National Consultant: Senior Social Protection Expert ,Ghana UN Children’s Fund

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Purpose of Assignment:

Under the guidance of Chief of Child Protection and direct supervision of the End Violence Against Children/System Strengthening manager, the consultant will contribute to the implementation of UNICEF Nigeria Justice for Children programme and 2018-2019 Rolling Work Plan.

Background: children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect. The challenge is how to best support Governments to realize this right. In recent years, the global community has increasingly recognized that (i) the number of children experiencing abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect is significant, and is rising in some areas (2008 Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children) (ii) efforts to address child protection issues have been poorly coordinated and resourced, with a focus on stand-alone / single issue based projects (such as on sexual exploitation, child trafficking, street children, child labor, etc) with limited sustainability; and (iii) children face multiple risks – abuse can be combined with exploitation and/or abandonment, for example, yet many programs are designed to address a single risk. Such single issue programmes have been ineffective at producing sustained change. There is now a recognition that childrens issues must be addressed holistically with preventive and response programmes dealing with the array of poverty, protection and rights issues in tandem, rather than in isolated silos, and that in order to achieve sustained change a systems building approach to reform is essential.

A child protection systems building approach focuses on the establishment of a system with a set of linked and coherent structures, functions and capacities that can prevent and respond to all child protection concerns. A system integrates the actions of families (and children themselves), communities, formal and informal laws and practices, state and non-state actors across all sectors, to work together to protect children. It looks at all the actions needed to protect children along a continuum, from promotion of a safe environment for the child, to prevention through to response and restorative services for children at risk of, or experiencing, violence, exploitation and abuse. When all parts of the system are established and function effectively and in a coordinated manner, children will be protected from abuse.

To build a sustainable system, an effective child protection programme must include legal and policy reforms, institutional capacity development, enhanced service delivery, social norms change and the creation of fiscal space for child protection. In addition, for National and State Governments to programme and budget effectively and target services and resources, as well as monitor the establishment of system components and the impact of the system and reforms, a robust M&E system must be in place.

While Nigeria Childs Rights Act 2003 establish a framework for child protection and 23 states in Nigeria have domesticated the law, implementation remains limited.

With funding from USAID and the European Union (under the Promoting Womens Engagement in Peace and Security), UNICEF is supporting a groundbreaking initiative to â model the child protection system. This 9 state initiative, brings together Federal and State line ministries responsible for social welfare and child development, justice sector, Child Protection Networks and PEPFAR partners in a Child Protection Systems Strengthening Learning Group. The group has developed the vision for child protection, identified essential and desirable components of the system and is developing model regulations, working protocols, training materials and M&E tools for the system. Four of the nine States are UNICEF focus states (Lagos and Cross River (USAID) and Gombe and Plateau (EU)) for which both technical and financial assistance is provided to model the system at State level and in two-three selected Local Government Areas.

A key aspect of a well-functioning child protection system is the provision of comprehensive minimum package of response services to child victims of violence, abuse and exploitation and to children accused of infringing the law. Besides the social welfare sector, justice plays a central role in protecting children including the role of the police, the judiciary, prosecution and legal aid. UNICEF has supported different justice institutions to develop SOPs on the handling of childrens cases, to develop in service training and to cascade trainings in focus states. Efforts need to be made now to advocate for the institutionalization and formal adoption of all these materials and piloting in UNICEF supported focus states. Provision of technical support, high level advocacy is key for the successful delivery of the justice for children programme.


1.Provide technical support to amend the CRL and for the enactment of secondary legislation to the CRL for Lagos, Cross River and Plateau

2. Advocate for the adoption of police guidelines and SOPs at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Gombe, Lagos and Plateau)

3. Provide technical assistance and advocacy for the development of prosecution guidelines Federal and state level (Cross River, Lagos and Plateau)

4. Provide technical assistance for the development of legal aid guidelines for children in contact with the law at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Lagos and Plateau)

5. Provide technical assistance for the development of Family Court Rules at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Lagos and Plateau)

6. Provide technical assistance to strengthen capacity of prosecutors at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Gombe, Lagos and Plateau)

7. Provide technical assistance to strengthen capacity of legal aid providers at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Gombe, Lagos and Plateau)

8. Provide technical assistance to strengthen capacity of the judiciary



  • First month deliverables
  • Consultancy work plan and August plan developed
  • Signature of institutional contract for the strengthening of legal frameworks
  • High level advocacy conducted with Police Inspector General for adoption of SOP and harmonized guidelines
  • NPF bidding process for renovation of police units finalized
  • TOR developed and DCT processed for Lagos legal aid programme
  • Advocacy conducted for adoption of prosecution guidelines conducted in 1 state
  • Monitoring visit report submitted
  • Monthly report submitted and September work plan


Second month deliverables


  • Advocacy conducted for adoption of legal aid guidelines in 1 state
  • NPF renovation of police units work monitored by UNICEF quality assurance team
  • Consultations on Child Protection regulations conducted in Lagos and Cross River
  • Consultations on family court rules held in Lagos and Cross River
  • ToT on legal aid completed in Abuja
  • Family court personnel trained on adjudication of children’s cases in Plateau
  • Monitoring visit report submitted
  • Monthly report submitted and October work plan


Third month deliverables


  • Working tools printed and delivered to focus states
  • Training on legal aid conducted in Lagos and Cross River
  • Draft family court rules submitted to chief judge for approval in 1 state
  • Monitoring visit report submitted
  • Monthly report submitted and November work plan


Forth month deliverables


  • Consultations on Child Protection regulations held in Plateau
  • Family court personnel trained on adjudication of children’s cases in Cross River
  • Monitoring visit report submitted
  • Monthly report submitted and December work plan


Fifth month deliverables


  • Training for prosecutors in Lagos and Plateau conducted
  • Training for legal aid providers in Gombe and Plateau conducted
  • Documentation of diversion programme initiated
  • Monitoring visit report submitted


Sixth month deliverable

1.Family court personnel trained on adjudication of children’s cases in Lagos

2. Assessment report on pilot of police SOPs and harmonized guidelines for specialized units and recommendations by January 2018

3. Final consultancy report by January 2018

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:


  • University degree in law (Masters or equivalent level)
  • Five years experience of relevant professional work experience on child rights, child protection and justice for children
  • Good knowledge of international standards related to justice for children
  • Experience of project management
  • experience supporting government to apply international standards in the justice sector
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills – both oral and written
  • Familiarity with the systems strengthening approach to child protection
  • Experience working with UNICEF is considered and asset


This consultancy is for 6 months

Applicants should quote an all inclusive fee

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


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Closing date: 23 Aug 2018