International Consultant (CRC and State Party Reporting), Accra, Ghana
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The year 2019 marked 30 years of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), to which Ghana was the first signatory globally. Since 1990, Ghana has achieved remarkable economic growth (with and increase in GNI per capita from US$400 in 1990 to US$2,130 in 2018) and halved poverty rates. It became a lower middle-income country in 2010. Notwithstanding this progress and significant child survival achievements, development and protection have not evenly benefited all children. For example, 18% of children under-5 are stunted as a result of chronic or recurrent malnutrition, while many children still face inadequate access to water, have poor sanitation, live in poor housing conditions and are subject to various forms of violence and abuse. According to the 2019 Multidimensional Child Poverty Report, 73% of children in Ghana are multidimensionally poor. This means that nearly three-quarters are deprived in at least three children’s rights dimensions (health, nutrition, learning and development, housing, protection, water, sanitation, and information). Significant gaps and inequalities challenge the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) results for every child in Ghana.
Every four years, signatories to the CRC are required to prepare State Party reports on their implementation and achievements in advancing the Convention. It is also a time for stock-taking and reflection on what has been implemented, achieved and apparent remaining gaps.
While Government statistics on children are available for analysis, it is important for other stakeholders to document factors and difficulties affecting the fulfilment of obligations under the CRC to provide a comprehensive understanding of the implementation of the CRC in Ghana. The State Party reporting process, therefore, prescribes the use of an independent facilitator who will adopt an objective inclusive and participatory process of data collection, analysis, validation and drafting of a State Parties report, which should provide empirical and anecdotal evidence on the status of children in Ghana.
The assignment is in line with the GOG-UNICEF Country Programme of cooperation which supports on strengthened national M&E and data systems to increasingly inform evidence-based policies and programmes. Support to the CRC State Party reporting is included in the 2020-21 GOG-UNICEF Annual Work Plan signed by the Ministry of Finance. Under the activity, “Support to strengthen national statistics and M&E systems to enhance the capacities of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), key Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in data generation, sharing, use and Ghana SDG indicators tracking”.
The assignment will, however, require significant technical knowledge and capacity in coordination, understanding of the CRC, data analysis and report writing, as well as availability to carry out all related activities towards finalization of the State Party Report on which the UNICEF Ghana Country office and partner Ministries are reliant.
The overall purpose of the consultancy is to: 1) support the drafting of the initial CRC State Party report and 2) strengthen government capacity to develop policies and programmes to ensure the protection and advancement of human rights principles guaranteed by the convention as well as develop a permanent capacity for continuous monitoring and reporting on implementation of treaty commitments. The consultant will also assist Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) in conceiving mechanisms that will respond to the treaty obligations with participation of line ministries, non-governmental stakeholders and children.
The scope of this consultancy is to support the MoGCSP and the inter-ministerial technical committee on the rights of the child to collect, compile and analyze the information gathered and prepare the CRC. Specifically, the consultant will analyze the extent to which children’s rights have been realized across thematic areas against the last report and observations, and factors enabling this as described in the treaty-specific guidelines regarding the form and content of initial reports to be submitted by States parties under article 44, paragraph 1(b), of the CRC, adopted by the Committee at its 55th session (13 September-1 October 2010) as well as other relevant articles of the CRPD. The analysis should contain the immediate and underlying causes of violations of non-realized rights, disaggregated data on affected children and trends during the reporting period.
The consultant will implement the following tasks:
The incumbent’s duties and timeframe are outlined below and are to be undertaken in line with UNICEF rules and regulations.
The consultant will be engaged to perform tasks and duties according to the terms of reference.
The anticipated duration of the contract is eight months, from February 2020 to September 2020.
1. Submission of the work plan for the consultancy as well as methodology and plan for development of the national CRC initial report agreed with the main stakeholders, including the timeline production of and introduction into skeletons of the CRC State party report. – 5 days
2. Production of material for trainings, such as guidelines for drafting of the initial State party reports and respective parts of the reports – 5 days
3. Conduct a training for drafters from the MoGCSP and technical committees on how to write an initial CRC report. – 2 days
4. Support the development of a detailed work plan with timeframe, and tasks and roles of relevant government stakeholders – 4 days
5. Review and provide technical inputs to the first draft and provide a detailed review report. – 10 days
6. Child rights orientation sessions conducted for MoGCSP and technical committee members, with a copy of the information and orientation package and report. Enhance the knowledge and capacities of MoGCSP (Department of Children) and technical committee members to develop and understand indicators and collect data; capacity to draft alternative reports. Orientation should include training on meaningful child participation, related practical and ethical considerations and methods on how to collect information from children. – 10 days
7. Child rights orientation sessions conducted for UNICEF, NGO and children. Improve knowledge and capacity of the MoGCSP and technical committee members, UNICEF, NGO representatives and children to submit and analyze inputs of the State reports and to be fully cognizant of CRC procedures.- 4 days
8.Review and provide inputs to the second draft of the report and provide a detailed review report. – 5 days
9. Review and provide inputs to the final report on activities performed according to the TOR, documentation of the process, results achieved, and conclusions drawn. – 5 days
10.Additional written inputs as needed – 5 days
TOTAL WORKING DAYS 55 DAYS
Primary supervision will be provided by the UNICEF Chief of Policy and Evidence, working closely with the Director, Department of Children, MoGCSP as well as the UNICEF Policy and Evidence team. Clear workplan, deliverable deadlines and travel plan/dates should be agreed with supervisor.
Expected Background and Experience
Payment will be made based on written certification by supervisor for satisfactory performance. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
Copyright, Patents, and other Proprietary Rights (if applicable)
The Government of Ghana and UNICEF shall have the Copyright, Patents and other Proprietary Rights for all documents generated from this consultancy.
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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.
Interested candidates, when applying must indicate their proposed daily professional fees in USD. In addition to the application letter and CV/Resume, candidates should attach a two-page write up on how he/she intends to effectively accomplish this assignment within the time frame noting that he/she will work both home base and Accra base. Please attach samples of your previous works (if any).
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
TOR CRC State Party Reporting Ghana International.pdf