Consultant for capacity development framework for workforce under Integrated Child Protection Scheme
Duty Station & Location:
The assignment requires travel and work in Delhi and 8 districts across 4 states in India. The final report can be written at the consultant’s home base.
Delhi – the work in Delhi will primarily involve interaction with the Government, experts and UNICEF to develop an enhanced understanding of the context and to plan the field work;
Duration: 85 working days
Closing Date: 28 October 2013
Purpose of Assignment & Background
• Qualified and well-equipped personnel are the most critical element of a robust child protection system. A host of tasks associated with child protection programming – including planning, service delivery, monitoring, and reporting, require significant amount of human engagement and specific protection related skills. Some personnel require skills to manage and supervise teams, training skills, and skills related to monitoring and information technology;
• While interventions on child protection are not new in India, the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) aims at organizing a wide range of protection interventions under a single umbrella of an integrated scheme. ICPS provides multiple opportunities in terms of setting up of child protection units at state and district levels, and augmentation of workforce in existing interventions;
Personnel under Statutory Structures and Schemes relating to Child Protection:
• Personnel under the Juvenile Justice Act and ICPS:
o As mandated under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, every district in the country has at least one Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and one Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). Under the Act, every police station has at least one Child Welfare Police Officer (CWPO), and every district has a Special Juvenile Police Unit, which coordinates work of the CWPOs in the district;
• Personnel under other child protection legislation: Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2013 (POCSO), Prevention of Child Marriage Act, 2006, Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation), Act, 1986 and National Child Labour Project also require dedicated personnel to provide child protection services;
• Personnel in other services: Every district and sub-district level hospital is expected to have counsellors and social workers, who also provide services to children;
• Child protection and frontline workers and communities: The frontline workers such as Anganwadi workers and ASHAs and teachers come directly in contact with children every day, and therefore can contribute to child protection. Under ICPS, every village is expected to have a Village Child Protection Committee (VCPC), which brings together the frontline workers, along with children, families, and the elected representatives of the community;
The Workforce Challenge in ICPS:
• While ICPS, as well as allied systems such as police and healthcare system provide opportunities to establish quality child protection services, there are significant challenges relating to the workforce itself;
Capacity development of the ICPS workforce and related concerns:
• ICPS stresses on having qualified and trained personnel to implement the scheme, and acknowledges the need for training of new recruits, as well as for those, who are already working on various components of the child protection system;
The need for a strategic framework on workforce in ICPS:
• Over the past two years, State Child Protection Societies have undertaken recruitments, which have thrown up many challenges – some of which have been mentioned above. States have also undertaken training and capacity development, along with, and in addition to the trainings provided by NIPCCD; however, states have not been able to standardize recruitment and capacity development efforts;
The overall objective of the exercise is to develop a strategic framework for the workforce under ICPS. Specific objectives include:
• Mapping the workforce in ICPS in terms of structural and functional linkages and areas of convergence and coordination within and outside of ICPS structures;
Scope of Assignment:
• The scope of the assignment will primarily include workforce under ICPS, including personnel in various structures and functions, and their linkages with the statutory structures and personnel under the Juvenile Justice Act;
• The assignment will not include child protection workforce under other schemes or programmes, excepting those, which have direct linkages with ICPS, e.g., for referrals or service delivery;
In line with the objectives of the assignment, the key tasks to complete this assignment would include the following:
1. Undertake a desk review of Juvenile Justice Act and other legislation, ICPS, and other relevant documents: 15 working days.
2. Interviews with key informants (National, State, District): 50 working days.
3. Report of mapping, review and development of the strategic framework for ICPS workforce: 20 working days.
• Brief report of key informant interviews;
• Report containing mapping and review of workforce under IPCS and a strategic framework for planning, recruitment, capacity development and support to the workforce under ICPS.
Estimated duration of assignment:
85 working days within the period 1 November 2013 to 28 February 2014
Estimated travel involved:
Delhi and four states (state capital and two districts each)
Full payment on receipt and acceptance of deliverables.
Qualifications & Experience required:
• Master’s degree in social sciences or related technical field;
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org by COB 28 October 2013 with subject line "CD framework for workforce under ICPS" in separate files:
a) A cover letter, CV and P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.UNICEF.org/india/overview_1440.htm)
b) A financial proposal indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached. (Download)
(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.