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Expert on Violence against Children & Child Protection (Aruba)

Consultancy: Violence against Children / Child Protection Expert (Aruba)

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

Languages required: English and Dutch (Papiamento preferred) 

Total working days: 33 working days 

Travel: Yes, 30 working days within the contract period 

Duration of contract: September - December 20th 2019 (possible extension, pending funding and programme needs)


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). 

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 on Aruba. In November 2018 the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and UNICEF Netherlands signed an agreement 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. 


The main purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance for the strengthening of the child protection system of Aruba, with regard to integrated institutional coordination and collaboration, as well as the enhancement of institutional capacity on reporting mechanisms (in Dutch: Meldcode Kindermishandeling en huiselijk geweld) on violence against children. 

The consultant will work in close collaboration with the relevant governmental entities and non-governmental organisations and other (local) stakeholders, as well as with partner organisations of UNICEF Netherlands. The consultant will report to the UNICEF Netherlands’ Project Lead for Aruba. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

The consultant will support the strengthening of interinstitutional coordination regarding violence against children. Among other tasks, the consultant will focus on providing technical support to the health, social welfare, justice, education sector, and the reporting centre on child abuse (Sostenemi) in the development of standardised reporting mechanisms / safety codes (in Dutch: Meldcode Kindermishandeling en huiselijk geweld) on violence against children, as well as on the development of protocols on interinstitutional collaboration. 

Key activities: 

  1. Provide technical support on the development of reporting codes / safety codes, and interinstitutional protocols, and related activities. 
  2. Draft an analysis report on the expected impact on the workload of child protection institutions if domestic violence cases (with children), are directly reported as child abuse (in Dutch: "kind-check"). 
  3. Provide technical support on the drafting of a report on the legal review and recommendations on sharing confidential information. 
  4. Provide guidance on and support the drafting of an overview of child protection entities’ roles and responsibilities regarding child safety codes and collaboration among them. 
  5. Provide technical support on and input for advocacy on child protection, development of action plans, and monitoring and evaluation tools. 
  6. Provide technical support on and input for other related child protection activities, such as researches, training and funding opportunities. 

Expected results 

  1. Consultancy Action Plan 2019, including timeline for activities and expected results (as per the Terms of Reference), in agreement with key stakeholders on Aruba and UNICEF NL. 
  2. Monthly updated cumulative progress and planning reports of the Consultancy Action Plan. 
  3. Analysis report on expected impact (see above: key activity 3). 
  4. Adapted Consultancy Action Plan, including timeline for activities and expected results in 2019-2020 (in agreement with key stakeholders and UNICEF NL). 
  5. Final report (narrative report and ppt presentation). 
    a. Summary of completed key activities, achieved results and indicators as per the Terms of Reference.
    b. Other achievements, lessons learned and recommendations. 
    c. Adapted Consultancy Action Plan 2019-2020. 
    d. PowerPoint presentation on the development and suggested way forward regarding a National Action Plan on Violence  against children. 

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 on child protection, in particular on child protection systems strengthening.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in the field of violence against children, preferably in development of reporting codes on child abuse.
  • Solid experience on 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, monitoring and evaluation tools and reports.
  • 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.
  • Understanding of, and having worked with the ‘Signs of Safety’ methodology is an advantage (considering a large number of child protection key stakeholder organisations on Aruba is being trained on, and started applying this methodology in 2019). 

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 visits to and meetings with governmental organisations and non-governmental organisations on Aruba, as well as in The Netherlands. 

Expected Duration 

The assignment will cover the time period from September until December 20th, 2019. Possible extension is subject to funding, performance, 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 and monthly consultancy fee) at your earliest convenience to Ms. Kroon, Project Lead Aruba: akroon@unicef.nl 

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