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  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

    If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

    We are recruiting to fill the following vacant positions below:

    National Consultant for Child Protection System Case Management and Response Services

     

    Job Number: 501102
    Work Type: Consultancy

    Background
    UNICEF is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.

    The programme will be implemented in Plateau and Gombe, as part of an EU funded joint programme with UN Women to mitigate the impact of conflict on women and children, including through increasing access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, and in Lagos and Cross River, funded by USAID, as part of the child protection systems strengthening programme.

    A key aspect of a well-functioning child protection system is the provision of comprehensive minimum package of response services to child victims of violence, abuse and exploitation. Minimum package of services should include primary, secondary and tertiary services. Response services should have a special focus on secondary and tertiary services ensuring linkages and integrated services both from the social welfare and justice system.

    Critical services should include parenting skills training/education, counselling, home visits, interim child care/emergency shelter, financial support, family mediation, child risk and needs assessment, child psychological assessment, social protection support, birth registration, medical treatment, psychosocial support, removal of the child from the family's custody and placement in alternative care, case management, social protection support, birth registration, family reunification.

    Legal services including legal aid and prosecution also play a critical role at the level of tertiary services. In order to determine and coordinate response services needed to restore a child victim's wellbeing, case management has to be systematically carried out by trained social workers under government supervision if not under direct management.

    Purpose of the Consultancy
    The purpose of this consultancy is to provide intense technical support to the focus State government and LGAs through the national consultant based in each state in the design and implementation of new response and case management services framework and the actual provision of integrated services during the pilot phase of the child protection system strengthening modelling programme under the technical guidance of an international consultant.

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished
    With the support and in close collaboration with a national case management consultant based in Abuja and through the work of national consultants based in the focus states, the international consultant will ensure high caliber international technical support in:

    • Map existing child protection service providers and assess case management systems run by different state and no state actors in the selected LGAs
    • Organize state focus case management visioning workshops
    • Support the design and development of government led case management frameworks in the selected LGAs in the four focus states
    • Support the development of state case management standard operating procedures for government social workers
    • Support the development of inter-agency working protocols including referral and coordination mechanisms among all relevant sectors (social welfare, police, family courts, prosecution, legal aid, health, education, child protection networks, child protection committees etc) at state and LGA levels
    • Support the development of minimum package of response services as part of the inter-agency working protocols and service provision framework in selected LGAs
    • Technically support the development of school based reporting mechanisms for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Support the development of mandatory reporting policy within the education sector in all four focus states in collaboration with the state ministry of education and federal ministry of education
    • Support the development of reporting mechanisms in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Support the development of a mandatory reporting policy in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Support the development of trainings materials and delivery of trainings on case management, inter-agency collaboration, mandatory reporting and provision of integrated services for children provided to key sectors
    • Support the provision of integrated services based on newly developed frameworks
    • Coordinate with UNICEF child justice specialist to develop work plan for the strengthening of justice related services and specific capacity building plan for each selected LGA

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Advanced university degree in social work or related field (Masters or equivalent level)
    • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience with projects related to child protection service provision
    • Experience in the field of case management
    • Experience in the field of child protection system strengthening is an asset
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills
    • Strong communication skills - both oral and written
    • Experience with UNICEF is desirable
    • Fluency in written and spoken English

    International Consultant for Child Protection System Case Management and Response Services

     

    Job Number: 501099
    Location: Abuja with frequent travel to Lagos, Cross River, Plateau and Gombe
    Level: P4
    Work Type : Consultancy

    Background
    UNICEF is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.

    The programme will be implemented in Plateau and Gombe, as part of an EU funded joint programme with UN Women to mitigate the impact of conflict on women and children, including through increasing access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, and in Lagos and Cross River, funded by USAID, as part of the child protection systems strengthening programme.

    A key aspect of a well-functioning child protection system is the provision of comprehensive minimum package of response services to child victims of violence, abuse and exploitation. Minimum package of services should include primary, secondary and tertiary services.

    Response services should have a special focus on secondary and tertiary services ensuring linkages and integrated services both from the social welfare and justice system. Critical services should include parenting skill training/education, counselling, home visits, interim child care/emergency shelter, financial support, family mediation, child risk and needs assessment, child psychological assessment, social protection support, birth registration, medical treatment, psychosocial support, removal of the child from the family's custody and placement in alternative care, case management, social protection support, birth registration, family reunification.

    Legal services including legal aid and prosecution also play a critical role at the level of tertiary services. In order to determine and coordinate response services needed to restore a child victim's wellbeing, case management has to be systematically carried out by trained social workers under government supervision if not under direct management.

    Purpose of the Consultancy

    • To lead and coordinate UNICEF intense technical support to the focus State governments and LGAs in the design and implementation of new response and case management services framework and the actual provision of integrated services during the pilot phase of the child protection system strengthening modelling programme.

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished
    With the support and in close collaboration with a national case management consultant based in Abuja and through the work of national consultants based in the focus states, the international consultant will ensure high caliber international technical support in:

    • Map existing child protection service providers and assess case management systems run by different state and no state actors in the selected LGAs
    • Technically lead state focus case management visioning workshops
    • Technically support the design and development of government led case management frameworks in the selected LGAs in the four focus states
    • Technically support the development of state case management standard operating procedures for government social workers
    • Technically support the development of inter-agency working protocols including referral and coordination mechanisms among all relevant sectors (social welfare, police, family courts, prosecution, legal aid, health, education, child protection networks, child protection committees etc) at state and LGA levels
    • Technically support the development of minimum package of response services as part of the inter-agency working protocols and service provision framework in selected LGAs
    • Technically support the development of school based reporting mechanisms for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Technically support the development of mandatory reporting policy within the education sector in all four focus states in collaboration with the state ministry of education and federal ministry of education
    • Technically support the development of reporting mechanisms in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Technically support the development of a mandatory reporting policy in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Development of trainings materials and delivery of trainings on case management, inter-agency collaboration, mandatory reporting and provision of integrated services for children provided to key sectors
    • Technically coordinate and monitor (including development of work plans) the work of the national case management consultant based in Abuja and the national consultants based in the focus states
    • Coordinate with UNICEF child justice specialist to develop work plan for the strengthening of justice related services and specific capacity building plan for each selected LGA

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Advanced university Degree in Social Work or related field (Masters or equivalent level)
    • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience with projects related to child protection service provision
    • Experience in the field of child protection system strengthening
    • Experience in the field of case management
    • Abreast with latest development in the field of child protection system strengthening an asset
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills
    • Strong communication skills - both oral and written
    • Experience with UNICEF is desirable
    • Fluency in written and spoken English
    • Experience working with government desirable

    National Consultant for Child Protection System Case Management and Response Services

     

    Job Number: 501105
    Location: Abuja with frequent travel to Lagos, Cross River, Plateau and Gombe
    Work Type: Consultancy

    Background 

    UNICEF is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.

    The programme will be implemented in Plateau and Gombe, as part of an EU funded joint programme with UN Women to mitigate the impact of conflict on women and children, including through increasing access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, and in Lagos and Cross River, funded by USAID, as part of the child protection systems strengthening programme.

    A key aspect of a well-functioning child protection system is the provision of comprehensive minimum package of response services to child victims of violence, abuse and exploitation. Minimum package of services should include primary, secondary and tertiary services. Response services should have a special focus on secondary and tertiary services ensuring linkages and integrated services both from the social welfare and justice system.

    Critical services should include parenting skills training/education, counselling, home visits, interim child care/emergency shelter, financial support, family mediation, child risk and needs assessment, child psychological assessment, social protection support, birth registration, medical treatment, psychosocial support, removal of the child from the family's custody and placement in alternative care, case management, social protection support, birth registration, family reunification.

    Legal services including legal aid and prosecution also play a critical role at the level of tertiary services. In order to determine and coordinate response services needed to restore a child victim's wellbeing, case management has to be systematically carried out by trained social workers under government supervision if not under direct management.

    Purpose of the Consultancy

    • The purpose of this consultancy is to provide intense technical support to the focus State government and LGAs through the national consultant based in each state in the design and implementation of new response and case management services framework and the actual provision of integrated services during the pilot phase of the child protection system strengthening modelling programme under the technical guidance of an international consultant.

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished

    • With the support and in close collaboration with a national case management consultant based in Abuja and through the work of national consultants based in the focus states, the international consultant will ensure high caliber international technical support in:
    • Support the mapping of existing child protection service providers and assess case management systems run by different state and no state actors in the selected LGAs
    • Technically support state focus case management visioning workshops
    • Technically support the design and development of government led case management frameworks in the selected LGAs in the four focus states
    • Technically support the development of state case management standard operating procedures for government social workers
    • Technically support the development of inter-agency working protocols including referral and coordination mechanisms among all relevant sectors (social welfare, police, family courts, prosecution, legal aid, health, education, child protection networks, child protection committees etc) at state and LGA levels
    • Technically support the development of minimum package of response services as part of the inter-agency working protocols and service provision framework in selected LGAs
    • Technically support the development of school based reporting mechanisms for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Technically support the development of mandatory reporting policy within the education sector in all four focus states in collaboration with the state ministry of education and federal ministry of education
    • Technically support the development of reporting mechanisms in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Technically support the development of a mandatory reporting policy in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Support the development of trainings materials and delivery of trainings on case management, inter-agency collaboration, mandatory reporting and provision of integrated services for children provided to key sectors
    • Technically coordinate and monitor (including development of work plans) the work of the national case management consultant based in Abuja and the national consultants based in the focus states
    • Coordinate with UNICEF child justice specialist to develop work plan for the strengthening of justice related services and specific capacity building plan for each selected LGA

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Advanced university Degree in social work or related field (Master's or equivalent level)
    • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience with projects related to child protection service provision
    • Experience in the field of case management
    • Experience in the field of child protection system strengthening is an asset
    • Abreast with latest development in the field of child protection system strengthening an asset
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills
    • Strong communication skills - both oral and written
    • Experience with UNICEF is desirable
    • Fluency in written and spoken English
    • Experience working with government desirable

    Child Protection System Budgeting and Financing Specialist

     

    Job Number: 501097
    Level/Tye of post: SSA - International Consultancy (P4)
    Duration: 9 Months
    Work Type: Consultancy

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished by each Consultant
    (Estimated time required to complete tasks. Attach additional sheets, if necessary, to describe assignments)

    Tasks:

    • Technically support the development of the TOR and technical proposals for the recruitment of an institutional consultancy firm or individual consultant (s) to conduct the four key studies envisioned: the analysis of the budget allocation, costing of the services and economic burden of child abuse and the development of budgetary guidelines in support and collaboration with the CP budgeting TA

    Deliverables:

    • Institutional consultancy firm or individual consultant with international experience in the area are recruited and complete proposal approved

    Time frame: Month 1
    Location: Abuja

      Tasks:

    • Support the consultancy firm/consultants to finalize the methodology of the (1) analysis of the budget allocation, (2) costing of the child protection services and (3) analysis of the economic burden of child abuse (cost of inaction) in in support and collaboration with the CP budgeting TA

    Deliverables:

    • Methodology developed

    Time frame: Month 1
    Location: Abuja. Cross River, Gombe, Lagos, Plateau

    Tasks:

    • Provide technical feedback to the consultancy firm/individual consultants in the data collection process of (1) analysis of the budget allocation, (2) costing of the child protection services and (3) analysis of the economic burden of child abuse (cost of inaction) in support and collaboration with the CP budgeting TA

    Deliverables:

    • Data collection is completed

    Time frame: Month 2 & 3
    Location: Abuja, Cross River, Gombe, Lagos, Plateau

    Tasks:

    • Provide technical feedback to the consultancy firm/individual consultants in the data analysis and data validation process of (1) analysis of the budget allocation, (2) costing of the child protection services and (3) analysis of the economic burden of child abuse (cost of inaction) in support and collaboration with the CP budgeting TA

    Deliverables:

    • Data analysis/clearing and data validation completed

    Time frame: Month 3
    Location: Abuja, Cross River, Gombe, Lagos, Plateau

      Tasks:

    • Provide technical feedback to the consultancy firm/individual consultants in the development of budgetary guidelines for each focus state in in support and collaboration with the CP budgeting TA

    Deliverables:

    • Draft budgetary guidelines developed.

    Time frame: Month 4
    Location: Abuja, Cross River, Gombe, Lagos, Plateau

    Tasks:

    • Provide technical feedback to the consultancy firm/individual consultants in the validation of budgetary guidelines for each focus state in support and collaboration with the CP budgeting TA

    Deliverables:

    • State budgetary guidelines validated.

    Time frame: Month 5
    Location: Abuja, Cross River, Gombe, Lagos, Plateau

    Tasks:

    • Provide technical feedback for the Launch of (1) analysis of the budget allocation, (2) costing of the child protection services and (3) analysis of the economic burden of child abuse (cost of inaction with technical support from the consultancy firm/individual consultants at federal level and each focus state in in support and collaboration with the CP budgeting TA

    Deliverables:

    • Launch of the reports.

    Time frame: Month 5
    Location: Abuja, Cross River, Gombe, Lagos, Plateau

    Tasks:

    • Technically lead organization of the 7th Child Protection Learning Group Meeting dedicated to child protection budgeting and funding the system in support and collaboration with the CP budgeting TA and the CPSS team manager

    Deliverables:

    • 7th Child Protection Learning Group.

    Time frame: Month 5
    Location: Abuja and host state

    Tasks:

    • Support the development and implementation of the child protection increased budget allocation advocacy strategy for 2017 and conduct advocacy meetings and support provided to federal and state government to develop draft 2018 budgets in support and collaboration with the CP budgeting TA

    Deliverables:

    • Advocacy strategy developed and implemented with accompanying expression of commitments for budget allocations for 2018

    Time frame: Month 6, 7, 8 and 9
    Location: Abuja, Cross River, Gombe, Lagos, Plateau

    Tasks:

    • Technical support provided to the four focus states in developing their child protection budget plans for 2018

    Deliverables:

    • Child protection budget lines included in the budget request submitted by the relevant government sectors in the four focus states

    Time frame:Month 6, 7, 8 and 9
    Location: Abuja, Cross River, Gombe, Lagos, Plateau

    End Product: (e.g. final report, article, document etc.)

    • Analysis of current budget allocation to child protection conducted by expert consultancy firm/individual consultants validated and launched
    • Costing of the child protection services conducted by expert consultancy firm/individual consultants validated and launched validated and launched
    • Analysis of the economic burden of violence against children conducted by expert consultancy firm/individual consultants validated and launched
    • Budgetary guidelines developed by the consultancy firm/individual consultants to fund the child protection services validated and launched
    • DCTs and direct payments to partners timely submitted, processed and liquidated
    • Payments to the consultancy firm/individual expert consultants timely processed
    • 7th Learning Group Meeting on Budgeting and funding the child protection system organized
    • 2016 advocacy strategy developed and key high level advocacy meetings conducted
    • Draft child protection budget lines available for 2018s state budget allocation
    • Monthly progress reports

    Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required

    • Advanced university degree in Social Science, Economic Sciences, Public Finances or related field (Masters or equivalent level)
    • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience with projects related to programme management
    • Experience in the field of child protection programming advocating for increased budgeting and financing an asset
    • Abreast with latest development in the field of public finances and budgeting an asset
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills
    • Strong communication skills - both oral and written
    • Experience with UNICEF is desirable
    • Fluency in written and spoken English
    • Experience working with government desirable

    International Consultant for Child Protection System Case Management and Response Services

     

    Job Number: 501101
    Location: Abuja with frequent travel to Lagos, Cross River, Plateau and Gombe
    Level: P3
    Work Type : Consultancy

    Background
    UNICEF is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.

    The programme will be implemented in Plateau and Gombe, as part of an EU funded joint programme with UN Women to mitigate the impact of conflict on women and children, including through increasing access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, and in Lagos and Cross River, funded by USAID, as part of the child protection systems strengthening programme.

    A key aspect of a well-functioning child protection system is the provision of comprehensive minimum package of response services to child victims of violence, abuse and exploitation. Minimum package of services should include primary, secondary and tertiary services.

    Response services should have a special focus on secondary and tertiary services ensuring linkages and integrated services both from the social welfare and justice system. Critical services should include parenting skill training/education, counselling, home visits, interim child care/emergency shelter, financial support, family mediation, child risk and needs assessment, child psychological assessment, social protection support, birth registration, medical treatment, psychosocial support, removal of the child from the family's custody and placement in alternative care, case management, social protection support, birth registration, family reunification.

    Legal services including legal aid and prosecution also play a critical role at the level of tertiary services. In order to determine and coordinate response services needed to restore a child victim's wellbeing, case management has to be systematically carried out by trained social workers under government supervision if not under direct management.

    Purpose of the Consultancy

    • To lead and coordinate UNICEF intense technical support to the focus State governments and LGAs in the design and implementation of new response and case management services framework and the actual provision of integrated services during the pilot phase of the child protection system strengthening modelling programme.

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished
    With the support and in close collaboration with a national case management consultant based in Abuja and through the work of national consultants based in the focus states, the international consultant will ensure high caliber international technical support in:

    • Map existing child protection service providers and assess case management systems run by different state and no state actors in the selected LGAs
    • Technically lead state focus case management visioning workshops
    • Technically support the design and development of government led case management frameworks in the selected LGAs in the four focus states
    • Technically support the development of state case management standard operating procedures for government social workers
    • Technically support the development of inter-agency working protocols including referral and coordination mechanisms among all relevant sectors (social welfare, police, family courts, prosecution, legal aid, health, education, child protection networks, child protection committees etc) at state and LGA levels
    • Technically support the development of minimum package of response services as part of the inter-agency working protocols and service provision framework in selected LGAs
    • Technically support the development of school based reporting mechanisms for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Technically support the development of mandatory reporting policy within the education sector in all four focus states in collaboration with the state ministry of education and federal ministry of education
    • Technically support the development of reporting mechanisms in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Technically support the development of a mandatory reporting policy in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
    • Development of trainings materials and delivery of trainings on case management, inter-agency collaboration, mandatory reporting and provision of integrated services for children provided to key sectors
    • Technically coordinate and monitor (including development of work plans) the work of the national case management consultant based in Abuja and the national consultants based in the focus states
    • Coordinate with UNICEF child justice specialist to develop work plan for the strengthening of justice related services and specific capacity building plan for each selected LGA

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Advanced university Degree in Social Work or related field (Masters or equivalent level)
    • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience with projects related to child protection service provision
    • Experience in the field of child protection system strengthening
    • Experience in the field of case management
    • Abreast with latest development in the field of child protection system strengthening an asset
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills
    • Strong communication skills - both oral and written
    • Experience with UNICEF is desirable
    • Fluency in written and spoken English
    • Experience working with government desirable

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