Individual Consultant to develop background paper for Expert Group Meeting on Child Marriage

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Job Description

CATEGORY: Individual Consultant Contract

DUTY STATION: Bangkok, Thailand

CLOSING DATE: 17 August 2016 (3:00 pm Bangkok time which is 4:00 am NY time)

DURATION: 21 working days including participation in the Expert Group Meeting,  between 1 September to 15 October 2016

ORGANIZATION UNIT: Asia and the Pacific Regional Office


The Objective of the consultancy is to develop a background paper for the Expert Group Meeting on Accelerated Action to End Child Marriage, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 26-28 September 2016.

Scope of Work

Under the supervision of UNFPA APRO Gender and Human Rights Advisor and in close consultation with the Regional Adviser, Child Protection, UNICEF ROSA, the consultant will be expected to:

I. Review relevant documents including the mapping of child marriage initiatives in South Asia, recent research and data on child marriage in South Asia, and selected evaluations of child marriage interventions,
II. Develop an outline for, and draft, a short background paper (maximum 10 pages), for the EGM on Child Marriage, and finalise the paper in consultation with UNFPA APRO and UNICEF ROSA.
III. Based on the background paper, develop a short presentation for presentation at the EGM in September and attend the EGM to deliver the presentation.
IV. Attend the EGM, and prepare a brief summary report from the meeting, in consultation with the meeting organizers and rapporteurs.

Key deliverables will include:

• Draft outline for the background paper.
• Draft and final background paper.
• Presentation for the EGM.
• EGM draft and final report.

Duration and working schedule

The duration of the consultancy will be 21 days including participation in the EGM, between 1 September and 15 October 2016.

Place where services are to be delivered

The consultancy is home based. The consultant will report directly to the Gender and Human Rights Advisor on the deliverables.

Delivery dates and how work will be delivered

Basis of payment: Lump sum payment on delivery of the final products.
Key milestones for delivery will include the following:
• Draft outline for the background paper by 6 Sep 2016. (1 days)
• Draft background paper by 16 Sep 2016  (8 days)
• Revised background paper by 17 Sep 2016 (2 days).
• Draft presentation by 20 September 2016. ( 2 days)
• Final presentation by 22 September 2016.
• Briefing meeting and attending the workshop during 26-28 September 2016 (3days)
• Draft workshop report by 5 October 2016 ( 5 days)
• Final workshop report by 12 October 2016.

Monitoring and progress control

The consultant will communicate with the supervisor via email and organized a weekly skype call during 1 September -15 October 2016.

Supervisory arrangements:

APRO Gender and Human Rights Adviser will be the overall manager of the consultant.

Expected travel:

The consultant will be expected to attend the EGM.  APRO will cover the cost of travel and DSA.

Required qualification:

• At least 7 years of relevant professional experience.
• A post-graduate qualification in development, social sciences or related disciplines.
• Demonstrated knowledge and professional experience in the area of child marriage research.
• Expert knowledge of the literature on child marriage, dynamics of social change, and drivers of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices.
• Strong research and analysis skills, and excellent written and communication skills.
• Demonstrated track record in preparation of high-quality reports, briefings and research papers and articles.
• Proven ability to meet deadlines, work with a minimum of supervision, and deliver quality products.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, and a commitment to the values and goals of the United Nations and UN Charter. 
• Experience in and/or knowledge of the UN system and/or UNFPA/UNICEF, is desirable.
• Ability to travel is essential.
Inputs / services to be provided by UNFPA:

UNFPA Child Marriage Global programme document.
Other relevant information:

UNFPA APRO and UNICEF ROSA will host a three day expert group meeting from 26-28 September 2016, to examine promising interventions to address child marriage in South Asia, based on available evaluation and research.  In particular, the expert group meeting will aim to achieve the following objectives:
• Present and discuss recent and emerging findings on key factors and drivers for child marriage.
• Building on the mapping of child marriage interventions in South Asia conducted in 2015, examine selected promising practices at regional and country level, including interventions that have been rob

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