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Readvertisement: UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications from qualified national consultants to Develop a Costed Implementation Plan for Zimbabwe National Plan on Ending Child Marriage 2019-2020
Job Number: 520760 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Zimbabwe
Work Type : Consultancy
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1. Background
Child marriage is globally recognized as a violation of the rights of the child and a risk factor for violence against children. Each year 14 million girls are married off young while 39,000 girls are married off daily globally. One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds with girls as young as 10 being forced to marry much older men. [1] Africa has one of the highest child marriage prevalence rates after Asia. Zimbabwe bears testimony to the high prevalence of child marriages as according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS, 2014), one out of three girls will be married before their 18th birthday in Zimbabwe. It occurs more frequently among girls who are the least educated, poorest and living in rural areas.
The consequences of child marriage are devastating and often determine a life’s trajectory. Child marriage is not only a violation of the right of the victim; Girls who marry young are at a higher risk of dying during childbirth, having their child die before its first birthday, contracting sexually transmitted diseases and becoming a victim of domestic violence. Often child marriage is connected to challenges of teen pregnancy. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has the world’s highest level of child pregnancy estimated at 101 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 years. And in Zimbabwe, the adolescent fertility rate for women aged 15-19 years is 115 births per 1,000 women of the same age. [2]
Data shows that child marriage in Zimbabwe affects economies and leads to intergenerational cycles of poverty (ZimStat, UNICEF and CCORE 2013). It triggers a cycle of disadvantages across every phase of a girl’s life such as lack of education, Gender Based Violence, maternal morbidity and mortality and HIV/AIDS.
In 2013, Zimbabwe adopted a new Constitution which stipulates that « no person may be compelled to enter marriage against their will »[3]. On 19 January 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Marriage Act, which allowed girls as young as 16 to be married with their parents’ consent, was unconstitutional and recognized 18 years as the legal minimum age of marriage. Currently efforts are being made to enact Harmonized Marriage’s Bill, which would bring a fundamental shift in addressing child marriage.
In December 2018, Zimbabwe National Action Plan and Communication strategy 2019 – 2021 on Ending Child Marriage was launched, aimed to address challenges of child marriage and make coordinated actions. With the launch of the Spotlight Initiative, addressing harmful practices, sexual exploitation and GBV, there is strong momentum to roll out the National Action Plan (NAP) through policy and legal reform, institutional strengthening, prevention, services and data action. The development of a costed NAP implementation plan is the first step towards this roll out.
2. Purpose and Objectives
The objective of this consultancy is to draft a costed implementation plan of Zimbabwe National Action Plan to End Child Marriage (NAP CM) 2019 – 2021. The costed implementation plan will guide further development of detailed actions as per the log frame from NAP CM with adequate coordination with relevant stakeholders, including relevant line Ministries, CSO/NGO partners (child rights and women’s rights sectors), academics as well as UN agencies including UNICEF, UNFPA, UN-WOMEN, UNDP and others.
This process is supported by the Spotlight Initiative, hence UN collaboration especially between UNDP-UNICEF-UNFPA-UNWOMEN will guide the development of the costed action plan.
3.  Methodology and Specific Tasks
The current consultancy includes the following activities (noting that a formal work plan will be developed with the consultant upon signing the contract):




Development of an inception report including methodology and timeframes


In country
Review the 2019 – 2021 Zimbabwe National Action Plan to End Child Marriage, with attention to Actions Log frame.


In country
In consultation with MoWAGCD, MoPSLSW and other line ministries, NGOs and UN agencies including UNICEF, UNWOMEN and UNFPA, develop an extensive costed implementation plan based on Actions logframe.


Present and validate the costed implementation plan with stakeholders of NAP CM.


4. Timeframe
The proposed period for the work is 25 days within a contract period of 2 months, which should be during the period of 2 April 2019 to 31 May 2019.
5.  Expected Deliverables

5.  Expected Deliverables

Major Tasks Deliverables Timeframe
Development of an inception report, including methodology Inception report 3 days
Desk review of 2019 – 2021 Zimbabwe National Action plan to End Child marriage, with special attention to Actions Log frame and other relevant documents Initial draft plan for consultation (without cost) 5 days
Consultative meeting (national & provincial level) with line ministries for detailed review of Action Log frame of NAP CM and costing Consultation held with inputs from stakeholders 2 days
Consultative meetings (national & provincial level) with CSOs for detailed review of Action Logframe of NAP CM and costing: various stakeholders (NGOs including men and women’s group, traditional leaders, children’s FGDs). Consultation held with inputs from stakeholders 5 days
Draft a detailed costed implementation plan for NAP CM Initial draft plan submitted to UNICEF 5 days
Present to stakeholders for validation Validation workshop held, final inputs/feedback received 1 day
Submit the final revised costed implementation plan after feedback Submission of final costed implementation plan 4 days
6.  Payment Terms
First Payment %, upon submission of inception report with methodology 20%
Second Payment %, upon completion of two consultations and draft plan 30%
Third Payment %, upon submission of satisfactory final costed implementation plan 50%
 7.  Reporting
 The contractor is expected to report to the Chief Child Protection. Contractor will also closely work with line ministries of women and gender, social welfare, education, RGD and justice.
8.  Required Qualifications and Competencies:
 Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in the social sciences, child protection, gender
10 years experience working on child protection, social welfare, sexual exploitation, GBV and/or other related fields
Previous professional experience working on child protection, social welfare, sexual exploitation, GBV
Demonstrated experience working to support child protection
Previous professional experience working on child protection, gender, GBV
Effective fluency in English (oral and written)
Excellent communication and facilitation skills
9.  Evaluation Criteria

9.  Evaluation Criteria

  • Understanding of UNICEF’s needs and responsiveness to the requirements.
  • Understanding of scope, objectives and completeness of response.
  • Overall concord between RFP requirements and proposal.
  • Quality of proposed approach/ methodology.
  • Quality of proposed implementation plan, i.e. how the bidder will undertake each task and maintenance of project schedules.
  • Quality of proposed approach in addressing the weaknesses in different payment modalities and ensuring that all households get their right amounts of money and in time.
  • Recognition of direct risks/peripheral issues and methods to prevent and manage risks/peripheral issues.
  • Structure of Management Team.
  • Team leader: relevant experience, qualifications and position with bidder.
  • Team members: relevant experience of similar scope and complexity qualifications.
  • Professional expertise and knowledge.
  • Quality of local partner(s) included as sub-contractor(s), if applicable.
  • Range and depth of experience with similar projects, contracts and clients.
  • Financial status of Institution.
  • Evidence of similar assignments undertaken in the region, Africa and elsewhere.

NOTE: Individuals who fail to submit relevant documentation that will enable a thorough review  in all relevant areas, do so at their own risk and will be subject to disqualification or penalty of reduced points. The assessment of the individual will be made on the basis of documents submitted for review in the Proposal.

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Assessment/review will include:

  • Overall Price.
  • Completeness of the Financial Proposal (ensure that all costs, including professional fees, costs of travel and subsistence allowances are included in the price offered).
  • Payment terms/schedule of payment proposed.
  • Timeline proposed.
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If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical Proposal and an All-Inclusive Financial Proposal detailing daily professional fees, proposed daily subsistence allowance fees for field travel and other relevant miscellaneous consultants costs for delivering this assignment.
1 World turning blind eye to 10 million child brides every year charity warns, Available on http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jun/26/10-million-child-brides-each-year-charity-warns.Accessed 10/5/2011.
[2] Extended Analysis of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2014: Child Protection, Child Marriage and Attitudes towards Violence, 2016
[3] Section 78 (2)
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Sat May 25 2019 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)

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