Sep 162017

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Ghana
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

  • Integration of gender, adolescent development /protection, and ASRH content into the Child Protection Community Toolkit content:
  • Desk Review of existing resources on topic already developed by other Government and NGO partners in Ghana and abroad, particularly focusing on adolescent girls’ empowerment and protection
  • Review and assess the current Toolkit training manual/resource guide/ activities content in the areas of adolescent development and protection, gender and GBV, and ASRH. The review should also take into account any documentation available on the learnings from utilization of the toolkit, particularly in the areas of gender, adolescence and ASRH. Based on the above, and in consultation with key stakeholders, identify content/resource gaps and recommend additional content for integration
  • Draft an additional training module on gender/adolescent development and protection/ASRH to orient child protection facilitators and build their capacity on how to apply gender and age responsive approaches, facilitate adolescent girls’ empowerment and engage in dialogues with adolescents, families and communities on those issues (consultation with beneficiaries may be considered). Training module should follow a similar style to the existing Toolkit Facilitators Training Manual and Facilitators Guide, and its development should be guided by Consultations with end users and beneficiaries
  • Develop additional relevant toolkit resources- including specific tools for direct engagement with adolescent girls and boys with the objective to empower adolescents’, especially girls, to challenge existing gender and social norms which negatively impact their transitions as well as the voice, status and life outcomes (based on consultation with beneficiaries)
  • Pre-test the draft materials with Toolkit users and beneficiaries and share outcomes with UNICEF and Government partners for input
  • Based on pre-test results, UNICEF and partners’ input, finalize the newly developed content/ resources
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  • Integration of gender, adolescent development and protection content in the UDS Certificate Course on Child Protection and guidelines/SOPs for workforce strengthening

  • Desk Review existing resources on the topic already developed by other Government/ NGO Partners in Ghana and abroad
  • Review the content of the current draft of the UDS CP stand-alone certificate course, identify and map gaps and propose entry points for integration of gender, adolescent development and protection content into the curriculum
  • Draft module/content on gender and adolescent development and protection for integration in the UDS child protection certificate curriculum
  • Review and pre-test the draft content with UDS Team/group of lecturers to ascertain relevance and effectiveness of materials developed and share findings with UNICEF and UDS
  • Incorporate pre-testing findings and UNICEF and partners’ feedback and finalize the document for integration in the stand-alone certificate curriculum
  • 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

  • At least five years of proven experience in content development around issues of gender, adolescent development and protection and adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate

  • Prior experience in development of curriculum content, capacity building and community engagement tools development
  • Prior experience in working with adolescents, family and communities on engagement around child and family welfare issues and transformative education on gender equality and girls empowerment is a strong asset
  • Prior work with Government and/or UN Agency is asset
  • Demonstrated previous experience of similar assignments including a submission of a sample of two
  • Capacity to effectively respond to feedback, work independently and under tight timelines
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.

    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:

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