2019 : [ UNICEF ESARO ] : Research and Documentation of Child Protection programs in East and Southern Africa

Child Frontiers is undertaking a multi-country analysis and review for UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) that will provide an overview of the progress made against the implementation of the Global Programs to end child marriage and FGM and the work UNICEF ESARO is doing to address violence against children (VAC), adolescent participation, and country offices’ initiatives to strengthen risk informed programming on VAC in an integrated manner. The review will identify promising programs and interventions; identify lessons learned, gaps and challenges; and make recommendations for the strengthening of efforts. Child Frontiers will produce a series of thought pieces, literature reviews and briefs and a compendium of promising practices related to work being undertaken in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, Somalia, Uganda, Namibia, Lesotho, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. A key objective is to increase knowledge management through data analysis and documentation of the implementation of the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) Child Protection Program.

2019 : [ UNICEF Iraq ] : Child protection systems mapping and assessment

Child Frontiers has been engaged by UNICEF to conduct a mapping and assessment of the formal and informal child protection systems in Iraq.  This study, first of the kind in Iraq, will help to understand existing community and state priorities and practice in the care and protection of children at risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.  The research  complements UNICEF’s current efforts with the Government of Iraq to emphasize the transition from emergency responses to systems development, such as the development of a Child Act. This project aims at covering 10  governorates in Central and Southern Iraq,  including Baghdad, as well as the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  The findings will support the Government of Iraq and UNICEF in identifying strategic priorities.

2019 : [ UNICEF Sierra Leone ] : Study of Practice of FGM

Child Frontiers is conducting a comprehensive and groundbreaking study of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sierra Leone. The study will generate evidence that will enable the government of Sierra Leone to review, adapt and verify its current National Strategy to end FGM ensuring that its implementation has a transformative impact on reducing, and ultimately ending, FGM in Sierra Leone. The study seeks to answer questions of cultural values and attitudes surrounding the practice, how FGM is practiced and regional variations, how the decision-making process within families to support the practice takes place, the perceived social benefits and consequences of practicing or not practicing FGM, and what changes, if any, have taken place over the years. The results will include an analytical report, qualitative baseline data, and key recommendations for ways forward in addressing the issue.

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2019 : [ IOD Parc ] : Evaluation of UNICEF Country Program in Uzbekistan

Child Frontiers is contributing to the efforts by IOD Parc to conduct a Formative Country Programme Evaluation to assess the performance of the UNICEF programme in Uzbekistan for 2016-2020 within the context of a changing political and economic environment in Uzbekistan. The evaluation will maximise opportunities for learning, particularly in relation to informing future strategic decision-making with regard to UNICEF’s co-operation in Uzbekistan. The evaluation team comprises of a multifaceted cadre of experts, and Child Frontiers will contribute expertise on child protection, particularly in relation to juvenile justice and alternative care.

2019 : [ UNICEF Tanzania ] : Assessment of the Social Service Workforce to Inform Future Investment in Human Resources

Child Frontiers is conducting a comprehensive assessment of the social service workforce in mainland Tanzania. Although it is recognised that there are not enough frontline service providers to meet the growing needs of women and children affected by violence, poverty or vulnerability, there is no real understanding of the type of investment that should be made in the social service workforce.   The Government of Tanzania, with support from UNICEF, has initiated this assessment to address the gaps between the status of the social service workforce relative to the requirements to achieve the national vision, policies,  strategies and programmes. This assessment will inform efforts to improve the adequacy, coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of Tanzania’s social workforce cadre, enabling effective delivery of programmes and services in child protection as well as social protection. Primary and secondary data from 26 regions in the country and  local government authorities will be collected and analysed as part of this groundbreaking exercise.

2019 : [ UNICEF Indonesia ] : Review of the Child Protection Response to Central Sulawesi Disaster

Child Frontiers is conducting a technical review of UNICEF’s Child Protection response following the 7.4 magnitude earthquake  and subsequent tsunami in central Sulawesi in September 2018.  The tsunami is estimated to have affected approximately 1.5 million people, including an estimated 525,000 children. The purpose of the review is to strengthen child protection programming in the context of emergencies in Indonesia, drawing lessons and recommendations that will influence ongoing and future programmes. The review is intended to inform UNICEF's and the Government of Indonesia's preparedness, planning and response to child protection in disaster settings,  including the policy framework, capacity development strategy and provision of technical guidance. The review will also complement the ongoing evaluation of the integrated child welfare services model (PKSAI) with MOSA, currently being conducted by Child Frontiers.

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Technical Assistance

2019 : [ UNICEF HQ ] : Technical Briefs on Child Marriage

Child Frontiers has been selected by UNICEF to produce technical briefs to inform and guide the Global Programme’s Phase 2 implementation. The Global Programme to End Child Marriage is being jointly implemented by UNICEF and UNFPA and aims to prevent and mitigate the consequences of child marriage over a 15-year period. The technical briefs aim to explain, elaborate and clarify the Global Programme’s programming strategies; provide practical and operational guidance for country implementation; and promote the Global Programme’s approaches and strategies. The production of technical briefs continues Child Frontiers’ collaboration with the Global Programme and builds on the February 2019 Global Programme consultation in Jaipur, India (which was facilitated by Child Frontiers) and on the Phase 2 Global Programme Document (written by Child Frontiers). At the global consultation, stakeholders had agreed on the need to develop clearer guidance on core Global Programme strategies and approaches.

2019 : [ UNICEF HQ ] : Facilitator 2019 Global Child Protection Regional Advisers Meeting

Child Frontiers has been selected by UNICEF’s Child Protection Headquarters, to facilitate the Annual Child Protection Regional Advisers’ (CPRA) meeting on October 2019 in New York City. The annual CPRA meeting serves as a strategic moment of reflection for the sector’s work, especially in regard to achievements within the UNICEF Strategic Plan and contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is also a meeting in which UNICEF Headquarters and Regional Offices convene to agree upon accelerators and course corrections, as well as emerging issues and challenges that require senior management attention. This year, the CPRA meeting is strategically even more important, as UNICEF heads into the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Strategic Plan in Q4 of 2019. Child Frontiers, as facilitator, will review and provide technical advice on the agenda of the meeting as well as individual sessions; facilitate the actual conduct of the meeting; and finalize a report of the network meeting.

2019 : [ UNICEF Botswana ] : Social Service Workforce and Capacity Gap Assessment

Child Frontiers is supporting the Government of Botswana on a mapping exercise to assess the capacity of the social service workforce (SSW), that will build on the SSW baseline study which was done by UNICEF in 2018, to identify strengths and gaps, assist country-level action plans towards strengthening the skills of the SSW delivery system and establish mechanisms for long-term support. There is a recognition that there are not nearly enough social workers to meet the growing needs of women and children affected by violence, poverty, or vulnerability, there is also a need for more clarity on the type of investment that must be made in the SSW to achieve the role set for them and how their positions can be rationalized for optimum performance of their roles. The assignment will provide an overview of the context for workforce planning, development, training, and support.

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2019 : [ Ai You Foundation ] : Child Welfare and Protection Training Workshop

Ai You Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in China engaged in child welfare and venture philanthropy, has contracted Child Frontiers to design and facilitate a capacity building workshop for their child welfare team to share and analyse the history, latest knowledge and international evidence around child welfare and protection, as well as approaches that have proven useful in different contexts. The Beijing workshop will be designed to strengthen Ai You’s child welfare programming as well as begin working with frontline staff and senior management to strategically assess the Foundation’s current role and potential future contributions to child welfare and protection both in China and internationally.

2019 : [ Family for Every Child ] : Research training and toolkit

Child Frontiers facilitated a research training in July 2019, for Family for Every Child’s Alliance Program Team on the topics of how to tell when research is the best approach to a problem and choosing a research focus, methods and types of primary research (possibly including participatory research and action research which are expressed interests of participants) and qualitative analysis. Child Frontiers will also provide technical advice on a research toolkit to provide a guide for staff, consultants and members on how to design, manage and contribute to research projects conducted by the Family for Every Child alliance and; compile Family for Every Child’s associated tools.

2019 : [ UNICEF Viet Nam ] : Capacity Building on Child Justice and Improving the Legal Framework for Child Protection

Child Frontiers is supporting the Government of Viet Nam to build the capacity of the justice sector to provide child-sensitive justice and to strengthen the legal framework for child justice and child protection.  This support, provided on an as-needed basis, includes: developing a training programme on child justice for Family and Juvenile Judges; providing legal advice on a proposed law on social work; technical guidance on the development of inter-agency protocols for dealing with cases of child abuse; and legal reviews on child labour, commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.

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