Childfund works with communities to strengthen the protective environment of the child for growth, development and enjoyment of rights. It works with children, families, community and the broader system of child protection to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, and exploitation.
Child protection programs are based on assessment of the child protection situation in the areas where ChildFund works including research, data collection and analysis at different levels of the local environment and consultations with the relevant actors. ChildFund US program, which began implementing Child Protection Programming in Jackson MS in 2015 is now planning to expand this work in Texas and to enhance support for child protection in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas. Utilizing an approach taken in Mississippi, US Program will conduct an in-depth situational analysis of the child protection environment to ensure currency and completeness of information for planning interventions that allow it to maximize opportunities in the area that support the overall child protection system .
Taking a systems approach, ChildFund is commissioning a consultant to conduct a child protection systems assessment that will examine the different components of the local child protection system in Rio Grande Valley, TX.
The assessment will include analysis of laws and policies, governance, child and family welfare, health, education, law enforcement, as well as specific elements of child protection such as the continuum of care and the type of services that are offered. It will examine parts of the formal state child protection system operational in the Rio Grande Valley and also non-state components of the system, recognizing the latter generally lie outside the government system but interface and are recognized by it as an integral part of the child protection system. Analysis will examine their, structures, capacities and functions in the local context.
Purpose of the assignment:
To support CHILDFUND in mapping and assessing the local child protection system in the area. Mapping will provide; background on the applicable legal and policy frameworks relevant to child protection in the state and area, the nature and role of social welfare and protection services of government, non-government and private actors in the area, identification of key child protection issues including social dimensions (attitudes) in relation to child protection issues, that will be identified in consultations with key informants – children (with relevant child protection guidelines), families and community local institutions. Assessment of the systems child protection response (continuum of care environment) relative to the issues identified, including the obstacles encountered in implementation and opportunities for ChildFund to collaborate within the local child protection system.
-Provide a clear picture of the structure and functions of the current child protection system in the Rio Grande Valley, TX and how it operates in the local area;
1) – Describe the current legal and normative framework, noting key policy agendas in child protection and resulting programmatic responses impacting on the welfare and protection of children in the State/and area ;
2) – Highlight the key protection risks facing children based on current available secondary data sources ( including internal data from Child Fund (MS Child Protection Assessment, TX child migrant assessment, area strategic planning research and community consultations done by the ChildFund Area Office) and
2a) through structured consultations and identify priority thematic areas – (formal structure)
3) Assess the reach and function of key formal structures involved in child protection (social welfare, justice, education, health and Psycho-social services, law enforcement) – to provide prevention, response, recovery support. For example Departments, Agencies, Special Programs/Units involved in administering and or implementing child protection mandates.
4) – Assess the reach and function of community structures, NGOs, academia etc.) that administer, advocate or implement child protection initiatives (civil society)
5) – Create a directory of CP agencies operating in the area (formal and non-formal)
6)-Engage children, family, community and key stakeholders involved in child protection to identify the priority CP issues in their area.
6a) – Analyze how children and families experience the child and family welfare system and the informal CP systems
7) -Identify opportunities for ChildFund – collaboration, advocacy, research, services or other activities –where through its involvement in child protection it can contribute to extend the reach and quality of services for children and strengthen the local child protection system
The Lead Researcher (Supervisor only relevant if an institutional contract) will undertake the CP assessment work. S/he will work with general guidance and support from the ChildFund US National Office and the International Office Child Protection unit. The consultancy report will be submitted to ChildFund as specified in this agreement.
MAJOR TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED FOR WHICH THE LEAD RESEARCHER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE ARE:
- Overview analysis of child protection situation in RGV, TX, including secondary data related to child protection issues, presented in narrative, graph, chart format
- CP System overview and analysis including
- Legal and policy frameworks relevant to child protection
- Analysis of key child protection programs and services of agencies within the formal (government) child welfare and protection structures including a directory of CP agencies including overall CP functions
- Analysis of key non-government and community based child protection programs and services of agencies including a directory of CP agencies including overall CP functions
- Consultations with children, families, community and key stakeholder for identification of specific protection risks faced and local services available and used to address them within the RGV, including relevant illustrative texts
- Consultation with key government, non-government and community actors on child protection issues addressed within their remit and achievements and challenges
- Organization of data tables and analysis
- Narrative report providing analysis of system and recommendations on opportunities to support strengthening the local child protection system
The consultant will work for a total of up to 30 Days (nonconsecutive days).
The deadline for submission of deliverables to ChildFund will be latest at end of within two months of signing contract.
- Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
Advanced university degree and/or academic background in a social field;
• Minimum 3-5 years work experience social field related to child protection and research experience (social research design, data collection and analysis, participatory research, research with children) ;
• Proven written and verbal communication skills
- Experience in working with government and non-government organizations
- Experience in working in the child welfare and protection system in the USA essential and within Texas highly desirable
- High analytical and conceptual skills and ability;
Ability to work within communities and familiar with child protection protocols for research with children.
- Ability to speak Spanish language a plus.
Applications should be sent by Nov 15 to: Julia Campbell, email@example.com