Reporting to: Plan International
Closing date: Saturday 31 October 2015
Consultancy to begin in November 2015 for three months
Plan International is a child-centred NGO with country offices and programmes in 51 developing countries. With an emphasis on long term sustainable development and emergency response, Plan International assists children and their communities across a range of programmes in areas such as education, child protection, water and sanitation.
The Systems Strengthening and Disaster Risk Reduction Task Force of the global Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), co-led by the CPC Learning Network and Plan International have joined efforts in developing child protection system strengthening guidance to be used by child protection and humanitarian actors. The system-strengthening approach has become the primary paradigm from which the majority of the international child protection community is now working.
Strengthening child protection systems in countries at risk or regular affected by emergencies is the best form of Disaster Risk Reduction. In spite of the prevailing support for this paradigm, the conceptualization of a systems approach remains an area of ongoing discussion and consensus-building within the international child protection arena. Studies on system strengthening supported by the Task Force between 2012 and 2015 were completed in Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan, the Philippines, and Palestine with additional data collected in Yemen.
Building upon that work, Plan International is welcoming applications for a consultant or a consulting group to develop guidance document for international actors to ensure that emergency responses strengthen child protection systems. While recognizing that governments and local actors often form the heart of the response for children and families, we would note that this set of guidance is intended primarily for actors coming from the international community. In addition to the core guidance document, this consultancy is expected to formulate a set of recommendations about how the CPWG’s Minimum Standards on Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) might better incorporate a systems strengthening approach.
The consultancy will involve a desk-review of key studies on Strengthening Child Protection Systems through the Emergency Response in Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan, the Philippines and Palestine, evaluations and programming guidance, followed by key informant interviews with child protection frontline workers, project managers and cluster/sector coordinators operating in emergency contexts, selected by the Task Force.
A reference group of interested Task Force members and key informants will be set up to provide guidance to the consultant.
The primary outputs of this consultancy are:
(1) a stand-alone document providing guidance to all humanitarian actors about strengthening child protection systems through emergency preparedness and responses in different emergency settings;
(2) a summary of key points / guidance for coordinators for inclusion in the CPWG’s new coordination handbook; and
(3) a set of recommendations about how the CPMS might better incorporate a systems strengthening approach.
The guidance will represent a stand-alone document of approximately 20-30 pages, as well as a summary of key points / guidance for coordinators (approximately 1-2 pages) for inclusion in the CPWG’s new coordination handbook (forthcoming, 2016).
The format will be agreed at the outset of the consultancy, building upon a proposed outline from the consultant or consulting group. Potential section will include the following:
a) What we know to date about child protection systems in emergency affected settings (e.g. sudden onset and protracted emergencies, refugee settings).
b) How child protection systems include and link with community based child protection systems in these settings.
c) Key finding from key studies (Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire, Philippines etc.)
d) What we’re doing well and what we’re doing wrong in terms of strengthening the child protection system in emergency affected settings.
e) Recommendations and ways forward for humanitarian actors (broken down by different types of situations).
This consultancy is expected to be completed in 52 days over the course of three months. A proposed break-down of these days would be:
The consultant or consulting group will be in regular communication with the co-leads of the Systems Strengthening and Disaster Risk Reduction Task Force, which will supervise the guidance development process. The consultant(s) will report directly to Plan International.
Payment to the consultant(s) will be done as follows:
Interested persons are requested to submit the following information as part of the initial bid:
The selected candidate will be contracted for the evaluation and the validation survey and will commence work shortly after recruitment. A service contract will be signed between the consultant and Plan International.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that submissions that do not meet the above qualifications will not be reviewed.