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We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: National Individual Contractor for the Implementation, Monitoring, Data Management and Reporting of the FGM Programme
Job No: 555476
Location: Abuja (The duty station is Abuja but the contractor will be covering all FGM focus states with a focus on Ebonyi & Imo States)
Contract type: Consultant
Categories: Child Protection
Duration: 11.5 Months
For Every Child, an Advocate
- FGM remains widespread in Nigeria. According to the MICS 2021 15.1% of women aged 15-49 years had undergone FGM which is a decrease from, 18.4% in 2016 -2017 and a further decrease from 27% in 2011 (NBS & UNICEF 2011; NBS & UNICEF 2017).
- Statistics from the 2013 National Demographic Health Survey stated that the overall prevalence of girls and women aged 15-49 years who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria (25%) is lower than in many countries.
- However, due to its large population, Nigeria has the third highest absolute number of women and girls who have undergone FGM worldwide after Egypt and Ethiopia.
- An estimated 19.9 million Nigerian women have undergone FGM meaning that approximately 10% of the 200 million FGM survivors worldwide are Nigerian (UNICEF 2016).
- The practice of FGM is most prevalent among Yoruba women (55%), followed by Igbo women (45%). In 2014, UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme (JP) in collaboration with Federal/State Ministries of Health, Federal/State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development commenced a 4-year programme aimed at achieving the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the next generation in line with United Nation General Assembly Resolution A/RES/67/146 of 2012 and Sustainable Development Goal 5 target 3 using a common coordinated approach and mixed strategy of advocacy, legal/policies reforms, capacity building for social change.
- Based on the result of an in-depth study on social norms in five FGM/C high prevalence States (Ebonyi, Imo, Ekiti, Osun and Oyo) and Lagos State, UNICEF is currently coordinating the implementation of a jointly-developed state specific communication plan, using evidenced-based programming and existing community structures to create network of community champions and reference groups to create a positive social norm and expectations that will motivate community adherents to FGM to abandon the practice.
How Can you Make a Difference?
- Assist in the development of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System in accordance with donor requirements and programme needs.
- Assist in the validation and development of quantitative and qualitative monitoring tools, as well as the design of data collection procedures.
- Coordination of the submission of narrative reports from programme implementing partners, as well as the development of quarterly and annual donor reports.
- Coordination of the use of monitoring tools to track programme performance in accordance with the Theory of Change and the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan.
- Support oversight, capacity building and guidance to implementing partners in the areas of implementation of UNJP activities under Year 1 & 2 Workplan, M&E and reporting for results to scale and impact for children, especially as it relates to the Movement for Good
- Participate in field visits to supervise and monitor joint programme activities at the field level.
- Coordinate the analysis of monthly programme monitoring data and compile quantitative and qualitative monitoring results in Monitoring Reports.
- Work with the UNFPA M&E focal point to manage the Data for All (DFA) platform, a web-based data management tool for the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM.
- Submission of monthly progress report with multimedia materials, case studies and human-interest stories
To Qualify as an Advocate for Every Child you will have…
- Master’s Degree in Social / Behavioural Sciences (Health Education, Community Development, Sociology, Anthropology).
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience but candidates with longer years of progressively responsible work experience in community mobilization and engagement with key community gatekeepers and social development programmes at community level will be preferred.
- Proven skills in partnership building, networking, advocacy, negotiation and organising community dialogues, campaigns and special events around social norm changes especially on ending FGM at community levels would be an advantage.
- Good understanding and experience in the field of social norms, gender and gender-based violence, community dynamics.
- Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral forms.
- Knowledge of issues related to violence against children and child protection is required
- Leadership and participation in previous assignment and in capacity similar or higher than this assignment
- Expertise in community mobilization and engagements, and sociocultural relations in the selected areas.
- Proven ability to work independently
- Analytical, conceptual ability.
- Networking and partnership skills.
- Communication, documenting and report writing skills.
- Fluency in English- and local language of respective state of assignment.
- Computer skills, including various office applications and internet navigation skills
For every Child, you demonstrate…
- UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
Application Closing Date
6th October, 2022 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
- UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
- UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities.
- This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.
- UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
- UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles.
- All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
- Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage).
- Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors.
- Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
- The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract.
- Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. I
- t does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.