Jul 062018

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Ghana
Closing date: 18 Jul 2018

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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 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 includes initiatives to change behavior through media campaigns and community-based use of the child protection toolkit to facilitate community engagement.

However, there is a general lack of systematic and coordinated approach to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse at a national scale. Decentralized response mechanisms at the Metropolitan, Municipal, District Assembly (MMDA) level particularly fall short in addressing the needs of child victims of violence and abuse. While some of the departments and agencies of the Government have standards operating procedures in place, these Âare limited, only covering children without parental care, children engaged in worst forms of child labor, trafficking, child offenders, child victims and witnesses. And these SOPs do not take into consideration the broader case management related to child protection and SGBV. In addition, a proper evidence-based and data-driven case management system at the MMDA level with a referral mechanisms, also remains a main gap.

Even if a case is reported to the police, social worker, education officer or health worker, the victim of abuse, neglect or exploitation may still not get the required attention due to serious challenges with case and information management system. In general, Ghana child protection and gender based violence related information management system is weak, and does not have mechanisms for consistent, on-going information sharing and data analysis between agencies and ministries involved in child and family welfare.

A standard paper-based system exists but is very weak, and there are no standardized forms, or procedures on how to report or make referral in a decentralized services delivery structure. 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.

How can you make a difference?

This assignment is expected to be of the duration of approximately 60 consecutive working days and is anticipated to commence in July 2018. Under the overall guidance of UNICEF Chief, Child Protection and Child Protection Specialist (Social Welfare), the consultant will undertake the following:

  • Undertake an analysis of the existing systems of case management and referral mechanisms, including legislation, Standard Operating Procedures (Police, Health, Human Trafficking, child labor, domestic and gender based violence, Social Welfare), available training material and reporting forms as well as international best practices.
  • Carry out a stakeholder analysis to identify relevant players in the case management process and consult with them to identify their potential roles and collaboration within a decentralized child protection service delivery system. This should be situated within the Decentralization Framework of Ghana.
  • Develop in consultation with main stakeholders an inter-ministerial case management SOPs and standardized forms, table of authority, case flows for the responsive services for children in need of care and protection at the MMDA level.
  • Develop a Ghana specific typology of child protection and gender violence cases based on their legal definitions.
  • In consultation with relevant stakeholders, develop an inter-ministerial data protection and sharing protocol and MoUs to be signed between Government and NGOs who will be using the system. This should include referral mechanisms between government and nongovernmental actors for prevention and responses services.
  • Deliverables and time frame for submission
  • Workplan and activity report detailing the proposed framework for the inter-sectoral SOPs and amendments to existing SOPs/reporting forms; shared with concerned stakeholders and feed-back incorporated for finalization

    10 days


    Stakeholders analysis report including roles and responsibilities, case flows charts, standards, and table of authority

    20 days


    Case Managements SOPs and standardized forms developed and validated by main stakeholders.

    20 days


    Typology of child protection and SGBV cases developed

    Â5 days


    Data protection and sharing protocol and MoUs developed and validated by main stakeholders.

    Â5 days

    Total time

    Â60 days

    Please read attached Terms of Reference for detailed information on this assignment.

    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree in social science, social work, organizational reform; child protection or other relevant fields;
  • At least 8 years relevant work experience, in developing child protection frameworks, SOPs and curriculum / training development;
  • Knowledge and understanding of children’s rights and human rights;
  • Ability to draft clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form;
  • Excellent communication 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 training and capacity-building initiatives and advisory functions;
  • Prior experience of working with UNICEF and Governments in development contexts will be an asset.
  • Application Procedure:

    Interested candidates should apply on-line to the link provided. In addition to the CV/Resume, candidates should attach two more documents; i). A three-page note on how he/she intends to effectively accomplish this assignment within time frame including proposed workplan; ii). One max two-page financial proposal indicating professional fees, lumpsum DSA rates for all ten regions per day and transportation fee in US Dollars. The fee should be expressed as a daily rate. Travel and DSA expenses for the field visits should also be mentioned in the financial proposal. The financial proposal should be all inclusive fee, DSA and transportation.

    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….

    View our competency framework at

    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.


    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    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

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