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Vacancy Announcement: Consultant
Consultancy Title: Interagency Case Management Guidelines and Case Management Forms Consultant
Section/Division/Duty Station: UNICEF HQ NY, Program Division, Child Protection Section
Duration: 15 June 2023 to 31 January 2024 – Remote/Home based.
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. Over 75 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Under the umbrella of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, the global Case Management Task Force (CMTF) is planning to update the Inter-agency Case Management Guidelines. These were originally published in January 2014, building on the 2012 Child Protection minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS). The aim was to provide a collective understanding and step-by-step guidance on how to do child protection case management in humanitarian action. There has been acknowledgement at the inter-agency level in the last decade, and since the finalization of the Guidelines, that case management work has become more prevalent as a key approach within child protection humanitarian programming as there has been growing acknowledgement of a shift towards a strengthened child protection systems strengthening approach, which will be foundational for the reframing of the guidelines. In parallel a number of other initiatives have been undertaken which require an update of the guidelines to reflect learnings and new resources and tools including, but not limited to: the updated CPMS from 2019, the UNCHR BIP (Best Interest Procedure) Guidelines from 2021, updated child protection case management training package (recently revised), the Quality Assessment Framework, the work done on case management and community engagement, the revised Caring For Child Survivors Guidelines and training (ongoing) and the recently developed Data Categorization Structure for child protection case management as well as other key information management for case management processes and tools such as the updated Data Protection and Information Sharing Protocol
The CMTF has also since developed guidance on how to develop standard operating procedures and developed a common set of forms which can be utilized when implementing case management services which provide consistency across actors. Practice has shown that these forms are key in the success of inter-agency case management work in humanitarian settings, however there is also a need to update these standard forms to make programming swifter and more effective based on lessons learned in the last 3 years which requires the need for a more condensed package.
Both the revision of the Guidelines and Forms have been prioritized in the CMTF Work Plan for 2023. For this purpose, the CMTF with the support and under the supervision of UNICEF is planning to hire a consultant to:
In doing so the consultant will be responsible to ensure that this is done in a participatory approach, which incorporates feedback from key global, regional, and country level staff working on child protection case management inclusive and considerate of national and local level organizations.
This will be done in close coordination with CMTF as well as the Unaccompanied and Separated Children Task Force, and other key coordination bodies to be identified as relevant to the scope of work.
Scope Of Work:
Under the supervision of UNICEF and in coordination with the CMTF and other key coordination bodies:
The consultant will prepare and deliver a presentation of the draft and final materials to be shared with the CMTF and other key coordination bodies.
Terms of Reference / Deliverables/Deadlines
Development of a work plan for the consultancy following initial consultations with UNICEF/ key global CMTF members
By 18 July 2023
Desk review inclusive of consultations with members of the CMTF and other coordination mechanisms (e.g., AOR, GBV, UASC etc) and country level staff
By 15 August 2023
Outline for Updated CM Guidelines developed in close coordination UNICEF and CMTF focal points
By 16 September 2023
Workshop/s for input into detailed Outline for CM Guidelines
By 18 October 2023
Updated Guidelines drafted.
By 15 November 2023
Global, regional, and country level consultations for feedback on forms
By 30 October 2023
Updated Forms and supporting material developed
By 14 November 2023
Second draft of Guidelines and Forms
By 20 of December 2023
Consolidation of red line review feedback and finalization of Guidelines and Forms (including final presentation materials and presentation to CMTF)
By 29 of January 2024
Masters Level. Social work, International Relations, Law, Child Psychology or another relevant field.
(2) Work experience
U.S. Visa information:
With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process
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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
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The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.