Call for Consultant

Women Environment and Youth Development (WOYODEV) Initiative is a nongovernmental organization with head office in Kwara State working at the grassroots level on Girl Child Education, Women Empowerment, Gender Development and Equality, Zero level of Ignorance, Hazard Free Environment, Rights, Peace Building, Civic Participation and Inclusion at all levels for the overall development of women, youth, children and communities.

WOYODEV hereby seeks a Consultant to undertake the drafting of Simplified Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act and Policy Brief for the implementation of the second phase of End Child Bride Project in Kwara State .

Project Title: End Child Bride

Child marriage (also called early marriage) is defined as a formal or informal union where one or both parties are under the age of 18. Child marriage disproportionately affects girls more than boys. According to UNICEF, 720 million women alive today were married as children, compared to 156 million men. Some fifteen million girls are married each year worldwide, and across the developing world, one in three girls is married before the age of 18, and one in nine girls before age 15.

A confluence of social, economic, cultural, and political factors perpetuate this harmful practice across a range of countries and cultural and religious contexts. Situated at the nexus of these factors are unequal gender norms and power relations that devalue and restrict women and girls.

While child marriage occurs virtually in every country, the prevalence varies considerably across and within regions and countries, and it is most widespread in developing countries. The most commonly used and globally comparable measure of the prevalence of child marriage is the proportion of women 20 to 24 who report being married (or living with a man as if married) by the age of 18. According to this measure, 51 countries have a prevalence rate of 25 percent or greater—the threshold typically used to define a “high burden.” In countries like Niger, Chad, and Bangladesh, more than two-thirds of women aged 20-24 were married as children, and country-level prevalence rate may mask higher prevalence rates in sub-national regions. High prevalence rates combined with large youth populations situate India, Nigeria, and Brazil among the countries with the highest number of child brides globally. Although child marriage rates are decreasing in most countries, the declines are uneven and if current trends in child marriage prevalence and population growth continue, 150 million girls will be married by their 18th birthday over the next decade.

In Nigeria, the number of girls affected by child marriage is high. This is largely due to the population of the country. According to statistics, Nigeria ranks 14th among the highest 20 countries with the highest rate of child marriage in the world! An estimate of six million girls was married by the age of 15years in Nigeria. Nationwide, 20 percents of girls were married by age 15, and 40 percent were married by age 18.

  1. Objective
  • Make available a Policy Brief and Simplified VAPP Act for Government Institutions and Relevant Stakeholders in Kwara State for better understanding of the challenges in the practice of Child Marriage and to equally propose some likely solutions.
  1. Scope of Work and Consultancy Expectation

The scope of work and expected outputs/deliverables will be the following:

  1. Source for, review and harmonize all the necessary information to fully consolidate the needed facts on Child Bride and issues around Ending Child Marriage in Nigeria- Kwara State.
  1. Submit a copy of relevant material used, preliminary contents, assumptions and others to WOYODEV.
  1. Expected Deliverables /Outputs:
  • A document reflecting the Policy framework (Brief) on Child Marriage in Kwara State Nigeria with North central zone in focus and a National scope for future Advocacy of WOYODEV.
  • A simplified VAPP Act that will be used for Policy Advocacy in the domestication in Kwara State, Nigeria
  1. Methodology

The consultant will strictly follow the work plan and the time schedule as agreed with WOYODEV in undertaking the contract assignment.

  1. An appropriate methodology without extra cost will have to be determined by the consultant in consultations with WOYODEV;
  2. The consultant will work in close collaboration with WOYODEV during the period;
  3. Allow access for a member of WOYODEV to join/ participate during the drafting process so as to build capacity.
  4. The consultant will undertake collection of all the required data/information from various sources, including Government departments, ministries, agencies, parastatals; the media and other relevant sources;
  1. Duration of the Work
  1. The duration of contract shall be for a maximum of 21 Days (1st – 21th September 2019).
  2. The consultant will work closely with WOYODEV Project Team and will intermittently abreast WOYODEV of work progress.
  1. Duty Station
  1. The consultant will undertake the work at any suitable location.
  2. The consultant is expected to use own computer and other equipment required for the task.
  1. Required expertise andqualifications
  • A post-graduate or equivalent qualification/ degree in Public Health, Social Science, Development Study, Humanities or any other relevant discipline.
  • At least 5 years of prior work experience in dealing with research, studies and gender analysis in the national and local context.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in undertaking research studies and data gathering especially in the area of Child Protection, rights, Child Marriage and Sustainable Development Goal.
  • Demonstrated experiences and skills in facilitating stakeholder/working group consultations.
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer skills and knowledge; for a member who will be present at drafting facilitate group discussions with the Project team to intimate them about the process and outcome.
  • Relevant regional and international experience will be an added advantage.

The project seeks to identify experts that fulfill the above criteria and have demonstrated ability of being capable of achieving result in set time.

  1. Scope of financial Proposal and Schedule of Payments
  • Payments will be made in installments based upon outputs/deliverables specified in the TOR (under payment schedule) and upon certification of satisfactory work as per work plan and endorsed by WOYODEV.
  • 50% on signing the contract and submission of a blueprint including methodology for drafting the VAPP Act and Policy Brief (in English).
  • 50% on delivery of the produced report and submission of other materials.

Kindly note the following as application requirements;

  • CV not more than four pages
  • Motivation Letter and
  • Details on previous work experience will be an added advantage.

Deadline: Application for the position should be sent to woyodev@yahoo.com and copy michaelolaogun2014@gmail.com on or before the close of business on 6th September 2019 and application later than the stipulated date will NOT be considered.

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