Consultancy for development of an Advocacy toolkit for SOS KDI West, Central and North Africa
· About SOS Children’s Villages International
SOS Children’s Villages International is an international organisation made up of approximately 135 national associations, working in over 2000 programme sites worldwide. We work to achieve our mission “to make every child grow up with love, safety and respect“. SOS Children’s Villages International is committed to ensuring that all children in the world can benefit from quality care, because is their right. Our organisation was founded on the belief and the conviction that the most vulnerable children need emotional and physical stability within a family and community environment to develop their potential.
In today’s world, the most vulnerable children are those who live without parental care or are at risk of being deprived of parental care. According to our estimates, about one in ten children suffers from this unacceptable situation. With seven decades of experience protecting children at risk, we are committed to identifying the most appropriate care option for each child. We take care of vulnerable children through different forms of alternative care and strengthen families to prevent child abandonment and neglect. We also advocate for the rights of all children deprived of parental care, or at risk of losing care, and for the rights of their families.
SOS Children’s Villages International, which can only directly reach a limited number of children and youth of our target group, undertakes advocacy to influence governments for quality alternative care for every child in all countries according to necessity and suitability as well as the respect of signed and ratified international conventions by all States. .
· Context and justification
During this last decade, significant progress has been made in protecting the rights of the child in the West, Central and North African (WCNA) region. Despite these advances, much remains to be done. Millions of children deprived of parental care or at risk of being deprived of it are among the most vulnerable groups of children in our Region. In Africa the number of children without parental care or at risk of losing it is sometimes forgotten in the statistics. And yet, many children continue to grow up alone in conditions of extreme vulnerability.
The existing legal framework in some countries does not take into account children who have lost parental care. Also, all WCNA countries have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). In the article 20 of CRC, States must provide alternative care to “any child who is temporarily or permanently deprived of his or her family environment“. Alternative care therefore becomes a right for every child deprived of parental care.
The United Nations Guidelines for Alternative Care have been developed in 2009 to guide States in setting standards for quality alternative care for children. In 2019, General Assembly adopted UN Resolution on Children without parental. Despite the existence of above mentioned documents, alternative care is not yet a reality and effective in all WCNA countries.
Countries in the region are moving at different rates in developing and implementing their advocacy strategy. As a Regional Office, our mission is to strengthen the capacity of countries that move more slowly by assessing their weaknesses and the strengths of those who are role models. Through the collection in the form of case study of the key elements of the most successful countries. This compilation will be made available to other countries for inspiration and adaptation. These case study will be updated over time.
2. Objective of Consultancy
Explore how five SOS Member Associations have developed their advocacy strategies and collect them as a case study toolkit for SOS Children’s Villages International region of West, Central and North Africa.
3. Scope of the study
The consultant will collect information and data in 5 Countries where SOS has developed national advocacy strategies:
· Cape Verde
He/she should be able to work at list in French and English. To be able to work also in Portuguese (because of Cabo Verde) will be a strong asset.
Due to COVID-19 outbreak, the consultant will not travel in the selected countries. He/she will work at distance. He/she will follow the steps described below:
· Make desk review
· Organize interviews or survey online with key persons resources (internal and external to SOS). The survey or interview questionnaires should be validated by SOS before interviews start.
· Facilitate children and youth participation ( the point of view and testimony on about their involvement in advocacy process)
· Analyze all data collected
· Develop the toolkit
At the end of this consultancy, IOR SOS WCNA will receive an advocacy toolkit (case study). Below is the structure of the “how to” which needs to integrate details from the 5 countries studied:
- Introduction – What does SOS advocate for?
- What do we need to know before to starting?
- Context analysis example from a country
- Stakeholder mapping, example from a country
- Needs assessment including young people and children, example from a country
- Development workshop
- Defining the strategy: who participates? Example from a country
- Validating the strategy: who do you share it with? Example from a country?
- Rolling out the strategy:
- Examples from each country on implementing the strategy (key moments, successes)
- Linking advocacy to programmes, to fundraising and communications, example from 2 countries
- What has made our strategy a success?
- Example from 3 countries
- What has been challenging?
- Example from 2 countries
- What you need in place to be able to develop a strategy, examples drawn from all 5 countries
- Appendix: Testimonies from relevant stakeholders, Children, photos and all relevant documents
6. Timeline and Budget
This consultancy period will be from November 2020 to January 2021. We expect the last version of the document by the end of February 2021.
Budget available for the consultancy (inclusive of all taxes payable by the consultant and translation into English and French): 15 000 EURO
· Payment terms
The payment terms are as follows:
• The Consultant will receive 30% of the total amount upon signature of the contract after presentation and submission of his/her invoice sent to SOS Children’s Villages International duly signed.
• 30% of the amount will be paid after the first draft of the Advocacy case studies has been made available and after presentation and submission of the invoice sent to SOS Children’s Villages International duly signed.
• 40% of the amount after the final validation of the of the Advocacy case studies and after presentation and submission of the invoice sent to SOS Children’s Villages International duly signed.
In the absence of proof of legal status as an independent consultant or consulting firm, SOS will deduct from the consultant’s invoice a taxable percentage by the tax authorities of Senegal. This will also be mentioned in the consultancy contract.
7. Qualification and profile
The consultant should be able to demonstrate:
- Expertise and experience (5 years) in data analysis and developing case studies
- Experience working with international organisations preferably in Africa.
- Good knowledge of the child rights context in West, Central and North Africa, especially the context of children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care.
- Good knowledge of advocacy themes to improve the legal framework for the above target group.
- A good understanding of development work and partnerships
- Good facilitation and interpersonal skills
- Strong analytical and conceptual skills
- Excellent writing skills in French and English, Portuguese a plus
- Ability to transfer complex concepts / ideas into simple and practical language
- Master’s in Social Science, Human Rights, Child Protection or relevant field
How to apply
Applications must be addressed and submitted to the SOS e-mail address with the subject line “Consultancy development of the SOS WCNA Advocacy case study“. The offer provided by the candidates must contain a methodological note, a detailed work plan and a financial offer as well as 2 of the latest studies (link or documents) and positions occupied with the relevant references and organisations. **
If you are interested in this position, please send us your:
· Methodological proposal and chronogram
· Financial offer
· 3 references
In English by November 5th, 2020 at the latest to firstname.lastname@example.org