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The overall goal of the UNICEF Bangladesh new country program is to support the efforts of Bangladesh to advance in the universal realization of the rights of children, particularly the most disadvantaged and excluded. These include children, adolescents and their communities living in poverty and areas that are hard to reach or vulnerable to climate change and disaster, those living in urban slums, living with disabilities or infected with, affected by or at risk of HIV/ AIDS and those from ethnic and religious minorities.
Currently there are 32 million adolescents in Bangladesh, compromising 23 per cent of the population. Adolescent boys and girls in the country face a wide range of issues but their vulnerabilities and needs often remain undressed, partly because of the hierarchical and patriarchal cultural context, as indicated in the Analysis of the Situation of Children and Woman 2015. The challenges facing Bangladeshi adolescents are multi- sectorial and inter-linked and they are requiring urgent attention. With a focus on prevention, actions to promote an enabling environment, positive behaviours, minimise vulnerability, address known risk factors and strengthen children and adolescent’s own resilience.
The Government of Bangladesh has strengthened the national legislation and policy frameworks for children through the Child Policy of 2011 and the National Children Act of 2013. The country is also a signatory to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). All these efforts will be directed towards the realization of the survival, development, protection and participation rights of adolescents with equity in Bangladesh.
The challenges faced by Bangladeshi adolescents are multi-sectoral and inter-linked and they require urgent attention. Lack of convergence, affirmative action and strong leadership at policy level have impacted shortfalls in terms of enabling environment, supply and demand side related to adolescent wellness. Adolescent boys and girls continue to face multiple deprivations and challenges. Girls and boys experience different socialization processes where a patriarchal societal mind-set plays a key role in making them future adults. Teenage pregnancies, micronutrient deficiencies, risky sexual behaviour, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, injuries, tobacco, alcohol or drugs, exposure to mental trauma continue to be concerns in adolescents.
Considering the severity of challenges faced by the adolescents, a number of I/NGOs, UN agencies including UNICEF along with the GOB have been running multi-dimensional specialized project-based approaches to provide services to the adolescents of Bangladesh since the last country programme. Earlier, UNICEF Child Protection (CP) section implemented a large project titled “Enabling Environment for Child Rights” (EECR) for the development and empowerment of adolescents under the Ministry of Women children’s Affair (MoWCA) which was ended in June 2017. Then CP section provided support to MoWCA for another project for adolescents entitled, “Accelerating Protection of Children” (APC) for the period of July 2017-June 2021.
Through the APC project the CP section will support more than 200,000 adolescents (approximately 70% girls) by supporting more than 7,000 adolescent clubs to be established by GoB and the project all over the country. The APC project has been designed to support a huge number of out of school children and adolescents at the grassroots level.
Purpose of Assignment:
- Provide technical support to develop functional monitoring tools & instruments and establish a reporting mechanism including report for the APC project and related CSOs.
- Liaise with PD office and zone offices to collect data on monthly basis, provide feedback on the District Implementation Plans (DIPs), share with section, zones and PD office for better planning and implementation of the APC project.
- Assist section in coordinating with the zonal offices and the key NGO partners to review all the adolescent Programme Cooperation Agreement, Programme Documents and provide feedback accordingly for expediting the finalization of the documents including follow-up for fund request, liquidation and reporting.
- Assist PD office to hire local human resources such as: Consultants and/or vendor under the APC Project.
- Assist APC Project Director to revise the existing TORs and continue work with the National Adolescent Cluster ensuring multi-ministry participation such as: Ministry of Social Welfare (MoSW), Local Government Division (LGD), Ministry of Information (MoI), Ministry of Health and Health Affairs (MoHFA) etc.
- Organize and support/prepare meeting minutes of Project Implementation Committee (PIC), Project Steering Committee (PSC) etc. for record and share with relevant counterparts.
- Regular follow-up with the vendors for developing GIS mapping, online monitoring tools, mobile application-based learning, U-Report; on-line safety etc. as appropriate to support the PD office.
Work Assignment Overview:
i. Ensure periodical progress reports, provide feedback on the Divisional Implementation Plans (DIPs) of UNICEF field officials and share with PD office on a regular basis for better implementation of APC project.
ii. Organize meetings and ensure preparing meeting minutes of Project Implementation Committee (PIC), Project Steering Committee (PSC) etc. and get them signed for record and shared with relevant stakeholders.
iii. Coordinate with UNICEF field office and APC Project office as well as provide appropriate support to accomplish several project activities (safe swim, adolescent stipend, Child protection support center, Adolescent
club activities, online monitoring, U-Report etc.)
iv. Organize joint programmatic visits, monitoring visits/meetings, prepare monitoring reports to support PD throughout the year.
v. Organize consultation meetings/workshops related to APC project
1. Liaise with Project office and UNICEF field offices to accomplish project output and collect periodical data:
i. Support in reporting mechanism for APC project through collecting reviewing monitoring reports, review and suggest necessary changes in consultations with relevant sections
ii. Provide support in the implementation of online monitoring at field and central level;
iii. Organize consultation on National Adolescent Strategy in different divisions with relevant officials and child rights actors
iv. Maintain coordination with different ministries, departments, sections in support for the requirement of APC Project including child marriage, gender based violence and protection perspective as and when required.
2. Provide technical support to run monitoring process and coordination for APC Project.
i. Coordinate with UNICEF field offices, PD and the key NGO/CSO partners to review all the Adolescent Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCAs), Programme Documents and collect periodical progress and submit
monthly financial reports to APC Project office.
ii. Follow-up fund request, liquidation and reporting on a regular basis.
iii. Support APC Project PD to organize divisional level monitoring visits, meetings and reporting.
iv. Support APC Project PD to coordinate with UNICEF Officials for any meeting or project related requirements
v. Frequent travel to all the UNICEF Field Offices and APC project sites for monitoring and TAs to field based APC and partner’s staff
3. Assist APC Project office and CP Section with fund monitoring and coordination
i. Assist PD to revise existing TORs of National Adolescent Cluster, TAs to Child Rights Facilitators.
ii. Coordinate with PD office to ensure participation of key representatives from: Ministry of Social Welfare, Local Government Division, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare etc.
iii. Support to hire short term Consultants for training or any other project requirement under the APC Project
iv. Capacity building of CRFs on monitoring tools, organize TOTs, training of MoWCA officials and CRFs, NGO trainers and Peer Leaders on SAP.
v. Incorporate Case Management aspects into the Adolescent Programme in consultation with different ministries.
4. Assistance to APC Project Office on capacity building, HR management as per APC project proposal.
i. Review and revise the TOR of any Committees in relation with APC Project
ii. Assist PD and section focal person to monitor scaling-up GIS mapping, online monitoring, learning through mobile apps and U-Report
iii. Organize regular meetings with UNITGAY, UNYAP and UN Secretariat members and share meeting minutes with all the members.
5. Technical support to scale-up GIS mapping, online monitoring, learning through mobile apps, UNYAP and U-Report.
i. Consult with the supervisor to review/adjust activity progress and deliverables
ii. Continue all regular activities of APC Project and CP sections under CP specialist
iii. All the deliverables along with progress reports and completion report submitted to supervisor.
6. Submission of completion report as well as continue support to the PD of APC Project and CP Specialist, UNICEF.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s) in Social Science or a related field;
- Minimum 8 years of relevant professional work experience in child protection program design, implementation and assessment, experience related to adolescent is an asset;
- Experience of working with MoWCA, Ministry of Social Welfare (MoSW), Department of Women Affairs (DWA) and relevant ministries on Child Protection aspect;
- Vast experience on project management with GOB and civil society Organizations are basic requirements;
- Experience on developing monitoring tools and instruments for children/ adolescent focused programmes;
- Excellent command of written and spoken Bangla and English.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. This is deliverables-based contract. The technical suitability of the candidates is assessed first through review of applications, test and/or interviews; to be followed by the invitation to provide financial offer for the candidates who best meet the technical requirements.
How to apply:
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