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Malaysia: Consultancy - Consultant to Support Research on Residential Care, Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya (Nationals Only)

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Malaysia: Consultancy - Consultant to Support Research on Residential Care, Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya (Nationals Only)

Deadline for application: 
26 May 2020
Organisation: 
UN Children's Fund
Job type: 
Consultancy
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1) BACKGROUND

The protection of children without parental care is a national priority for Malaysia and anchored in its state policy documents and laws, including the Child Act, and the Child Care Act and Persons with Disability Act.

Acknowledging the detrimental effects of institutionalization on children, it is recognized that steps need to be taken to reform the institutional care system. Combining deinstitutionalization efforts with development of alternative care.

Accurate and reliable figures on the numbers of children in residential care are essential for Malaysia to ensure appropriate attention to alternative care, to reduce the numbers of children living in residential care/institutions, (particularly those that do not meet acceptable standards) and whenever possible, prevent institutionalization, or reunite children with their families.

The indicators and data available on children in residential care in the country require further revision to ensure systematic and comprehensive data collection.

Testing the draft standard protocol including tools/questionnaires to collect data on children in residential care in Malaysia will be a critical step in support of these efforts.

A consultancy is thus needed to contribute to improvement of quality of data on children in residential care institutions and identify gaps (in policies and practice) for data management.

The aim of the consultancy is to support the adaptation and implementation of the draft standard protocol on children in residential care.

An identified national consultant will work with a designated local team, and the national working group, including government and other agency partners, to support the design and implementation of data collection as further described in this assignment.

2) SCOPE OF WORK

The consultant will conduct desk review and adjust/adapt the existing global tools and survey questionnaire on the situation of children in residential care, to fit the Malaysian country context and for testing and final implementation in residential care facilities in Malaysia.

The consultant will liaise closely with key Malaysian government and other relevant agency partners to ensure appropriate consultation and coordination of efforts in the research design and implementation.

The consultant will facilitate/moderate/coordinate the Technical Working Group partners, in coordination with UNICEF and JKM as co-lead partner agencies, noting that the TWG composition should include government ministries, MASW, and UNICEF as well as other key agency partners to be designated.

The consultant will lead the research design and implementation process with designated key partners/members of the Technical Working Group in line with the methodology provided by UNICEF and interact with the national team on customization prior to testing.

Further scope of work includes:

-Test the content of the draft protocol and methodology for mapping and enumerating residential care institutions and the number of children in them, including how data is interpreted and reported. The test sample should consist of different types of residential care institutions, and all children residing in them.

The testing of the protocol will be carried out in one selected region of Malaysia with representation of all types of residential care institutions, under the auspices of various ministries and non-state actors.

Additional responsibilities will include:

-Train local team in line with the standard guide: The local team, with support from the consultant, will review and customize draft standard protocol including tools/questionnaires provided by UNICEF HQ to the context of Malaysia.

Training will include review of the questionnaire, interviewing, and observing, including probing. Supervised practise interviews and observations will also be included in the training, to provide interviewers/observers an opportunity to conduct mock interviews/observations with each other, while receiving guidance and feedback from the trainers. The international consultant will be a co-moderator of the training and practice together with the local team using the training guide from the UNICEF's methodology.

-Oversight of the data collection process and analysis: The methodology for data collection and analysis will be provided by UNICEF in the draft protocol. The tools will be selected based on the country context and ability to get access to key informants with the ethical considerations. The proposed methodology for testing will include the desk review of secondary data, interviews and direct observations. The trained national data collectors will conduct field work under the supervision of the consultant.

-Prepare a set of recommendations for improvement of protocol: during the testing of protocols, the consultant will capture the process, lessons learnt and recommendations for improvement of protocol.

Develop a final report in line with the standard/guidance note, capturing lessons learnt and recommendations

-Report Structure: the structure of the report will include results of the desk review, testing of protocol, key findings, lessons learnt and recommendations for improving the protocol.

The report will identify gaps in data collected by Malaysia on children in residential care and any issues concerning data quality, coverage, validation and accuracy, establish a common understanding among data providers, data collectors and data users of core indicators on children in residential care and take a first step and provide guidance to Government of Malaysia on actions required for improvement of data management, development of case management in child protection system, including a census to map and enumerate all residential care facilities in Malaysia and all children living in them.

The collected data will be also translated into the chapter of the report on the status of children in residential care.

-Prepare a list of provisions for inclusion into the legislative amendments (policy recommendations) in support of data management and any issues concerning data quality, coverage, validation and accuracy.

-Participate in validation meeting: present the key recommendations and findings of the report to the extended meeting of the national working group on data.

-Participate in the skype calls with the national team, UNICEF country office, and UNICEF Headquarters (HQ) to coordinate the technical support, review customized version of the protocol and lessons learnt from testing.

Conduct desk review of the current collection, reporting and usage of data on children in residential care.

Document and analyze existing policies and tools for collecting data on children in residential care, the reporting forms and roles of the local and state bodies in provision, collection and use of data

The UNICEF Office in Malaysia is seeking a national consultant to provide support to MWFCD-JKM and UNICEF to lead the implementation of survey research on the situation of children in residential/institutional care. This will include testing and adapting the standard global protocol for collection of data on children in residential care, designed by UNICEF HQ, to the Malaysian country context. The collection of this data will strengthen administrative data, analysis, monitoring and reporting on child protection.

The purpose of the assignment is:

Provide in-country support to Malaysia during the design and implementation of survey research to collect data on children in residential care.

3) DELIVERABLES

Deliverable

Details

Timeframe

Conduct desk review of recent studies, statistical reports,current protocols, different types of administrative data sources, policies and practice in data management on collecting data on children in residential care/institutions in Malaysia, and to consider current system for gathering the data, and how data is collated/integrated from different sources (estimated 10 days remotely)

Report that includes the mentioned scope as well as legislative gaps in policies and practice in data management mapped out in desk review

2 Weeks (estimated by 15 July 2020)

Facilitate/moderate/coordinate the Technical Working Group partners, in coordination with UNICEF and JKM as co-lead partner agencies, noting that the TWG composition should include government ministries, MASW, and UNICEF as well as other key agency partners to be designated.

Minutes from TWG meetings developed to document progress and necessary actions/follow up and disseminated. As soon as possible and ongoing

Adjust/adapt the existing global tools and survey questionnaire on the situation of children in residential care, to fit the Malaysian country context and for testing and final implementation in residential care facilities in Malaysia.

The consultant will liaise closely with key Malaysian government and other relevant agency partners to ensure appropriate consultation and coordination of efforts in the research design and implementation.

(estimated 13 days remotely and in-country)

Train local team in line with the standard guide: The local team, with support from the consultant, will review and customize draft standard protocol including tools/questionnaires provided by UNICEF HQ to the context of Malaysia.

Training will include ethical training for working with children, review of the questionnaire, interviewing, and observing, including probing. Supervised practise interviews and observations will also be included in the training, to provide interviewers/observers an opportunity to conduct mock interviews/observations with each other, while receiving guidance and feedback from the trainers.

The consultant will co-moderate the training and practice together with the local team using the training guide from the UNICEF's methodology.

Adjusted/adapted tools developed and shared.

Effective coordination/consultation with key partners, minutes from partner meetings.

Two-days training and testing of tools

Provide report of training process and outcomes. 1 month (estimated by 15 August 2020)

Lead the research design and implementation process with designated key partners/members of the Technical Working Group in line with the methodology provided by UNICEF and interact with the national team on customization prior to testing.

Documentation of process of research design process. Ongoing

Oversight of data collection process and analysis: The methodology for data collection and analysis will be provided by UNICEF in the draft protocol.

Ensure quality of the data (accuracy, completeness, timeliness and reliability)

Ensure data collected allow for disaggregation; (e.g., age, sex, geography, etc.)

The tools will be selected based on the country context and ability to get access to key informants with the ethical considerations.

The proposed methodology for testing will include the desk review of secondary data, interviews and direct observations.

The trained national data collectors will conduct field work under the supervision of the consultant. Reports on progress of data collection. Ongoing

Participate in the skype calls with the national team, UNICEF country office, and UNICEF Headquarters (HQ) to coordinate the technical support, review customized version of the protocol and lessons learnt from testing.

Prepare minutes from calls with HQ with key action points. Ongoing

Results of testing/adapting survey research tool presented in the final report in line with the standard/guidance note, capturing main findings, lessons learnt and recommendations.

(estimated 15 days, remotely and in-country)

Final report

Recommendations for finalization of the protocol and the chapter of the report on the status of children in residential care, country specific findings and recommendations on data gaps, lessons learnt and proposed recommendations and steps forward for improvement of data management, development of case management in child protection system, including for undertaking a census to map and enumerate all residential care facilities in Malaysia and all children living in them.

Participation in a validation meeting Estimated by 31 September 2020

Review of existing policies and tools for collecting data on children in residential/institutional care, the reporting forms and roles of the local and state bodies in provision, collection and use of data. (estimated 5 days, remotely) 9 Brief report will provide analysis of existing policies and tools for collecting data on children in residential care and the reporting forms and roles of the local and state bodies in provision, collection and use of data, including identifying gaps in policies. Estimated by 15 October 2020

Assessment of sources of administrative data on children in residential/institutional care on the revised list of child protection indicators.

(estimated 15 days, in-country and remotely) Report on key sources of administrative data on children in residential/institutional care and on accuracy of data as well as recommendations for strengthening, including identifying data gaps. Estimated by 30 November 2020

Test the content of the draft protocol and methodology for mapping and enumerating residential care institutions and the number of children in them, including how data is interpreted and reported. The test sample should consist of different types of residential care institutions, and all children residing in them.

(estimated 7 days in-country and remotely)

The testing of the protocol will be carried out in one selected region of Malaysia with representation of all types of residential care institutions, under the auspices of various ministries and non-state actors.

Report with feedback, suggested additions, amendments and revisions to the indicators.

Report on the status of children in residential care

Country specific findings and recommendations on data gaps, lessons learnt

Draft Protocol

Proposed recommendations and steps forward for improvement of data management.

Estimated by 15 May 2020

Note: Payment on monthly basis, as mentioned below.

4) QUALIFICATION & REQUIREMENTS

a) Education

Advanced university degree in sociology, statistics, social science, social work, communication, management or another relevant field.

b) Work Experience

  • Minimum 10 years work experience in child rights related fields, including sociology or social sciences, social work, statistics and quality data management;
  • Experience in conducting the reviews with the focus on data systems and sets with the practical application component including administrative data on violence against children, alternative care and access to justice;
  • Proven knowledge and skills with data collection and analysis in institutions and household-based surveys and measurements involving children

c) Languages

Fluency in English and Malay is required

d) Competencies

  • Professional experience in child protection, survey research and data collection, research design and implementation or other relevant fields
  • Knowledge and understanding of child rights, child protection data, child protection and current political and social trends and social reform processes in Malaysia and international human rights standards and conventions with regards to children.
  • Knowledge on recent international trends in child protection quality data management;
  • Ability to engage with a wide range of partners, such as government, private, academia and civil society organizations.
  • Ability to develop research questions
  • Very good communication and presentation skills with government and community members;
  • Excellent facilitations skills for moderation of meetings
  • Understanding of UNICEF's work in Malaysia
  • Strong computer and technical skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to conceptualize and articulate ideas in a clear and concise form
  • Ability to take initiative and to work with minimum supervision

4) CONTRACTUAL PERIOD(maximum 11.5 months in any 12 months' period)

  • Expected Contract Start Date - 1 July 2020
  • Expected Contract End Date - 31 May 2021

5) POSITION INFORMATION

  • Supervisor

Chief of Child Protection #68521

  • Type of Consultancy

National Consultant (Malaysian Only)

  • Working Arrangements

Working half time (2.5 days per week), remotely and will be available for in person meetings as required.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

*Kindly attached the above in your application profile

*Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate in Ringgit Malaysia or USD to undertake the terms of reference above.

Remarks:

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.

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=531642

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