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For every child, Protection from gender based violence.
How can you make a difference?Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
The specialist will play a key role in strengthening the capacity of MoPH and the health sector in prevention and responding to child protection violations and gender-based violence.
The consultant will provide technical support to UNICEF and the Ministry of Health to operationalize the Strengthening of Child Protection Practices in the Health Sector Briefing Note recommendations and will support the internal and external coordination around child protection and gender-based violence at MoPH.
Scope of Work
In close coordination of the Mother and Child Department Director at MoPH, and under the supervision of the UNICEF Child Protection Officer, the Child Protection and Gender Based Consultant supporting the strengthening of child protection and protection from gender-based violence practices in the health sector will undertake the below tasks:
Support the internal and external coordination around child protection and gender-based violence at MoPH:
- Support the establishment of a steering committee consisting of concerned ministries, trade unions, international organizations, NGOs, academics and stakeholders to ensure through a participatory approach the development of a national and public private action plan for child protection/gender-based violence in the health sector. This include among other tasks the following: setting agenda points and objective of the steering committee meetings, provide and share meetings minutes, follow up on meetings action points, lease and share relevant documents with the steering committee members for review, document and address feedback and comments provided by the members, respond to members queries and ensure proper consultations, organize review workshops.
- Support internal coordination and liaison with MoPH concerned units in relation to child protection and gender-based violence.
- Support external coordination with relevant agencies and stakeholders including: Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), MoSA Higher Council for Childhood, Ministry of Justice(MoJ), The Union for the Protection of Juveniles in Lebanon (UPEL), UN agencies, National and International Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs), National Mental Health program, Medical and Para-medical orders and work unions, academic institutions and representative of hospitals, primary health care centres and nurseries.
- Develop the action plan to strengthen child protection and protection from gender-based violence practices within the health sector and ensure its endorsement.
- Develop child protection and gender-based violence guidelines for health institutions and support their endorsement and dissemination.
- Support MoPH to develop and operationalize its internal and external referral mechanisms for child protection response by competent authorities and in line with the National Standard Operating Procedures for child protection in Lebanon. Documents will be drafted in English and translated to Arabic using a child-friendly and inclusive approach.
Work Assignment Overview (Total estimated consultancy period: 220 days)
Support the internal and external coordination around child protection and gender-based violence at MoPH (20 days)
- Support the establishment of a steering committee consisting of concerned ministries, trade unions, international organizations, NGOs, academics
- Organize and follow up on the steering committee meetings
- Follow up on meetings action points
- Share relevant document for revision by the steering committee members and incorporate feedback
- Prepare and organise validation workshops
- Steering committees agendas shared
- Steering committees meetings minutes shared
- Documentation of follow up on meetings action points
- Comments and feedback addressed in steering committee revised documents
- Response to queries of steering committee members
- Workshops reports
Develop the action plan to strengthen child protection and protection from gender-based violence practices within the health sector (20 days)
- Develop a draft action plan
- Present the action plan to the steering committee for validation
- Seek the endorsement the action plan by MoPH
- Action plan for the child protection and gender-based violence in the health sector developed, validated by the committee and endorsed by MoPH
Develop child protection and gender-based violence guidelines for health institutions and support their endorsement and dissemination (120 days)
- Guidelines for health institution on child protection and gender-based violence developed, validated by the committee and endorsed by MoPH. Total 120 days broken down as follows:
- Desk review and collect existing guidelines and tools: summary of desk review results (20 days)
- Conduct field research with stakeholders from the health sector, children and families to understand: field research report (30 days)
- Develop draft guidelines and tools based on desk review and field research: draft guideline document (20 days)
- Present the draft guidelines and tools to the steering committee for validation: Second draft of the guideline ready and validated by the steering committee (20 days)
- Test the guidelines and tools: Testing report and third draft of the guideline incorporating testing results (20 days)
- Seek the endorsement of the guidelines and tools by MoPH: Final document endorsed (10 days)
Support MoPH to develop and operationalize its internal and external referral mechanisms for child protection response by competent authorities and in line with the National Standard Operating Procedures for child protection in Lebanon (60 days)
- Internal and external MoPH referral pathway on child protection and gender-based violence. Total 60 days broken down as follows:
- Develop draft referral pathways: draft pathways document (30 days)
- Present the referral pathways to the steering committee and internally within MoPH for validation: second draft pathways document addressing inputs from steering committee and MoPH team (20 days)
- Seek the endorsement of the referral pathways by MoPH: endorsed final document (10 days)
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- Masters degree in social work, public health, children's rights, gender studies (candidate should mention the title and theme of his/her master thesis in his/her CV).
- Have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience at field and managerial level.
- Have experience in child protection and gender-based violence case management and a strong understanding of the child protection and gender-based violence legal framework and standard operating procedures.
- Have a minimum of 2 years' experience in research and development of strategies, policies, guidelines and training curriculums at national level. (We will consider applications only from individuals with a demonstrated record of successful research, guidelines, curriculums or another publication/s.)
- Have previous experience in child protection and gender-based violence mainstreaming in other sectors (example: justice, health, education)
- Have an experience in working or coordinating with Lebanese public sector, judiciary.
- A previous experience with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Public Health or Ministry of Justice is desirable.
- A previous experience with the health sector is desirable.
- Previous experience with civil society, intergovernmental/ non-governmental or the United Nations is desired.
- Have a strong knowledge of Arabic and English languages.
- Have a training experience on child protection and gender-based violence.
- Have previous experience in networking and building good working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
- Possess excellent communications skills, including with children.
- Demonstrate strong integrity and ethical standards and commitment to children's rights.
- Demonstrate strong skills in formulating Strategies and Concepts
- Be able to travel when asked to field locations with his/her own mean of transport.
- Be able to work individually and within a team
- Computers skills (Microsoft word, excel, power point)
Interested candidates need to submit:
- their CV,
- a cover letter clearly linking their experience to the requirement of this position and
- one unedited publication or paper they produced.
To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=526338.
For every Child, you demonstrate:UNICEFs 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.
Candidates are requested to submit their all-inclusive financial proposal, indicating their daily cost. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.