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Child Protection Consultant

UNICEF Netherlands is looking for a Child Protection Consultant, Sint Maarten  

Consultancy:                    Child Protection-Reporting Codes Child Abuse

Location of Assignment:  Sint Maarten and home-based

Languages required:        English and Dutch

Total working days:          30 working days within the contract period

Travel:                               Yes, 25 working days on Sint Maarten within
                                          the contract period

Duration of contract:        May 1st to August 16th, 2019


On 6 September 2017, hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. The island of Sint Maarten was heavily affected with 90% of structures damaged. Sint Maarten is an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. UNICEF Netherlands conducted post-disaster needs assessments in the area of education and child protection from a children's rights perspective. Based on the assessment's findings, UNICEF Netherlands has since been implementing a recovery programme in coordination with relevant ministries and departments within the Government of St. Maarten.


The main purpose of this consultancy is to provide support for the development of legislation and strategies towards protection against child abuse on Sint Maarten, in particular support  for establishing the (legal) requirements and development of reporting codes and interagency agreements, as per the Guide towards the National Protocol Child Abuse and related Action Plan Child Abuse Guide of Sint Maarten (2015).

This support is expected to encompass governmental institutions responsible for the child protection system on Sint Maarten and local stakeholders, in particular those responsible for identification, reporting and responding to violence against children. The consultant will work in close collaboration with the relevant governmental entities such as the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor and local stakeholders. The consultant will report to the UNICEF Netherlands Project lead for Sint Maarten.

Duties and Responsibilities

In particular the consultant will:

  • Review and adjust, in agreement with the relevant local government agencies and UNICEF Netherlands, the action plan and timeline for this consultancy.
  • Support the Ministry of Justice in developing a Draft National Decree containing general measures (art. 1:243d Civil Code)
  • Support the establishment of the requirements in relation to the content of the reporting codes
  • Support the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor in the development of reporting codes for:
    o   Health practitioners
    o   Day care centers
    o   After school programs
  • Provide guidance and feedback, when requested, to UNICEF Netherlands child protection activities regarding child abuse
  • Draft, together with the key stakeholders, a follow up action plan and timeline for the activation and implementation of the reporting codes, targeting all relevant actors on Sint Maarten.

Minimum requirements

The international consultant should have the following profile:

  • Master degree in social science (law, human rights, political science, sociology, social work), or other related field;
  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in child protection, in particular on violence against children and development of reporting codes and legislation on child abuse (meldcode kindermishandeling);
  • Solid experience working with governments, including facilitating meetings with multisectoral government stakeholders;
  • Solid experience with interdisciplinary meetings, and in participatory methodologies;
  • Strong capacity to develop and present results based action plans, tools and reports on violence against children;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English and (strongly preferred) Dutch;
  • Experience with UNICEF is a clear advantage
  • Knowledge of the child protection system and child protection services / violence against children in the Kingdom of The Netherlands is an advantage;
  • Experience in the Caribbean region is a strong advantage.

Place of Work and Mobilisation

The position will be home-based, subject to agreement between the consultant and UNICEF Netherlands. The consultant will be required to spend approximately 25 working days on Sint Maarten.

The consultant is expected to provide his/her own computer and mobile telephone for all work related to the assignment. The assignment will require regular visit to governmental organisations and non- governmental organisations and meetings with personnel involved in the child protection sector.

On working days, the consultant must be available for calls and meetings between the hours of 9am-5pm in the time zone where the consultant is located.

Expected Duration

The assignment will take place from May 1st until August 16th, 2019. Possible extension is subject to identified needs and gaps, as well as funding.

How to apply

Please address your CV and motivation letter by April 28th, 2019 to Ms. Marieke Roelfsema, UNICEF Netherlands Project Lead for Sint Maarten. You may submit your application to our programme secretary Ms. Melissa Hempelmann: mhempelmann@unicef.nl. UNICEF Netherlands is the contracting entity, www.unicef.nl.