Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 18 Sep 2017
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Assignment
Statistics in Ghana show adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable and disproportionately affected with higher exposure to the above adolescent protection concerns and various gender-based disadvantages. They face high levels of sexual and gender based violence and exploitation which are often a direct reflection of their low status in the community and their increased vulnerability due to gender socialization, economic dependence and lower educational experience. In 2015, more than 38.2 per cent of adolescent girls aged 15-19 years reported to have experienced at least one act of sexual violence. In 2014 14.2% of all adolescent girls’ aged 15-19 years had begun child bearing, with pregnancy in adolescence carrying a high risk in maternal and new born death. Adolescent pregnancy and childbearing among school girls are emerging as important risk factors also for their increased school dropout rates, particularly at Junior High Levels (JHS). In Ghana today one in five girls (21%) are married before their 18th birthday, with girls from rural areas, poorest households and lower levels of education being disproportionately affected.
In partnership with the Government of Ghana, particularly the Department of Community Development of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, UNICEF has supported the development of resources to build capacities of social welfare and community development officers, civil society partners and other child and family welfare stakeholders on child protection issues, and to stimulate communal reflection and dialogue on child protection, including its gender dimensions, and encourage local actions.
Many of the protection concerns raised and discussed within communities refer to adolescent protection issues, including challenges in adolescent development transitions, adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues, and forms of violence, abuse and exploitation experienced particularly by adolescent girls. While a child protection toolkit currently includes a module on the linkages between gender and child protection and one tool reflecting on gender norms, emerging areas including adolescent development, gender socialization, adolescent protection concerns- including Sexual and Gender-based violence (SGBV), adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues remain insufficiently covered and have been highlighted as requiring additional content /resource development to support community mobilization and dialogues towards more favorable community environments for adolescents, especially girls.
Similarly, as part of the process of strengthening the capacity of the child protection workforce in 20 priority districts in Ghana (particularly Social Welfare and Community Development Officers), there is a unique opportunity to contribute to long-term capacity building of service providers also in the areas of gender, adolescent development and protection for improved gender and age responsiveness in service delivery. The University for Development Studies (UDS) in partnership with UNICEF Ghana and technical support of the Wilfrid Laurier University of Canada is also mainstreaming Child Protection into existing teaching curriculum of the UDS. Furthermore, a ‘stand-alone’ certificate course is in the process of being developed on Child Protection for more intensified learning for development practitioners (Government, civil society and Development partners). This exercise is cost effective, sustainable and has the potential to expand to other academic and teaching institutions of the country, including the School of Social Work (SSW).
Assignment Tasks and Expected Deliverables
Provide guidance to graphic designer for design and creatives development (specifications for production of all deliverables)
Integration of gender, adolescent development and protection content in the UDS Certificate Course on Child Protection and guidelines/SOPs for workforce strengthening
For details of Deliverables, please read attached ToR.
TOR Posted – Gender and Adolescent protection – August 2017.pdf
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
An advance University degree in human rights, gender studies, sociology, communication studies or other social science field is required
Years of relevant experience
Competencies of Successful Candidate
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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.
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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=506891