The world’s six leading child-focused NGOs – ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, Terre des Hommes and World Vision – agreed in 2017 to come together to collaborate on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This collaboration, called ‘Joining Forces’, focuses on one key project: Child Rights Now! – a national and international level advocacy push in up to 20 countries to renew political commitment to children’s rights, reflected in SDG implementation and support for the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Child Rights National Report will serve as an input to the Global Child Rights Progress Report consisting of a trends analysis on both the SDGs and child rights. These reports will be used to advocate at the national and international level.
Purpose The report aims to inform the future work and initiatives of the 4 organizations and will represent Romania’s position in the Global Child Rights Progress Report.
The report should:
- look at the current situation, progress since 1989 and what needs to change in order to realize the UNCRC and the child focused SDGs by 2030;
- present key national statistics on children and the overall climate for child rights in accordance with the UNCRC and analyze how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs help accelerate the implementation of the UNCRC;
- outline the most urgent, critical and transformative child rights issues that, if tackled, will enable realization of the rights of the child and achievement of the SDGs for all children, including the most marginalized and deprived groups, by 2030;
- call out the particular gender norms and discriminatory factors (e.g. age, race, ethnicity, religion, impairments/disability) that relate to the key child rights issues in Romania;
- where relevant, analyze the following for each of the child rights issues identified: leave no one behind; legal, policy, administrative, structural, budgetary, social and/or cultural structural barriers; successes and learning, who makes changes, children speaking out, international influence;
- render visible children’s voices, views and recommendations, for example by including specific information and recommendations from children, direct quotes or by including children’s own stories;
- be succinct and very well structured in order to convey the most important issues in 15 pages.
The main tasks of the consultant are to:
- Carry out a desk research, reviewing the available documentation, capitalizing on analyses already undertaken at country level. It could include information and reports from the government, national human rights commissions and ombudsperson, academia and the media. Reports and information from local, national and international civil society organizations and relevant information from consultations or research with children should also be used;
- Analyzed and include in the report children’s voices, views and recommendations. The four organizations will provide the summary of the focus group discussions with mixed groups of children and young people - from a gender and diversity perspective - including the most marginalized and deprived groups of children;
- Provide recommendations for further commitments and actions to realize children’s rights;
- Exchange information with the design company and the consortia of 4 organizations in order to ensure a good visual of the report.
The selected consultant’s mandate is threefold:
- Report Structure: in consultation with the 4 organizations: a sound methodology upon which the documentation process will be based, and which should also be reflected in the expression of interest. This will include at a minimum the identification of key data sources, schedule, analytical framework and overall approach of the consultancy;
- Data collection and analysis: The consultant is to ensure the collection of all the relevant information, secondary data and statistical analysis. The consultant will also analyse the focus group summaries provided by the four organizations;
- Write up of the report: outlining key findings as well as recommendations for the four organisations with a view to inform future advocacy efforts. The write-up process will include the incorporation of comments and suggestions of Terre des hommes - Elvetia Foundation, World Vision Romania, Save the Children Romania, SOS Children’s Villages Romania staff;
The consultant is expected to deliver:
- A methodological framework, including a detailed plan for the elaboration of the report and all documents to be used and analysed when writing the report;
- A first draft report (5th of November 2018);
- A second draft report (16th of November 2018), which incorporates the feedback provided by the 4 organizations for the first draft report;
- A final report, which incorporates the feedback provided by the 4 organizations for the second draft report, keeping the page number to around 15 pages, due on the 30th of November 2018;
Duration: 47 days
Tentative starting date: 15th of October 2018
Required/preferred experience and skills of the researcher:
- In-depth knowledge on Child Rights, Child protection and Child Participation;
- Ability to prepare materials and conduct activities in the field of child rights;
- Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
- Ability to be creative and open;
- Demonstrated experience in collecting and analysing qualitative data;
- Expertise in working and consulting with different stakeholders, especially children in similar researches or direct work;
- Very good planning and time management skills;
- Ability to work under time constraints;
- Outstanding level of English (the research is to be written in English) and Romanian are a strong asset.
The applicants are invited to submit:
- a CV (no more than 3 pages);
- a list of publications/reports of a similar nature and scope. Please also provide examples of publications / reports written as a single author;
- an expression of interest (no more than 3 pages) explaining how they fit the qualifications required and outlining the approach and methods that the consultant will use and implement in the course of the research process & the financial offer.
How to apply:
Qualified applicants should submit their application package to the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org by 11.00 am, October 9th, 2018. Please reference “CRN Report Romania_Consultant and your full name” in the subject line.
The consultant will be required to agree and comply with Tdh Code of Conduct and Child Safeguarding standards, as well as to adhere to and follow Tdh administrative and logistical regulations and procedures.