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When an emergency strikes, whether a sudden onset natural disaster or an armed conflict, children require special protection to ensure their safety and well-being. UNICEF’s global mandate for children specifically requires us to protect children from the immediate and long-term effects of emergencies.This entails actions before, during and after the humanitarian crisis.
Countries in South Asia experience armed conflicts and natural disasters which have an impact on millions of children and their families, including the four-decade conflict and unrest in Afghanistan, the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, and yearly smaller scale emergencies due to flood, landslide, drought, etc. Three countries in South Asia were ranked the 10 most affected countries on the 2017 Climate Risk Index (Sri Lanka 2nd, Nepal 4th and Bangladesh 9th), while India and Pakistan were ranked at 14th and 33rd respectively. Children face greater risks in emergencies. Displacement, separation from family and injuries threaten their well-being. Incidents of violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect increase during and in the aftermath of disasters because of weakened child protection systems.
UNICEF is committed, guided by the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCC), to support countries in preparedness and response to child protection in emergencies (CPiE). Under the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) cluster approach, UNICEF is the focal point agency for the Child Protection Area of Responsibility, and with UNFPA, the co-focal point agency for the Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility. Given this mandate, it is crucial that child protection staff who work in development and humanitarian settings have the knowledge and skills in preparedness and response to emergencies, including being able to effectively carry out the leadership role in the IASC areas of responsibility.
In 2019 ROSA Child Protection organized a series of nine webinars targeting child protection staff of the eight UNICEF Country Offices to provide the latest knowledge and tools related to CPiE. These resources remain accessible to all UNICEF child protection staff on the regional child protection knowledge platform. A face to face training is planned to offer deeper understanding on the child protection humanitarian system and key actions to prevent and respond to child protection risks during an emergency to a smaller number of child protection staff and emergencies focal points in the region, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The consultant is to design and deliver a three-day CPiE training for UNICEF child protection staff and emergencies focal points. The training, expected to take place in Kathmandu in July 2020, targets 20-25 UNICEF participants from the eight countries in South Asia. These staff lead, coordinate and/or actively engage in programming for preparedness and response to child protection emergencies in their respective country. It is expected that these participants attended the CPiE webinar series in 2019 or are acquainted with the webinar resources.
3. Key Assignments/Tasks:
A. Prepare methodology and outline of the trainingThis three-day face-to-face training must be based on the revised Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCC) and IASC cluster approach, and should build on the ROSA’s CPiE webinar series. It should be informed by potential participants in the training through discussions with the UNICEF country offices in South Asia. The CPiE training package of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action that is being revised to incorporate the 2019 edition of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action may be used as a basis with adaptation to the South Asia context. The process of contextualisaton of the training will be informed by discussions with the regional and country offices in South Asia. The objective of the training is to provide the participants with deeper knowledge on protection risks and harms faced by children in both armed conflicts and natural disasters and frameworks for child protection in humanitarian settings. It should offer practical solutions to help them in preparedness and responses as well as in early recovery, while ensuring linkages with their ongoing efforts in strengthening child protection systems. It should also help the participants to better understand UNICEF’s role in the humanitarian system, particularly in leading the IASC child protection area of responsibility and co-leading gender-based violence area of responsibility, and acquaint them with skills to deliver the task. The training must be interactive and practical.
B. Prepare training package including resources, materials, and participant handouts.
C. Deliver the trainingThe training is expected to be delivered in three full days. The training should include a pre-and post-training testing of the knowledge of the participants. The pre-testing will be for all potential participants to the training such that there is a solid gauge of the skill level. This test will be administered before the workshop.
D. Provide a report summarizing the results and revised training package as informed by the workshop.
Duration: 17 days between 1 April to 15 August 2020
Note:This is a home based consultancy with one travel to Kathmandu. Please submit your application along with your financial proposal (fee and travel cost) for this consultancy. Applications without the financial proposal will not be considered.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…Education:A post-graduate qualification in social sciences or related disciplines Work Experience: At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, including designing and delivery of trainings Proven knowledge in the area of child protection in emergencies, humanitarian system Has worked in child protection in a humanitarian context Knowledge of and experience working in South Asia desirabl
C. Language Proficiency:Excellent written and spoken English required
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