The Foundation for the Refugee Education Trust (RET), www.theRET.org, headquartered in Geneva, with offices around the world, was founded in December 2000 by Mrs. Sadako Ogata, then United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in response to a crying but barely addressed needs for greater access to and quality of post-primary education for refugees, returnees and the internally displaced. The RET is launching a children’s disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programme in the Uvira and Fizi territories of the South Kivu province of the DRC, where DDR activities are taking place in a conflict context where the actors are numerous, allegiances shift regularly, humanitarian access remains constrained in many parts of the territories, and amidst on-going fighting.
Purpose of the Consultancy: Under the supervision of the Chief of Mission, and in collaboration with the pre-identified local partners, the consultant will provide technical and strategic guidance for the design, planning and implementation of the DDR programme.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide strategic and operational guidance for the planning and implementation of the DDR process, focusing on design of the activities;
• Propose good practices and support activities in the areas of demobilisation, reunification and reintegration of child soldiers on the basis on lessons from past experience, focusing on:
- Assessing the genuine status and needs of children associated with armed groups;
- Advising on the design of the transitional hosting mechanism (either Centre de Transit et d’Orientation or Familles d’Accueil Transitoires);
- Proposing a referral system for addressing the health needs and psychosocial support of beneficiaries;
- Advising on the methodology for engaging in education activities and apprenticeship scheme in partnership with local partners and authorities;
- Determining the size and composition of individual- and community-based benefits packages (education, skills development, in-kind supplies, support to schools, families and communities) to promote sustainable reintegration;
- Advising on advocacy activities for youth groups.
• In coordination with the Chief of Mission and Implementing Partner, develop a communication plan to share programme results and activities with government officials and local populations;
• Support the Chief of Mission in developing a monitoring and evaluation system on the reintegration process of ex-child soldiers and for the overall programme.
Deliverables and estimated deadlines:
• Short analysis of expected needs of prospective beneficiaries paying attention to the different roles of children in armed groups and their different experiences resulting in various needs (medical, psychosocial, educational, vocational) and reintegration issues;
Deadline: two weeks after beginning of consultancy.
• Implementation strategy including training content and training of local staff with regard to the following programme elements:
- Identification of individual needs upon entering the RET programme: methods for screening and assessment;
- Referral system for addressing the health needs and psychosocial support of beneficiaries;
- Methodology for a systemic follow-up on reintegration process, involving relevant members in the child’s direct system (parents, community elders, church, school etc.);
- Methodology for engaging adolescents in education activities (primary/secondary/non-formal), apprenticeships and vocational training in partnership with local education authorities and institutions;
- Recommendations about composition and administering of individual and community-based reinsertion packages (education, skills development, in-kind supplies, support to schools, families and communities) to promote sustainable reintegration;
Deadline: six weeks after beginning of consultancy.
• Communication plan to share programme results and activities with government officials and local populations;
Deadline: end of consultancy.
• Concept paper for monitoring and evaluation of the reintegration process of ex-child soldiers and for the overall programme;
Deadline: end of consultancy.
Starting date: as soon as possible.
Travel: The majority of the consultant’s work will take place in Uvira and Baraka/Fizi (South Kivu, DRC).
Timeframe: The work will be completed within 40 workdays between May and June 2012.
Salary: commensurate with experience.
Requirements and competencies:
• Education: Master Degree in Psychology, Education, International Law, or other social sciences with a focus on conflict resolution, children’s studies and education;
• At least five years experience at the local and/or national level in managing issues of children and armed conflict and/or child protection, including analysis and research methods;
• Familiarity with key international human rights frameworks and principles relevant to children and armed conflict (Convention on the Rights of the Child, Paris Principles and Commitments, DDR standards);
• Fluency in spoken and written French and English required, solid drafting/reporting skills;
• Knowledge of and experience in South Kivu an asset;
• Sets clear and achievable targets and works towards these at both strategic and operational level;
• Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines, to coordinate and work with a diverse group of stakeholders;
• Effectively presents ideas in a clear and concise manner while also listening to and acknowledging others’ perspectives and views;
• Ability to work effectively in hardship environments.
To apply please send the following to email@example.com with this post title in the Subject of the e-mail by 21 April 2012:
• Motivation letter drawing attention to relevant qualifications, experiences and competencies;
• One- to two-page reflection on your approach to carrying out the work described in this ToR;
• Salary expectations.
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