Individual Consultancy: Evaluation of Child Advocacy Centres – Jan. 2015 – Mar. 2021 (Nationals of Guyana only)

Individual Consultancy: Evaluation of Child Advocacy Centres – Jan. 2015 – Mar. 2021 (Nationals of Guyana only)

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Job no: 540436
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Guyana
Categories: Monitoring and Evaluation

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, safety

Background

Guyana is located on the northeast coast of South America and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Suriname, Brazil, and Venezuela. It has a landmass of 215,000 square kilometres and is divided into 10 administrative regions. Guyana is a sparsely populated country totaling 746,955, with 50.2 percent males and 49.8 percent females, inhabitants, of whom 89 percent live mostly along a narrow coastal strip (Guyana Bureau of Statistics 2014). Besides, 35.5 percent of the population is under 15 and young people 15-19 represent about 8.9 percent.  The Coastland regions, which include the capital city have a population size of 89.1 percent. The population of the Hinterland regions, comprising more than two-thirds of the land area, is 10.9 percent. The population in the hinterland of Guyana is over 80per cent Amerindian descent and Amerindians account for 9.2per cent of the population. Guyana’s child population is 293,915 or 39.35 percent of the total population and the child population, 4248 children are living with disabilities.
 
Guyana is an upper-middle-income country with a per-capita income of US$5,194 (World Bank 2019) and a Gross Domestic Product growth from 3.42 in 2018 to 3.82 in 2019. Though Guyana’s Human Development Index ranking has improved, Guyana is still ranked at 123rd out of 189 countries. Without concerted efforts to accelerate and consolidate social gains, Guyana risks missing a unique opportunity to fast-track inclusive economic growth resulting from the oil discovery and demographic dividend.
 
In 2019, the Governments invested about 14.5per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the social sector programmes to ensure basic social services for all, including children; Investment in social assistance (core and complementary).  The discovery of large oil reserves is predicted to lead to significant economic growth. Since that time, ExxonMobil has announced more than 15 discoveries, with potentially 6 billion barrels available as recoverable resources.  Since the declaration of first-oil on December 20, 2019, it is projected that the revenue from oil exports has the potential to double the GDP and non-tax revenue over the next five years.  This presents both a unique opportunity and challenge for the country and UNICEF’s cooperation

How can you make a difference?

Given the foregoing context, the Child Protection Agency in Partnership with UNICEF commissioned an independent evaluation of Child Advocacy centers (CACs).
 
The purpose of the evaluation of the CACs is to lead to improvement of the implementation and quality of the services of CACs in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10, and eventually to inform the decision to scale up service provision and sustainability.
The evaluation will identify, and document lessons learned, including in terms of service design, scope of support provided, resourcing, implementation, reach, and involvement of partners (Ministry child protection agency, NGOs etc.) The evaluation will also provide recommendations for the process of institutionalizing and scaling up the CAC model and services nationally, and for actions to ensure their quality and sustainable implementation in the future.
 
This evaluation will also seek to foster the scale-up of service provision, quality, and implementation of CACs in all regions. This evaluation aims to assess the effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, impact, sustainability, cross-cutting contributions, and value for money of the CACs and the findings will inform decisions and preparation for scale-up https://www.oecd.org/dac/effectiveness/49652541.pdf
 
Evaluation Objectives
The overall aim of the evaluation is to conduct an independent evaluation of the model and services provided by the Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) for children, women, and their families who are victims of violence, in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. The evaluation is both formative and summative. Overall, the evaluation will bring an understanding of what works well and what does not in the CACs model.
 
To qualify as an Advocate for every Child you will have:
 
-A Masters Degree in Social Sciences, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work a specialization in mixed-method evaluation will be an advantage
– A minimum of 6 years of professional experience in leading and managing outcome and impact evaluations.
– Proven experience in conducting evaluations and research, including in child protection areas, in particular violence. 
– Proven experience in the design and methods of qualitative and quantitative evaluation and research.
– Proven experience in conducting value-for-money analyses
– A demonstrable understanding of child protection
– Proven experience in facilitating and collecting information, including data collection with children
– Knowledge of the CACS in Guyana is desirable
– Knowledge of the equity and gender approaches and their application
– Knowledge of Results-Based Management
– Fluency in spoken and written English
– Good ability to write reports clearly and concisely.
– Strong organizational, and presentation skills
 
Desired: Previous experience with the United Nations
             Previous experience with UNEG Standards

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The complete Terms of Reference for this consultancy can be found here:  Evaluation of CACs.pdf

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

 

Remarks:

All Candidates must submit a technical and financial proposal.

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.

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