Child Protection in Emergencies (CPIE) Consultant Oromia

ABH Partners PLC

Provide Child Protection in emergencies technical, operational and coordination support in complex/acute emergency settings.

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Contract

E/W Bale, Borena and wollega ,
Addis Ababa

Career Level
Senior Level
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Duty Station: 2 Deployments: Oromia region (Roaming, E/W Bale, Guji, Borena, and Wollega), 

Duration:1 year 

Start Date: June 1st  2022

Reporting to  Child Protection Specialist in Oromia field office 

Background

Ethiopia is gripped in the midst of a mix of complex, enduring, and emerging emergencies, including the inter-communal, armed conflict and the drought in Oromia region, resulting in displacement which increases protection risks for women and children.

The situation in Oromia remains highly unpredictable and dynamic, with  a severe impact on the population. The fighting in most parts of welloga, Guji and most recently in west showa affecting the settled life of civilians and in some cases results in large scale displacement and civil unrest. Inter-communal conflicts and associated civil unrest hitting the region since 2018 has left thouseds of people in a protracted emeregency situation. The protracted emergency situation all over the region, the ongoing and active fighting in some zones of the region and the drought affecting south easter parts of the region have resulted in large-scale displacements and suffering of people and of specially women ad children in the region. Drought continues to seriously affect the lives of people in ten zones of the Eastern and South-Eastern parts of Oromia region. 

According to the Oromia DRMC Drought and conflict response plan, the number of individuals affected by drought has reached 3.6 Million. The region is also home to over 1,088,857 IDPs out of which about 591,590 are new IDPs confirmed by Oromia DRMC. Displacement is mainly triggered by conflict in various parts of the region where access to life-saving services is negatively affected by deteriorating security.  Key zones where security has impacted negatively on communities include the four Wollegas, two Gujis, East Hararghe, North and West Shewa zones.  Recent armed attacks by UAGs and inter-communal conflicts resulted in more than 316,739 people (63,000HHs) IDPs in the Wollegas.

 

Children and women are the most affected community members in all the drought and conflict-affected woredas in the region. Children are highly affected by sexual violence in conflict-affected locations, while child labor, child rural-urban movements and associated trafficking and child marriage are concerns in drought-affected areas. A report from the regional BOWCYA indicates that a total of 348,080 children are at risk of these CP/GBV concerns in the region. There are 11,788 most vulnerable children to CP/GBV concerns that require CP/GBV response interventions.   Administrative data also shows increasing trends of child marriage and VAC cases as the emergencies persist longer. 

UNICEF is providing CP response services covering 18 ofmost conflict and drought-affected woredas in the region through direct partnership with Government and PCA with I1day and world vision. The intervention focuses on case management, supporting UASC, preventing and responding to VAC/GBV, MHPSS and provision of CP supplies mainly dignity kits. 

Lack of access and insecurity remain key challenges and preven interventions to identify and register UASC in IDP sites, conducting protection assessments. As we have a significant number of children and women affected with GBV and associated distresses, specialized MHPSS services integrating with health is required.  Children and Women survivors of Gender-Based Violence are also denied access to services due to road blockages and security threats.  Lifesaving CP/GBV nonfood items including dignity kits are also urgent needs both in conflict and drought-affected areas. An ncreasing number of children and women are forced to adopt negative coping mechanisms as alternative survival and to support and provide for their families. There is a need for a multi-sectoral and multi-agency response to promote resilience and durable strategies.  Social  Cash Transfer initiatives are needed to meet the urgent needs of children and womenLimited humanitarian partners on the ground have made the situation much more complicated to provide adequate CPIE and GBV responses for drought-affected locations. And above all these responses require field-level intensive technical support. 

Justification

As part of its  Integrated response to the emergency situation in the region, UNICEF seeks to provide and strengthen child protection and GBV  services to affected populations with a special focus on the drought which affects 10 zones and 76 woredas in the region. The quality of services being delivered at woreda level requires monitoring of the situation, technical assistance to implementing partners, and skilled coordination. 

As the nature of CP and GBV concerns has its own pecuelarities, the quality of service could be compromised under the current implementation arrangements. The deployment of Third-Party Child Protection in Emergencies Consultants linked to affected areas will provide technical support to the implementation, monitoring and reporting of UNICEF’s child protection program response. The consultants will also play a convening role with child protection program partners. 

The existing efforts to strengthen/establish zonal/woreda level coordination mechanisms require further support and this will ensure continued monitoring of the child protection situation and on- going responses in highly dynamic emergency contexts. This technical support will be linked with strengthening the capacities of Government sectors and other UNICEF PCA partners to provide CPIE and GBVIE  response services in line with UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children for Child Protection.The dedicated Child Protection in Emergencies Consultant is therefore required to provide the needed field support to ensure a coordinated, quality assured response in dynamic and acute emergency settings.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks 

In line with the Core Commitments for Children for Child Protection, provide technical and programmatic support for the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of child protection in emergency response in partnership with BoWCYA and NGOs and ensure that interventions included in the child protection priority focus areas are implemented, monitored and managed in a timely and effective manner. Specifically;

  1. Support the establishment of a school and community-based MHPSS services including facilitation of socio-emotional learning and positive parenting skill packages for children and parents in affected locations. 
  2. Strengthen the implementation of case management including referral pathways for children experienced and at risk of violence, exoploitation, abuse and neglect by mapping different service provision outlets.
  3. Strengthen the capacity of IPs to complete registration and documentation of the caseload of all unaccompanied, separated and traffiked children in emergency- affected communities. 
  4. Ensure an appropriate and confidential filing system is maintained by social workers and case managers for all identified and registered cases of child protection in woreda offices of BoWCYA. 
  5. Assist BOWCA, ZoWCYA and WOWCA to facilitate family tracing, verification and reunification efforts for unaccompanied and separated children in coordination with Imagion one day and world vision and community structures, where appropriate. 
  6. Assess alterative care options and ensure all the necessary safeguards are in place and ensure partners abide by the relevant standards and principles.
  7. Support social workers and ZoWCYA/WoWCYA staff to effectively implement case management and document poroperly. 
  8. Identify stakeholders, services and partners with the capacity to address violence, exploitation or abuse, including GBV; and build the capacity of partners to provide multi-sectoral response services (e.g., health, psychosocial support, security and legal/justice) to victims and survivors.
  9. Provide ongoing capacity assistance and monitor the implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for UASC in coordination with the BOWCA, ZoWCYA, their woreda offices and other implementing partners of UNICEF.
  • Follow up and support the implementation of the Regional response plan and Program documents with UNICEF -supported NGOs: Provide technical support to BOWCA, ZoWCYA and NGO partners to implement the overall CP/GBV regional response plans and PCAs and support rapid assessments as deemed timely.
  • Child Protection in Emergencies situation and response monitoring and reporting including regular Sit Reps and 5W reporting: On a monthly basis (and ad hoc requests as needed) collect, analyze information and report against the Ethiopia Country Office (ECO HAC Results framework and CP/GBV monitoring framework). Reports will be shared with the ECO through the Child Protection Specialist and Emergency Officer/ Specialist for quality assurance.
  • Reports: Ensure key reporting requirements are met including inputs for weekly/bi-weekly and monthly sitreps, donor reports and systematic coordination of appropriate responses on child protection the emergency operational response plan, with other relevant sectors, especially health, education and WASH. 

CP GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) Coordination

  • Provide Technical support to ZoWCYA to lead the child protection and GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) coordination as needed, promoting and facilitating active participation from key actors.
  • Participate on inter-agency needs assessments and support child protection concerns are identified and documented.
  • Support the capacity development of the CP AOR  members at zonal/woreda level 
  • Promote the implementation of the Minimum Standards of Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, GBV Humanitarian Standards.
  • Monitor performance of the inter-agency CP/GBV response against agreed indicators and monitor the core cluster functions. 

Expected Background and Experience

  • University degree at an advanced level in the field of Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Community Development and related fields of study.
  • Extensive work experience relevant to child protection in both development and emergencies may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications for an advanced level; 
  • At least 4 years of progressively responsible humanitarian and development work experience in child protection and gender-based violence including in emergencies with UN Agencies and/or INGOs.
  • Previous UNICEF/ABH/NGO experience in child protection program coordination, IDP/Returnee Situation is an asset 
  • Familiarity and experience working with government counterparts 
  • Strong knowledge and experience in establishing coordination architecture, especially at zone and woreda levels.

Fluency in written and verbal English and Amharic required