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Expert on Child Protection System, Aruba

UNICEF Netherlands is looking for an

Expert on Child Protection System, Aruba

Consultancy: Child Protection System / Violence against Children Expert - ARUBA 

Location of Assignment: Home based, with regular travel to Aruba 

Languages required: English and Dutch. (Papiamento preferred) 

Total working days: 70 working days 

Travel: Yes, 65 working days within the contract period 

Duration of contract: June 2019 to December 20th 2019 

Background 

Aruba has been an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 1986. As part of the Kingdom, Aruba has assumed commitments to a number of international instruments, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 

The 2010, and most recent, Population and Housing Census indicates that 25 per cent of Aruba’s 107,557 residents are children. Aruba has high performance indicators, with the population’s standard of living being considered good: 100 per cent of residents, including documented immigrants, have social security and health insurance; primary and second education are free; and 97 per cent of the population 15 years and older are literate. This standard of living is due in large part to the way the State distributes the national budget, with social investments being prioritised at that time. Despite several services being in place that can refer children and provide necessary support, there is no comprehensive child protection system that addresses and prevents the underlying factors perpetuating violence against children. 

In 2017, two young brothers died as a result of abuse and neglect at the hands of their caregivers. This spurred the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour to develop, together with all sectors and actors responsible for child protection, the Integrated Social Plan, which aims to ensure violence prevention and response measures are in place at the household, community, and broader society levels in Aruba. 

In March 2018 the Aruban Government has requested, via the Dutch Minister of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations, for technical assistance from UNICEF Netherlands (NL) to strengthen the safety and protection of children in Aruba. In this regard, in August 2018 UNICEF NL, supported by the UNICEF Regional Office for the Americas and Caribbean, carried out a quick assessment of the child protection system on Aruba. Based on its findings and recommendations, and further discussion with local stakeholders, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and UNICEF Netherlands agreed (Nov. 2018) for UNICEF NL to provide technical assistance to the Government of Aruba to support the building and strengthening of a comprehensive child protection system, in close collaboration with the Aruban government and local stakeholders. 

It is also important to mention that in 2019 a large number of key stakeholder organisations (governmental and non-governmental) in the child protection system on Aruba have been trained on the Signs of Safety (SofS) methodology, and will be applying this methodology in their organisations as of April 2019. 

Purpose 

The main purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance
 for the strengthening of the child protection system of Aruba, with clear
legal and regulatory frameworks, effective public policy implementation, 
and strong interdisciplinary and interinstitutional coordination. 

This support is expected to encompass governmental institutions
responsible part of the child protection system in Aruba, local
stakeholders, in particular those responsible for prevention, identification,
reporting and response to violence against children.
The consultant will work in close collaboration with the relevant
governmental and non-governmental organisations and other local
stakeholders, and with UNICEF Netherlands. 

The consultant will work in close collaboration with, and will report to the
UNICEF Netherlands Aruba Project Lead. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

In particular the consultant will have the following output and key responsibilities, to support improving interinstitutional coordination, support to reduce the waiting list and provide feedback on (ongoing) researches on child protection: 

Output and Key activities: 

A) Detailed Consultancy Action Plan 2019 

Key activities: 

Develop, within the framework of these terms of reference, together with the local key stakeholders and UNICEF Netherlands, a detailed Consultancy Action Plan and monitoring and evaluation framework 2019, including a timeline for the activities to be carried out by the consultant, and the output indicators to be achieved. 

B) Output 1.1: Reviewed statutory roles and responsibilities for Aruban government entities involved in the child protection system, focussed on recommendations for institutionalization of increased inter institutional collaboration 

Key activities: 

  • Undertake desk review on current practices, protocols, policies and legal frameworks (multiple relevant reports already available in Dutch) related to the child protection system. Where relevant, include review on good practices in the region. 
  • Promote a participatory discussion and develop a reference document together with government sectors, related NGO's and other stakeholders on roles, responsibilities and collaboration in the child protection system, and recommendations (where possible, taking into account the voice of children), for institutionalizing a strengthened inter-institutional collaboration. 
  • Develop in a participatory way, a long term Child Protection Action Plan and M&E framework, for the implementation of the recommendations as agreed upon in the reference document. 
  • Provide technical assistance to support the implementation and monitoring of the developed Child Protection Action Plan. 
  • Review existing analytical documents and develop, in a participatory way with all stakeholders involved, recommendations for the referral services to reduce waiting lists. The agreed recommendations and related activities will be included in the Child Protection Action Plan. 
  • Provide strategic guidance and advice regarding a child protection registration / monitoring system. 

C) Output 2.1: Enhanced opportunities for capacity and knowledge building for effective public policy programming, implementation, and advocacy 

Key Activities: 

Provide technical assistance for on-going and new researches / investigations / surveys on child protection on Aruba, or related child protection activities. 

D) Update, in a participatory way, the Child Protection Action Plan with M&E framework for 2020-2022 (towards the end of the consultancy) 

Expected (measurable) results / Ultimate result of service 

A) Revised Consultancy Action Plan, including timeline for activities and expected results 

B) Output Performance Indicators 1.1 

  • Reference document and recommendations for improved cooperation: Current practices, protocols, policies and legal frameworks on roles and responsibilities of government entities and NGO's involved in child protection. (including where possible, good practices from other countries) 
  • See above under a. 
  • Child Protection Action plan and M&E framework developed for the implementation of the recommendations in the reference document, and (if available) the research on opinion of children, including agreed recommendations and related activities for the follow up on the action protocols on violence against children. 
  • None 
  • Child Protection Action Plan (see above, under 1.1 c.), including agreed recommendations and related activities for the referral services to reduce waiting lists bottlenecks.  
  • None 

C) None 

D) Updated Child Protection Action plan with M&E framework for 2020-2022 (to be finalised towards the end of the consultancy) 

E) Monthly updated cumulative progress and planning reports regarding the Consultancy Action Plan 

F) Final report 

  • Summary of completed key activities, achieved outputs and achieved performance indicators 
  • Other achievements, lessons learned and recommendations 
  • PowerPoint presentation on the final report and on the Updated Child Protection Action Plan and M&E framework 2020-2022 

Minimum requirements 

 The consultant should have the following profile:  

  • Master's degree in (preferably) law or social science (human rights, political science, sociology, social work), or another related field; 
  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in child protection, in particular on violence against children, ideally with a focus on child protection systems strengthening; 
  • Solid experience working with governments, including facilitating meetings with multisectoral government stakeholders, and influencing high level decision makers; 
  • Solid experience in coordinating interdisciplinary meetings, and in participatory methodologies; 
  • Strong capacity to develop and present results-based action plans, tools and reports, preferably including on child protection system strengthening, in relation to violence against children; 
  • Understanding of, and having worked with the Signs of Safety methodology is an advantage; 
  • Strong writing and communication skills in English and Dutch and (preferred) Papiamento;  
  • Experience with UNICEF International is a strong advantage; 
  • Knowledge of the child protection system and child protection services / violence against children in the Kingdom of The Netherlands is a strong advantage; 
  • Professional experience on child protection in the Caribbean region or Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is a strong advantage. 

Place of Work and Mobilisation 

The position will be home-based and on Aruba, subject to agreement between the consultant and UNICEF Netherlands. 

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 and meetings with governmental organisations and non-governmental organisations in Aruba and possibly also in The Netherlands. 

Expected Duration 

The assignment will cover the time period from June until December 20th, 2019. Possible extension is subject to funding and programmatic needs. 

How to apply 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the vacancy is filled. 

Please send your CV, motivation letter (including your daily consultancy fee) at your earliest convenience to Ms. Kroon, Project Lead Aruba:  akroon@unicef.nl. 

UNICEF Netherlands is the contracting entity, www.unicef.nl.