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Consultancy for Development of costed National Response Plan on Violence Against Children, Lesotho Country Office, Maseru - 90 days

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Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Lesotho
Categories: Child Protection

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, protection

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is hiring a technical expert to support the Government of Lesotho (GoL) to develop a costed, multifaceted National Response Plan (NRP) to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children (VAC). The aim is to develop realistic and time-bound targets with a robust Monitoring and Evaluation framework. The development of the National Response Plan will be led by UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Lesotho, and with the support of development partners, CSOs and communities.

Under the general supervision of the Chief of Section and day-to-day guidance of the Child Protection Specialist, the consultant will:

  1. Review VAC survey report
  2. Hold multi-sectoral meetings with Government and partners to identify the proposed interventions for ending VAC in Lesotho
  3. Develop and finalize the response plan in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders to validate the plan
  4. Develop a M&E framework
  5. Cost the response plan
  6. Facilitate a validation workshop with the aim of the Government and partner’s endorsement of the draft National Response Plan to end VAC.



Timeline (period/deadline)

Payment structure (% of the total fee)

  1. A detailed inception report with a description of the methodology outlining the consultation process to develop the costed response plan.

Detailed inception report

2 weeks after start of contract


  1. Undertake a desk review of the VACS study and all relevant policy, strategic and legal frameworks that guide the Child Protection fraternity and make response plan COVID-19 compliant.

Desk review report

31st March 2022



  1. Undertake consultative workshops with key stakeholders for the development of the national response plan including the monitoring and evaluation framework.

Reports from stakeholders’ consultations and workshop


  1. Draft response plan based on the consultative workshops and the VACs survey recommendations.

A draft five-year National Response Plan with M&E framework.


3rd June 2022


  1. Hold a workshop to finalize the draft response plan and get it validated along with the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  1. Collect additional data necessary for the costing of the Violence Against Children National Response Plan

A draft five year costed National Response Plan with M&E framework.


10th June 2022


  1. Cost the Response Plan for 2022-2026

Final National Response Plan

24th June 2022



The Consultancy will be home based / remote with limited travel in the country for stakeholder meetings.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree in Social Science particularly Strategic Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, or any related field.
  • At least ten years professional experience in Strategic Planning, Development and Change Management. Experience in guiding strategic planning processes and similar assignments carried out as required.
  • Proven experience in planning and funding cycles of the public sector and of development partners
  • Technical expertise of Child Protection sector, Sustainable Development Goals, especially those focused on socioeconomic upliftment of vulnerable groups
  • Strong background and knowledge of the international, regional and Lesotho’s legislation and policies pertaining to child protection and children’s rights.
  • 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.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Proficiency in English. Excellent writing skills in English

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Administrative issues: 

No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the Consultant.

The Consultant will be required to complete mandatory online courses (e.g. Ethics, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Security) upon receipt of offer and before the signature of contract.

The Consultant will be required to sign the Health Statement for consultants/contractors and to share an applicable proof of health insurance covering medical evacuation (if travel is involved) prior to taking up the assignment.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit an online application through the Talent Management System (TMS) that consists as a minimum of the following:

-TMS Profile/ Curriculum Vitae

-Financial proposal that is all inclusive of all expenses related to the assignment

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.


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