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Lao PDR: Individual Consultancy: Development of the National Alternatives Care Guideline for children in Lao PDR and government training modules

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Lao PDR: Individual Consultancy: Development of the National Alternatives Care Guideline for children in Lao PDR and government training modules

Deadline for application: 
08 Nov 2019
Organisation: 
UN Children's Fund
Job type: 
Consultancy

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR is looking for a qualified Individual International Consultancy for Development of the National Alternatives Care Guideline for children in Lao PDR and government training modules. The total working days is estimated at 90 days over the course of nine months, starting from November 2019 to July 2020.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Stage 1 (Off-site, 15 working days):

Task 1: Conduct desk review of the laws and relevant documents (guidelines, researches, strategic plans, training modules, etc.) relating to alternative care of children in Lao PDR and propose: a) Draft outline of the Alternative Care Guideline; b) a short presentation summary on the key outline and contents of the Guideline; and c) agenda and a concept note for the in-country mission.

Output 1: a) An inception report with literature review and a draft outline of the Alternative Care Guideline with draft key areas and contents to be covered by the Guideline including minimum standards

b) A summary presentation of the inception report to be presented to MOLSW

c) A proposed agenda and a concept note for the workshop with the in-country.

Stage 2 (In country and off-site, 31 working days):

Task 2: An in-country mission: 1) a first workshop with the MOLSW and its partners to discuss and agree on the proposed outline and key areas of the Alternative Care Guideline; and 2) a field visit to the villages and districts in selected provinces (TBD, up to three) to better understand the local reality through consultations with government authorities and community members on care practices and needs in communities (maximum 10 working days)

Output 2: a) An in-country mission summary with feedback and agreed steps with MOLSW and its partners (3 days)

b) Revised the inception report and submitted (5 working days)

Task 3: Write the Alternative Care Guideline with full contents, including minimum standards.

Output 3: a) Draft Alternative Care Guideline, including minimum standards, submitted to UNICEF and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (10 working days)

b) Presentation materials of the first draft of the Alternative Care Guideline, including minimum standards, and key recommendations to implement the guideline, including training (3 working days)

Stage 3 (In country and off-site, 13 working days):

Task 4: In-country mission for a) a second workshop with the MOLSW and its partners to (a) validate the full Guideline and key recommendations to implement the Guideline; and (b) collect information for developing training modules based on the Guideline (5 working days)

Output 4: a) In-country mission summary, with key areas identified for developing training modules included (3 days)

b) Final Alternative Care Guideline addressing feedback and submitted to UNICEF and the MOLSW (5 days)

Stage 4 (Off-site and in-country, 31 working days):

Task 5: Develop training modules for the relevant government stakeholders

Output 5: a) Draft training module materials, including a training plan with feedback from UNICEF and MOLSW, finalized and submitted (21 working days)

Task 6: A third in-country mission to implement a training of trainers targeting key national government stakeholders

Output 6: a) A training of trainers targeting key national government stakeholders organized (5 days)

b) A training evaluation report (5 days)

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advanced University Degree in Law, Social Science, Social Work, Public Policy or related areas
  • Minimum five years of experience working in developing country context in child protection, especially in developing policy or guideline related to alternative care of children;
  • Extensive experience in working with policy makers and government authorities in developing countries to strengthen their policy/regulatory, institutional framework and alternative care services for vulnerable children especially children without parental care.
  • Excellent writing skills in English; knowledge of the Lao language is a strong asset.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Solid knowledge of the social, political and cultural context of Lao PDR and experiences in working in ASEAN countries;
  • In-depth knowledge of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Guideline for Alternative Care 2010 and other relevant international and regional standards and guideline;

Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/

  • Letter of Interest (cover letter)
  • CV or Resume
  • Previous work on a similar assignment, performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available)
  • Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including travel and accommodation cost for this assignment as per work assignment.

The deadline for applications is 08/11/2019.

Assessment Criteria:

A two-stage procedure shall be utilized in evaluating proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared.

Applications shall therefore contain the following required documentation:

1. Technical Proposal, including a cover letter, updated CV, and copies of 2 relevant evaluations performed earlier by the consultant.

2. Financial Proposal: Lump-sum offer with the cost breakdown: Consultancy fee, travel costs (economy class), per-diem to cover lodging, meals, and any other cost related to the consultant's stay in Vientiane and travel to one or two provinces, including transportation inside the city and other costs. The travel shall be based on the most direct and economy fare.

No financial information should be contained in the technical proposal.

For evaluation and selection method, the Cumulative Analysis Method (weight combined score method) shall be used for this recruitment:

a) Technical Qualification (max. 100 points) weight 70 %

  • Degree Education in Law, Social Science, Social Work, Public Policy or other related areas (30 points)
  • Knowledge of child protection, alternative care, CRC, the UN Guideline for Alternative Care 2010, and the context of Lao PDR or ASEAN (20 points)
  • Experience in developing policy or guideline related to alternative care of children (30 points)
  • Quality of past work (e.g. understanding, methodology, and submission of a previous work) (20 points)

b) Financial Proposal (max. 100 points) weight 30 %

The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest Financial Proposal that is opened /evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum 70 points score in the technical evaluation. Other Financial Proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

The Contract shall be awarded to candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores, subject to the satisfactory result of the verification interview.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at:

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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=527340

 

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