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Education Sector Response to Early Pregnancy and to Child Marriage : A Review of Country Policies and Programs in West and Central Africa

  • Dakar, Dakar, Sénégal
  • Consultance

Description du Poste

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Assignment
General objective: Better understand the education sector response to early pregnancy and to child marriage in 12 selected countries in West and Central Africa
Specific objectives:
• Provide an analysis and mapping of the institutional environment in the education sector – highlighting both supportive and challenging features – regarding early pregnancy and child marriage
• Identify current programmatic interventions in the education sector which are implemented with a view to responding to early pregnancy and child marriage, and highlight lessons learnt and good practices
• Identify existing data and evidence on teenage pregnancy, child marriage and school exclusion in selected countries as well as regionally and globally, and identify knowledge gaps that warrant further research in the region
• Identify key elements that should form part of a regional strategy on addressing the prevention and response to teenage pregnancy and child marriage in the education sector
Assignment Tasks
• Conduct a desk review of key global and regional publications related to school exclusion, early pregnancies and child marriage[1]
• Review of key elements of successful policies to support pregnant girls/married girls in LMIC[2]
• Produce an overall detailed analytical framework
• Develop an online questionnaire to administer to the 24 UNICEF Country Offices
• Develop a questionnaire for key informant interviews and administer it to a wide variety of stakeholders at the regional level and in the 12 selected countries
• Conduct desk review of education policies and other key documents focusing on the 12 selected countries
• Develop an exhaustive and annotated bibliography for each of the 12 selected countries as well as for the regional level
• Develop a brief country profiles for each of the 12 selected countries highlighting key data on education, teenage pregnancies and child marriage, key policy provisions, key issues and key promising practices
• Conduct missions to 4 selected countries to collect key documents and conduct key-informant interviews and focus group discussions[3]
• Produce a comparative analysis of education policy responses in the region, including illustrative textbox examples
• Highlight key recommendations for the regional and country levels.
Consultancy outputs:
• Analytical framework
• Questionnaires
• Comparative analytical report (including annotated bibliography and illustrative textbox examples)
• 12 country profiles
• Executive summary
• PPT presentation
• Management, Organization and Timeframe
The consultancy will take place over 70 days between 1 April and 30 July 2017. The consultant will work under the supervision of the WCARO Education Specialist in charge of the Out of School portfolio.
Expected Deliverables
imeline and payment:
Final analytical framework, final key-informant questionnaire, and final analysis of 24 CO responses
Day 15
Draft comparative analytical report and annotated bibliography
Day 40
Final comparative analytical report including country profiles and executive summary as well as PPT presentation
Day 70
[1] An initial bibliography would include:
• Addressing early marriage and adolescent pregnancy as a barrier to gender parity and equality in education, Background paper prepared for the EFA GMR, Pskai Stephanie, 2015
• Marriage and childbirth as factors in dropping-out from school: an analysis of DHS data from Sub-Saharan Africa, Population Council, 2006
• Motherhood in Childhood: facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy. State of the World Population 2013, UNFPA, 2013
• Teenage, married and out of school. Effects of early marriage and child birth on school drop-out, FHI360, 2014
• Education Sector Response to Early and Unintended Pregnancy: A Review of Country Experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa, UKAid, Population Council, UNESCO, 2015
• Addressing early and unintended pregnancy, UNESCO HIV and Health Education Clearing House, Thematic Brief 2/2015
• Developing an education sector response to early and unintended pregnancy, Discussion Document for a global consultation, UNESCO, 2014
[2] Including good practices in terms of supportive education policies, eg. Jamaica, Namibia, Tanzania, etc.
[3] These may either be countries for which data is difficult to obtain remotely or countries that demonstrate good practices that are worth documenting
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
• An Advanced University Degree in education, economics, psychology, sociology or other social science field is required;
Years of relevant experience
• Eight years of progressively responsible experience in education or child protection programme formulation, planning, management, and monitoring and evaluation, research with focus on equity and gender.
• Experience in working on sensitive issues related to gender equality and education, teenage pregnancies, and/or child marriage
• Proven ability to carry out research, institutional analyses and policy reviews
• Familiarity with UNICEF programme policies, procedures and processes an asset
• Familiarity with West and Central Africa context, or LMIC and experience in collecting data in these contexts
• Fluency in English and French mandatory
Competencies of Successful Candidate
To view our competency framework, please click here.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=503431

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