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18/02/2015

SAVE THE CHILDREN recruits 01 CHILD RIGHTS AND BUSINESS CONSULTANT

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SAVE THE CHILDREN
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01 CHILD RIGHTS AND BUSINESS CONSULTANT
 

We are Save the Children. We work in more than 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through program in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises. To achieve our ambitious goals and breakthroughs for children, Save the Children works in 10 countries within the West and Central Africa Region with a current staff complement of approximately 1400 and current expenditure of approximately $75 million each year.

Save the Children in Cote d’Ivoire

Save the Children, Cote d’Ivoire Program is seeking a Child Rights and Business Consultant, for six (06) months, based in Abidjan.

1. Context

Producing about 35 per cent of the world’s cocoa, Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s largest producer of cocoa. Around 900,000 farmers are growing cocoa in the country and about 60% of the country’s export revenue comes from its cocoa. The cocoa that is grown and harvested in Cote d’Ivoire is sold to a majority of chocolate companies, including Hershey’s, Mars, Barry Callebaut and Nestlé.

For the last few years, a number of organizations and journalists have exposed the widespread problem of child labour and child trafficking in the cocoa industry. On average a cocoa farmer earns less than USD 2 per day, and sometimes resort to the use of child labour to keep their prices competitive. On the other hand, due to intense poverty, most children start to work at an early age to support their families. Others are trafficked from neighboring countries, such as Burkina Faso and Mali and sold into these farms.

These children are forced to work and live in dangerous conditions, where they are exposed to hazardous equipment and chemicals. In Cote d’Ivoire, 40% of child labourers in the cocoa farms do not attend school. Once in the farms, the children may not see their families for years. Most of these children are between the ages of 12 and 16, but may be as young as 5, while 40 per cent are girls.

To address this prevalent problem and engage with the private sector for the realization of child rights in Cote d’Ivoire, Save the Children (SC) has initiated a dialogue with various key actors in Cote d’Ivoire. We have also begun building capacity around the Child Rights and & Business (CR&B) Principles developed together with UNICEF and the Global Compact. To take these initiatives forward SC is looking for a 6 months short term consultant.

2. Objectives

The Consultant specific responsibility will be to:

  • Map out the situation in country to identify the CR&B priorities and how businesses, especially those in the cocoa and extractive/mining sector, affect the lives of children
  • Identify the strategic arena for SC and develop a clear CR&B project and plan of action related to priority sectors in collaboration with the SC Programme team
  • Identify the potential donor base for developing the CR&B work in collaboration with partners
  • Develop a competence and capacity building framework to further strengthen the capacity of local civil society partner organizations and children’s organisations to engage with the private sector and other key stakeholders
  • Initiate and maintain dialogue and partnership with key stakeholders and facilitate the work of the Taskforce established in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, UNICEF, ICI and NGO Forum
  • Analyse the legal framework in Cote d’Ivoire around Child Rights, Child Labour and other strategies for engagement mentioned in the CR&B principles and advise on issues to address to protect children

3.  Methods

The consultant shall work in close collaboration with the SC Programme team and be based in the SC Abidjan office. He/she shall depart from the CR&B principles and experiences already gained in SC (earlier studies, relations established, etc.). He/she shall work in close collaboration with UNICEF, ICI, NGO Forum, the Chamber of Commerce, the Commité National de Lutte Contre la Traite et les Pires Formes de Travail and other relevant stakeholders in the area.

4. Deliverables

The assignment is 6 months starting in the beginning of March 2015.

By the end of the consultancy the Consultant shall present:

  • A map out of the CR&B situation in Cote d’Ivoire
  • A CR&B 2 year project and strategic plan in accordance with SC guidelines
  • A donor engagement plan presenting potential funding opportunities
  • A competence and capacity building framework
  • A brief legal framework survey related to child labour in Cote d’Ivoire

5. Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in an area of social development or equivalent
  • Recommended a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, with experience in successfully leading strategic work around child labour, trafficking, etc.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Experience of building personal networks, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation
  • Writing and presentation skills in English and in French
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send your application at the following address: savethechildren@educarriere.net

SubjectChild Rights and Business Consultant 

For more information on our work, please visit our website on http://www.savethechildren.net/jobs/job-details/2212

Our selection processes reflect our commitment to safeguard children from abuse. Our people are as diverse as the challenges we face.

Please note that the closing date for applications is February 26th, 2015 at 12H00 am.

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