International Consultant for Child Protection System Case Management and Response Services

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, 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.

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.

 

Background:

UNICEF is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.

The programme will be implemented in Plateau and Gombe, as part of an EU funded joint programme with UN Women to mitigate the impact of conflict on women and children, including through increasing access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, and in Lagos and Cross River, funded by USAID, as part of the child protection systems strengthening programme.

A key aspect of a well-functioning child protection system is the provision of comprehensive minimum package of response services to child victims of violence, abuse and exploitation. Minimum package of services should include primary, secondary and tertiary services.

 

Response services should have a special focus on secondary and tertiary services ensuring linkages and integrated services both from the social welfare and justice system. Critical services should include parenting skill training/education, counselling, home visits, interim child care/emergency shelter, financial support, family mediation, child risk and needs assessment, child psychological assessment, social protection support, birth registration, medical treatment, psychosocial support, removal of the child from the family's custody and placement in alternative care, case management, social protection support, birth registration, family reunification.

Legal services including legal aid and prosecution also play a critical role at the level of tertiary services. In order to determine and coordinate response services needed to restore a child victim's wellbeing, case management has to be systematically carried out by trained social workers under government supervision if not under direct management.

 

Purpose of the Consultancy

To lead and coordinate UNICEF intense technical support to the focus State governments and LGAs in the design and implementation of new response and case management services framework and the actual provision of integrated services during the pilot phase of the child protection system strengthening modelling programme.

Major Tasks to be Accomplished:

  • With the support and in close collaboration with a national case management consultant based in Abuja and through the work of national consultants based in the focus states, the international consultant will ensure high caliber international technical support in:
  • Map existing child protection service providers and assess case management systems run by different state and no state actors in the selected LGAs
  • Technically lead state focus case management visioning workshops
  • Technically support the design and development of government led case management frameworks in the selected LGAs in the four focus states
  • Technically support the development of state case management standard operating procedures for government social workers
  • Technically support the development of inter-agency working protocols including referral and coordination mechanisms among all relevant sectors (social welfare, police, family courts, prosecution, legal aid, health, education, child protection networks, child protection committees etc) at state and LGA levels
  • Technically support the development of minimum package of response services as part of the inter-agency working protocols and service provision framework in selected LGAs
  • Technically support the development of school based reporting mechanisms for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
  • Technically support the development of mandatory reporting policy within the education sector in all four focus states in collaboration with the state ministry of education and federal ministry of education
  • Technically support the development of reporting mechanisms in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
  • Technically support the development of a mandatory reporting policy in health facilities for cases of violence, abuse and exploitation against children
  • Development of trainings materials and delivery of trainings on case management, inter-agency collaboration, mandatory reporting and provision of integrated services for children provided to key sectors
  • Technically coordinate and monitor (including development of work plans) the work of the national case management consultant based in Abuja and the national consultants based in the focus states
  • Coordinate with UNICEF child justice specialist to develop work plan for the strengthening of justice related services and specific capacity building plan for each selected LGA

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced university Degree in Social Work or related field (Masters or equivalent level)
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience with projects related to child protection service provision
  • Experience in the field of child protection system strengthening
  • Experience in the field of case management
  • Abreast with latest development in the field of child protection system strengthening an asset
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills - both oral and written
  • Experience with UNICEF is desirable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience working with government desirable

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Summary

Company

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Location

Abuja

Specialization

NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualification

MBA / MSc

Preferred Years of Experience

7 - 10 years

Application Deadline

Today