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Senior Consultant - Protective Learning Environment - Jammu & Kashmir

Location: Srinagar/Jammu - based in a government department

Official Travel: Travel between Delhi and Kashmir and travel within Jammu and Kashmir

Duration: 24 months with one month break after 11 months

Closing Date: 21 October 2013

Background:

The overall goal of GoI- UNICEF Programme of Cooperation, 2013-2017 is to advance the rights of children, adolescents and women to survival, growth, development, participation and protection by reducing inequities based on caste, ethnicity, gender, poverty, region or religion.

With adequate resources, a policy framework and large-scale national flagship programmes in place in the country, the need is to enhance their effective implementation in a way that ends the inter-generational cycle of deprivation among the poorest and most marginalized.

It is here that UNICEF aims to play a catalytic role in its support to government, by adopting a strong rights-based approach and using a combination of strategies.

The strategies will be applied across 13 states as per the existing programme as well as in  select programming states where UNICEF does not have ‘presence’- Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and the UNDAF states in the north-east, as per government agreement.

In the case of new programming states (Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and states in the Northeast), areas of support will be considered case by case and as per request from the respective state government (p. 14 CPAP). 

During the first programming mission of UNICEF India to Jammu & Kashmir in November 2012, which was undertaken jointly with Save the Children, the State Government requested the technical support of UNICEF-ICO to advance a protective learning environment for children through quality education and child protection. 

The broad principles and areas of support have been agreed upon by the State Government and in particular, the Ministries of Education and Social Welfare in a subsequent mission to the State in June 2013.

Objectives

Develop and establish UNICEF’s programme of technical support to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to advance a protective learning environment for children through quality education and child protection

Provide support in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programmes in the area of quality education (through State Education Act) and child protection (ICPS/JJ Act), aimed at establishing a protective learning environment for children

Establish UNICEF presence in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and serve as a liaison between the state government/partners and UNICEF with a focus on relationship building with the Ministries of Education and Social Welfare

Coordinate as appropriate the work of additional technical assistance for the effective delivery of the programme plan and its quality

Major Tasks

The following major tasks will need to be accomplished:

Program Development (70%):   

• Provide technical advice to Government of Jammu and Kashmir in design, plan, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes/ initiatives in the area of quality education and child protection, in line with agreed upon work plans.

• Assist the state government to strengthen systems to undertake a situation analysis and strengthening of monitoring systems including DISE; capacity building for implementation of the State Education Act; strengthening of the Teacher Development perspective plans and its roll-out; adoption of child friendly schools and safe learning spaces along with quality ECCE

• Assist the state government to develop a basic framework and infrastructure to implement ICPS and the JJ Act; partnerships with education and other departments to prevent child labour and child marriage and to end violence in schools; promote non-institutional Alternative Care and quality standards of care for children in institutions; convergent adolescents empowerment strategy with education

• Map and identify key civil society organizations in the state with whom UNICEF can partner

• Identify other programming opportunities in the state in line with UNICEF’s priorities, to advance Child Rights

Liaison and Advocacy (10%):

• Serve as a liaison between UNICEF and the state Government of Jammu and Kashmir and build alliances with Government as well as other partners
• Advocate for policies supportive of children’s rights
• Build alliances with social sector departments, with a special focus on ‘Education and Social Welfare’, NGOs and community groups, towards the achievement of results
• Attend meetings with senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies, non-governmental organizations
• Advocate for the rights of children in all fora

Coordination and Support (20%):

• Maintain effective working relationship with
o senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies with a focus on those dealing with Education and Child Protection
o Non-governmental organizations especially Save the Children
• Maintain close working relationship with ICO Front Office as well as Education and Child Protection Sections
• Review/ Evaluate technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of programmes/projects in collaboration with government and other partners.
• Set up and implement an oversight plan to monitor progress on programme implementation
• Undertake field visits and surveys to evaluate implementation, identify problems and propose remedial action.
• Guide any technical assistance for effective delivery of programme plan and quality

Key Deliverables and Timeline

Year 1

Timeline

Deliverables

Month-1

 

 

·        Sector Specific Situation Analysis Reports completed

·        Minutes of key meetings with GoJK counterparts maintained and shared with UNICEF Delhi

·        Built modalities for collaboration with Save the Children in the state

Quarter 1

·        Reviewed/evaluated technical, institutional and financial feasibility in collaboration with Government and other partners

·        Sector Specific Work Plans for Education and Child Protection completed

·        Planning for first joint State Consultation on Education and CP completed

·        First quarterly review report completed

·        Co-ordinated work of additional technical assistance in Education and Child Protection

·        Supported the Agency conducting the Baseline study with relevant information as required and contacts with State and district level partners, monitored field level data collection.

Quarter 2

·        First state consultation organized and report completed

·        NGO mapping report and Partnership Plan completed

·        Draft Strategy Plan on UNICEF engagement in Jammu and Kashmir including a resourcing plan  and partnership plan for the way forward initiated

·        Implementation of agreed upon sector work plans supported with a focus on rollout of key programmes

·        Mid-year review Report submitted.

·        Discussion on monitoring plans initiated

·        Initial field visits undertaken

Quarter 3

 

·        Continued work on “Analysis of Policies and programmes relevant to children in J&K, including budget analysis ’, identifying critical gaps, priorities for action

·        Technical support to state Government for implementation of agreed upon work plan and capacity development

·        Quarterly review Report completed.

·        Developed presentations, reports, other advocacy and knowledge products (as required)

·        Draft Monitoring plans prepared

·        Field visits undertaken to selected districts as per work plan and report submitted

Quarter 4

·        Completed Report on “Analysis of Policies and programmes relevant to children in J&K, including budget analysis ’, identifying critical gaps, priorities for action

·        Strategy Plan on UNICEF engagement in Jammu and Kashmir including a resourcing plan and partnership plan for the way forward completed

·        Second state consultation held for review of work in year 1 and plans for year 2

·        Annual report submitted

·        Annual sectoral work plans drafted for year 2

·        Donor reports completed and submitted as per requirement

 

The work plans in year 2 will be based upon the progress made in Year 1

The consultant will take a one month break at the end of 11 months

Year 2

Timeline

                            Deliverables

Quarter 1

 

 

 

·        Convergent work plans for year 2 agreed upon

·        Continued assistance to state government for implementation of agreed upon work plans with a focus on strengthening of systems and roll-out of programmes and capacity development

·        First quarterly review Report submitted

·        Developed a joint work plan with NGOs and civil society  stake holders for protective learning environment

Quarter 2

·        State consultation report submitted

·        Monitoring systems established with other stakeholders

·        Continued implementation of work plans

·        Mid-year progress report submitted

·        Activities implemented as planned in Q1

·        Field visits completed and review of implementation and necessary course correction made and support provided.

Quarter 3

·        Continued strengthening of systems as per plans

·        Review of monitoring data completed

·        Quarterly report submitted

·        Shared evidence with relevant stakeholders

Quarter 4

·        Preparation for phase 2 initiated

·        Internal programme review mission undertaken and report submitted

·        Draft collaborative plans prepared for phase 2 with stakeholders

·        Annual report submitted

·        Documentation of the advocacy efforts for the two years completed

·        Completion of donor reports


Qualifications & Experience Required

• Advanced university degree in any of the following fields: Education, Child Protection, Child Rights, Social Sciences or other related field
• At least 7 years of professional work experience in social development and child rights
• Good understanding of issues in quality education and child protection. 
• Previous strategic policy and research experience a plus
• Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in development cooperation
• Knowledge of UNICEF programming policies and procedures an advantage
• Demonstrated experience of working with government at state level and an understanding of how government functions at different levels
• Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
• Good English writing skills, knowledge of Hindi/Urdu and Kashmiri preferable
• Harmonious working relationships and ability to manage complex multi-partner work groups
• Ability to manage complex multi-partner work groups and maintain harmonious working relationships

Application Procedures

(1) Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.

(2) Your application should be sent to indconsultants@unicef.org by COB 21 October 2013 with subject line "Senior Consultant - Protective Learning Environment - Jammu & Kashmir" in separate files (not to exceed a total size of 4 MB per email):

a) A cover letter, CV and P11 form (Download).

b) A financial proposal indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached.

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 (3) The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.

(4) Only short-listed candidates will be called for test/interview (if applicable).  Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.

(5) Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.

 

 
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