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في أي وقت يمكنك البحث عن الوظيفة المرغوبة من خلال زر البحث أعلاه (علامة العدسة المصغرة)،، بالتوفيق زائرنا الكريم

اعلان توظيف صادر عن منظمة اليونيسف Unicef




LOCATION/DURATION:


Duration: 80 working days, over the course of 6 months


Location: Home based, with a possible mission to Amman and/or MENA region countries


Off-site working days (based from home): 70


On-site working days in MENA (requiring travel from home base to Amman or MENA region countries): A maximum of 10 days (if travel is determined possible/feasible)


 


Estimated Start Date: November 2020


Estimated end Date: May 2021


 


BACKGROUND:


 


Children in the MENA region increasingly come in contact with justice bodies and systems in the context of national security concerns, due to alleged association with proscribed groups, armed groups designated as terrorist, participation in collective violence, insecurity, demonstrations and communal violence, expressing opinions to be support to proscribed groups, among others. Governments across the region respond to such cases in various ways, which are often not in best interests of children, as sporadically available information from UNICEF country teams and other sources suggests. Children in these contexts can have difficulty accessing justice and obtaining just and timely remedies and redress or can, alternatively, find themselves engaged in national security processes which do not follow BIA/BID international standards. All too often, these children are detained, prevented from accessing specialised child-friendly justice systems or are victims of extrajudicial actions by national security and other law enforcement actors.


 


UNICEF has, over the years, aimed at ensuring that all children in contact with the law benefit from specialized, child friendly procedures that respect the rights of children; however, the implementation of existing frameworks applicable to justice for children, is often complicated in the context of national security concerns. The use of national security considerations by governments as potential grounds to prevent access to or justify deviation from established child friendly and/or specialized justice systems needs to be better understood by UNICEF. This is a necessary prerequisite for providing effective support to realization of children’s rights through appropriate programming and targeted advocacy efforts.


 


Overall, “securitization” and political sensitivity of this area of work presents challenges to the work of UNICEF and other partners. UNICEF’s existing justice for children programmes and partners may face particular challenges in adequately addressing the issue: government actors involved in and responsible for national security who oversee the investigation, detention and potential prosecution of children in the national security context are often different from UNICEF’s traditional justice for children counterparts, so opportunities for engagement are limited. Furthermore, even where the actors in question are the same, the fact that a child in contact with the law due to (perceived) national security considerations is often used by these same actors to justify the application of non-child-friendly procedures (i.e. deferring to non-specialised, military or counter-terrorism courts, harsh sentencing, no access to diversion or alternatives to detention, using types of detention facilities that are not accessible to protection actors and not traditionally used for deprivation of liberty for children).


 


Considering the regional nature of the issue, UNICEF MENARO is launching a systematic engagement with Country Offices where the described context is relevant, to facilitate analysis of existing programmes and approaches, overview of stakeholders, regional and international good practices, and establishment of a regional dialogue, partnerships and knowledge base on the subject. The proposed consultancy is expected to support the MENARO Child Protection team with the review of regional practices, and bring external technical expertise to the table in order to support design of new partnerships and engagement strategies.


 


 


OBJECTIVE:


The proposed consultancy assignment will support the regional overview that aims to understand a range of national level scenarios of access to justice and appropriate child protection solutions for children in the context of national security concerns, and help better understand regional partner landscape, as well as global reference frameworks to support programmes and advocacy in target countries. The specific objectives are to:


Understand government approaches to dealing with children in contact or in conflict with the law in the context of national security concerns. This element will also be based on exploring applicable legal frameworks, as well as the role and relevance of specialized child justice and child protection/welfare systems to this group of children

Explore UNICEF CO and other agency programmes addressing access to justice in these contexts;

In collaboration with COs, reflect on and examine engagement strategies with government and other stakeholders used to work on this issue at country level.

 


By delivering against the above specific objectives, the consultancy will also contribute to UNICEF’s region-wide articulation of challenges, promising practices, discussion of effective/potentially effective engagement strategies; identification of peer learning opportunities and RO support themes and modalities to concerned Country Offices (COs).


 


 


DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:


The assignment will take the form desk research, data collection from UNICEF teams and partners through a specifically designed questionnaire, interviews with UNICEF CO Justice for Children focal persons and others, and experts from other organisations and governments when applicable. The consultant will produce a series of deliverables, including report and final technical paper, resource library and related orientation/training for UNICEF staff, and regular consultation calls with COs and MEANRO.


 


The main technical output of the consultancy will be a paper focusing on at least the following aspects in five target countries and regionally:


Analysis of government approaches (stakeholders, influencers, national security provisions and actual practices) to dealing with children in contact with the law in the context of national security concerns;

Overview of UNICEF CO and other agency programmes addressing access to justice and appropriate child protection solutions in these contexts and

Analysis of present engagement strategies with government and other stakeholders UNICEF COs have been using to work on the issue.

 


The process to which the consultancy contributes to is designed to enhance regional consultation on issues of concern, and to intensify country and regional level engagement towards co-designing regional and country level approaches to improving access to justice for children in the context of national security concerns. With this approach in mind, the consultant will be expected to organize regular consultation and validation calls/meetings with Country Offices and ensure regular technical dialogue with UNICEF MENARO and COs.


 


The consultancy aims to support the growth of regional and country level expertise and knowledge in applicable frameworks and strategies of engaging with national security contexts using various angles, to introduce UNICEF teams to some external approaches and perspectives and make promising models of intervention from other contexts accessible. Towards this goal, consultant will be expected to compile a resource library and organise an orientation/training session for UNICEF teams on this subject.


 


The consultant is expected to contribute with an in-depth technical expertise in order to collaboratively, with UNICEF MENARO and CO, undertake robust analysis of contexts and support revision of strategies. Thus, the consultant is expected to work closely with UNICEF teams to further shape and refine the following technical breakdown of the thematic scope of the present consultancy:


 


A. Domestic context:


Children’s alleged association with armed groups designated as terrorist. The case is processed by the system in the country of origin of the child, and the alleged association and other unlawful activities of the child took place in the same country.

Children in contact with the justice system for their (alleged) participation in public unrest, civil demonstrations and other activities that are qualified as a threat to national security. The case is processed by the system in the country of origin of the child, and the alleged unlawful activity took place in the same country.

B. International context:


Children are or would be in contact with the law, including state/national security actors, in their countries of origin, after returning from another country, where they allegedly were associated with designated terrorist armed groups.

Children are in contact with the law in a foreign country (where they currently reside, and where they may be under arrest/detention), where they allegedly were associated with armed groups designated as terrorist.

 


 


KEY DELIVERABLES:


 


Deliverables


Due by


Deliverable 1. Inception report, developed in consultation with UNICEF MENARO and concerned COs[1], containing the following:


Scope and methodological approach

Draft desk review including the following

Applicable international legal and normative framework, including a broader framework around the security architecture and practices as they affect children

Promising/good practices in programming and advocacy, including evidence-based, child-friendly approaches to the reintegration of children in contact with the law in National Security contexts, and strategies of engaging with justice and security sectors

Overview of gaps in regional/country level knowledge of context and approaches

Questionnaire(s) or surveys and other methodological tools to support information/data collection at CO and regional level

 


Deliverable 2. At least one inception consultation call with COs, jointly organized and facilitated with MENARO


 


End of Month 1


Deliverable 3. Completed interviews with 5 CO teams and external stakeholders at regional/country level (where applicable)


 


Deliverable 4. Completed stakeholder mapping at the regional/international level


 


Deliverable 5. At least one call with concerned COs, jointly organized and facilitated with MENARO, to discuss initial findings and key highlights per country, and per context (domestic/international), as defined in assignment description and objectives.


 


Deliverable 6. Content and structure of the resource library with internal and external tools, evidence and resources on justice for children and national security concerns prepared and agreed with UNICEF MENARO


End of Month 3


 


Deliverable 7. Draft technical paper, covering the following:


Government approaches (stakeholders, influencers, national security provisions and actual practices) to dealing with children in contact or in conflict with the law in the context of national security concerns; applicable legal frameworks, the role and relevance of specialized child justice and child protection/welfare systems to this group of children;

UNICEF CO and other agency programmes addressing access to justice in these contexts;

Analysis of engagement strategies with government and other stakeholders at country level;

Analysis of opportunities of integrating/reflecting UNICEF’s country and regional level work within broader UNICEF/UN programming on the issue, linking with related areas (such as CAAFAG and CAAC programming; reintegration of children following serious situations of vulnerability, etc.), and identifying options of framing appropriate approaches.

Recommendations regarding programming approaches and engagement strategies for UNICEF at country and regional level;

Identification of gaps in knowledge, evidence generation and tools needed to further engage on issues of children in contact with the law in national security contexts;

Country profiles/country information chapters

 


Deliverable 8. At least one call with concerned COs, jointly organized and facilitated with MENARO, to discuss structure of the draft report, cross-cutting and country-specific findings, and facilitate joint issue-based discussion


End of Month 4


Deliverable 9. Validation and planning webinar (or a face-to-face meeting, if possible) organized with UNICEF CO teams from concerned countries and MENARO, discussing the technical paper and ways forward


 


Deliverable 10. Final technical paper


 


Deliverable 11. Compiled resource library with internal and external tools, evidence and resources on justice for children and national security concerns, and an orientation/training (webinar or face-to-face format) for UNICEF CO focal points on existing approaches, tools and resources. 


End of Month 6


 


 


 


 


 


TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS


 Mission travel


 


For individual contractors and consultants, all travel arrangements to commence the assignment, including insurance and visas, will be managed and paid by the individual. Therefore, expected travel costs must be included as a budget item in the financial proposal. Should “mission travel” be required, UNICEF will manage and pay for travel via Travel Authorization. However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites: Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, the Basic and Advanced Security in the Field Trainings, Travel Visa, and liability waiver. Trip prerequisites will be met at the expense of the consultant.


 


Travel cost shall be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC at http://icsc.un.org). The consultant must travel on UNICEF approved airlines.


 


 


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:


1. Education: Advanced degree in social sciences, law, human rights/children’s rights or related field.


2. Work experience: Minimum 10 years


3. Technical knowledge:


Proven expertise in working on justice and security sector reforms, assessments, planning, legislative and policy reviews. Expertise in child justice will be a clear advantage.

Work experience both with UNICEF and other UN agencies on justice and security sector reforms will be an asset.

Knowledge of MENA regional child protection, justice and security context will be a significant advantage

Solid understanding of child protection and multi-sectoral programming (e.g. livelihoods, youth and adolescents, PSS) in humanitarian settings

Proven experience of analytical and strategic level work in justice and/or security sectors

Experience of working/researching in the MENA region will be an asset

Strong writing and facilitation/training skills

Ability to work remotely, engaging multiple stakeholders

 


4. Language: English is mandatory, Arabic is an advantage.


 


Payment Schedule:


 


Proposed methodology: By Deliverable


 


The consultant will be paid in two tranches, based on deliverables expected within the target timeframe, based on the following schedule:


 


PROPOSED PAYMENT SCHEDULE


 


Deliverables


(with respective percentage of fees)


Payment Schedule


Deliverable 1. Inception report, developed in consultation with UNICEF MENARO and concerned COs (10 % of total fees)


Deliverable 2. At least one inception consultation call with COs, jointly organized and facilitated with MENARO (5%)


Deliverable 3. Completed interviews with 5 CO teams and external stakeholders at regional/country level (where applicable) (10%)


Deliverable 4. Completed stakeholder mapping at the regional/international level (10%)


Deliverable 5. At least one call with concerned COs, jointly organized and facilitated with MENARO, to discuss initial findings and key highlights per country, and per context (domestic/international), as defined in assignment description and objectives. (5%)


Deliverable 6. Content and structure of the resource library with internal and external tools, evidence and resources on justice for children and national security concerns prepared and agreed with UNICEF MENARO (10%)


50% of the total fees


 


Deliverables expected by the end of Month 3


Deliverable 7. Draft technical paper (10%)


Deliverable 8. At least one call with concerned COs, jointly organized and facilitated with MENARO, to discuss structure of the draft report, cross-cutting and country-specific findings, and facilitate joint issue-based discussion (5%)


Deliverable 9. Validation and planning webinar (or a face-to-face meeting, if possible) organized with UNICEF CO teams from concerned countries and MENARO, discussing the technical paper and ways forward (5%)


Deliverable 10. Final technical paper (20%)


Deliverable 11. Compiled resource library with internal and external tools, evidence and resources on justice for children and national security concerns, and an orientation/training (webinar or face-to-face format) for UNICEF CO focal points on existing approaches, tools and resources. (10%)


50% of the total fees


 


Deliverables expected by the end of Month 6


 


 


 


EVALUATION PROCESS:


Qualified candidates are requested to submit:


Cover letter

CV

Financial quote as a lump sum, inclusive of professional fees, travel/administrative/subsistence costs, if applicable

Examples of previous, relevant work. Examples can be attached to the application as separate documents or can be included in the cover letter by inserting links to online resources.

Names of three referees

 


Incomplete submissions will not be considered.


 


“UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, 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.”



[1] More information on the geographical scope and other details will be provided to shortlisted candidates.


 

Advertised: Oct 18 2020 Jordan Daylight Time

Application close: Nov 15 2020 Jordan Standard Time


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