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Title: National Contractor for strengthening child protection component of the Holistic and Integrated Early Childhood Development and child protection services
Type of Contract: Individual Contractor
Duration: June 2022 – February 2023 (9 months)
Duty Station: Kupang
The purpose of this assignment is for a consultant at the provincial level to work with the provincial and focus on district governments to strengthen the child protection mechanisms so that at risk and vulnerable children have access to Holistic and Integrated Early Childhood Development (HI-ECD) and child protection services. Additionally, the consultant will work with schools to support schools’ management and educators in developing guidelines to promote positive behaviors and prevent violence including on digital platform.
How can you make a difference?
The impact of COVID-19 on children is profound. The pandemic has severely disrupted the learning, social and emotional development of children from pre-school through to secondary education, with the country’s 530,000 schools largely closed since early March 2020, over 18-month period, affecting over 60 million students. Additionally, all 200,000 ECD centres across the country were closed, affecting over 4 million young children. In the context of NTT, there has been a slight decrease in the participation rate of ECD centres from 32.72 per cent in 2020 to 32.59 per cent in 2021 .
Parents are worried about the lack of capacity within the education system to support their children’s learning and development recovery. Teachers expressed concern that they do not have the skills to apply different learning methodologies needed to deliver distance and blended learning. For ECE, now more than ever, teachers are expected to be able to develop comprehensive programs for children that can support them to recover their lost learning and development and move forward confidently to transition to primary school. Moreover, children who lost their parents and caregivers due to the pandemic COVID-19 are at risk of neglect, violence and exploitation. UNICEF and the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWECP) outlined that since the start of the pandemic, more than 35,000 children in Indonesia have lost one or both caregivers due to COVID-19.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, school-based violence prevention has emerged as an important concern that urgently requires the re-establishment of regular and safe delivery of essential services including protection referrals. In 2016, UNICEF in collaboration with the MoWECP developed a positive discipline programme that integrates violence prevention with schools’ programme. The programme aimed to strengthen the positive behaviour of school communities, including principals, teachers, school staff and communities through training programmes that promoted non-corporal and verbal punishments toward children as well as encouraging students to be aware of and responsible for their behaviours. The programme already generated provide positive impacts in Papua province, in the form of decreasing corporal and emotional punishment rates significantly. As such, the MoWECP has scaled up the positive discipline model to 15 provinces through the implementation of teacher training in over the 30 cities/districts involving 3,000 educators. Learning from this evidence-based practice, the same program would be implemented in the two targeted districts in East Nusa Tenggara to promote positive behaviours in ECD canters and primary schools in the COVID-19 pandemic contexts.
In short, the pandemic has severely disrupted the learning and social and emotional development of children from pre-school through to secondary education, with all 200,000 ECD centres across the country being closed for a lengthy period, affecting over 4 million young children. The pandemic has brought about particular obstacles including:
- Many children worldwide are suffering psychosocial impacts including anxiety, insomnia, and social withdrawal.
- The implementation of digital learning to some extent creates bigger risks for children to misuse the internet which leads to addiction, cognitive load, distractions, and over-time internet use.
- Orphaned children have detrimental impacts on their physical, intellectual, and emotional development and are vulnerable to experience violence, neglect, and exploitation due to insufficient parental attention.
SCOPE OF WORK:
In collaboration with the Implementing Partner, develop strategies and work plan for the Child-Protection-HI ECD program in Kota Kupang and TTS. Specifically, these include:
- Conduct coordination meetings with Kota Kupang and TTS district governments (Bupati, Bapelitbangda, P2TP2A) and relevant stakeholders) and provincial stakeholders.
- In collaboration with the Implementing Partner/s, strengthen the existing child protection service mechanism (UPTDPPA/P2TP2A and child protection network) in Kota Kupang and TTS as well as at the provincial level.
- In collaboration with the implementing partner/s, provide technical assistance in strengthening referral mechanism that integrates cross-sectoral child protection issues in Kota Kupang and TTS as well as at the provincial level.
- Provide technical assistance in advocating for child protection-related issues in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kota Kupang and TTS Districts as well as at the provincial level.
- Provide technical support to ECD centers and schools to promote positive discipline and birth registration.
- Provide technical assistance including supervision and monitoring, critical review, and feedback to support the Implementing Partner/s during programme implementation, including developing topics and support facilitators concerning Child Protection programme activities.
- Support the development of Human-Interest Story and other knowledge materials on the COVID-19 associated orphanhood participating in psychosocial and other child protection programme activities.
Please refer to the Term of Reference attached for detail breakdowns of key tasks and deliverables.
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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.
This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.
Closing date: 30 May 2022
The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information in your profile. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your profile to ensure accuracy and completeness. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. This vacancy is open for Indonesians only.
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.