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Child Protection Consultant - Jammu & Kashmir

Location: Srinagar/Jammu - based in a government department

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

Duration: 22 months with one month break after 11 months

Closing Date: 9 December 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 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 Ministry of Social Welfare.

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 child protection, in line with agreed upon work plans.

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, NGOs and community groups, towards the achievement of results

Attend all relevant 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 senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies with a focus on those dealing with Child Protection and with non-governmental organizations especially Save the Children

Maintain close working relationship with Child Protection Section

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.

Key Deliverables and Timeline

Year 1

Deliverables for Month 1

Initiate Review/evaluation of technical, institutional and financial feasibility in collaboration with Government and other partners

Sector Specific Work Plans for Child Protection Initiated

Planning for first joint State Consultation on Education and CP initiated

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. 

Monthly progress report submitted

Deliverables for Month 2

Sector Specific Work Plans for Child Protection completed

Continued planning for first joint State Consultation on Education and CP

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. 

Monthly progress report submitted

Deliverables for Month 3

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

Planning for first joint State Consultation on Education and CP completed

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. 

First quarterly review report completed

Deliverables for Month 4

First state consultation organized 

NGO mapping report and Partnership Plan initiated

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

Initial field visits planned

Monthly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 5

NGO mapping report and Partnership Plan completed

One field visit completed and report submitted

Discussion on monitoring plans initiated

State consultation report submitted

Monthly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 6

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

Field visit and report submitted

Mid-year review Report submitted

Deliverables for Month 7

Technical support to state Government for implementation of agreed upon work plan and capacity development (ongoing)

Analysis of Policies and programmes relevant to children in J&K, identifying critical gaps and priorities for action initiated

Monthly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 8

Draft Monitoring plans prepared

Analysis of Policies and programmes relevant to children in J&K, identifying critical gaps and priorities for action continued

Field visit completed and report submitted

Monthly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 9 

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

Quarterly review Report completed.

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

Technical support to Govt. as per plans (on going)

Deliverables for Month 10

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

Planned for second State consultation

Monthly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 11

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

Annual report submitted

Annual work plans drafted for year 2

Donor reports completed and submitted as per requirement

The work plans in year 2 will be based on progress made in Year 1 .

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

Year 2

Deliverables for Month 1

Convergent work plans for year 2 agreed upon

State consultation Report submitted

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

Initiated joint work plan with NGOs and civil society stake holders for protective learning environment 

Monthly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 2

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

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

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

Monthly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 3

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

Monitoring plan follow up

On-going technical support to Govt.

First quarterly review Report submitted

Deliverables for Month 4

Monitoring systems established with other stakeholders

Continued implementation of work plans 

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

Monthly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 5

Continued implementation of work plans 

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

Monthly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 6

Follow up on joint work plan with NGOs and civil society stake holders for protective learning environment 

Activities implemented as planned in Q1

Mid-year progress report submitted

Deliverables for Month 7

Continued strengthening of systems as per plans

Review of monitoring data initiated

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

Monthly Report submitted

Deliverables for Month 8

Review of monitoring data completed

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

Monthly Report submitted

Deliverables for Month 9

Shared evidence with relevant stakeholders 

Ongoing technical support to Govt. 

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

Quarterly report submitted

Deliverables for Month 10

Preparation for phase 2 initiated

Draft collaborative plans prepared for phase 2 with stakeholders

Documentation of the advocacy efforts for the two years initiated

Monthly Report submitted

Deliverables for Month 11

Internal programme review mission undertaken and report submitted

Documentation of the advocacy efforts for the two years completed

Completion of donor reports

Annual report submitted

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 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.

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 9 December 2013 with subject line "Child Protection Consultant - Jammu & Kashmir" in separate files (not to exceed a total size of 4 MB per email):

a) A cover letter, CV and P11 form in PDF format (Download

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) 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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