Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 15 Dec 2016
UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from Individual International consultants for the provision of support in Child Protection in Emergency
Since the declaration of the emergency in February 2016, the drought situation has dramatically deteriorated across the country. Post-harvest assessments and the July Report of the Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVac) indicate that up to 4.1 million people in rural areas
 will be affected by food insecurity during the peak hunger period (January – March 2017). This amounts to 42 % of the rural population.
Food insecurity increases the risk to HIV infection and default on care especially by young people, girls and women. Migration and other coping strategies employed by rural communities have created pockets of vulnerability in peri-urban and urban areas and other districts. Approximately 2000 children are estimated to have separated from their primary caregiver due to drought induced internal migration. The erratic hydrological cycle and El Nino impact has also had severe impact on the water resources and water availability, resulting in water insecurity. This has placed an extra burden of labour on women and girls and exposes them to violations of personal security and gender based violence as they travel long distances to fetch water for domestic use, engage in casual jobs outside the home for income to procure food.
The deteriorating economic situation is further compounding vulnerabilities of the drought as negative impacts continue to affect vulnerable women and children in Zimbabwe, with the situation expected to worsen in the coming months.
In light of these developments, UNICEF together with other humanitarian actors are strengthening and scaling up the multi-sectoral response to meet the growing needs. In addition, partners are closely monitoring forecasts on the likelihood and expected severity of the impacts of the possible La Niña episode towards the end of the year.
UNICEF has been leading the coordination of both the protection sector and the child protection sub-sector. UNICEF has supported both sectors in generating evidence to inform the humanitarian response. UNICEF has also led efforts in advocating for inclusion of protection in the larger humanitarian fundraising efforts. As UNICEF has the largest Child Protection portfolio, expectations from partners are naturally high. There is also limited capacity and experience in CPiE amongst the sub-sector members and Gov’t counterparts alike.
Also UNICEF Child Protection currently acts as a fund manager for a large pooled donor fund for the sector (Child Protection Fund), the existing team is predominantly occupied with the CPF management, implementation and coordination. Support of a Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator is critical in taking care of the emergency response activities.
Lastly the National Case Management system has just been expanded to nationwide thus data collection/compilation form subnational level is still underdeveloped. The Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator is needed to support the information management and surveillance at sub-national level and to ensure that the emergency response is integrated in the development programs. With this background UNICEF Child Protection section is seeking a Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator.
Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator will provide critical support of leading the coordination of the sub-sector, fundraising, advocacy, capacity building of partners and government and the development of the child protection monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
Methodology & Expected Output
Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator will closely work with Ministry of Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare, Child Protection Fund implementing partners and members of Protection Sector and Child Protection Sub-sector. Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator will be chair weekly sub-sector meetings and monthly sector meetings as well as participate in HCT meetings and inter-cluster meetings as required.
Task: CPiE Coordination; Maintain motivation and coordinated activities for the sub-sector. Organise regular meetings, facilitate active participation of members in strengthening the monitoring and surveillance system, in facilitate and encourage joint programming by sector members, promote synergies, capacity building of sector
Deliverables: Monthly CP Emergency Sub-sector Minutes, Monthly caseload Analysis Reports and CP Appeals submitted timely
Task: Child Protection in Emergency minimum standards are contextualized in and enrich regular development programme.
Deliverable: SOPs for Child Protection Minimum standards contextualization
Task: Protection Sector Coordination; SitRep preparation; Sector representation in country Humanitarian Response activities and support relevant ministries in compiling updates and presentation of sector needs
Deliverables: Sector Appeals submitted timely, Sector Inputs in HAC, HNO, RIASCO, HRP and SitRep timely submission
Task: Managing PSS partners in selected districts affected by emergency for Japanese and DFID Grant. Drafting of PCA and providing support to partners in Monitoring and Reporting as per the PCA result frame.
Deliverables: Partner progress report – as per the logframe (Monthly), Partner Fund Utilisation Plans (monthly)
Task: Implementation of interventions outline in DFID and Japanese proposals in affected districts. Development of Desk Monitoring tools: Gannchart for each activity for Monitoring purposes, Indicators and timeline targets, Implementation progress
Deliverables: Training Reports, supplies received by end Users, Consolidated report from partners monthly Progress reports, Monthly report inputs in sitreps, HRP, HAC, Documentation of lessons learnt, Field Monitoring reports
Task: Compilation of data Donor Reports Inputs
Deliverable: Inputs for Donor reports available
Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator contract will be for the duration of 6 months from January 1 till June 30 2017.
Location and workstation
Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator will be based in UNICEF Zimbabwe Office with frequent local travels.
The Individual should have at least 7 years of field experience in Child Protection in Emergency, especially in development context. He/she should also have an advanced university degree in Social Science, Human Rights, International Law, Development Studies, Social Work, Public Administration or any relevant field.
Specifically the individual should possess the following competencies:
- Proven professional experience in child protection cluster coordination, especially in humanitarian setting
- Previous professional experience in managing child protection information management system
- Professional experience in planning, managing and carrying out training
- Excellent communication skills – both oral and writing
- Ability to work under stressful environment
- Familiarity with the Zimbabwe’s Child Protection system a great asset.
- Knowledge on the UNICEF’s and Government of Zimbabwe working environment and systems would be an advantage
How to apply:
If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, a Technical and all-inclusive financial proposal detailing professional fees, travel related costs (for an estimated 5 field travel days per month) to email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 December 2016. To quote “Child Protection in Emergency Consultant” as the email subject heading.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. UNICEF does not charge a fee during the recruitment process.