Careers at UNICEF

Careers at UNICEF


Full time consultant for Child Protection and Social Accountability

Location: Chennai

Duration: Full time - 6 months

Closing Date: 25 October 2013

Purpose of Assignment & Background

Despite Tamil Nadu’s relatively high human development index, and progressive child development index, following issues remains unaddressed.

1.Tamil Nadu is witnessing high incidence of child abuse and violence in all settings such as community, schools and other institutions. (though there is no quantitative data available for the state, the reports of Child Help Line Foundation, media reports and CBR reveals that the incidence of violence against children is high)

2.In Tamil Nadu while near universal enrolment in elementary education (up to 8 years of schooling) is achieved, the Net Enrolment Rate in high schools (9th and 10th Standards) is 65.6 % and in higher secondary schools (11th and 12th Standards) it is 40.7 % as of 2011-12. As against the national dropout rate of 48% at the secondary level, the rate in Tamil Nadu is about 24%.   Thus a significant number of children in the secondary school age group are out of school. This pool of unskilled children is exposed to more vulnerability to labour related exploitation.

3.Being one of the vibrant economies in the country, Tamil Nadu attracts migrant labour force (adults and children) from other states. However, both government and employers have failed to facilitate migration through appropriate labour and social policies or investment in infrastructure and basic needs for migrants. Owing to this children of migrant families are deprived of their right to proper survival, development and protection. Children migrating from other states have poor access to basic health and education services.

4.Though child labour is eliminated in the State to a significant extent, children of marginalized tribal community and migrant population remain vulnerable to child labour. Despite increased labour supply by immigrant population, children’s labour is still demanded in certain industries and occupations such as cotton seed farms, brick kilns, and construction and so on. There is no focused policy intervention to address the issue of child labour in such industries due to lack of understanding on the dynamics such labour market.

Basic Objective

Facilitate creating a protective environment for children, especially the most vulnerable children focusing on adolescents and emerging second generation issues of such children.

Major Tasks

To document and carefully review various problems that children from vulnerable population groups face in terms of poverty – traps, transition to secondary education and accessing social-safety net services.

Assist the state government in close association with PRIs, School Management Committees & Teacher’s Unions to develop a voluntary code of conduct for all members towards treatment of adolescent girls / boys in schools and other settings and to develop their own mechanisms for addressing violence against children.

Advocate with the Government agencies towards involving the private sector, industry, business and trade associations in developing skill development courses at higher secondary school level corresponding to existing relevant market demand for skills.

On a sample basis, explore and record experiences of cohort of children leaving residential care institutions and their future prospects.

Identify specific sectors of high incidence of child labour, develop a frame work to study economics of child labour to develop specific intervention mechanisms.

Organise policy and cross learning forum between states on coherent social policy response and social accountability framework to create child protection environment especially for migrant and vulnerable children.

Deliverables with Timelines:

1.Documentation on review of social safety networks for vulnerable children highlighting problems related to transition to secondary school -  30 days from date of issuance of contract.

2.Developing a framework and code of conduct to be followed for addressing violence against adolescents in schools / communities / institution by teacher PRIs and SMC – members, care  takers  - 30 days – within 60 days of issuance of contract.

3.Framework developed to involve private sector, industry and Trade – Associations on appropriate skill-development courses for adolescent responding to existing market demands – 15 days – within 75 days of issuance of contract.

4.Experiences of cohort of children leaving residential care institutes (care – leavers) recorded (sample basis) – 30 days – within 105 days of issuance of contract.

5.Economics of child labour in cotton seed farming in Salem worked out – 45 days – within 150 days of issuance of contract.

6.Workshops & learning forums (1 each) on social policy & social accountability framework for protecting vulnerable children organised – 30 days – within 180 days of issuance of contract.

Estimated duration of assignment

Full time for 6 months.

Duty Station & Travel:

Duty station is Chennai. Travel within districts of Tamil Nadu maximum of 5 days a month.

Travel within Chennai maximum of 10 days in a month.

Payment Terms

Full payment on receipt of deliverables.

Qualifications & Experience required

·                 Post Graduate university degree in social sciences – preferably a Ph.D.

·                 Knowledge and in-depth understanding on key Child Protection issues.

·                 At least 10 years of policy and programme implementation experience on child protection issues

·                 At least 10 years of experience in research/assessment of child protection issues, and documentation 

·                 Skills: Computer literacy in MS office, Data management and analysis, documentation, report writing and oral presentation skills.

·                 Language proficiency; English reading and writing skills. Additional knowledge of local language.

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 by COB 25 October 2013 with subject line "Child Protection & Social Accountability Consultancy, Chennai" in separate files:

a)         A cover letter, CV and P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at

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

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

(4)        Please note, offers without financial proposal will not be considered.

(5)        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.

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



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