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Title - Training on Integrating the Need of Children and Older People in to Humanitarian Assistance
Posting Date- January 13, 2017
Closing Date- January 22, 2017
Vacancy Code- 01/443
Terms of Reference (TOR)
Community Wellbeing Initiative
Training on Integrating the Need of Children and Older People in to Humanitarian Assistance
Background on Emergency and Vulnerable Groups
During emergency, there are individuals within the general population who maybe more significantly affected by the situation and at greater risk for negative consequences. In the context of emergencies, people with disabilities, women, girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers, children, elderly, people who are chronically ill are commonly vulnerable due to various reasons associated with their gender, age, physical and health condition.. Those groups are highly sensitive to shocks related with humanitarian crises. However, the fate of the disadvantaged group during emergency has received little attention.
Studies revealed that, humanitarian assistance are targeting and give attention to vulnerable groups in emergency response activities or incapable of delivering adequate support for the vulnerable groups. It is clear that vulnerable groups are usually underserved and experiencing a lot of challenges in accessing lifesaving services such as WASH, Nutrition, Health, Shelter and other emergency assistances. Hence, there is a need to aware humanitarian actors to integrate the needs of vulnerable groups in different emergency response actions.
Mainstream the needs of children in the Emergency Responses
Emergencies pose increased risks of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence for children; as well as the situation makes them very vulnerable. Children caught up in humanitarian crises are more likely to become ill, suffer the effects of malnutrition, be separated from their parents and are at greater risk of being targeted for physical and sexual abuse. Humanitarian crises exacerbated existing threats and undermine support mechanisms. Timely interventions to protect children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence will save lives. To make it happen, there is a need to establish interventions that prevent and respond to the need of children in emergency context across sectors in humanitarian responses.
In order to ensure mainstreaming the need of children in emergency, humanitarian actors should implement the minimum standards in Humanitarian Action. The standards address mainstreaming the need of children to ensure their concerns/needs are considered and informed in all humanitarian response to maximize the support to children and impacts of the work that humanitarians do. Each step of the program cycle should provide opportunities for child support and actors who are working on emergency should plan to incorporate child concerns and benefits into programs and initiatives focused on WASH, economic recovery, education, health, nutrition, shelter, camp management, distribution and others.
Mainstream the Needs of Older People in Emergency Responses
Older people have often been overlooked in emergency response. Humanitarian programs often failed to recognize the challenges and vulnerabilities faced by older people. If the humanitarian sector is to meet its commitment to deliver impartial humanitarian assistance that responds to the needs of the most vulnerable people, it is essential that to include older people in emergency responses. Older people play crucial roles within the society, and are often pivotal in supporting response and recovery to emergency as they know the community potential and capacity through their life experience. Many older people make essential contributions to family income, taking care of children, while others hold important roles as community leaders or as holders of community knowledge and tradition. By overlooking older people’s roles and capacity, the response intervention will overlook the needs of the community in general. Moreover, older people experience discrimination in emergency support and assistance. Less than 1% of humanitarian financing are targeted older people and people with disabilities. Older people face specific challenges in emergencies related to mobility, visual and aural impairments which have an impact on their ability to access humanitarian assistance. Agencies need to modify their interventions through integrating the needs of older people on their service provision.
To ensure mainstream the needs of elder people in emergency responses like WASH, Nutrition, Health, Shelter, NFI and other sectors, humanitarian actors needs to be familiarize with different minimum standards and strategies on mainstreaming the need of vulnerable groups in humanitarian assistance. Accordingly, the IRC plan to provide training on inclusion of the indicated vulnerable groups (particularly children and elderly) in different emergency responses with the following objectives:-
Objectives of the training:
· Familiarize staff with the minimum standards and strategies on inclusion of vulnerable people/groups(children, elderly)
· Introduce participants with the existing international and national laws and standards towards addressing the needs of vulnerable people/group particularly the need of children and elderly in emergency
· Explain the needs and concerns of children and elderly people in the emergency context and identify their potential and capacity to address the emergency related risks.
Scope of Work
The training will be for four days and the training methodology has to incorporate interactive and participatory facilitation techniques including group work and case studies. The trainer is expected to develop and submit a training manual/guideline and power point presentation to facilitate the training upon the review and approval of the IRC. The consultant will be expected to conduct the trainings in line with IRC standards and timeframe with the assistance of IRC logistical support. Upon completion of the trainings, the consultant will provide a brief training report that includes pre- and post-test information, constructive feedback for training participants, commitment action plan and any recommendations for future capacity building activities. The training will be provided for 25 IRC staff and implementing partners in Addis Ababa.
· Familiarize with the IRC programs, principles, and systems.
· Develop a draft facilitation plan and training manual, power point, pre and post test and other necessary materials based on national and global best practices and guiding principles.
· Conduct four-days training in Addis Ababa in collaboration with IRC staff.
· Submit a brief and comprehensive training report within one week period after completion of the training
· After preliminary discussions with IRC CWI team, the consultant will submit draft training plan for review to the IRC responsible staff. The consultant should incorporate comments and suggestions provided by the IRC staff as appropriate.
· The consultant will conduct the training upon full agreement with IRC on the contents of the training materials
· The IRC will provide relevant documents and program update for the trainer
· The IRC will review and provide final approval on tools/ training manual, and methodologies to be used in the training.
· The IRC will pay the remuneration upon the final delivery of service
· IRC will arrange all logistical needs
· The training will be given mid –March, 2017
· Educational background MA in Social Work/Sociology and humanitarian preferable
· Prior experience working on vulnerable groups (children, elderly, etc) in to programs and projects.
· Experience on emergency response and preparedness
· Proficiency in English and Amharic.
The Consultant will be chosen based on
1. Educational background
2. Previous work/training experience
3. Proposed financial fee for the consultancy
4. Technical proposal submitted
NB:- Within five working days after concluding the agreement, the trainer is expected to submit the training plan and training manual to the IRC.