Consultant - Child Protection Systems Strengthening in Emergencies

Reporting to: Plan International
Closing date: Saturday 31 October 2015
Consultancy to begin in November 2015 for three months


Consultant – Child Protection Systems Strengthening in Emergencies

Reporting to: Plan International

Closing date: Saturday 31 October 2015

Consultancy to begin in November 2015 for  three months

Background

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.

General Description of the Role

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.

Outputs

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.

Deliverables

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.

Format

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).

Timeline

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:

  • One day at beginning for consultations with the reference group;
  • Seven days for reviewing relevant documents and reports;
  • Nine days for key informant interviews;
  • Fifteen days for drafting first round of guidance (stand-alone document);
  • Three days for discussions with reference group members concerning their feedback on the document;
  • Five days for revising drafting guidance;
  • Two days for discussions with reference group members concerning their feedback on the second draft;
  • Four days for revising drafting guidance;
  • Three days for producing recommendations about CPMS revision;
  • One days for discussions with reference group members concerning their feedback on the recommendations;
  • Two day for revision of the recommendations.

Requirements

  • Masters’ degree in a relevant discipline (development studies, social work, psychology, sociology or other)
  • At least 10 years’ experience in child-focused humanitarian and development work
  • Demonstrated experience in developing guidance documents for international actors
  • Familiarity with child protection emergency responses and the UN cluster system
  • Ability to distill various viewpoints into cohesive guidance
  • Strong understanding of child protection systems, including recent updates and discussions in the international arena
  • Highly driven, dependable and results oriented
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Familiarity with or willingness to become familiar with the CPWG’s Child Protection Minimum Standards

Monitoring and Evaluation

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

Payment to the consultant(s) will be done as follows:

  • 20% upon submission of proposed outline for guidance document;
  • 30% upon submission of the draft guidance and sets of recommendations; and
  • 50% upon delivery of the final guidance document and sets of recommendations.

How to Apply

Interested persons are requested to submit the following information as part of the initial bid:

  • CVs of the evaluation team member(s) including current geographical location(s);
  • Two-page summary outlining the applicant’s understanding of this assignment, the approach to be used in designing and developing the guidance (including calendar, key deliverables and framework for guidance development);
  • Detailed budget with breakdown of daily rate plus number of days and other costs;
  • Two references familiar with your work;
  • An example of a recent/relevant guidance document. Please share the web link if it is published online.

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.

Applications should be sent to: Mark Canavera: mc3718@cumc.columbia.edu and Anita Queirazza: Anita.Queirazza@plan-international.org  by 31st October 2015.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that submissions that do not meet the above qualifications will not be reviewed.