UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights.
Supporting the Government’s vision of a prosperous and empowered upper-middle-income society, the 2022 to 2026 UNICEF Zimbabwe country programme is aimed at contributing to sustainable socioeconomic development that provides all children, including adolescents, with opportunities to fulfil their potential, lead a healthy life, access quality learning and protection and meaningfully participate in society.
UNICEF, in support of National AIDS Council, is seeking consultancy services from a mid level consultant with vast experience in adolescent’s sexual reproductive health/HIV and girls education programmes, to carry out a rapid assessment to understand the context of school dropout among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in the Global Fund AGYW programme and make recommendations for programme improvements and adjustments as relevant
The consultant is required to address the following objectives:
- Identify the reasons associated with the early withdrawal of AGYW from school at individual, household and societal or community level
- Identify the key drivers that may predict early school withdrawal for AGYW in the Global Fund programme -geographies
- Identify where there may be gaps in the Global Fund AGYW programme that could be improved to better address the context of high levels of early withdrawal from school
- Make recommendations for early school withdrawal prevention
- Identify where recommendations could be feasibly integrated into the existing GF AGYW programme structure
Through this assignment, the following tasks should be performed:
- Attend a kick-off call with UNICEF for orientation to the Partnership and expectations of this technical assistance
- Prepare an inception report and tools detailing the approaches and timelines to achieve the deliverables and present it to stakeholders including National AIDS Council, UNDP and key AGYW partners for input.
- Conduct a desk review of the programme documentation, programmatic, academic, latest evidence in region and other grey literature, on early withdrawal from school, keeping girls in school, and other context specific documentation
- Conduct stakeholder interviews and focus groups with key groups including AGYW, male sexual partner groups, parents, teachers, community office-bearers and individuals in positions of authority at community level, religious leaders and others as relevant to understand predictive drivers of early school withdrawal, the reasons associated with early school withdrawal and recommendations for programme interventions to address early school withdrawal
- Review programme implementation processes to identify where changes could be integrated to make necessary improvements
- Prepare draft report + summary PPT with key findings and recommendations from the desk review, consultations and implementation plan and attend a stakeholder feedback meeting
- Prepare a final report + updated PPT with feedback from stakeholders incorporated and share at a validation meeting with stakeholders
- Develop a learning report from the implementation process of the TA for regional learning
Advanced university degree in Education, Public health, Adolescent Health, Social Sciences, Epidemiology or related field
- 5 years knowledge and expertise on HIV and adolescent and young people’s health and development context across ESA
- Strong knowledge and experience of keeping girls in school agenda in the field of Adolescent HIV & SRH programming
- Experience of technical assistance reviews would be an added advantage
- Strong analytical skills with sufficient understand of qualitative/quantitative methods
- Understanding of / working experience with the Global Fund and /or UNICEF is an added advantage
- A set of strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and a good understanding of translating research into policy and programmatic implementation
- Demonstrated ability to work across a range of partners, including national, sub-national and community-level stakeholders and partners to secure buy-in and ownership
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships, including with national-level stakeholders
- Excellent English oral and written communication skills
Experience working in related field in Eastern and Southern Africa, is desirable
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.