Type of Contract: Consultancy
Duration: 20 Days (includes 3 days Training Facilitation)
Date: June – July 2021
Location: LAGOS, NIGERIA
The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) is currently implementing the Integrated Child Health and Social Services Award (ICHSSA) in Lagos State, in partnership with Project HOPE and FHI360, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development (MYSD). The project is currently being implemented in ten (10) LGAs in Lagos State and focuses on providing gender sensitive HIV services, comprehensive health and social services to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), through partnership with Community Based Organizations (CBOs).
The project has a purpose to provide services to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) while strengthening government systems to adequately respond and coordinate these implementation activities. A major objective of this project is to provide care and support services for vulnerable children and their households, especially those infected and affected by HIV.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and list of three references to: ASeweje@projecthope.org In your cover letter, you should describe your experience in the child protection field and your experience performing similar assessments and trainings for NGO staff
The Consultant will work with the ARFH ICHSSA 2 team, CBOs and the ten focal local governments to conduct an assessment and analysis of the social service workforce which will help inform decision makers on policies and scopes of practice and distribution in Lagos State.
Program Goal: The goal of this assessment is to facilitate an understanding of the current status of the Child Protection Systems, policies, resources and structures at State, LGA and Community levels in order to ensure that the workforce is well planned, developed and supported to provide the highest quality services to children, their caregivers and families.
Based on the review and assessment, the Consultant will work with LGA and ARFH ICHSSA project personnel in developing appropriate procedures for programs working with children and adolescents, develop/adapt an overall project Child Safeguarding Policy, design and implement training of CP desk officers to ensure understanding and compliance with international standards and best practices. Upon completion of training, LGA and other project personnel will exhibit practices and knowledge consistent with core child protection competencies. Finally, the Consultant will develop tools to train LGA CP desk officers on core child protection competencies, case management systems and reporting/response mechanisms.
Objective 1: Assess baseline of CP desk officer’s knowledge of, and compliance with, child protection standards. The consultant will interview key staff on general knowledge and will review critical incidents and responses over the last six months. The consultant will also review internal reporting systems for abuse and neglect, for critical incidents, and for confidentiality.
Objective 2: In consultation with ARFH ICHSSA team, compile an SOP on best practices for Children in Conflict with the Law.
Objective 3: Review current policies and procedures in place for projects with a significant service component focusing on children or adolescents. (UNICEF, Save the Children and other emergency protection projects, Juvenile Justice program, women and children protection program.)
Objective 4: Develop curriculum for child protection standards training with materials specific to Nigeria, and based on gaps in staff knowledge, attitudes and practice identified earlier in the assessment.
Objective 5: Train relevant staff at State and LGA level on child protection best practices and procedures.
Objective 6: Conduct a half-day collaborative workshop together with M&E staff on evaluation of child protection projects.
Objective 7: Incorporate suggested changes into ARFH ICHSSA policies and procedures so that they are compliant with international standards and best practices.
· The Consultant is expected to be familiar with both Local Government and State structures in Lagos State
· Given the current restrictions around COVID-19, the Consultant should be prepared to move around Lagos, LGAs and State Ministries if need be (observing all safety guidelines in relation to COVID-19).
Application Closing Date
June 19, 2021
Method of Application
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and list of three references to: ASeweje@projecthope.org. In your cover letter, you should describe your experience in the child protection field and your experience performing similar assessments and trainings for NGO staff.
· Only applications sent electronically (i.e., by e-mail) with the Job Title clearly indicated as the subject of the mail will be considered and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
· Project HOPE does not charge candidates a fee for a test or interview
· Work is expected to be carried out during workdays. Any work at weekends will be approved by the Country Representative.
· Costs for consultant travel as approved in the workplan will be reimbursed
· Project HOPE will pay a lump sum towards communication costs
· Consultant daily rate will be N50,000 (Fifty thousand Naira); to be paid on submission of satisfactory final consultancy report + invoice.
Your application will be forwarded to ASeweje@projecthope.org
Please review all application instructions before applying.