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The Government of Ghana’s commitment to sustaining and mainstreaming child labour activities into institutional action plans led to the development of two National Plan of Actions through the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) with support from ILO, UNICEF and other partners.
The GoG developed both iterations of the NPA to promote a more coordinated effort towards eliminating child labour. In 2010 and 2017, the Cabinet endorsed the NPA as the official document to guide child labour interventions in Ghana over the period 2009-2015 for NPA I and 2017-2021 for NPA II.
As we look ahead into the deadline for the Target 8.7 of the SDG, a comprehensive review of the NPA under the direction of the MELR and its partners is indispensable. It should reveal valuable information about its implementation, the results achieved, and the bottlenecks, lessons learned, and good practices
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As the deadline for the implementation of the current National Plan of Action (NPA) 2017-2021 for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) draws to a close at the end of the year, there is the need to assess the results it achieved and to develop a new framework for years to come to continue the momentum and leverage of Ghana’s performance in reducing all forms of child labour to the barest minimum. This requires a system and operational M&E framework and mechanism for continuous assessment of interventions, troubleshooting and on-point prescriptions that increase the efficiency of NPAs.
Tasks To be Completed
This assignment is expected to be of the duration of approximately 90 days and is anticipated to commence in June 2021. Under the overall guidance of the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist (Social Welfare) and the Chief of UNICEF Child Protection Programme, the consultant will support the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to undertake the following:
1) To review the progress made against the strategic objectives of the NPA II in the context of the stipulated performance measurement and outcome indicators and targets set in the NPA2 (see pages 64-71 of NPA2), and assess the success, challenges and bottlenecks of interventions undertaken in the context of its implementation, with a focus on the following:
Coherence of all interventions carried out as part of the NPA;
Leadership and delivery;
Level of Government and other stakeholders’ commitment;
The synergy between actors and institutions’ interventions;
Achievements for each strategy/priority in the NPA;
Impact on children, their families and their communities;
Sustainability of interventions;
Good practices and lessons learned;
challenges and bottlenecks.
The assessment will also support the strengthening of systemic structures for monitoring and reporting and their linkages to the community, district and national levels; including effective feedback mechanisms:
Review and assess the NPA implementation plan to identify challenges associated with the monitoring of the plan
Review the performance of the NSCCL sub-Committee responsible for the M&E of the NPA2 and recommend how to improve, including the potential of connecting NPA M&E to the monitoring and
Assess the implementation efforts of lead agencies and collaborators, including their work plans for conducting NPA activities, their appreciation of NPA actions as part of their institutional mandates, and their commitment to the MOUs signed for the implementation of the NPA.
Prepare an analytical report on the monitoring of the performance of lead agencies in the implementation of the NPA, including but not limited to the challenges of financial resources
Assess the collaboration between key national agencies, especially the MELR, Office of Head of Local Government Service, and MoGCSP actions at the community and district levels to strengthen joint monitoring of child labour
Facilitate the identification of child labour indicators measurable by available administrative data consistent with the national M&E mechanism operated by the NDPC through sectoral MDAs and MMDAs
Review the reporting mechanism on child labour intervention to mainstream child labour reporting into the routine reporting mechanism of duty-bearing state agencies.
To collect inputs, suggestions and recommendations for the formulation of a new strategy and action plan for the next period (2022-2026) framework, including a systemic M&E framework on child labour.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
Advanced university degree in social work or social science, Laws, planning, child protection or other relevant fields;
5 years experience, in developing policy development and work;
Relevant experience in conducting design, review and evaluation of actions plans, policies or programs.
Knowledge and understanding of children’s rights and human rights;
Excellent communication, facilitating and drafting skills in English, both orally and in writing;
Exceptional analytical capacity and ability to pay attention to details in reporting and writing;
Strong interpersonal skills and experience in facilitating workshops and capacity-building initiatives;
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UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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 advanced 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 UNICEFs 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.
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