Consultancy Service for Baseline Study for Pan Africa State Accountability Project - Phase II

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Plan International
Closing date: 20 Apr 2020

1. About Plan International

We strive to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world. As an independent development and humanitarian organisation, we work alongside children, young people, our supporters and partners to tackle the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. For over 80 years we have been building powerful partnerships for children, and we are active in over 75 countries.

About the Commissioning Office

Plan International African Union Liaison office (the commissioning office, referred to here as AULO) formally set up an office in 2010 to engage the African Union in acknowledging the fact that the African Union can work as a positive force for recognising social, economic, political and cultural rights of Africans. Plan AULO has been carrying out advocacy activities with the African Union and its different organs in relation to protection and promotion of children rights in Africa. Specifically, Plan AULO has been engaging with the Africa Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of a Child (ACERWC) in supporting and collaborating in its efforts for promoting and protecting children’s rights in Africa. As an excellence centre for Plan International in engaging at the Pan Africa level and the African Union, and also the coordination and management office for PASAP, Plan AULO strategized itself in giving support to other offices and partners.

2. Project Background

The Second Phase of Pan African state Accountability Project (PASAP II) is a multi-partner, multi-level Pan-African project that runs from July 2019-June 2024. The first phase of the project ran through January 2015 to June 2018 and with an extension period that ran from July 2018-June 2019. The project aims to make a sustainable impact on the realization of children’s rights across Africa by targeting State mechanisms, mainly within the continental and sub-continental levels of decision making, particularly within the organs of the AU & Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The project operates by engaging civil society actors, improving their ability to hold States accountable for upholding child rights and to effectively engage in child rights monitoring and advocacy based on evidence and research.

Africa has made significant progress in the promotion and protection of children’s rights and gender equality over the last many years. The continent has put in place legal and policy frameworks to further strengthen Africa’s commitment to protect and promote the rights of boys and girls. However, a lot of challenge remains in the protection and promotion children’s rights in Africa, specifically ensuring the rights of girls.

The premise is that the African child rights landscape can be further strengthened if civil society organisations for and of children and youth at continental, regional and national levels are supported to enhance their institutional and technical capacities, legitimacy and representativeness. As well as if given a platform to coordinate amongst themselves for advocating for realization of children’s rights and to monitor the implementation of child rights instruments by African states. Through the support of civil society organizations and networks working on child rights, PASAP thrives to ensure that member states are accountable to the various regional and continental legal instruments that they have signed to in the promotion and protection of child rights in Africa. Engaging with the African Union and its principal human rights institutions (ACERWC and ACHPR) is, therefore, crucial for the advancement of accountability for the implementation of the rights of children. As the principal custodian of the children’s Charter, engagement with the ACERWC and its mandate to monitor member States implementation of the Charter provides an important entry point for civil society to influence decision making pertaining to children’s rights in their respective countries. PASAP Phase 2 builds mainly on the experiences and lessons learnt of PASAP phase 1 implemented since 2015 with more or less the same project goals and outcomes. Learning from Phase 1 of the project, it was apparent that more coordination and networking should be made to advance child rights in Africa and support CSOs to advance their influencing in a systematic and strategic manner was incorporated in the development of the project for Phase 2. However, some of the activities planned during PASAP phase 2 are similar to those implemented during phase 1 (ex. child rights monitoring mainly using ACERWC). A number of key lessons from the first phase of the project have been identified; and considerable efforts has already been made to factor those into the design of PASAP Phase 2. Plan African Union Liaison Office, as the body responsible for the overall coordination of the PASAP, has driven the project with assistance from Plan’s regional office of Eastern and Southern Africa (RESA), and Western and Central Africa (WACA); and in partnership with eight Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) across the continent.

Here is the ToR link:

https://www.dropbox.com/preview/GNO/Baseline%20Study%20Terms%20of%20Reference%20-%20For%20PASAP%20Project.docx?role=personal

How to apply:

Contact

Interested Consultants should send queries and submit their proposals to:

Plan International African Union Liaison Office Email: AULiaisonOffice@plan-international.org no later than Friday 20th April 2020 at 1700hrs (GMT+3).

Applications

The proposals for this baseline study will include two submissions as electronic files (in PDF format) with a subject line ‘Baseline of the Pan African State Accountability Project II (PASAP II) as follows:

i. A technical proposal, containing;

  • An understanding of the ToR: the main goals and tasks of this baseline study and the proposed study questions

  • Proposed methodology

  • Ethics and child safeguarding approaches, including any identified risks and associated mitigation strategies

  • Proposed timeline and steps for the baseline study

  • CVs proposed consultants (education background, expertise and experience in relation with the scope of the baseline study and the geographical location); with a description of why experience is relevant to the task and using a matrix indicate how the proposed team complements each other as well as how they correspond to the profile

  • Example of previous work

ii. A financial proposal for the provision of the services.

  • Detailed budget, including daily fee rates, expenses

All proposals must be submitted to the Plan International African Union Liaison Office to the following address: AULiaisonOffice@plan-international.org



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