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Violence against children includes emotional and physical abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, sexual exploitation and abuse. It occurs in homes and families, schools, care and justice systems, workplaces and communities. Perpetrators include parents, family members, teachers, caretakers, law enforcement authorities and other children. Evidence is clear that violence can affect children's physical and mental health, impair their ability to learn and socialize, and undermine their development as functional adults and good parents later in life. In the most severe cases, violence against children leads to death.
The prevalence of violence against children in Georgia is high. According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted in 2018 in Georgia, in the month prior to the survey, 30.6% of children experienced physical punishment, and 4.6% of children experienced severe physical punishment, like hitting or slapping a child on the face, head or ears, and hitting or beating a child hard and repeatedly. Use of severe physical punishment is 1.3 percentage point higher in rural areas then in urban areas. Moreover, 66.3% of children were exposed to psychological aggression. Almost seven out of ten children aged 1-14 years experienced any kind of violent discipline from any adult household member in the month prior to the survey.
Some progress has been made to address violence against children in Georgia with improvement of legislation, development of referral mechanism, and training of professionals. However, major gaps remain both with regard to capacity to prevent violence and support victims of violence.
Georgia's commitment to combat violence is reflected in the Association Agenda between the European Union and Georgia (2017-2020), which highlights the necessity to focus on measures to protect children against all forms of violence. In addition, in November 2017, the Georgian Government announced its commitment to join the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and, in 2018, became a Pathfinding country for the Global Partnership committing to accelerate efforts and develop sound evidence and systemic approaches to fight violence and crime committed against children. The National Human Rights Strategy and its Action Plan (2018-2020) provides for actions and benchmarks to which the Government has committed.
As a pathfinding country, Georgia committed to develop a national action plan on VAC that is:
- A stand-alone document or integrated in other relevant national strategic document;
- Developed in a consultative process by a multi-sectoral platform and legally approved;
- Developed in consultation with children and adheres to partnership standards on child participation;
- Covers a period of 3 to 5 years depending on national planning cycle;
- Costed and including resource mobilization component;
- Evidence-based; and
- Guided by INSPIRE strategies.
At its session in February 2019, the Interagency Commission on Child Rights within the Human Rights Council took a decision to coordinate the development of this strategic document. The Code on the Rights of the Child adopted in September 2019 by Parliament also provides for development of a national strategy on VAC.
MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The overall goal of this assignment is to support the Interagency Commission on the Rights of the Child to project the estimated budget ceiling for the implementation of the draft strategy on prevention of violence against children for state and municipal budgets.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The selected consultant will be required to:
- Prepare a methodology and tools for budget calculation;
- Collect historical information about past years expenses for related activities and programmes;
- Develop a forecast for the required budget at state and municipal level for the implementation of the strategy; and
- Develop a tool for detailed costing of strategy action plan and provide training to key stakeholders from central and local Government in applying it.
The costing tool should include chapters on:
- costs and costing (should provide theoretical background on key conceptual issues),
- guide to costing process (should provide a generic guidelines for designing and implementing a strategy costing process)
- cost calculation tool suitable for costing action plans (should be developed and provided in a separate MS Excel document as Annex to the Guide, together with instructions for use)
Application of the costing tool should contribute to producing more consistent, reliable and verifiable cost estimates that could serve as a basis for effective and efficient Action Plan implementation and planning of Government and donor support.
In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, the consultant will be required to:
- Undertake a thorough analysis/desk-top review of the respective national documents;
- Conduct consultative meetings with the key stakeholders and experts;
- Present the budget forecast at the Interagency Commission meeting;
- Hold a workshop to explain the costing methodology and too
- A budget calculation methodology;
- Report with analysis of past expenditures and a budget forecast for the draft strategy on prevention of violence against children;
- A costing tool for the action plan of the strategy.
TIMEFRAME AND DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Assignment will take place in the period 15 May 2020 - 10 June 2020.
REMUNERATION AND ENTITLEMENT
The consultant will be paid a daily fee negotiated between UNICEF and the consultant based on an initial offer of the consultant to be submitted with the application. The fee will be paid against the provision of deliverables to be approved in written by the supervisor.
The consultant has no entitlement for annual leave, sick leave, maternity, adoption or paternity leave or any other kinds of special leave. UNICEF will not undertake any liability for tax, duty or other contribution payable by the manager on payments made under this contract. UNICEF will not issue a statement of earnings.
UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage for this position.
- Advanced degree in finance, accounting, economics, public administration or related field;
- Knowledge and extensive work experience in financial analysis, budgeting and costing national strategies/programs.
- Knowledge and experience in financial analysis, budgeting and costing of social policy and/or child rights programmes
- Knowledge and experience in public finance;
- Experience in facilitating, coordinating and managing work with the national working groups and experts;
- Fluency in English and Georgian;
- Good presentation, communication and interpersonal skills;
- Ability to work with minimum supervision;
- Excellent computer skills (MS Office).
The performance of the consultant will be evaluated against the following criteria: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, and quality of the products delivered; also drive for results and a willingness to work within a team environment will be essential and will contribute to the performance evaluation.
The consultant will work under the supervision of the UNICEF Chief of Child Protection.
The application must include:
- Cover letter indicating the interest of the applicant;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Proposal of the daily consultancy fee;
- Names and contact details (email and tel. number) of three persons, who can provide reference feedback.
For every Child, you demonstrate:
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=531517