GMT: Call for Proposal

Graca Machel trust
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 23 August, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Call for Proposal for a Child Rights Consultant to develop a child friendly version of the Complaints Mechanism Toolkit

The Graça Machel Trust (GMT) and the Save the Children Regional Multi Country Programming Unit (RMCPU) have partnered in a project that is aimed at identifying good practice and gaps in the utilization of the Complaints Procedures (CP) by children and civil society. The aim of the project is to ensure that regional mechanisms across East & Southern Africa are strengthened to deliver and support children who raise direct complaints. This by coming up with ways of improving the use of the Complaints Procedures through working closely with the ACERWC, civil society, children, children’s organizations and National Human Rights Institutions in East & Southern Africa on the effective use of the Complaints Procedures. 

1. Background

The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (African Children’s Charter) is a comprehensive instrument that sets out rights and defines universal principles and norms for the status of children on the African continent. It was adopted by the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union (AU), in 1990. The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) was established in 2001, with a mandate to promote and protect the rights enshrined in the African Charter.  The ACERWC came into existence to complement the efforts of the already existing human rights mechanisms such as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the African Commission and the African Court.
 
The Graça Machel Trust (GMT) and the Save the Children Regional Multi Country Programming Unit (RMCPU) have partnered in a project that is aimed at identifying good practice and gaps in the utilization of the Complaints Procedures (CP) by children and civil society. The aim of the project is to ensure that regional mechanisms across East & Southern Africa are strengthened to deliver and support children who raise direct complaints. This by coming up with ways of improving the use of the Complaints Procedures through working closely with the ACERWC, civil society, children, children’s organizations and National Human Rights Institutions in East & Southern Africa on the effective use of the Complaints Procedures.
 
Complaints Procedures (CP) are measures in International Human Rights Law, which allow victims of human rights violations to seek redress from a violating State. Through it, the ACERWC makes persuasive recommendations to State Parties addressing specific violations of the African Children’s Charter to establish a strong legal regime for the realisation of children’s rights in Africa. However, whilst CP are in place, this mechanism has not been optimally used by children. Thus, the project’s mandate is to develop a child friendly version of the Project’s recently completed Complaints Mechanism Toolkit.  

2. Purpose of the consultancy

The Trust would like to procure the services of a Child Rights Expert to create a child friendly version of the Complaints Mechanism Toolkit which has been developed by the Project. The task will be carried out through engagement with the Graça Machel Trust, the Save the Children Regional Programming Unit (RPU), the consultants of the Desktop and Rapid mapping studies, the Project’s Reference Group, the ACERWC Secretariat, NANHRI and children.

3. Deliverables

The following deliverables will be expected from the consultant:

  1. Delivery of a child friendly version of the Complaints Mechanism Toolkit, to help children effectively utilize the Complaints mechanism of the ACRWC;
  2. Ensure the child friendly version of the Toolkit aligns with the ACERWC Complaints Mechanism Procedures;
  3. Identify relevant sections from the Complaints Mechanism Toolkit, as well as the studies done by the Project and prior publications developed by the Project’s partners, to help children fully understand the Complaints Mechanism Processes;
  4. Simplify technical language, terminologies and concepts to accommodate children’s level of understanding;
  5. Use graphics, illustrations, practical exercises and animation to enhance the readability and use of the Toolkit;
  6.  Consult children to solicit their inputs and views on the child – friendliness of the toolkit;
  7. Use the child friendly version of the toolkit to develop a standard PowerPoint presentation for key stakeholders;
  8. Present the final child friendly version to GMT and its key stakeholders.
  9. With the guidance of GMT’s Communication Team design the layout of the child friendly version of the toolkit.

4. Expected Outputs

  1. A soft and hard copy of the child friendly version of Toolkit;
  2. A child friendly Complaints Mechanism tools;
  3. A training guide of the child friendly version of the Toolkit;
  4. PowerPoint Presentation on the child friendly version of the Toolkit.

5.Management and Reporting line 

5.1 The Service Provider
 

The Service Provider is responsible for the delivery of this assignment in accordance with the prescribed scope and specific deliverables as outlined under Part 2 and 3 of this ToRs. The Service Provider will report directly to the Children’s Rights Programme Manager of GMT.  
 

5.2 The Graça Machel Trust (GMT)  

The Programme Manager on behalf of GMT, will oversee the delivery of the Service Provider by
managing the consultancy contract; monitoring adherence to specified deadlines and deliverables; and managing the relationship between the Advisor and the partner organisation.

6.Timelines

The Consultant shall submit the inception report within 14 days of signing the contract, with the completed Toolkit expected to be completed by 30th September 2019.

7. Contract Terms and Conditions

  1. The Consultant will enter into a contract with GMT;
  2. The Consultant will report to the GMT Children’s Rights Programme Manager;
  3. Payments will only be made against agreed milestones and deliverables detailed in the contract signed by both parties.
  4. GMT will not provide any office equipment, office-space, mobile phones or laptops for the consultant/s.

8. Minimum Requirements of the Consultant/s

  1. Advanced Qualification in Social Sciences, Journalism, Communication, Languages, Human Rights, and other related development studies;
  2. Demonstrated experience in developing child friendly materials;
  3. Experience in contents development and analysis;
  4. Experience in advocacy for Children’s Rights is an added advantage;
  5. Experience in using graphic design to illustrate and simplify complicated concepts
  6. An in-depth knowledge and expertise in graphic design
  7. Good analytical, verbal and writing communication skills 

9.Consultant/s specifications

  1. Excellent spoken and written English.
  2. Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  3. Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail.
  4. Ability to work under pressure and meet tight delivery dates.
  5. Ability to work independently.

10. Submission of Proposals

The Graça Machel Trust would like to invite interested consultants who meet the minimum requirements to submit their proposals via email to NeoM@gracamacheltrust.org no later than Friday,23rd August 2019. The proposals must be in word document format and not more than 2 pages and must include the following:

  1. An outline including proposed methodology, time schedule and work plan;
  2. An outline including proposed methodology to achieve the tasks outlined, schedule of milestones, workplan, proposed number of days and related costs;
  3. Evidence of child materials developed;
  4. Proven record of experience in developing child friendly materials
  5. CV of the consultant with 3 reachable references;
  6. CV of a technical specialist who will take part in the task together with the consultant (if applicable).

11. Disclaimer

This Expression of Interest represents only a definition of requirements. It is merely an invitation for applications and does not legally obligate GMT to accept any of the submitted applications in whole or in part. GMT reserves the right to negotiate with any or all applicants, both with respect to cost and/or scope of services. GMT has no contractual obligations with any applicants. It is not an offer to contract. Only the execution of a written contract shall obligate GMT in accordance with the terms and conditions contained in such contract.
 
Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. 
 
NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
 
If you do not hear from us within one month of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

NB: The Trust reserves the right to cancel the advert, should a suitable candidate be found.

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