UNICEF: Terms of Reference (TORs)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 1 November, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Individual Consultancy: Coordinate and support the development of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of Children and the United Nations-Convention on the Rights of Children Reports 

(To be based in Maseru, Lesotho)
Background and Justification
The Government of Lesotho (GoL) is a signatory to both the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) as well as The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). As part of the state obligations as signatory to both the Conventions and the Charter the state party must submit periodic reports to state the implementation status of the country on the two treaties and give a picture on the protection of rights of children. The GoL has since submitted and tabled the initial and 1st Periodic report on the status and implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in 2015 while the next report was due for sumbission in November 2019.
On the 11th July 2020, the Africa region commemorated 30 years since the adoption of the ACRWC which has been a key mechanism for the protection of children’s rights on the continent. The African Committee of Experts outlined the 11th action point for the commemoration of the 30th Annivesary. Also action point number four  speaks directly to State Parties’ submission of their periodic reports on the implementation of the charter. On the other hand, The Government of Lesotho submitted the Second Periodic Report on the status and implementation of the UNCRC in 2016. This report was tabled in May 2018 by the Government and have since received the Concluding observation and Recommendation from the UN Committee of Experts which are to be disseminated and popularised and implemented before the next periodic reporting date which is the 2023.
While these reports address the reporting requirements as set out by the CRC committee and the ACRWC Committee, they also serve a broader purpose.  They are meant to be the reflection on the current state of children in Lesotho and on the ability of the country to protect and promote their fundamental rights and entitlements.  It also provides some guidance going forward for the GOL’s efforts to continually improve and protect the welfare of the country’s children.
Scope of Work

1. Goal and Objective:  

UNICEF is hiring a national technical expert to support the Government of Lesotho’s (GoL) commitment to fullfil its periodic reporting obligations  as a signatory to  the UNCRC and in the realisation of children’s rights and ensuring full protection of children and their rights. The expert will support the GoL to compile and submit a periodic report for the African Charter which was due November 2019 but could not be done due to different reasons. The TA will also support the GoL to compile a list of issues on the Concluding Observations and Recommendations from the report that was submitted in 2018.
Under the supervision of UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, the consultant will:

  • Prepare a State party report for in relation to the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child for submission to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Chiild in line with the guidelines stated for such reports in consulation with other relevant Ministries
  • Compile information regarding the Concluding Observations and Recommendation on the Lesotho’s Second Periodic Report on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was tabled in 2018. 

2. Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered:

The proposed consultancy will support the full implementation of activity 2.3.5 of the Annual Work Plan, under Output 2.3 (see above).

3. Activities and Tasks: 

In order to accomplish the above assignment, the consultant will be expected to carry out the following tasks over a period of 30 days:

  • Develop an Inception report including work plan, methodology for the exercise and time frame, etc. to be approved by MOSD.
  • Collate, consolidate and analyze all the data that will be gathered by MOSD and stakeholders who have been implementing interventions of children.
  • Draft CRC report on Concluding Observations and Recommendations 
  • Hold validation workshops for inputs from child protection implementers
  • Draft Periodic report on the implementation of the ACRWC by the State
  • Incorporate in the draft report relevant feedback coming out of the stakeholders’ workshop
  • Finalise and submit to MOSD the final CRC report and ACRWC report.

Work relationships:

The consultant will work under the supervision of the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, and receive guidance from the Director of Children’s Services at MOSD and the National OVC Coordinating Committee (NOCC). The MoSD will link the consultant with relevant Ministries and NGOs to collect relevant and available data when there is a need.

4. Outputs/Deliverables:

a. Report to the  ACERWC

The report should be in English and follow the duidlenes on the from and content of Periodic State Party Report to be submitted pursuant to Article 43(1)(b) of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare on the Child, for written submissions to the ACERWC. The periodic report should not exceed 80 pages or 35, 000 words and prepared in a widely consultative manner, in order to include inputs from all other governments Ministries. This page and/or word limit does not apply to documents (e.g. legal texts) attached to the report

b. UN-CRC Report

Compilation of information regarding the Concluding Observations and Recommendations on the Lesotho’s Second Periodic Report on the Convention on the Rights of the Child that was tabled in 2018. The list of issues compiled should prepared in a widely consulttive manner in order to fully ensure all stakeholders give updated information in order to respond to the Concluding Observations and Recommendation on the Lesotho’s Second Periodic Report on the Convention on the Rights of the Child that was tabled in 2018.
A table below summarizes the tasks, deliverables, specific timelines and milestones.

Deliverables Duration Timeline/Deadline Schedule of payment
Report to the ACERWC 15 working days By 1 November 2020 Full amount upon submission of the  approved final  reports
UN-CRC Report 15 working days By 1 November 2020

Desired profile

  • An advanced university degree (at least Master’s degree) in Law, Criminology, Social Work/Policy, International Development Studies, or any related field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience related to children’s rights and international legal frameworks such as the UNCRC


  • Experience working with the UNCRC and the African Charter reporting mechanisms will be a strong advantage.
  • Strong understanding of the international, regional and Lesotho’s legislation and policies pertaining to child protection and children’s rights.
  • Extensive experience in designing, implementation and monitoring justice for children programmes at national and sub-national levels
  • Experience in effectively facilitating the collaborative work of a wide range of stakeholders, including government and development partners.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s mandate and goals is an advantage
  • Have no criminal record in abuse of children


  • Fluency in English and Sesotho (writing, reading, speaking) is required

Administrative issues
The consultant will be expected to provide their own laptop and work remotely/from home, as most UNICEF staff has been doing since the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
No additional living allowances will be provided as part of this consultancy.
As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.
The candidate selected will be supervised by Child Protection Specialist who will be available from time to time and such candidate will be also be  governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.
Risks include: Risk that deliverables are not delivered in a timely manner or to an appropriate quality; risk that activities agreed are not implemented; risk that the consultant may experience financial difficulties during the period of the contract; other risks of deviations from the proposed contractual terms.
UNICEF will ensure stringent negotiation of all contractual engagements and services will only be retained if deliverables of acceptable quality can be produced. Contracts should also ensure that the consultant prioritizes and allocates enough staff time for the contract.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates are requested to complete an application including profile to the respective advertisement on https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=533666 Please indicate your ability, availability and financial proposal/quote to complete the terms of reference above.
Rates must be in LSL and include all expenses related to the assignment.

Applications submitted without a fee/ rate will not be considered.
If you have not been contacted within 14 days of the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent only to shortlisted/contacted candidates.

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