UNICEF – International Consultant: AKSI Capacity Building

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Title: International Consultant: AKSI Capacity BuildingType of Contract: SSA (Special Service Agreement) Duty Station: Home based with travel to Jakarta

Duration: 17 working days within 3 months duration

Purpose of the Assignment

In November 2016, the Indonesian Adolescent Girls Network was formed, bringing together 34 committed, local, and international organizations (CSOs and NGOs) working on the promotion of adolescent girls empowerment with a vision where “Indonesian girls are empowered and have the right to make choices”. Its purpose is to make girls’ voices heard at all levels of society; connect girls to assets; and build the capacity of girls’ allies. The network was renamed “Empowered and Healthy Adolescent Girls Network Action” or AKSI in short.

Recent research by Flamingo on the drivers behind child marriage identified a lack of coordination and capacity, as well as information sharing between actors. Additionally, there is a need to strengthen programmes that empower girls as existing programmes are not reaching girls. Rather, the focus of programmes are at the district level working with government, as well as at the national level advocating for policy change. The findings of the research drove the creation of the Indonesian Adolescent Girls Network.

The network provides a platform where members are able to share experiences, good practices and research; adopt methodologies and tools; develop innovative solutions; and coordinate their interventions to develop synergies, implement at scale and avoid duplication. A website is being developed where network members can share tools, research and experiences and provide programme information and updates on activities. The website will be an interactive tool to facilitate coordination between members.

Half-day network meetings are organized quarterly in Jakarta where network members share information on ongoing activities, and coordinate research and interventions on adolescent girls. Capacity building activities will be held for members to strengthen their advocacy, research and joint programing on adolescent girls’ issues.

Investing in girls not only promises significant economic returns, but promises to have far-reaching impacts on almost every development indicator, ranging from girls’ labour market participation, which will fuel economic growth, to improved health and education outcomes for future generations. Girl-centred programming makes girls the focus of each and every programme decision; this includes determining which girls to target, when to target them, and how to monitor their progress. Such programming can delay marriage and teen pregnancy, increase reproductive health knowledge, boost self-confidence and improve financial literacy.

A capacity needs assessment was undertaken in November 2016 to identify and subsequently address the needs of the network members. By building the capacity of the network members, members will be better able to reach girls and enable them to transition safely into adolescence and adulthood. These members are best placed to work in communities and building their capacity will improve outcomes for girls.

The capacity needs assessment highlighted several priority areas, including:

 

  • Community mobilization and participation;
  • Girl-centred program design and assessment;
  • Monitoring and evaluation (M&E);
  • Proposal writing; and
  • Communication and behaviour change campaigns.

 

Based on the initial rapid assessment, there is a need to hire a consultant with the following objective:

1. Build the capacity of the AKSI network members on social norms and M&E through a 3-day training

Based on the results of the rapid capacity assessment conducted in November 2016, there is a need to improve network members’ skills related to changing attitudes, cultural practices and norms. Many network members are working with communities, but focusing on laws and local regulation development. However, the network members are closely located to communities and through such a training can facilitate and enable behaviour change. Additionally, specific training on the on innovative approaches to monitoring and evaluating behaviour change are required to ensure impact of the interventions.

2. Conduct an in-depth assessment to support the strengthening of the network

An assessment will be conducted which identifies specific steps to strengthen the capacity of the network. The report should include a set of recommendations and steps to develop a strategy for the network as well as an intensive capacity building plan.

By developing the capacities of the network members, who focus on various adolescent girls’ issues across Indonesia, national awareness and behaviour change campaigns to eliminate violence against children, including child marriage is supported.

Assignment Tasks & Expected Deliverables:

Under the supervision of Child Protection Specialist, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

 

  • Develop and conduct tailored 3-day training for AKSI members on social norms and M&E. Output: Training agenda and materials, including Monitoring & Evaluation tools; Delivery of 3-day training (5 days home based, 3 days in-country training).
  • Meetings and group discussions with key AKSI members to understand the needs and bottlenecks of the network. Output: Assessment report identifying recommendations for key areas for network strengthening (5 days in country, 4 days home based).

 

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

 

  • Master’s degree in Social Science
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience
  • Technical knowledge and experience in the area of behaviour change communication and community-level social norms change campaigns.
  • Experience with conducting capacity building activities with civil society organizations focused on diverse issues in relation to adolescent well-being.
  • Experience with developing a strategy for an adolescent network in a development context.
  • Experience with girl-centered programme design and implementation.

 

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

HOW TO APPLY:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=506994

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