case management at ward level that increases access to services and builds household resiliency. The project includes a research agenda to determine the optimal service delivery scenarios for VCA.
Activities under SEEVCA directly support the development outcomes in Zambia’s 7th National Development Plan (7NDP), by contributing to the achievement of Development Outcome 1 (enhanced welfare and livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable) and Development Outcome 3 (reduced vulnerability associated with high HIV prevalence) in the second Pillar (Reduced Poverty and Vulnerability). This is accomplished by supporting the implementation of social protection programs and linking them with other services, and through support for increased access to healthcare through case management systems.
SEEVCA is a multi-stakeholder programme that requires effective coordination at all levels (national, province, district, ward and community). A significant amount of systems development, capacity building and learning is required in the initial phase of the project. The technical support required for this assignment is intensive and requires a full-time position to support coordination at the national level. Currently this additional support cannot be made available from staffing positions within UNICEF or within the Ministry.
Objectives / Target
The major objective of the assignment is to coordinate the timely implementation of the initial phase of the SEEVCA initiative. The national consultant based at MCDSS will work with MCDSS departments to facilitate strong coordination of the SEEVCA initiative. The consultant selected for this assignment will:
Description of the assignment (Scope of work) / SPECIFIC TASKS
The national coordinator will receive overall guidance from the Director responsible for social welfare and will work closely with senior social welfare, community development and planning officers in MCDSS. S/he will liaise with Provincial Social Welfare/Community Development officers and support the district level consultants based in 15 districts of Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces, ensuring updates and monitoring reports from the field are received regularly and the Technical Committee (TC) is kept informed of progress in order to effectively support the initiative. The consultant will work in close collaboration with the Chief Social Welfare to ensure his/her coordination role is absorbed by existing MCDSS staff at the end of the contract period. In terms of specific tasks, the consultant will be expected to:
In coordination with Technical Committee (TC) establish approach to effective communication.
Communication plan developed.
Organize, facilitate and document four SEEVCA Technical Coordination meetings
Reports of two SEEVCA Technical coordination meetings
Organize and facilitate monthly skype meetings with district focal points and technical consultants
Monthly district coordination meeting reports
Support MCDSS in defining ToR for child welfare coordination group which includes key NGOs and international organizations. Support the organization of three meetings.
Reports with action points from each meeting.
Support MCDSS in developing concept and plan for NGO monitoring and provide guidance in piloting the implementation of the plan.
NGO monitoring concept note finalized for validation by MCDSS
NGO monitoring activity plan
Written review of monitoring in practice
Support MCDSS in establishing a working group on social welfare (case management) information management and take lead in organizing and facilitating meetings aimed at reaching agreement on data collected and data collated at different levels.
Working group established
Working group develops paper on social welfare data management
Concept for guidelines on social welfare data management drafted
Collect bi-weekly reports from PSWOs/ PCDOs and develop bi-weekly summary report to share with TC. Provide constructive feedback and recommendations to improve accuracy and quality of reports.
Bi-weekly reports (1st-15th and 16th – 30/-31st) prepared each month within 5 days of deadline.
Payment will be made on a monthly basis after submission of monthly reports highlighting above deliverables completed, along with invoice.
The deliverables defined in the above table and monthly progress reports will meet the reporting requirements. The overall process will be overseen by the Child Protection Specialist UNICEF, whom the selected consultancy will be answerable to for the fulfilment of this assignment. At the national level the consultant will be guided by the Director responsible for social welfare, whilst working closely with the Chief of Social Welfare (Statutory).
The monthly report will cover overall progress against planned activities at national level and across all 15 districts, challenges, recommendations and plans for the following months.
The consultant will be expected to liaise on a regular basis with the contract supervisor, the Child Protection Specialist and work in close collaboration with the TC and district consultants. A monthly report on progress toward completion of the deliverables and evidence of the deliverables is required.
LOCATION AND DURATION
The national coordinator will based at MCDSS, in Lusaka Zambia on a full-time basis following GRZ working hours and will be contracted for a period of 11 months.
The consultant will be paid on a monthly basis upon submission of the monthly report and invoice. The monthly report will show evidence of progress towards the deliverables.
If deliverables are not satisfactory, recommendations will be made for correction within a specified time period. UNICEF holds the right to withhold payments if deliverables are not met or not to expected quality standards.
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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
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=517452