TERMS OF REFERENCES
Search for Justice is a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to the mission of protecting children from all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. The organization is steadfast in its commitment to actively involve children in initiatives aimed at enhancing child protection
CONTEXT OF ASSIGNMENT
Pakistan's ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, particularly its commitment to Article 12, underscores the nation's dedication to children's right to participation. Article 12 emphasizes the importance of respecting and valuing the views of children in matters affecting them, acknowledging their agency and the significance of their opinions. This principle promotes inclusive decision-making processes, ensuring that children's perspectives are heard and considered in various settings, including in the family, schools, and the wider community. By upholding this right, Pakistan is committed to fostering environments where children are active participants in shaping their own lives and the society, they live in.
Developing guidelines or strategies through a comprehensive analysis of the legislative and policy environment is essential to promote child participation. This process is key to identifying opportunities for their involvement in decision-making processes. These guidelines will act as a roadmap for the government, ensuring that children’s voices are not only heard but also given due consideration in decisions affecting them. Establishing clear protocols and methodologies will empower children and foster an inclusive, participatory approach to policy formulation and implementation. This aligns with international standards, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is crucial for creating a governance framework that is more child-centric and responsive.
SCOPE OF THE WORK
Search for Justice is seeking a short-term consultant to develop guidelines aimed at enhancing child engagement in child rights and protection initiatives in the province of Punjab. This will be achieved through a consultative process, involving meetings with key stakeholders, including government bodies, CSOs, UN agencies, and, importantly, a diverse group of children. The consultant's work will focus on drafting guidelines that facilitate effective child participation in actions related to child rights and protection.
Inception meeting with SFJ and the relevant department, authority, or commission.
Hold meetings with relevant stakeholders for Key Informant Interviews (KII) / Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) to develop the rules.
Child-friendly meeting(s) with an inclusive group of children to capture their opinions and views.
Finalize the document and present the guidelines.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates should possess an educational background in Public Policy, Human Rights, Law, or an equivalent field.
The consultant is required to have a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in developing and drafting policy briefs and analyses on various aspects of human rights and child rights.
Applicants must demonstrate excellent report writing and analytical skills, coupled with strong knowledge in Child Rights and Child Protection.
Search for Justice will deduct withholding tax from the total cost of the consultant as per the Government of Pakistan's rules. Normally, this is 11% for filers and 22% for non-filers.
In compliance with SFJ's Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy, the selected consultant will be required to provide a Police Verification Certificate and at least two references.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.