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Purpose of Activity/Assignment
The Convention of the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children all recognise that the ideal setting for a child to grow up in, and for persons with disabilities to fulfil their potential and participate as full citizens, is within a family environment that provides a nurturing and loving atmosphere, or, when necessary, within a community-based care system which is suitable to meet their individual needs. In addition to the human rights case, there is a strong economic case for choosing family- and community-based care over institutions. The cost of providing family- and community-based care is often less expensive, and the social return is much higher.
After decades of evidence-based advocacy and policy dialogue, many governments have led reforms to close or transform large-scale institutions and replace them with community and family based alternative care services and put in place family support services to prevent children from being unnecessarily separated from their families. Throughout the countries in ECA region, significant progress has been made in terms of the development of new child and family services, although continued investment and momentum is required to ensure the reforms are completed and are irreversible and no child is left behind in any forms of institutional care. All countries of the ECA region need a renewed political commitment and institutional engagement to ensure full transition of the child care system towards family- and community- based care for children.
In order to support this full transition of the child care systems across the ECA region UNICEF ECARO has established De-institutionalisation and child care reform as a flagship and is undertaking consistent efforts to foster the needs political commitment, mobilise needed resources and provide support to authorities to finalise the transition. In doing so, UNICEF has initiated the development of a series of white papers to provide guidance to government and non-government stakeholders on the development of the full continuum of support and care, as well as a multi-country evaluation in order to inform and foster significant changes in the child care and protection systems across countries in the ECA region. A series of regional and sub-regional convening are also planned to facilitate exchange and learning between countries on the child care reforms.
To support these initiatives UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) is hiring an international consultant to support regional work with the focus on thematic areas on child care reform, linked to violence against children, justice for children, and social service workforce strengthening.
Scope of Work
Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist the consultant will provide technical support to UNICEF ECARO in developing a number of white papers and organization of a number of regional and sub-regional convening events, with an aim to mobilise the expertise, share learning and strengthen the commitment and technical capacities of the government and other stakeholders to finalise the transitions of the child care systems toward family- and community-based care for children.
Specific tasks and deliverables for the consultancy will include:
1. Ensure an effective process for the development of ECARO series of white papers (the paper on family support and gate-keeping system, the paper on care and protection for children with complex emotional needs and display difficult or offending behavior, the paper on restorative justice). To support these 3 deliverables the consultant will:
2. Ensure a participatory planning and preparation process for a regional conference on child-care reform in cooperation with the child protection team at ECARO, UNICEF country offices and country teams. In doing so, the consultant will:
3. Provide technical support to country offices and country teams on child care reform, social service workforce strengthening and violence against children. In doing so, the consultant will:
4. Coordinate the cooperation and support to ENOC in the framework of their annual flagship on alternative care for children. In doing so, the consultant will:
Work Assignment Overview
|Tasks / Milestone
|Deliverables / Outputs
|Timeline / Deadline
|Ensure an effective process for the development of ECARO series of white papers, i.e.
• the paper on family support and gate-keeping system,
|– Organize at least one meeting of the technical working groups for the 2 papers bi-monthly,
– Produce meeting minutes and follow up actions, and
– Track progress against the final deliverable.
|30 working days;
Between April and October 2024
|Ensure a participatory planning and preparation process for a regional conference on child-care reform in cooperation with the child protection team at ECARO, UNICEF country offices and country teams. In doing so, the consultant will:
|– Develop draft concept notes for a regional conference on child-care reform (2025) and on integrated and multi-agency services for children-victims of violence (2025), including a workplan and possible funding opportunities,
– Identify key experts and key resources for the organization of the 2 events,
– Collaborate with country offices and teams to organize the participation of the country delegations, as well as of the key partners and stakeholders, and
– Support country offices’ initiatives on subregional conferences on child-care reform.
|30 working days;
Between July and November 2024
|Provide technical support to country offices and country teams on child care reform, social service workforce strengthening and violence against children. In doing so, the consultant will:
|– Provide direct support to at least 5 countries,
– Collect technical resources and make them available to countries in ECA region, and
– Organize at least 3 exchange events on thematic areas of interest for countries in ECA region
|30 working days;
Between April and July 2024
|Coordinate the cooperation and support to ENOC in the framework of their annual flagship on alternative care for children. In doing so, the consultant will:
|– Maintain regular communication with ENOC to identify support needs and provide technical support and guidance,
– Support mobilise expertise at the country level
– Review the draft of the report produced by ENOC
|30 working days;
Between March and September 2024
Estimated Duration of the Contract
120 working days between March and November 2024
Consultant’s Work Place and Official Travel
The Consultant will be remote/home-based with no travel foreseen.
Estimated Cost of the Consultancy & Payment Schedule
Payment will be made on submission of an invoice and satisfactory completion of the above-mentioned deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs are 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.
Please submit a professional fee (in USD) based on 120 working days to undertake this assignment.
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