UNICEF recruits 01 International Consultant
Job no: 526056
Work type: Consultancy
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone and we never give up.
For every child, Dignity
In the 1970s UNICEF established presence in Yemen to respond to the urgent needs of children in the poorest country in the Middle East. In 1991, Yemen ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it was enacted immediately. Since then the country has been making steady progress for children until it plunged into a brutal conflict in 2015 but even before that, Yemen needed large amounts of humanitarian assistance.
In collaboration with local authorities, non-governmental organizations and community partners, UNICEF is working in all the governorates in Yemen to respond to the needs of children throughout the country with a continuum of services to help children survive and grow to their full potential through the following programmes: Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Basic Education, and Child protection.
For more on our work in Yemen, please visit our website: https://www.unicef.org/yemen/
How can you make a difference?
In 2015, UNICEF MENA Regional Office developed a Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) Framework to address the need of a holistic, lifelong and rights-based vision of education that maximizes the potential of all children and youth in the region and better equips them to create meaning out of knowledge and to face the transitions from childhood to adulthood, from education to work, and from unreflective development to responsible and active citizenship. The framework supports improved learning through investments in individual, social and economic development, and focuses on a set of twelve core life skills using the four-dimensional learning model: ‘Learning to Know’ (Cognitive Dimension), ‘Learning to Do’ (Instrumental Dimension), ‘Learning to Be’ (Individual Dimension), and ‘Learning to Live Together’ (Social Dimension). The twelve core life skills build on evidence that underlines the importance of skills acquisition from an early age; they are acquired and sustained through all forms of learning in a systems approach that recognizes multiple pathways of learning, formal, non-formal and informal.
One of the main activities of the Child Protection Section is to support access to a quality life skills program to boys and girls in schools and community centres (youth centres/child friendly spaces) following the LCSE framework. As part of the UNICEF-UNFPA joint child marriage programme, UNICEF in 2018, led the development of a first version of the 12 life-skills training manuals as per the LSCE Framework in partnership with a range of actors, including Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MoSAL), Youth Leaders Development Foundation (YLDF), and SOS Centre for Development. This manual has been piloted in 81 schools where 4,860 adolescents (60% girls, 40 % boys) were reached.
The child protection section is commissioning a review of the piloted manual to ensure that it is fully aligned with the LSCE framework, takes into account and reflects existing good practices in Yemen and the region, and is applicable to both male and female adolescents and appropriate to both school and community environments. Initial feedback has already been sought and received from the Child Protection and Education sections at national and regional levels, and additional feedback is needed from key implementing partners and adolescents who have accessed life-skills so far. The consultant is expected to incorporate the first round of feedback into the manual and work with the child protection section to gather additional inputs from relevant actors, and based on the guidance, to update and further develop the training modules.
Scope of Work:
Under the supervision of the Chief of Child Protection and support from the Child Protection Officer for adolescents (based in Sana’a_Yemen), the international expert will undertake the following:
- Undertake a desk review of the history of life-skills implementation in Yemen and the available life-skills manuals in the country, and an analysis of their alignment with the LSCE framework. The desk review will also include a summary of key life-skills manuals in the region and propose possible good practices that can be integrated in the current life-skills approach in Yemen;
- Present the desk review and proposed amendments, and good practices to be considered in a two-days meeting with UNICEF child protection and education sections and key implementing partners;
- Based on the desk review and the outcome of the validation meeting, integrate feedback into the existing life-skills implementation manual with particular attention to ensuring that the manual reflects:
- Implementation modalities in schools as well as communities (youth centres/child friendly spaces);
- Activities appropriate for girls as well as boys of different ages within the adolescent cohort;
- LSCE framework, good practices from the Yemeni and regional contexts and is aligned with core child protection principles;
- Scalability: for further inclusion into school curriculum, taking into account effectiveness in comparison with similar model; national and sub-regional contexts; sustainability through institutionalizing with other ministries (Ministry of youth for instance);
- Adolescents engagement as active participante ;
- Based on the updated manual, review/develop ToT and ToT rollout packages for rollout in schools and communities;
- Based on the updated manual, and taking into account feedback from partners, the Education and Child Protection sections and the PM&E section, to develop M&E tools (taking into account tools M&E approaches tools developed by Education RO) to ensure timely collection of data on output as well as outcome indicators;
- Present and share the final documents, incorporate any final feedback, and finalize;
- Remotely support to provide training and technical guidance for master trainers from MoE and MoSAL in conducting ToT on the updated life-skills manual and M&E tools.
The consultant is expected to attend regular skype calls with the Chief of Child Protection, the Child Protection Officer and the other relevant actors across the course of this initiative. He/she will share other experiences and lessons learnt from similar contexts and propose sound recommendations. The child protection officer (adolescents) will collate and share all documents required for the desk review; collate and share with the consultant all additional inputs and feedback from Yemen as required; liaise between the consultant and key partners, including adolescents. The child protection officer will also arrange all logistics for the regular skype calls and the validation workshops and ToT.
All works to be drafted in Arabic, and final works to be presented in Arabic as well as English.
To qualify as a Champion for every child you will have…
- Advanced university degree in Social Science, Pedagogy or related field;
- Excellent fluent Arabic as well as English oral and written skills;
- Excellent working knowledge of child protection international standards, minimum standards for education in emergencies (INEE), minimum humanitarian standards (SPHERE), core commitment for children in humanitarian action (CCC);
- Excellent working knowledge and experience in life-skills education, psycho-social support, resilience and peace-building (targeting both, students and teachers/facilitators);
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in developing operational guidance documents and training manuals;
- Strong analytical and conceptual skills;
- Experience in the MENA region working on similar projects identifying good practices and international child protection standards, education standards, and humanitarian standards.
This is a home-based consultancy.
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.
View our competency framework at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
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, 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.”
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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