Nov 8, 2017

Pakistan: Consultant-Child Centered Vulnerability Assessment in Disaster Prone Districts of KP & FATA Req. # 508699 (For Pakistan Nationals Only)

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Pakistan
Closing date: 15 Nov 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.

For every child, health:

Purpose of the Consultancy:

Accordingly technical expertise is required to assist the Disaster Management Authorities (both PDMA and FDMA) and Social Welfare Departments in KP and FATA to undertake a thorough child-centered disaster vulnerability assessment at the local level in support of the development of appropriate and child-centered prevention and mitigation measures. Such an assessment will comprise the development of a child-centered disaster vulnerability assessment tool, based on demographics, poverty and vulnerability, with a particular focus on the potential delivery of protective spaces as an immediate response, as well as the implementation of a Child Protection mobile outreach modality , within the context of a protracted humanitarian crisis - profiling of the various administrative units (District / Agency, Tehsil, Union Council / Villages) and identifying appropriate locations. The findings of the assessment will then contribute to the development of an early-warning coordination mechanism between the government (SWD) and local levels, recognizing the roles of each stakeholder to ensure access to information to the affected population, including on availability and location of protective spaces/services in times of disaster.

Over the past decade, Pakistan has witnessed a series of natural and man-made disasters calling for large-scale humanitarian assistance, ranging from immediate relief and recovery to long-term rehabilitation. The increased number and magnitude of natural disasters being faced by the country such as floods, earthquakes, cyclones, and droughts, have primarily been caused by severe climatic changes leading to extreme weather patterns. Combining these natural disasters with the ongoing complex humanitarian setting, the context is further exacerbated, whereby Pakistan hosts the largest protracted refugee situation globally, concentrated in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) approximating 1.6 million displaced persons, some living in camps and others in host communities. To date, the Government of Pakistan, along with the wider humanitarian community, have addressed such issues through the provision of immediate relief to affected populations using various mechanisms, in particular, compensation benefit packages and social safety-nets. Moreover, recovery work has also been undertaken focusing on restoration and improvement of facilities, livelihoods, and living conditions of disaster-affected communities, including efforts to reduce disaster-risk factors, as well as the provision of emergency services and public assistance for the protection, safety and survival of the people affected. Owing to the significant material, human, economic and environmental losses witnessed during past calamities, further aggravated by the complex emergency situation, the country’s disaster management paradigm has strategically shifted from being reactive to proactive, whereby the focus does not rest solely on response interventions, but rather provides for a holistic approach incorporating prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response/early recovery, and rehabilitation. The prevailing context not only requires coordination, collaboration and effective resource-mobilization at national and provincial levels; rather, it requires essentially to enhance capacities at the local level and strengthen Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), particularly in high-risk areas, in order to make community mechanisms more resilient and effective in the face of humanitarian settings.

Humanitarian situations present a wide-range of risks which can have a devastating impact on the well-being, physical security, protection and future of children. In many cases, children may be separated from their families or caregivers, thereby exposing them to abuse and sexual violence; trafficking or recruitment by armed groups; become orphaned, injured, or disabled. Making up more than half or more of the population affected in a humanitarian setting, children, by far, can be characterized as the most vulnerable group requiring protection from abuse. Child protection, according to Article 19 of the UNCRC, is defined as the prevention of and response to neglect, exploitation and violence against children - collectively recognized as “child abuse”. Essentially, the fulfilment of the right of the child to protection, regardless of the humanitarian context, requires a well-functioning public child protection system comprising structures, functions and capacities, which work together for the achievement of child protection goals, operating at different levels and engaging several actors, including government, INGOs/NGOs, civil society organizations, communities and donors.

This forms the foundation for mitigating harmful effects and responding effectively through both prevention and strengthening preparedness - the concepts preceding any humanitarian action, which ultimately aim to support increased resilience at the level of the State, community, family and child. However, even with the existing somewhat fragmented and ad-hoc structures and limited capacities, the necessity to address threats and risks faced by children in a humanitarian setting becomes all the more crucial as timely. Accordingly, a well-coordinated and effective response is of paramount importance to mitigate the negative consequences on children of any disaster, conflict or crisis.

It is generally accepted that child protection needs and risks are uniform across situations, yet vary in the degree of intensity and caseload, whereby humanitarian settings may result in exacerbating many pre-existing protection concerns. The main issues include child marriage, child labour, violence and psychological distress. In times of emergency, community-based mechanisms, including government-led mechanisms, are undermined, resulting in weak responses, primarily due to inadequate resource allocations and limited preparedness, planning and institutional capabilities of relevant government departments / institutions and other humanitarian actors for emergency response management.

As per the National Disaster Management Act 2010, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is tasked with coordination of all disaster management activities in the country, whereas, at the sub-national levels, there exist Provincial Disaster Management Commissions (PDMC), Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) and District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) including FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) mandated to undertake disaster management functions. The Government finalized a ten-year National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) 2012-22, setting out a strategic direction for human resource development in the field of disaster management, including a multi-hazard early warning system, as well as focusing specifically on Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) to engage local communities in risk management activities and improve their awareness.

With the devolution of powers as a result of the 18th constitutional amendment, including overall responsibility to prepare for and respond to disasters, the provinces are vested with the responsibility to cater comprehensively for humanitarian situations across the entire disaster management spectrum of prevention, preparedness, risk reduction and early recovery to longer-term reconstruction and rehabilitation. While PDMA and FDMA are responsible for DRM policy formulation and play a lead role with regard to coordinating with all relevant stakeholders (Federal Government, provincial line departments, District Government, INGOs and NGOs) and monitoring DRM implementation, respective line departments are mandated to provide a service delivery role. Within the ambit of child protection in humanitarian settings, the primary line department responsible for delivering child protective services is the Social Welfare Department (SWD). In the past, UNICEF’s primary implementation modality for the delivery of the key child protection responses, i.e. establishment of protective spaces – Protective Learning and Community Emergency Services (PLaCES) model – has been through engagement with CSO partners. However, the renewed focus within child protection programming in Pakistan highlights the necessity to strengthen the institutional capacity of provincial and territorial government partners to support the effective realization of the right of the child to protection. As part of this objective a need exists to evaluate the preparedness of SWDs to respond to child protection in an emergency context, thus comprising an initiative to be undertaken jointly by FDMA / PDMA and respective SWDs.

Assignment Tasks:

1. Inception meeting with PDMA, FDMA, UNICEF and Social Welfare Departments KP and FATA in support of orientating all partners on the assignment.

Deliverable(s)

Inception meeting report, 2 days, 30%

-Desk review and mapping of available resources in support of development of child-centered disaster vulnerability assessment tool specific for KP and FATA;

Deliverable(s)

Respective draft child-centered vulnerability assessment tool, specific for KP and FATA, 10 days, 30%

2. Review, revision and endorsement of child-centered disaster assessment tools including methodology in separate sessions for KP (PDMA and SWD) and FATA (FDMA and SWD);

Deliverable(s)

Respective endorsed child-centered disaster vulnerability assessment tools and methodologies, specific for KP and FATA, 6 days, 20%.

-Pre-testing of the endorsed assessment tools in at-least two respective locations (rural and urban) in KP and FATA and summary report of the findings and recommendations for possible revision of the assessment tools and methodologies;

Deliverable(s)

Report of pre-testing exercise, including possible recommendations for the revision of assessment tools and methodologies, specific for KP and FATA;

Final revised assessment tools and methodologies for KP and FATA; 10 days, 20%

3. Delivery of the respective child-centered disaster vulnerability assessments in disaster prone / vulnerable districts and agencies in KP and FATA and respective comprehensive assessment reports for KP and FATA;

Deliverable(s)

Respective child-centered disaster vulnerability assessment reports for KP and FATA; 20 days, 30%

4. Presentation of the findings of the child-centered vulnerability assessments in individual sessions for KP (PDMA and SWD) and FATA (FDMA and SWD) and, based on the reviews, finalized versions of same;

Deliverable(s)

Respective finalized versions of the child-centered vulnerability assessment reports for KP and FATA; 2 days, 20%

Estimated Duration of Contract:

Start date: 20th November, 2017 End date: 31st January, 2018

Qualifications & Experience of a Successful Candidate:

  • Masters degree in social sciences, disaster management and closely related fields;
  • At least six to eight years of proven specific social science research experience, particularly in areas related to disaster management, child vulnerabilities, child protection / social services assessment;
  • Demonstrated professional experience of technically assisting government departments in the conduction of social research and / or any closely related assignments;
  • Proven knowledge of the local culture and social norms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, particularly in the context of child protection issues and vulnerabilities;

Competencies of a Successful Candidate:

  • Communication;
  • Working with People;
  • Drive for Results;
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts;
  • Analyzing;
  • Applying Technical Expertise;
  • Learning and Researching;
  • Planning and Organizing.

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