UN National Consultant Jobs in Ghana
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, a champion
The Government of Ghana through its Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service has been making good progress in preventing and responding (as survivors are also catered for) to violence and in creating an enabling legislative and policy environment.
This has led to the pivotal National Child Protection Policy framework and included initiatives for behavior and social change through media campaigns and community-based Interactions on issues of child protection
To ensure a more systematic and coordinated approach to strengthening families and preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse interventions at the decentralized level, it is important that guidelines are provided and capacities strengthened to enable staff deliver quality social services for children at national scale.
Decentralized response mechanisms at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) levels particularly fall short in addressing the needs of children.
Some of the departments and agencies of the Government although have standard operating procedures and guidelines in place, these are very limited.
In addition, a proper evidence-based and dataâ€“driven case management system at the MMDA level with referral mechanisms, also remains a gap.
Â This lack of integrated case management and incident monitoring and reporting framework does not only hinder the speedy follow up on a case of a single child, but also hinders decision makers in their evidence-based policy making process and the design of effective strategies and programmes for responsible and accessible social welfare services.
UNICEF is currently supporting the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in developing inter-departmental child protection/SGBV case management Standard Operating Procedures.
An adequate set of practical operational tools are only effective if the professionals who have to use them have the right competencies and capacities.
UNICEF will therefore work with the Departments of Social Welfare and Children, the Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) and the academia to equip a wide range of actors with the required knowledge, skills and tools in child protection including case management, prevention, Policy to Practice implementation guidelines, justice administration and probation, social protection and planning, monitoring and reporting.
This however requires a revision of what is currently available to subsequently develop curricula and training manuals for in-service and pre-service training.
The training manual for social welfare and community development developed by the OHLGS in 2014 will be reviewed to incorporate the key child protection elements.
Based on the revised materials, the Government of Ghana and its partners including UNICEF aim to train not less than 1,400 child protection practitioners and members of the multi-disciplinary working groups (i.e.
justice sector professionals, probation officers, community workers, health professional etc).
Working closely with training institutions of the Office of the Head of Local Government Service will ensure institutionalization of the training programs which will form part of the capacity building components of the OHLGS.This assignment is expected to be of the duration of approximately 16 weeks and is anticipated to commence in August 2018.
How can you make a difference?
Under the overall guidance of the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist (Social Welfare) and the Chief of UNICEF Child Protection Programme, the consultant will undertake the following:
Review and update the training manual and training modules of the Office of the Local Government Service based on the needs assessment conducted by the MMDAs. It will include the development of:
A core module on typology and legal framework;
One module on child protection case management;
One module of SGBV Case management (with special session on teen-age pregnancy, child marriage, sexual violence against girls etc)
One module on child protection issues (alternative care, children without parental care, child trafficking, child labor, etc.)
One Module on justice administration and probation;
One module on prevention work based on the community facilitation toolkit;
One module on child protection guidelines for health workers
One module on Policy to Practice (P2P) implementation guidelines;
One module on social protection including cash transfer program Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP);
One module on planning, supervision, monitoring and reporting on MTDP, Annual Plan and SDGs etc.
Each Module will have multiple sessions to cover the topic fully. All sessions should be marked as core, highly important, important and less important. Each session should have accompanying handouts and PPTs.
Piloting of new modules.
Conducting one TOT of 30 participants to be nominated by OHLGS with selected modules. The training will be planned and organized by OHLGS and the consultant will facilitate the training.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
The desired person should have:
Advanced university degree in social work or social science, child protection or other relevant fields;
At least 8 years of relevant work experience, in conducting and developing training materials preferably for child protection practitioners; Knowledge and understanding of children's rights and human rights;
Excellent communication, facilitating and drafting skills in English, both orally and in writing;
Exceptional analytical capacity and ability to pay attention to details in reporting and writing;
Strong interpersonal skills and experience in facilitating training and capacity-building initiatives;
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.
The technical competencies required for this post are….
How to apply
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.By 20th August, 2018
For more information and job application details, see; UN National Consultant Jobs in Ghana