• Consultancy Job at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • Posted on: 11 August, 2015 Deadline: 17 August, 2015
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  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.

    We are recruiting to fill the position below:

    Consultant (School-based Drug Prevention Programme) - Unplugged

     

    Location: Lagos, NIGERIA
    Type of Contract: Individual Contract
    Post Level: National Consultant
    Starting Date: 01-Sep-2016
    Duration of Initial Contract: 36 Working days within the period of September, 2015 and August 2016
    Expected Duration of Assignment: 36 Working days within the period of September, 2015 and August 2016

    Background

    UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. UNODC is implementing a large-scale project funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) modality, Project - Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria, which aims at supporting Nigeria's efforts in fighting drug production, trafficking and use, and in curbing related organised crime including counterfeit narcotics and psychotropic substances. The project proposes a balanced approach to drug control, with equal attention paid to drug interdiction and drug demand reduction, including drug prevention, treatment and care (DPTC).

    Output 3.9 of the project is “promotion of and training/building skills for ‘healthy lifestyles’ in schools, families and communities.” One of the key activities in this regard is to adapt and pilot evidence-based prevention programmes. In this regard, UNODC and the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE) in partnership with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and other partners is planning to pilot the Unplugged programme in Nigeria.

    UNODC and NDLEA organised a National Seminar on Drug Use Prevention from 14-15 October 2014 with the key government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) as well as Civil Society Organisation partners involved in drug prevention. The seminar used the International Standards as a basis for understanding the current drug prevention interventions in Nigeria, sensitising policy makers on the International Standards and developing national plans. At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that UNODC, in collaboration with the appropriate MDA from the government of Nigeria, would support pilot programme in two settings: i) school settings, and ii) family and community settings. These are in line with the outputs defined in the project document and recommendations from the group work undertaken at the National Seminar.

    In discussion with the UNODC Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section in Vienna and based on studies of evidence-based drug use prevention in school settings, it was decided to adapt and pilot the EU-Drug Addiction Prevention trial (EU-DAP) Unplugged programme in Nigeria.

    Unplugged
    Unplugged is an evidence-based programme with 12 sessions aimed to prevent use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs by 10-14 years old children. It has been developed and evaluated in seven European countries. In addition, it has been adapted and introduced in several other parts of the world outside the EU, including in Arabic-speaking countries, Latin America, South East Asia, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. It is currently being applied in more than 30 countries worldwide. The EU-DAP Drug Abuse Prevention study group revealed that the intervention resulted in a 23% risk reduction in using cannabis, a 28% risk reduction in getting alcohol intoxicated weekly, and a 30% risk reduction in smoking daily.

    Proposed pilot of Unplugged in Nigeria
    Phases of the proposed pilot: The pilot is proposed to be undertaken in two phases and will last 18 months. Phase I will take place in 2015 and phase II (expanded pilot) will take place in 2016. Phase I will be on a smaller scale and will be expanded to a larger number of zones and schools in phase II. The evaluation instruments (for example, pre and post analysis) will be developed in 3rd and 4th quarter of 2015 for use in the expanded pilot phase in 2016. The reason that the pilot is being done in two phases is to develop instruments for evaluation that can be used in the Phase II of the pilot, though evaluation will be part of the Phase I (in 2015) of the Unplugged pilot.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Purpose of the assignment:

    • The consultant will carry out the consultancy by working with the international experts, copyrighter, project team and selected schools to undertake data collection and preliminary analysis for different aspects of the Unplugged pilot programme in Nigeria.

    Responsibilities

    • Working under the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator and the technical supervision of the Project Officer (Drug Demand Reduction), the consultant is expected to abide (undertaking) by UN Evaluation Group's code of conduct, to be provided at the time of contract award as well undertake travel (administrative approval) after approval by UNODC.

    Scope of Work
    The assignment will be from August 2015 - July 2017, for a total of 36 workdays and consist of the following:

    • Gather the data from 5 schools in Phase I of the Unplugged and provide preliminary analysis of adaptation of Unplugged material;
    • Provide inputs into the finalisation of the questionnaire for the Phase II of the pilot based on information gathered from the 5 schools in Phase I;
    • Liaise with selected schools and FMOE for the Phase II of pilot and finalise dates for data collection on 2015 and 2016;
    • Carry out a brief training for the Unplugged coordination group on data collection for Phase II;
    • Carry out site visits to schools in Phase II on 2015 and 2016 to ensure that the Unplugged programme is being implemented in a timely manner.

    Expected Outputs/Deliverables
    The consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs:

    • A brief report on suggested changes for the Unplugged material;
    • A brief report on changes for the Unplugged questionnaire for Phase II;
    • List of schools with dates for data entry and collection for Phase II;
    • Training report on data collection for the Phase II (to be delivered to Unplugged coordination group);
    • Mission reports from site visits.
    • Activity 1: Gather the data from 5 schools in Phase I of the Unplugged and provide preliminary analysis of adaptation of Unplugged material.
      • Number of working days: 8
    • Activity 2: Provide inputs into the finalisation of the questionnaire for the Phase II of the pilot based on information gathered from the 5 schools in Phase I.
      • Number of working days: 4
    • Activity 3: Liaise with selected schools and FMOE for the Phase II of pilot and finalise dates for data collection on 2015 and 2016:
      • Number of working days: 10
    • Activity 4: Carry out a brief training for the Unplugged coordination group on data collection for Phase II.
      • Number of working days: 2
    • Activity 5: Carry out site visits to schools in Phase II on 2015 and 2016 to ensure that the Unplugged programme is being implemented in a timely manner.
      • Number of working days: 12
    • Period of Consultancy and Schedule of Remuneration
    • The consultancy will take place from September 2015 - August 2016, for a total of 36 working days. The consultant will be remunerated in the following manner:
      • 20% of the agreed fee will be paid upon submission of a brief report on suggested changes for the Unplugged material;
      • 20% will be paid upon submission of a brief report on changes for the Unplugged questionnaire for Phase II;
      • 20% will be paid upon submission of list of schools with dates for data entry and collection for Phase II;
      • 20% will be paid upon submission of training report on data collection for the Phase II (to be delivered to Unplugged coordination group);
      • 20% will be paid upon submission of mission reports from site visits.

    Competencies
    Corporate Competencies:

    • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
    • Highest standard of integrity, discretion and loyalty.

    Functional Competencies:

    • Excellent understanding of organisational issues;
    • Commitment to professionalism;
    • Commitment to effectiveness, accessibility, accountability, transparency and fairness;
    • Excellent knowledge of the social, political and economic situation of Nigeria.
    • Good understanding of change management, including system development and organizational skills;
    • Commitment to quality;
    • Commitment to deadlines;
    • Objectivity, honesty and fairness;
    • Logic and ability to operate systematically;
    • Excellent oral and writing communication skills;
    • Timely and accurate submission of reports and other required documents;
    • Substantive and linguistic quality of documents prepared;
    • Commitment to confidentiality of the assignment and handing over of products and documents paid for by UNODC used in the delivery of consultancy outputs;
    • Demonstrable drafting and report-writing skills.

    Required Skills and Experience
    Education:

    • Bachelor university degree in the field of Social Sciences, Statistics, Epidemiology, Public Health or related field.

    Experience:

    • Sound knowledge and at least 5 years' experience in carrying out work in the field of drug prevention, drug treatment, research, or other related work especially in a Nigerian context;
    • Sound knowledge of the UNODC drug prevention and treatment programmes would be an advantage;
    • Excellent drafting and analytical skills including publications.

    Language:

    • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should clickhere to apply online.

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