Save the Children (SC) is the world's leading independent organization for children. As part of the organisation's contribution towards ensuring every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. As part of efforts towards strengthening regional mechanisms to monitor and defend children's rights, and in line with Save the Children's theory of change on building partnerships, the child rights governance theme (CRG), works closely with the African Union particularly the African Committee of Experts, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), governments and civil society organisations. With support from SIDA, the Regional Programme Unit at Save the Children International East and Southern Africa regional office has worked towards strengthening civil society to use AU mechanisms, and especially the ACERWC's mechanisms, to promote the rights and welfare of boys and girls in Africa, through a project entitled the African Children's Charter Project (ACCP). The ACCP project is now in Phase II of its implementation.
Terms of Reference
TECHNICAL EXPERTS' CONSULTATION ON DEVELOPING CSO CHILD PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES
Phase II of the African Children's Charter Project (ACCP II focuses on strengthening the regional human rights system and AU institutions, while linking civil society organisation to these human rights mechanisms as a conduit for holding government and regional institutions to account for commitment made to children.
The outcomes of this project are intended to be achieved through facilitating and promoting the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) relying on three main project components:
1 strengthening of the ACERWC to implement its strategy; 2 influencing AU institutions to consider child rights in their decisions and actions; and 3 strengthening of civil society to use AU mechanisms for the promotion of child rights.
The strengthening of the ACERWC as a regional body for the promotion, advancement and protection of child rights is key for the realization of child rights in the region. Being the centrepiece at the regional level, a well-functioning, strategic and respected ACERWC has a positive bearing on child rights at the Pan-African level as well as being a catalyst for the enhancement and protection of child rights at the national level.
According to the recommendations of the CSO Forum, meaningful child participation during the sessions of the ACERWC has been one of the persistent challenges that need to be addressed. Children can participate in the civil society reporting process either through adult-led civil society organizations that submit complementary reports to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare (ACERWC), or through their own child-led organizations. Children might also be involved in the formal State Party reporting process through participating in consultations organized by their government or civil society organizations.
However, although the participation of children has been noted as a critical element of improving their agency as rights holder, there are no rules or guidelines on children's participation in State Party and CSO reporting processes. In addition, children's participation is usually piecemeal, often tokenistic and unstainable. In order to address these challenges, the ACERWC together with its development partners'decided to develop a guideline on child participation to guide the ACERWC and CSOs on how to meaningfully engage children in matters that affect them at regional, national and local levels. . This project will support the ACERWC to develop this guideline and in particular, guidelines for children's participation in reporting, during sessions and very importantly feedback to children's engagement with the Committee.
Objectives of the consultancy
The purpose of the consultancy is to carry out consultations with child rights experts using steering group discussion approaches, and update a draft document on child participation guidelines from these consultations, which will be conducted in Nairobi from the 18- 21 of September 2018.
The programme team will develop a zero draft to form the basis of the expert consultations. The programme team led by the child participation coordinator will facilitate and moderate group discussions on different sections of the guidelines. Through the use of various tools and methodologies, the consultant should be able to harmonize conversations, facilitate plenary sessions, ensure maximum and effective participation of experts and other stakeholders, as well as extract and analyse key messaging and asks from the consultations which can be used for finalising the child participation guidelines. The consultant is further expected to review and analyse the draft guidelines against AU processes and within the functioning of the AU architecture to ensure the document is fit for purpose and acceptable for adoption by the ACERWC and its Secretariat.
The specific results are:
No. of Working days
Facilitate workshop for the drafting of Child participation guidelines
Collation and documentation of findings
Analyse findings gathered during the consultations and write a narrative report on the finding
Develop a draft document on guidelines to child participation
Total Number of Days
The consultant or firm must demonstrate substantial knowledge and experience in child rights and child participatory approaches as well as an understanding of AU processes and organs especially the ACERWC.
The consultant or firm must have experience in all aspects of carrying out research including planning research, outlining and writing reports, reviewing documents, facilitating focus group discussions and workshop-like events, analysing large amounts of material and data, and extracting key messages which can be used for communications and advocacy purposes.
This consultancy is open to individuals and firms who possess the following requirements:
The consultant will be commissioned by the Regional Programme Unit (RPU) which is based in the East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), and will work with the Child Rights Governance project team for the successful completion of this assignment.
Daily rates will be determined after discussions with the consultant. SCI ESARO will cover for the consultant's air tickets on economy class, accommodation on bed and breakfast plus airport transfers to the workshop venue All other costs shall be borne directly by the consultant. Remuneration will be based on submission of deliverables. Payment will be made as per the agreed schedule. Taxation laws for Kenya will apply on the overall consultancy fee.
Ethics, Safeguarding and Code of Conduct
As the consultant or firm will be working on behalf of Save the Children, they will be required to sign and adhere to the Child Safeguarding Policy and ethical guidelines. Note that background checks will be undertaken on all applicants.
As regards the documentation, the title rights, copyrights and all other rights of whatever nature in any materials used or generated under the provisions of these services will exclusively be vested with Save the Children International East and Southern Africa Regional Office.
Terms of Reference for Animated Video on Cross-Border Migrant Child Protection Mechanisms and Publication of Guidebook in line with Save the Children Branding Guidelines
Background: Cross Border Coordination Mechanisms in East and Southern Africa
The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the global mobility of people. The global regular migrant stock had reached 258 million by late 2017.1 Migrants from poorer countries, which are often harder to capture in official data, are of particular concern from a development and humanitarian perspective: they are often amongst the most vulnerable populations. Because of the overall rise of movement of people, there is also a marked increase of Children on the Move. This is particularly true for East and Southern Africa: even though children make up roughly 15% of the global international migrant stock, this proportion is dramatically larger in East and Southern Africa with 28.2% of recorded migrants being children.2 In some countries this ratio is even higher, with Ethiopia having 47% migrant children.
In many countries in East and Southern Africa clear child protection legislation is in place, but often it is only implicitly and by extension protecting migrant children, failing to recognize their specific risks.
The comprehensive protection of unaccompanied and separated migrant children (USMC) requires the coordination and cooperation of a large range of stakeholders, often from more than one country. Government departments mandated to protect vulnerable children have to interact with immigration and internal affairs departments, departments of education and health, and more particularly across borders, the protection of USMC requires close coordination between governments to ensure that case management is not disrupted or impeded by the national border, ensuring that the children's best interest is the most important guiding principle.
In Southern Africa, over the last 10 years, Save the Children has established bilateral cross-border coordination mechanisms between five governments, growing over the years into a significant improvement in the protection of USMC by harmonising case management, standard operating procedures, and facilitating communication. Save the Children's East and Southern Africa Regional Office's Regional Programming Unit (RPU) continues to work towards expanding the bilateral meetings, particularly in East Africa. In order to communicate this cost effective and successful approach to strengthening the protection of USMC, the RPU is looking to create a short form animated video and a high quality publication.
The video is intended to illustrate the cross-border mechanisms and how in the past 10 years, Save the Children, with support from various donors, has grown a bilateral meeting discussing USMC cases between South Africa and Zimbabwe into a regional mechanism covering most of Southern Africa. The video will make this complex process understandable to a broader audience, trying to generate interest in the approach amongst key stakeholders, partners and donors. Additionally, the video on the regional process will be a tool for country offices to try and increase government commitment, as well as engage neighbouring countries to expand the mechanism to more borders.
The RPU will additionally write a guidebook on establishing cross-border mechanisms for the protection of USMC. This guidebook will draw on the experience from country offices and the extensive project
1 UN DESA, International Migration Report 2017
2 Using UN DESA Migration Stock Data. Includes Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe documentation to develop a practical roadmap to help offer deep insights into the establishment of the meetings. This guide will be written in-house, but it will require graphic design and layout of the text into a publishable and printable PDF that conforms with the Save the Children branding guidelines, which will also nclude the design of key illustrations and visual elements.
The programme is also working with four partners in Botswana and Swaziland, integrating them into the broader COM programme that is active in Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, in order to achieve that:
Objective and Scope of Work
The required work is comprised of two components:
Component 1 - Five Minute Video
The project requires two key outputs:
Roles and Responsibilities
Save the Children and RPU: (based in Pretoria and Nairobi)
3 months - from September to November 2018.
Interested individuals or firms must submit a technical and financial proposal including:
Applicants should be available for immediate engagement
Applications should be submitted to:
Save the Children East and Southern Africa Regional Office by Friday, 25th September 2018
Applications shall be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 ACCP consortium members consisting of Plan International, Save the Children, African Child Policy Forum, Dullar Omar Institute and Institute of Human Rights in Development
Application Email: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: Esaro.firstname.lastname@example.org