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TERMS OF REFERENCE Research Consultant: Publication on Children Affected by Armed Conflict: UNICEF Actions 24 August 2012 BACKGROUND The issue of children affected by armed conflict received international attention when Graca Machel submitted her report on the issue to the General Assembly and the Security Council in 1996. That report addressed the wide range of impacts armed conflict has on children. Through a number of research projects and publications, UNICEF at that time sought to further develop its own evidence base on prevention and response for conflict-affected children as well as raise awareness on the roles UNICEF has played in delivering these programmes. One of these publications was Children Affected by Armed Conflict: UNICEF Actions (May 2002), which provided information on the wide range of policy, programme response, advocacy, and prevention approaches that UNICEF took to support conflict-affected children. Much has changed over the past ten years since that publication was printed. Normative and programmatic advancements and innovations have also been made along many fronts. The Children and Armed Conflict agenda of the Security Council has continued to strengthen, especially following the creation of the UN Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism on Grave Child Rights Violations in Situations of Armed Conflict (MRM) and the Security Council Working Group on CAAC which takes action on the reports the MRM produces. The Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, a significant normative piece of guidance, now has over 100 signatories. New thinking across the humanitarian sectors has led to the enhancement of programmes in urban environments, new methods for prevention of recruitment and release and reintegration of children, protection of schools from attack, and efforts to trace the families of separated and unaccompanied minors. UNICEF, therefore, feels that it would be timely to produce a new edition of the publication Children Affected by Armed Conflict: UNICEF Actions that would serve to document the important developments of the last decade and update readers on the UNICEF innovations to address the rights and needs of conflict-affected children. DELIVERABLES 1. Through document review and interviews, update UNICEF publication Children Affected by Armed Conflict: UNICEF Actions based on the developments and innovations from the past decade of UNICEF multi-sector work on CAAC. Some issue areas will require significant revision. Two drafts for review plus final electronic version of the document will be delivered by the consultant. The first edition of the document was around 140 pages. PROJECT DURATION: 3 Months (15 September – 15 December 2012) LOCATION: Home based with one trip to UNICEF HQ LEVEL OF CONSULTANCY: P4/P5 QUALIFICATIONS • Graduate degree in political science, international studies, humanitarian affairs, or other related subject • Minimum five years relevant experience, preferably in a conflict-affected country • Excellent English language written and oral communication skills • Ability to work independently and achieve quality results on time with limited supervision • Fluency in both written and spoken English • Knowledge of the work of UNICEF in conflict-affected countries is a distinct benefit.
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