National Senior Consultant for Providing Child Protection Technical Support to the NCC – UNICEF Rwanda

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National Senior Consultant for Providing Child Protection Technical Support to the National Commission for Children (NCC) in Rwanda, 11.5 months, Kigali (For Rwandan Nations Only)

Job Number: 527754

Locations: Africa: Rwanda

Work Type : Consultancy

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Background and purpose

The Government of Rwanda is strongly committed to ensuring that all children achieve their full potential in a safe and protective environment. However, the level of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect among children and adolescents in Rwanda remains a concern. Despite violence being often under-reported, figures from the National Violence Against Children and Youth Study (2015/16) show that 42% of boys and 26% of girls aged 13-17 have been victims of physical violence, while 12% of girls and 5% of boys aged 13-17 reported exposure to sexual violence. The Early Childhood Development and Family (ECD&F) Baseline Evaluation (MIGEPROF/NISR, 2015) also indicates that 49.3% of children, sometimes very young, were exposed to violent discipline in the month preceding the study.

The government has long recognized the importance of ensuring that children grow up safe and protected within well-supported families, and of replacing institutional with family-based care. This recognition is reflected in the country’s constitution, and in policies such as the Integrated Child Rights Policy and Strategy and the Strategy for National Child Care Reform. Government policies on care reflect global guidance in this area, which also calls for the development of alternatives to institutional care and the prioritization of support to families.

Both UNICEF and the government of Rwanda recognize the importance of developing a wider child protection system that addresses all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence in Rwanda. Such a system requires laws and policies, an effective child welfare workforce, strong community structures, and supportive attitudes and social norms. Given the momentum around de-institutionalization in Rwanda, care reform is viewed as an effective catalyst for wider improvements in child protection. The National Commission for Children (NCC) has been at the forefront of leading the child care reform and has recently seen its role evolving into a broader child protection and safeguarding role, with a deployment of a cadre of 30 Social Service Workforce made up of social workers and psychologists.

To strengthen the role of NCC and accelerate actions towards the development of a child protection system, UNICEF is supporting the development of a national child protection case management system. This will represent a key component of the child protection system and will be positioned as a Launchpad for the wider system. To activate the development of the system, an opportunity has arisen for a senior, well experienced individual to play a lead technical and strategic role in the case management and child protection system development process

Justification  

Development of a child protection case management system with inter-linkages to all other components of a child protection system is a painstaking process that requires dedicated expertise, strategic thinking and hands on experience. The current staff compliment in the National Commission for Children (NCC) is committed to existing duties and distributing case management development functions across them will triple their workloads. It is therefore imperative that a highly skilled and experienced individual, be engaged for dedicated and undivided attention to the case management and child protection system development.

Objectives 

The overall objective of the consultancy is to facilitate and coordinate the development and strengthening of a child protection case management system as part of an over-arching child protection system as provided for in the Integrated Child Rights Policy Strategic Plan (ICRP/SP), 2019-2024. Specific objectives are to:

  1. Provide strategic advice and facilitation of different stages of the ongoing development of a child protection case management system
  2. Lead government efforts, and coordinate with child protection stakeholders in review of existing approaches and design of new approaches within a case management system
  3. Provide technical expertise in capacity enhancement of the system, including different levels and categories of the social workforce 

The expected deliverables and timelines: Refer to the attached TORS

Evaluation Criteria 

The Technical proposal is weighted at 75% and 25% for the Financial proposal.

Please note that the final remuneration will be negotiated by HR. 

Payment schedule 

The Consultant will be paid monthly upon submission of invoice and her/his report on deliverables met each month against the table of agreed deliverables, subject to certification by the supervisor.  Monthly payment will be calculated at 8.5% of the total amount for the first 11 months and 6.5% for the last 14 days.

General conditions 

The consultant will be working in NCC’s Office in Kigali and will functionally be under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary of NCC on day to day basis and will also report to UNICEF Child Protection Specialist on deliverables. 

During the consultancy period the consultancy will cover his/her transport cost in Kigali and at the request of the supervisor, UNICEF shall provide the Consultant, with transport for field visits. For Field Trip, the consultant will be reimbursed based on out of pocket expenses associated with the travel at Government official daily subsidy allowances and based on a submitted voucher/claim approved by the supervisor.

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines

All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

The contractor must respect the confidentiality of the information handled during the assignment. Documents and information provided must be used only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Desired competencies, technical background and experience

Education :

A master’s degree in social sciences (Sociology, Psychology and Social Work), Development Studies or Project Management. A good first degree in the above fields supported by over 15 years experience may be considered.

Work Experience: 

  • At least 10 years of relevant professional work experience in child protection, preferably at senior or managerial level; experience in social protection, child care and child policy is an asset. Experience in project/programme management and strategy development in the areas of social affairs and development in general;
  • At least 5 years of experience in a managerial capacity/senior supervisory role within a government setting, as well as practical experience of coordinating work with several organizations;
  • Background/experience in child care and government Institutions pertaining to child protection in Rwanda is a must;
  • Sound understanding and past working experience of community principles and practices;
  • Experience in working with Local Government, (I)NGOs or Development Partners is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of child care, protection and welfare systems in Rwanda and ability for strategic thinking
  • Excellent writing skills, presentation skills, strong strategic and analytical skills, computer skills, negotiations skills, interactive and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to work with Government Officials at national and district levels as well as with international and national development partners.

Languages

Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda. Fluency in French is an added advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

How to apply

UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send their complete Personal History (P11) form, which can be downloaded form (http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc) or a CV/resume, as well as a cover letter explaining what makes them suitable for this consultancy.

Qualified and experienced candidates are requested to submit a letter of interest considered as a Technical Proposal for the consultancy in which candidates should highlight their previous work experience relevant to the assignment, the attributes that make them suitable, and their proposed road map and approach to undertake the assignment.

The Selected candidates will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal outlining the total costs for this consultancy with payment linked to the main deliverables outlined above.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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Applications close: South Africa Standard Time

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