Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Rights and Welfare of Children in Africa
Invitation to Bid
Reference No: 83368207
The Covid-19 global pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruption of the health, social and economic order of the world and that of Africa. Its direct impact on health has already resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands and left millions in dire situations. The resulting macroeconomic downturn has affected every country and every sector resulting in mass disruption or loss of household incomes. The UN reported that COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It threatens to reverse years of progress on poverty, hunger, healthcare and education. It is noted that while the pandemic has impacted everyone, it is affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people the most. Hence its overall consequences for Africa are overwhelming.
Even though children are said to be the least affected by the direct health impact of the outbreak, they are the most affected by the indirect, consequential impacts. As the most vulnerable groups of society, they bear the brunt of economic and social disruptions brought by COVID-19. A significant portion of African children are facing the wrath of the negative impacts of the pandemic on top of already dire situations exacerbated by conflict and poverty.
Cognizant of the consequences of COVID-19 on the rights and welfare of children in Africa, and noting the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and the measures taken to curb its spread, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) is responding to policy gaps in mitigating the crisis. The Committee has, among others, developed Guiding Notes to Member States of the African Union (AU) on measures to be taken to uphold children’s rights during COVID-19 outbreak.
The Guiding Notes indicate the various ways in which children in Africa are being affected by the pandemic and further give recommendations to Member States on measures that should be taken to minimize and limit these impacts, while upholding the rights in the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, with the principle of the best interest of the child at heart. The document assists Member States in ensuring that children’s rights and welfare are not neglected or violated unnecessarily in the various measures introduced to curb and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The Guiding Notes reiterate that millions of children in Africa are likely to face increasing threats to their safety and wellbeing, including sexual and gender-based violence, exploitation, and separation from families. Millions of others are temporarily out of school due to the COVID-19 preventive measures, with the risk of permanent drop out, especially of children in vulnerable situations, such as the girl child, children with disabilities, children who belong to economically disadvantaged parents and children living in rural areas to mention but a few. The pandemic is likely to result in a devastating effect on family functioning by limiting sources of income for households, resulting in limited access to adequate nutritious food, health care, appropriate shelter and other basic needs, which will then have an immediate and longer-term consequences on the life, survival and development of children.
After issuing these Guiding Notes, the ACERWC, during its 35th Ordinary Session, which took place virtually from 31 August to 8 September 2020, undertook consultation with selected Member States, Civil Society Organizations and Representative of Children, on ongoing efforts to curb the impact of the pandemic on the rights and welfare of Children. The discussions highlighted, among others, the specific challenges faced by Member States and available good practices on the Continent. As an outcome of the consultation, the ACERWC has decided to undertake an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the rights and welfare of Children.
Within the context of the current cooperation between ACERWC and the GIZ implemented Programme, Strengthening Good Governance and Human Rights in Africa – African Governance Architecture, services of a Consortium are sought to undertake an Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Rights and Welfare of Children in Africa. The overall objective of the service is to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the Rights and Welfare of Children in Africa. The assessment shall facilitate the collection of information on and analysis of the nature of the impact of the pandemic on children in AU Member States.
Tasks to be performed by the contractor
Geographically, the Assessment will cover all AU Member States. Thematically, the Assessment will focus on areas that the pandemic, directly or indirectly, affects most, including: health, education, violence against children, family care, livelihood and food security, birth registration, and its impact on children particularly in vulnerable situations (the girl child, children with disabilities, children in conflict and crisis situations, children living on the street, and children on the move). The assessment will provide detailed data, information and analysis on the existing frameworks (legal and institutional) and their implementation (gaps and exemplary practices) in AU Member States.
Specifically, the Consortium is expected to deliver on the scope of work as highlighted below:
- Assess the impact of the pandemic on the implementation of the relevant Aspirations Agenda 2040: Africa’s Agenda for Children;
- Gather good practices on mitigating the impact of the pandemic on children;
- Predict the near future impact of the pandemic based on the trends from the continent, as well as lessons learnt from other continents;
- Identify how children particularly in vulnerable situations are currently coping within the Pandemic;
- Assess if appropriate recovery programmes, particularly for vulnerable children, are in place;
- Shed light on the possible post-COVID-19 socio-economic situation and its impact on the rights and welfare of children;
- Give recommendations to Member States, Regional Economic Communities, Civil Society Organizations, Media and the private sector;
- Provide ‘actions for solutions’ in line with the urgent, medium and long-term needs of children, and
- Develop questionnaires which will be distributed to collect data and information from Member States and undertake interviews and consultations with key stakeholders as well as present the draft deliverables to ACERWC for discussion and subsequent approval.
Qualifications of the short-term expert pool
Education/training (2.6.1): All experts should have university qualification (minimum master’s degree or Equivalent) in various disciplines, including education, law, health, sociology, psychology, social work and economics;
Language (2.6.2): The Consortium should have experts with multilingual language skills with fluency in spoken and written English, French, Portuguese and Arabic;
General professional experience (2.6.3): The experts should have at least 10 years of demonstrable experience of working and/or conducting research, policy development and review in the field of child protection in Africa;
Specific professional experience (2.6.4): At least two experts with proven experience on child protection issues in Africa, demonstrable knowledge of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the work of ACERWC, and first-hand knowledge and experience of the cultural, social, economic and political context of Africa;
Regional experience (2.6.5): At least one expert with demonstrable work experience with the AU, UN, and/or other international organisations;
Other (2.6.7): Excellent analytical skills, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, proven report writing skills, and ability to deliver quality products on time.
Number of work days: 60 days
Flexible Work Days (the assignment is to be completed within 4 Months)
Period of assignment: From 1 December 2020 until 1 April 2021.
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How to apply:
The consultant will be required to submit a technical and financial offer. The financial offer should list the daily fees charged for this contract. Please note that this should not be specific to the task required, as a variety of tasks (as listed above) will have to be performed throughout the contract duration. The technical offer should include the approach taken by the consultant and showcase its previous work in the areas listed above.
All bids must be delivered/submitted via email address E_T_Quotation@giz.de. before 4:30pm Ethiopian time on Wednesday, 18th of November 2020. All bids must include a full technical and financial offer. Technical and financial offers have to be submitted separately.
Strengthening Good Governance & Human Rights in Africa – AGA Project reserves the right to cancel the bid fully or partially.